Revenue bill doesn't garner enough votes to pass Oklahoma House
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A bill aimed at filling a hole in the state's budget did not garner enough votes to pass.
The House took up HB1035X around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The bill would raise taxes on tobacco, fuel and alcohol and comes as the state looks to fill a $215 million hole in the state's budget.
The bill must pass with a supermajority of 76 votes in the House. Democrats would like a five percent Gross Production Tax added to the legislation. Republicans say that they would bring the raise in the GPT to a vote if Democrats agree to pass the revenue bill.
Lawmakers began casting their votes just before 1 p.m. As of 1:30 p.m. the vote for the bill sits at 54 Yeas and 44 Nays. House Speaker Charles McCall met with the media in the press area and stated the vote would be open. McCall demanded that Democrats deliver 75 percent of their caucus to pass the bill.
Voting closed before 2 p.m. and the House entered a recess. The Senate, which planned to convene Wednesday, adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The legislation was approved Tuesday in committees in both the House and Senate. Pay raises for both school teachers and state employees are dependent upon the revenue bill.