Senate approves budget plan

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Updated: 5/14/2013 4:04 pm Published: 5/14/2013 4:03 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has given final legislative approval to a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that will fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Senate voted 28-20 on Tuesday for the bill that reflects an agreement between the governor and Republican legislative leaders. It increases spending by nearly $270 million over the current year's budget, with funding growth focused mostly on education, health care and human services.

Eight Republicans joined all 12 of the Senate Democrats in opposing the bill. Many questioned why $5 million was being allocated to renovate legislative offices. The bill needed 25 votes to pass.

The bill heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

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