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Governor Fallin Urged To Reject Oil Production Tax

May 27, 2014

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.

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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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