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Full Senate approves bill to modernize state agency spending

Senate Appropriations Chair Roger Thompson has won full Senate approval for legislation to modernize state agency spending and create government efficiencies. Senate Bill 1422, by Thompson, R-Okemah, was approved on Tuesday.

Thompson said it’s been more than two decades since there has been a comprehensive and uniform review of the Central Purchasing Act, which sets limits on agency spending.  SB 1422 will update agency spending limits to reflect the increased prices of goods and services and address additional modernizations.

“This legislation will bring more flexibility to the day-to-day operations of state agencies while ensuring accountability and oversight,” Thompson said.  “We’re eliminating unnecessary red tape, clarifying language within the act and allowing for increased training of purchasing officers and more in-depth audits of agency spending.”

SB 1422 now moves to the House of Representatives where it will be carried by House principal author, Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston.  

For more information, contact Sen. Roger Thompson at 405-521-5588 or email