Oklahoma’s Legislature overturns Stitt’s budget vetoes

What a difference a year makes.

This time last year, Gov. Kevin Stitt was standing between the leaders of Oklahoma’s House and Senate as the three Republican officials announced a joint budget deal.

On Wednesday, the Legislature successfully voted to overturn Stitt’s veto of the $7.7 billion state budget legislators crafted for the upcoming fiscal year.

The veto override marked a key point in what has become an increasingly contentious relationship between Stitt and legislative leaders.

The Legislature can override a gubernatorial veto with a two-thirds majority in both chambers. The House and Senate managed to pull together those majorities within hours of the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1922.

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