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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a final agreement on a budget between legislative leaders and Governor Stitt and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank, levels a constitutional challenge against an initiative petition to put Medicaid expansion before voters on the 2020 ballot.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed penny sales tax that would pay for a teacher pay raise and fund other areas of education in Oklahoma can be placed on a ballot for a statewide vote.

In a 6-3 decision Tuesday, the state's highest court rejected claims that measure unconstitutionally combines multiple subjects into a single vote.

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The state Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday over the legality of a petition to fund education through a one-cent sales tax. The debate focuses on whether the petition should be broken down in to multiple subjects, or remain as one.

Attorneys for OCPA Impact, argued that the initiative petition would do four things:

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At a State Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, attorneys argued over the legality of petition to fund education through a one-cent sales tax.

OU President David Boren’s petition aims to raise sales taxes in order to fund teacher pay raises and other aspects of education in the state. But there is an argument on whether the petition should be broken into multiple petitions, or remain as one.

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A right-wing advocacy group is calling OU President David Boren’s penny sales tax petition unconstitutional.

Boren and his group, Oklahoma’s Children – Our Future, filed the petition in late October, and want the one cent tax increase to fund various aspects of education in the state. But Dave Bond, the CEO for OCPA Impact, filed a formal protest with the State Supreme Court on Thursday, saying the petition violates the state’s constitutional single subject rule, and accused Boren’s group of logrolling four different subjects in to one petition.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the leadership resignations by Owasso Republican Senator Rick Brinkley who faces allegations of embezzlement and a law banning paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues comes under question when a Tulsa law firm representing 300 school districts tells them it's unenforceable.

The trio also discuss the attacks against state leaders and lawmakers from the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs concerning claims of a shrinking budget and from Republicans supporting state GOP Political Director TC Ryan who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse.