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Arguments made in Oklahoma license fee lawsuit

Arguments made in Oklahoma license fee lawsuit

An attorney with a history of challenging how Oklahoma state government raises revenue argued Wednesday that laws requiring occupational boards and commissions to transfer a percentage of the license fees they collect to the Oklahoma general fund are unconstitutional.

By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press Writer

Oklahoman Published: June 9, 2010

An attorney with a history of challenging how state government raises revenue argued Wednesday that laws requiring occupational boards and commissions to transfer a percentage of the license fees they collect to the Oklahoma general fund are unconstitutional.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent urged the state Supreme Court to issue an order prohibiting 18 boards and commissions from transferring 10 percent of the fees they collect to the general fund, a practice Fent said has been going on illegally for 77 years.

"You can't transfer the money if that deviates from the purpose of collecting the money," Fent told Supreme Court Referee Barbara Swimley.

A lawyer for the state, Assistant Attorney General Scott Boughton, said fees transferred to the general fund help pay the expenses of the boards and commissions that collect them, including rent, utilities and auditing services... FULL ARTICLE

 

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