Court overturns fee on cigarettes

Court overturns fee on cigarettes

In a 31-page opinion, the Supreme Court said it didn't matter if you called it a tax or a fee - the sole objective of the bill was to raise revenue for state government, violating the state constitution.

The tax would generate about $250-million for the cash strapped state.

The state argued raising the $1.50 fee on a pack of cigarettes was created to prevent people from smoking - saving 18,000 people a year.

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The state legislature narrowly avoided a special session when it passed a handful of revenue measures before the end of its regular session in May. Law prohibits revenue bills in the last week of the session. The others being challenged are House Bill 2348, which potentially disconnects the state's standard deduction from the federal deduction; House Bill 1449, which imposes a $100 annual registration fee on electric cars and $30 fee on hybrids; and House Bill 2433, which eliminates a sales tax exemption on vehicle purchases. The court heard arguments on Tuesday, and the decision on the cigarette fee is the first to be handed down.

"These agencies and the people they serve can not sustain the kind of cuts that will occur if we do not find a solution", Fallin said in a written statement. "State government can and must operate more efficiently, and this ruling provides an excellent opportunity to start that process", he said in a statement released on Thursday.

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