A lawsuit has been filed to block the new $257M
Specifically noted by the lawsuit:
- Passage of SB845 violated the Constitution's requirement that revenue-raising measures receive 3/4ths vote majority in both houses
- Passage of SB845 violated the Constitution's requirement that revenue-raising measures originate in the House, rather than the Senate
- Passage of SB845 violated the Constitution's ban on revenue-raising measures being passed in the final five days of session
The full brief as filed can be viewed here (courtesy of KFOR-TV).
Conservatives, and even Democrats, warned that this measure (and others) would fail to meet constitutional muster, but Governor Fallin and legislative leaders plowed ahead anyway.
If struck down, it would create a hole in the FY18 budget that would either trigger a special session this summer, create automatic cuts down the road, or mean that legislators would need to pass a supplemental funding bill very early in the 2018 session for the end of FY18.