- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s public safety department has lifted a daily 100-mile (161 kilometer) restriction on how far state troopers can travel after the governor signed a $6.8 billion spending bill this week.

The restriction went into effect in December as state agencies scrambled to close a $1.3 billion shortfall for the current budget year.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said Thursday the agency was considering furloughs as another option - a move that he says would have been “devastating” to troopers.

Gov. Mary Fallin approved next year’s budget that closes a $878 million hole by coming up with new ways to boost revenue, including a $1.50-per-pack cigarette fee and a new 1.25 percent tax on vehicle purchases.

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