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Gov. Fallin: Special session likely needed after cigarette 'fee' ruled unconstitutional by Oklahoma Supreme Court

Gov. Fallin: Special session likely needed after cigarette 'fee' ruled unconstitutional by Oklahoma Supreme Court

Tulsa World
By, World Staff
August 10, 2017

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled a $1.50-a-pack fee on cigarettes passed this session to be unconstitutional, prompting Gov. Mary Fallin to say she believes a special session of the Legislature would be necessary.

The measure was expected to generate $257 million in revenue and had been scheduled to take effect Aug. 24.

The state's high court heard oral arguments this week on three challenges to late revenue bills passed by the Legislature last session.

Tobacco companies filed suit after lawmakers, facing an $878 million budget hole, passed Senate Bill 845, which put a smoking cessation fee on cigarettes. That came after unsuccessful efforts to pass it as a tax.

An opinion filed by the court Thursday states that the timing of the measure made it unconstitutional...FULL ARTICLE

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