Legislation would help fund Okla. AG's challenges to federal statutes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) -- The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that would allow taxpayer donations be made to a fund to help pay for the state attorney general's challenges to federal statutes.

The House voted 80-15 for House Bill 2232.

The bill would create the Constitutional Challenge Litigation Cost Revolving Fund for the purpose of defending constitutional challenges to state statutes or challenging federal statutes.

The measure allows donations to be made to the fund on an individual or corporate income tax return form.

The bill also would permit a taxpayer who inadvertently makes a donation to the fund to claim a refund within three years from the due date of the tax return.

The amount of donations received will depend on the choices made by taxpayers, according to the legislation.

Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, and Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, authored the bill.

Dorman told The Associated Press Tuesday that many residents support Attorney General Scott Pruitt's efforts to challenge federal laws, most notably President Barack Obama's health care law.

The bill, Dorman says, will give supporters an opportunity to help pay for the lawsuits.

Currently, Pruitt's office is challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and various Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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