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Oklahoma governor urged to reject oil production tax

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 27, 2014
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An attorney who has successfully challenged the constitutionality of legislation in the past is urging Gov. Mary Fallin to reject a tax incentive for oil and gas production that he claims is unconstitutional.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent hand delivered a letter to Fallin’s office Tuesday urging her not to approve the bill. Fent says it was passed during the last week of the legislative session in violation of a constitutional requirement.

The lawsuit also alleges it was approved by fewer lawmakers than required by the constitution, which says revenue bills must be approved by three-fourths of the membership of the House and Senate.

A spokesman for Fallin, Alex Weintz, says Fent’s opinion of the bill will not determine whether it’s signed into law.

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