OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma House committee has approved a bill to create an emergency drought relief fund in the state.
The House Appropriations and Budget Committee approved the bill from Republican Rep. Dale Dewitt of Braman with no debate or opposition. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee.
Dewitt, who is a farmer, says the bill will support agriculture in the state in the midst of an ongoing drought. The fund would start with at least $10 million and would be activated when the governor declares an emergency.
Dewitt says directors of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the Department of Agriculture and the Water Resources Board would help the governor prioritize the money for the state's drought response.