The Special Session of the Oklahoma Legislature was put on hold Wednesday until a budget agreement can be made between the Republicans and Oklahomans.
House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said the stoppage was due to a disagreement over House Bill 1099, the cigarette tax.
“House Republicans do have a plan to address the hole without House Democrats, but we will need the support of the governor and the Senate, who we have continued to negotiate with this week,” McCall said in a media statement. “While we are closer to an agreement, we are not going to waste $30,000 a day negotiating.”
McCall said the House pledged to continue negotiating in good faith with the governor and Senate, but added that lawmakers were going off the clock.
“When there is an agreement in place, we will return and take care of the people’s business,” he said.
More to come as the story develops.