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Oklahoma City Lawyer Fights Turnpike Bond Measure's Legality

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   The Oklahoma Supreme Court has heard arguments in an attorney's lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes across the state.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent said in Tuesday's hearing that the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's power to issue such bonds is unconstitutional.

Authority attorney Jered Davidson said such financing has been common as the turnpike system has expanded over the years. He said there is no legal prohibition against it.

Referee Daniel Karim listened to the arguments and will submit a report to the full court for its opinion on whether the $480 million bond issue can go forward.

The bond issue would pay for a toll road and work on five turnpikes or expressways.