Attorney challenges Oklahoma appropriations bill

Oklahoman Published: December 4, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City attorney says a charter school bill that was amended in the final days of the 2012 Legislature to include a $30 million appropriation for textbooks is unconstitutional.

Attorney Jerry Fent sued Gov. Mary Fallin in October claiming that Senate Bill 1816 contains two subject matters in violation of the Constitution's prohibition on logrolling, or creating legislation with multiple subjects. Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday that the entire bill should be invalidated.

But Assistant Attorney General Nancy Zerr says the appropriation and the portion of the bill dealing with charter schools all deal with education and are not unconstitutional logrolling.

Referee Gregory Albert says he will write a report on the issue and present it to the Supreme Court, which will make the final decision.