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Okla. House Passes $92 Million in Special Funding (Mar 06, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved a $92.5 million supplemental funding bill that provides money to pay National Board Certified teachers their $5,000 annual stipend.

The House passed the Senate-approved measure 86-2 Tuesday and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it into law.

Among other things, the bill will fund flexible health benefits for education employees and bonuses for National Board Certified teachers. It also includes $34 million to refund local communities for the state's portion of disaster cleanup, $5 million for a Highway Patrol trooper academy and $1 million for equipment and personnel for the Medical Examiner's Office.

House Speaker Kris Steele says the state's growing economy has brought in enough revenue to fund the initiatives.

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