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Fallin signs supplemental funds schools, prisons

Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 17:00:08-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a pair of supplemental funding bills that will take almost $80 million from the state's constitutional Rainy Day reserve fund to help fund public schools and prisons.

Fallin signed the measures, Senate Bill 1571 and Senate Bill 1572,Wednesday just days after they were approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.

One bill appropriates $51 million to the state Department of Education to provide money for public schools and to pay the full cost of health insurance for teachers, administrators and support personnel. The other measure sends $27.5 million to the Department of Corrections to pay for prison staff and essential services for inmate population increases.

The Rainy Day fund will now have a fund balance of about $306.5 million.