Jerry Fent

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

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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.

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State Capitol
1:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Here We Go Again...New Lawsuit Challenges Oklahoma Income Tax Cut

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A lawsuit claims income tax cut legislation approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenged legislation in the past. It asks the state Supreme Court to declare the tax cut unconstitutional and block it.

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Politics and Government
1:27 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Attorney Maintains Tax Cut Bill Is Unconstitutional

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An attorney with a long track record of successfully challenging legislative actions as unconstitutional is taking aim at a bill to cut the state's income tax and fund repairs to the crumbling Capitol. 

Oral arguments were held Tuesday before a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Attorney Jerry Fent claims the bill is unconstitutional because it violates a provision of the state Constitution that requires bills to embrace only one subject.

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