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Lawsuit Claims Textbook Bill Unconstitutional (Oct 31, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City attorney has filed a lawsuit claiming a charter school bill that was amended in the waning days of the legislative session to include a $30 million appropriation for textbooks is unconstitutional.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Oklahoma Supreme Court against Gov. Mary Fallin, state Treasurer Ken Miller and the state Board of Education.

Fent claims in the lawsuit that Senate Bill 1816 violates two separate provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution _ one that prohibits bills with multiple subject matters and another that requires appropriations to be by separate bills with one subject.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor is confident the Legislature acted appropriately.

A hearing on Fent's petition is scheduled before a Supreme Court referee on Dec. 4.

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