Oklahoma court reinstates lawsuit over citizen challenges

Published: January 7, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit challenging a state law that makes it more difficult for residents to sue to stop alleged government wrongdoing.

The court on Tuesday reversed an Oklahoma County judge's ruling dismissing the lawsuit. The court reinstated the lawsuit and ruled that the taxpayers who filed it have a right to amend their petition.

The 2011 law signed by Gov. May Fallin changes the required signatures for so-called “qui tam” lawsuits from 10 taxpayers to 100 registered voters. The lawsuits are those filed by citizens in an effort to stop what's believed to be questionable government action.

Opponents say the law makes it more difficult to expose government corruption. Supporters say it will keep small groups of disgruntled citizens from delaying government projects.



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