The Oklahoma Supreme Court just completed their oral testimony on behalf of two challenges to OTU's veto referendum.
The first case centered on the proposed 'crisis' conditions involving the tax increase and the implied purpose of the higher tax rates applied to several forms of commerce & productivities.
There was a solid caucus within the 9 member tribunal which showed open hostility toward the OTU efforts. Some openly stated their opinions immediately. At least 3 different justices openly gave their opinions and scolded the OTU attorney in the process.
Justice Wyrick had perhaps the most constructive questions, once again.
The 2nd case is perhaps the most troublesome for the OTU referendum drive. Court standards from precedent and statute state that the exact text of the bill must be included in the petition and available for all petition signers to read. But the OTU documents had the section numbers edited out. That technicality is compounded by their gist, which refers to specific sections of the bill, but the petitioners cannot find any section numbers in the text (because they were edited out.
This is the strongest point of the challenge. If it prevails and the current petition is declared invalid, then little time remains to start over, because a hard 90 days from enactment leaves the group with only 30 days left.
David Van Risseghem is the Publisher of SoonerPolitics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...