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House, Senate sue Board of Equalization over ‘plain legal duty’ to meet

House, Senate sue Board of Equalization over ‘plain legal duty’ to meet
By Tres Savage - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Leaders of the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives filed suit today asking the state’s Supreme Court to declare that SB 199 has taken effect and that the Board of Equalization must meet to officially certify a revenue failure.

The lawsuit comes as the latest development in a dispute between the Republican-led Legislature and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt over how to handle a revenue failure for the final months of Fiscal Year 2020. A revenue failure means actual state receipts have fallen below 95 percent of the budgeted estimate for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Stitt cancelled a scheduled Board of Equalization meeting on April 6 in an attempt to retain leverage over the Legislature’s handling of the budget issues.

“Petitioners respectfully request this court issue a writ of mandamus, compelling the Board of Equalization to meet to fulfill its constitutional duty to determine a revenue failure, thereby allowing SB 199, which is now law, to take effect,” states the lawsuit, filed by attorneys Glenn Coffee, Cara Rodriguez and Denise Lawson... FULL ARTICLE

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