Oklahoma lawmakers seek authority to spend pandemic relief funds
(KTEN) — Oklahoma lawmakers are calling for a concurrent session to discuss American Rescue Plan Act funding.
They are seeking input on how the state should spend that $1.8 billion.
State Sen. David Bullard (R-District 6) said he's been calling for this change since February.
"I am a very big believer in checks and balances, separation of power," he said. "The power of the purse is in the legislature for a purpose. We decided to sweep those funds. Right now, there is about $900 million, and the other money comes in later."
Bullard believes giving control of those funds to legislature would demonstrate a more transparent process. He believes such a measure would pass in the House and eventually head to the governor's desk.
If Stitt vetoes the proposal, Bullard believes the legislature will have enough votes to override that decision.