Lawmakers explore issues with interim studies

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's underfunded pension systems and the high number of working poor without health insurance are some of the dozens of topics that lawmakers want to explore before the 2014 legislative session begins in February.

Nearly 200 requests were filed in the House and Senate for interim studies to take place during the next several months.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has assigned each of the 55 study requests to standing committees, where the chairman has the discretion of whether to proceed. House Speaker T.W. Shannon approved 68 of 134 studies that were requested.

Interim studies typically are used to prepare legislators for issues that may emerge in the upcoming session.

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