House members have passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 71 which allows the Legislature to adjourn a week earlier than the constitution requires.
The constitution states that legislators must adjourn the last Friday in May, which this year would be May 30. The resolution states it’s the intent of legislators to adjourn May 23.
“Now why would we want to go home early?” Rep. Ray McCarter, D-Marlow, asked House Speaker Chris Benge, the House author of the resolution.
“Keep in mind that this legislative session’s block of time gave us an extra week,” said Benge R-Tulsa. “We actually had 17 weeks as opposed to a typical 16-week session. … We should be able to finish in a regular 16-week time period. “
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau