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Oklahoma lawmakers pass key legislative deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a key deadline and approved hundreds of bills from the floor, but still have no agreement on a plan to cut the state income tax.

Last week was the deadline for bills to be heard on the floor in the house of origin, and this week begins the second round of committee work in the House and Senate.

There are four major proposals that have passed the House or Senate to either slash or completely eliminate the state's personal income tax, although leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature acknowledge there is no consensus on what the final product may look like.

House Speaker Kris Steele says he expects three-way negotiations between the House, Senate and governor's office to begin in the next two weeks.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.