Attorney files legal challenge to Okla. tax cut

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City attorney with a long track record of successfully challenging legislative actions as unconstitutional has filed a lawsuit claiming a bill passed by the Legislature to cut the income tax violates the Oklahoma Constitution.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit Thursday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Fent alleges that the bill is an unconstitutional example of "logrolling" because it includes multiple subjects. Besides cutting the income tax rate, beginning in 2015, the bill also diverts $120 million of income tax collections over the next two years to pay for repairs to the state Capitol.

The governor and GOP legislative leaders did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but have previously said House and Senate attorneys determined the bill was constitutional.

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