Court Hearing Set in Lawmakers' Oklahoma Youth Expo Suit

Mike Ritze

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A hearing is set in Oklahoma County District Court for a lawsuit filed by two state lawmakers that challenges the appropriation of $2 million in state tax dollars to a private, nonprofit livestock organization.

The hearing is scheduled Tuesday before District Judge Lisa Davis in the lawsuit filed by Republican Reps. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City and Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow.

The lawsuit was filed against Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese and other state officials. It alleges that the appropriation of state tax dollars by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to the Oklahoma Youth Expo livestock show is an inappropriate use of taxpayer money and is unconstitutional.

Reese has said the appropriation is entirely legal as a public-private partnership to help farmers and ranchers promote agriculture-related endeavors.

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