OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele has approved a list of 59 topics that will be studied by lawmakers before the next legislative session begins in February.
Steele announced the studies on Friday, saying he pared the final list from initial requests for studies of 89 separate topics.
Interim studies give lawmakers an opportunity to receive testimony and examine issues in depth to decide whether to draft legislation on a particular topic.
Among the topics to be studied are education, government modernization, veterans' issues and public finance.
In the Senate, Pro Tem Brian Bingman has deferred to the chairmen of various committees whether to approve more than two dozen study requests from individual senators.
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