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BILL: Oklahoma Highway Patrol to double their expense allowance

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Highway Patrol is one step closer to doubling monthly expense allowances.

If passed by the state Senate, House Bill 2377 will raise the monthly expense allowance for all commissioned law enforcement offices of the Department of Public Safety from $150 a month to $300 a month.

The bill is meant to help troopers with purchasing the items they are required to buy, such as ammunition, footwear, and weapons cleaning supplies.

Rep. Steve Vaughan, author of the bill, said this bill is important to keep the state’s troopers from having to spend so much of their own money just to operate on the job.

Not only would  this bill raise the monthly expense for OHP, it would also raise the expense allowance for cadets and law enforcement personnel  on provision or probationary status from $100 a month to $200 a month.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol have not seen an expense hike since 1992 and many believe that it is time to consider it.

Rep. Vaughan stated that new items such as cell phones have only made working more expensive, and their cell phone bill comes out of their pocket.

Reports say that the annual fiscal impact of this bill is $1.4 million.

House Bill 2377 passed the House by an 84-3 vote and will now head to the state Senate for consideration.