OKLAHOMA CITY – House Appropriations and Budget subcommittees next week will begin hearing budget and performance reviews from the state agencies under their purview.
Several meetings will be held jointly with the State Senate.
“These meetings are held each year and give our subcommittee members and the public the opportunity to hear a brief overview of the scope of programs and services offered to Oklahomans with state appropriated dollars,” said State Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, the House Appropriations and Budget Chair. “This overview includes insight into agency budget requests for the next fiscal year as well as an accounting of how prior funds were spent.”
The subcommittee meetings start Jan. 19 and can be livestreamed on the House Website: https://www.okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx.
A full list of meetings can be viewed here: https://www.okhouse.gov/Committees/MeetingNotices.aspx.
Wallace explained that House Appropriation and Budget subcommittees consider budget requests, analysis and legislation pertaining to the various agencies assigned to them, reporting their recommendations to the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee. The subcommittees’ efforts are part of the ongoing work of drafting a balanced state budget due by the end of the legislative session.
Later this month, the House will hold public forums with six agencies that receive the greatest share of state appropriations. Those meetings will be Jan. 25, 26 and 28. Specific details will be posted to the House website soon.