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Panel Delays Vote on Child Care Cost Hike (Jul 26, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Commission for Human Services has delayed a vote on increasing child care co-payments for low income Oklahoma families.

DHS Commissioner Howard Hendrick said Tuesday a vote on the proposed increases will be delayed until Nov. 1 while an attorney general opinion is sought on whether the commission has the authority to modify the rates.

Hendrick says the department's general counsel has determined the commission does have the authority, but at least one commissioner disagrees.

Hendrick says the increased co-pay is necessary because of a $40 million cut to the agency's budget this year. He says the increased co-pays will result in about $7.5 million in savings annually.

A representative for several child care providers addressed the commission and opposed the co-pay increases.

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