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Oklahoma City, OK – Senate abandons early adjournment plan


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has abandoned plans to adjourn the 2009 legislative session one week early.

The Senate rescinded a resolution it passed in March to adjourn on Friday after failing to pass legislation to create a central information officer who would take charge of the state's computer systems.

The Senate then abruptly adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 22-22 for the bill when at least 25 votes are needed to pass a bill in the 48-member Senate. Republicans carry a 26-22 majority in the Senate, but Sen. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City was not present and Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole voted against the bill.

The vote occurred at 10:40 a.m. but the vote was held open for almost four hours.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has abandoned plans to adjourn the 2009 legislative session one week early.

The Senate rescinded a resolution it passed in March to adjourn on Friday after failing to pass legislation to create a central information officer who would take charge of the state's computer systems.

The Senate then abruptly adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 22-22 for the bill when at least 25 votes are needed to pass a bill in the 48-member Senate. Republicans carry a 26-22 majority in the Senate, but Sen. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City was not present and Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole voted against the bill.

The vote occurred at 10:40 a.m. but the vote was held open for almost four hours.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.