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Oklahoma lacks authority to enforce tobacco pacts

Oklahoma lacks authority to enforce provisions on tribal tobacco compacts, according to testimony provided to a state House committee.

The deals were signed by Gov. Brad Henry (D) to generate revenue for the state. But officials say some tribal retailers aren't paying the right tax to the state and that there is nothing they can do it about it. They estimated they are losing $2.5 million a month.

A bill has been introduced that would allow Henry to buy out some of the compacts.

Get the Story:
Officials lack power over compacts (The Oklahoman 11/18)
Bill would allow buyouts of tribal tobacco deals (The Oklahoman 11/9)

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