AG, Mike Hunter, has submitted his legal argument to the supreme court, regarding the challenge to the new tobacco tax, brought by retailers and associated distributors.
The 26-page document makes many novel claims including an attempt to tell the court to bar statements from any legislator.
The AG claims that the only legislative statement which should be considered is the majority vote tabulations, and that, in itself, should be the testimony that the House & Senate believed they were in compliance with the constitution.
The AG further stated that the title of the bill itself said that it's a "smoking cessation" effort. Never mind that the identical language was presented for a vote just days earlier, as a Tobacco Tax measure to raise enough money to allow the state to continue to grow the govt. without making the necessary reforms which are eating away at resources, due to gross inefficiencies.
This is just one of the 3 major challenges to the revenue raising actions of the legislature and governor. the full court with convene on August 11th, at 9am. They will deal with the tobacco retailer's case, followed by the auto dealers case at 10am, then Gary Richardson's multiple cases at 11am.
We've posted the AG's document, below.