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Oklahoma Supreme Court refuses to take up legal challenge to charter school, textbook law

Attorney claimed the law was illegal because it placed multiple subjects into a single bill.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: January 18, 2013
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What is logrolling?

The Supreme Court in recent years has struck down several laws because they contained multiple subjects, a practice known as “logrolling.”

Lawmakers added the funding amendment to SB 1816 in the final hours of last year's session.

The $6.8 billion state budget that legislators approved the final week of the session was said to contain $33 million for textbooks for public schools, but several legislators expressed frustration that state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi told Board of Education members on the second-to-last day of the session that she planned to use $11.5 million of the $33 million for other purposes.

The House of Representatives on the last day of the session passed SB 1816, which included language requiring the Education Department, which received a $2.3 billion allocation from legislators, to spend $30 million on textbooks for public school districts. The bill also authorized a statewide virtual charter school, a measure that barely passed earlier when it received the minimum 51 votes needed for passage. With the textbook funding amendment, the bill passed 84-10.


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