The answers to three key questions about the ongoing 2020 legislative session will shape what happens over the next month at an Oklahoma State Capitol currently closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In less than five weeks, state lawmakers must pass a Fiscal Year 2021 state budget and adjourn sine die — a Latin term designating no established date for return. As legislative leaders plod forward with uncertain plans and unprecedented actions, the three key questions needing to be answered are:
- When the Legislature returns to conclude its work, will the people’s building be open to the people?
- Oklahoma is facing a revenue shortfall for next fiscal year, but is the hole really $1.3 billion?
- Aside from passing a budget, what policy proposals will receive consideration during what could be a hectic and unusual end to 2020’s abbreviated session?