Oklahoma state board approves bond sale

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) 12-08

A state board has approved the sale of $27 million in bonds for low water dam and conservation projects across the state, despite questions raised about the constitutionality of legislation authorizing the bonds.

Gov. Brad Henry, chairman of the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority, said he does not think the 2008 legislation skirts the state Constitution’s prohibition against laws covering more than one subject.

The bill containing the dam projects included bond funding for projects along the Arkansas River in the Tulsa area and bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

Henry argues capital improvements in bond legislation is one subject, even though they may cover different projects.

Jerry F. Fent, a retired Oklahoma City attorney, said he is considering filing a lawsuit challenging the bond plan.