PAULS VALLEY, Okla. — Southern Oklahoma Resource Center will not be closed this year.
The center for those with severe developmental and physical disabilities was targeted for closure Friday in a bill passed by a special House budget committee.
House Bill 2456 had been on its way to the House for consideration, but now it appears it will not get an audience.
State Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Purcell, said House Speaker Chris Benge has assured her the bill will not be heard, allowing it to die this legislative session. She said a legislative study is planned for the fall, when lawmakers can hear both sides before making a decision. She said the study will allow a thorough review of the issue and lay out the pros and cons of the proposal to the families of those living at the center.