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Democrats respond to Supreme Court ruling on cigarette fee | Blue Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Democratic Party and Oklahoma Senate Democrats quickly released statements after the announcement of the state Supreme Court's ruling that the "cigarette fee" passed during the last week of the session in May is unconstitutional. First, the Senate leader's office sent this press release Oklahoma Senate Democrats Issue Statement on Today's Supreme Court Ruling Declaring "Cigarette Fee" Unconstitutional The Oklahoma Senate Democratic caucus issued a statement Thursday through their leader, Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, commenting on the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the "cigarette fee" and declaring it an unconstitutional tax: "The opinion issued today by the Oklahoma Supreme Court finding that the so-called "cigarette fee" passed by the legislature was, in fact, an unconstitutional tax comes as no surprise. We knew this tax was unconstitutional when it was passed by the legislature back in May. We made the same arguments that the Court has articulated in today's