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OK Supreme Court Refuses Textbook Lawsuit (Jan 17, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has refused to consider a lawsuit that alleges a charter school bill amended in the final days of the 2012 Legislature to include a $30 million appropriation for textbooks is unconstitutional.

Attorney Jerry Fent had challenged a bill that was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin and went into effect July 1.

Fent says the measure contains two subject matters in violation of the Constitution's prohibition on logrolling, or passing legislation with multiple subjects. He says the practice gives lawmakers an all-or nothing choice and that the entire bill should be struck down as unconstitutional.

But the state's highest court on Tuesday refused to consider the case. Fent said Thursday he has not decided whether to re-file the case in a lower court.

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