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State Capitol
10:21 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Oral Arguments Set For Capitol Repair Challenge

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee is set to hear arguments at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about whether a planned $120 million bond issue for improvements to the Capitol building should proceed.

Oral arguments are scheduled to take place Tuesday before Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert, who will compile a report and forward it to the full court.

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Politics and Government
6:10 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Legislators, Policy Group Warn Of Potential Consequences Of Tax Case

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his earlier lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahomans potentially could see a significant tax increase if the Oklahoma Supreme Court sides with the plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the individual income tax cut measured approved and signed into law earlier this year, a group of Republican legislators and a representative of a conservative public policy group warned Wednesday.

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Politics and Government
8:14 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court To Hear Tax Cut Challenge Tuesday

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of legislation that cut Oklahoma's top income tax rate is being taken up by the state's highest court.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that asks the court to invalidate the legislation and prevent it from going into effect.

The lawsuit was filed by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenged other legislation in the past.

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Politics and Government
4:48 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

State's High Court To Review Capitol Repair Decision

A decision to repair the state capitol building faces judicial review.

Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority members voted unanimously Monday to seek the Oklahoma State Supreme Court’s validation of the legislation authorizing a bond issue to fund improvements to the State Capitol.

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State Capitol
6:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Attorney Challenges Capitol Overhaul Bond Plan

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

An Oklahoma City attorney is challenging the Legislature's plan for a $120 million bond issue to pay for improvements to the state Capitol.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed a notice Tuesday with the governor and attorney general indicating his opposition to the plan. Fent claims the bill authorizing the bond issue was an unconstitutional special law because it addressed only one state building.

Fent's formal opposition to the plan is expected to delay the issuing of the bonds to pay for the renovations to the nearly 100-year-old building.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Attorney Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Dismiss His Challenge To Oil And Gas Law

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma City attorney who challenged the constitutionality of a bill that changed the effective tax rate levied on oil and gas drillers asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss his lawsuit.

From The Oklahoman‘s Rick Green:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:36 am
Wed July 30, 2014

In Lawsuit Over Oil And Gas Tax Law, Two Ways To ‘Test’ A Revenue Bill In Oklahoma

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenged laws in the past, leaves a courtroom at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The State Supreme Court on July 29 heard a lawsuit and constitutional challenge to House Bill 2562, a measure that would change the effective state tax rate levied on oil and gas production.

Both parties agreed that the measure was written to reduce taxes, but is HB 2562 a “revenue bill?” That definition is important because this court battle isn’t about policy, it’s about procedure.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Top Business Stories: Challenges To New Laws, Sonic Earnings, And "Smart Meter" Concerns

Two Lawsuits Are Challenging Bills That Were Signed Into Law By Governor Mary Fallin.

A group of parents, teachers and members of the state Board of Education are fighting the repeal of Common Core standards.

They say the bill violates the state Constitution by letting the Legislature take over an executive function.

The bill repeals the Common Core standards, which Fallin initially supported. It says new standards will be developed. Opponents say the language of the law gives the Legislature too much power to review the new guidelines.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Legal Challenge To New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions

A legal challenge to a recently signed bill authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman could have wide-ranging effects.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.

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Energy
12:43 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Governor Fallin Urged To Reject Oil Production Tax

Credit neillharmer / Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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