OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to provide pay raises for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and state prison workers has been expanded to include raises for several other public safety agencies.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for the revised bill, even as its author acknowledged the increasing price tag could be problematic. The bill in its initial form cost about $20 million to provide raises for state prison workers, troopers and other Department of Public Safety employees.
Since initial passage, the bill was amended to include employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
A fiscal analysis shows adding those three agencies would increase the cost of the bill by about $3.4 million.
House Bill 2145: http://bit.ly/17JmhGj