GOP Senators Want Session NOW

Oklahoma City, OK – Senate GOP caucus calls for Dec. special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate Republican Caucus wants Gov. Brad Henry to call a special session of the Legislature for December.

Henry, a Democrat, had suggested earlier this week that a January special session might be possible to deal with the state's ongoing budget issues, after the state Board of Equalization releases revenue estimates on Dec. 21. State revenues have been below projections for the last 10 months.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee of Oklahoma City says it's clear that more reductions in spending are inevitable and that state agencies are waiting for direction from the Legislature on how much their budgets might be reduced.

Henry says it's important for lawmakers to do budget homework first before calling for a special session.