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OK Lawmaker Wants Changes to Budget Process

State House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A longtime Democratic legislator says he plans to push for a statewide vote to require the Legislature to conduct "zero-based" budgeting on state agencies every four years.

Rush Springs Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman said Monday he plans to introduce a joint resolution during the next session that if approved would send a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.

Dorman said his plan is to require legislators and officials representing the governor and state auditor to carefully scrutinize agency budgets every year to determine how much state revenue should be appropriated.

Dorman says under the current procedure, the Legislature typically just starts with how much was previously appropriated to the agency and adjusts the budget based on available revenue.