Board ruled unconstitutional

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled the contingency board that approved funding to expand the Ardmore Air Park runway is unconstitutional.

Earlier this year, an Oklahoma City attorney filed a lawsuit claiming the opportunity fund board violates separation of powers.

The court agreed. The board includes the Senate Pro Tem, Speaker of the House, and Governor. Therefore legislators are conducting powers reserved for the executive branch.

The Supreme Court’s ruling only applies to future grants approved by the board, so it should not affect runway extension, which is one of the incentives that helped bring in MG.

"Hopefully it doesn't impact the air park or runway extension project. The ruling relates to the make-up of board, not act or fund created by that act," said Ardmore Development Authority president Wes Stucky.

Plans for MG are moving full speed ahead. The ADA is submitting bids for runway extension. The deadline for those is May 15th.

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