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Oklahoma lawmakers mull new taxes to balance budget

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma House and Senate have convened for a special legislative session to find a way to patch an estimated $215 million hole in the state budget.

Both chambers of the Legislature met at 1:30 p.m. Monday for a session that could last at least two weeks. It is the first special session since 2013.

The Senate on Monday unveiled its plan to shore up the state budget through a combination of a cigarette tax, motor fuel tax and the elimination of a sales tax exemption for the wind industry. But all sides have not reached a deal on a broad budget deal.

Republican House leaders have said they'll support a cigarette tax, but House Speaker Charles McCall says his members are opposed to further tax increases.

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