Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 5, 2014
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations
and Budget approves $13 million supplemental for DOC
In order to avoid a budget shortfall in the Department
of Corrections (DOC), the Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations
and Budget has approved a $13 million supplemental appropriation.
Senate Bill 2126 was approved by the committee Monday afternoon.
Senate Appropriations Chair, Clark
Jolley said DOC had actually needed $27 million, but had worked
to identify ways of reprioritizing funds within the agency. Jolley
praised DOC director Robert Patton for his fiscally conservative
approach and leadership.
“Rather than simply ask for the full amount, Director Patton
carefully scrutinized the entire budget, looking for savings and
efficiencies so that funds could be shifted to address the most
pressing needs in DOC,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Those
efforts resulted in the identification of $14 million, which dramatically
reduced the size of the supplemental needed to get them to the end
of the current fiscal year.”
SB 2126 also allows DOC to spend money from the Prison Industries
Revolving Fund. This has occurred previously, but under SB 2126,
the change will allow DOC to utilize resources from the fund in
future years, at the discretion of the director.
Sen. Rob Johnson chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Public Safety and the Judiciary—the subcommittee that oversees
“The Department of Corrections has the responsibility of protecting
law abiding citizens from the most dangerous criminals in our state,”
said Johnson, R-Edmond. “This supplemental is necessary for
DOC to continue to protect the public.”
SB 2126 could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this week.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622