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Okla. House Approves Bill to Slow Prison Furloughs (Mar 15, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A proposal to prevent more furloughs of Oklahoma prison workers by shifting money from a prison industries fund is heading to the governor's desk.

The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly for the bill on Tuesday. It allows the Department of Corrections to take $5.25 million from a fund used to operate a program in which about 1,500 inmates run farms and make furniture and other goods.

Corrections officials have said using it will require them to scale back the program. The fund has a balance of about $6.5 million.

Prison workers will continue taking one furlough day each month through June 30, but the bill keeps them from having to take additional furlough days.

Republican leaders say the move is necessary because of the state's estimated $500 million budget hole.

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