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March 5, 2013

House to Okla. agencies: Prep for losing fed funds

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Oklahoma City —

"We don't need that money anyway," Inman said sarcastically, his voice rising. "But apparently the sky is falling with our state agencies. And we need to pass an unfunded mandate so they can come to grips with this loss of such important federal dollars."

Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City said he also opposed the bill, calling it "nonsense."

"That discussion should be going on in the House of Representatives," he said, referring to the potential of federal cuts. "(Agencies) better be coming up with contingency plans based on whether the Legislature does its job. That's what they should be worried about."

But Rep. Fred Jordan, R-Jenks, said the bill wasn't a matter of political priorities or rhetoric.

"We have to prepare for the worst," Jordan said. "Prudence and preparation — that's really what this bill's about."

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