The court will convene in the 2nd floor of the capitol building, in the west wing. It is the historic Supreme Court meeting place. The process is set to start at 10am. Many are expected to seek a spot in the courtroom and there is expected to be a time-consuming process of getting cleared and seated.
The docket will consume most of the day.
Activists from both the Democrat and Republican parties are expected to be expressing support for the challenges. New interest groups and individuals may be seeking to add their names as plaintiffs to the suits.
Some legislators are already very loudly expressing praise for the challenges. Rep. Jason Murphey has devoted most of his well-read blog to the subject of opposing these ill-advised and unconstitutional plots to burden the workers & consumers of Oklahoma with more mandated and confiscated taxes. Rep Eric Proctor has also decried the imbalanced process of taxing selective goods and income in a manner which burdens moderate to poor consumers, while giving massive breaks and credits to big business, especially oil producers.
But some legislators, like Rep. Scott McEachin, recently told members of the Tulsa County Republican Mens' Club that the tobacco revenue increase is actually just a new program fee for a new program to assist the smoker in the process of quitting the activity. Several other lawmakers, especially freshmen, are seeking to quietly edit their campaign websites and materials, to eliminate any past pledges of opposing tax increases and keeping the size of government at modest levels. Activists we talked to are saying that they are already aware of some changes and are preparing to make this an issue.
Because of past legislative abuses, the voters of Oklahoma circulated a petition in 1992, to require new revenue increases (i.e. taxes, fees, assessments) to be approved by a majority of the voters. The resulting State Question 640, left a clause whereby a tax could otherwise be passed at the legislature, but with very clear stipulations:
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.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...