Republican legislative leaders have filed a “friendly” lawsuit with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to get a legal opinion on the governor’s line-item veto power.

House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, and Senate president pro tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, said Gov. Brad Henry exceeded his line-item power when he vetoed portions of two general legislation bills in 2008. The measures specified how funds appropriated to the Department of Corrections and the Ethics Commission were to be spent.

Subscribe Now

Independent and authoritative analysis and perspective for the bond buying industry.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.