OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 24-member joint committee of Oklahoma House and Senate members has been selected to consider proposals for the state's share of funds from the latest federal coronavirus relief legislation.
House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, both Republicans, announced the committee Wednesday.
“This is an opportunity to address needs exposed by the pandemic and support economic recovery without growing state government’s financial obligations," McCall said.
Treat said the one-time funds provide “the opportunity to further strengthen Oklahoma’s position through targeted investments in projects across the state.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt said the money can be used to improve the state's infrastructure and workforce, and the health of residents.
The state is to receive about $1.9 billion of the total $1.9 trillion in federal funds approved by Congress in March. The bill, among President Joe Biden's top priorities in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises, was unanimously opposed by Republicans in Congress.
The Oklahoma committee will be co-chaired by Sen. Roger Thompson and Rep. Kevin Wallace, both Republicans.