Challenge To Master Lease Program Denied By Court

Oct 28, 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request for a new hearing in a legal challenge of a bond program used by Oklahoma colleges and universities.

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Last month, the state's highest court rejected legal challenges brought by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent and others and ruled the program was constitutional. The court also authorized an application to issue the bonds.

The Supreme Court rejected Fent's request for a rehearing on Monday.

The bond issue will include $38.5 million to build a new facility for the Medical Examiner's Office at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Fent maintains the state's Master Lease Program is unconstitutional because it was created by the Legislature in an appropriations bill, which he says violates a constitutional requirement that each bill address only one subject.


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