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Osage Nation sues state over tobacco rules again

The Osage Nation filed a second lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma over emergency tobacco tax rules.

The tribe said the state broke the tobacco compact by imposing emergency rules on tribal-licensed shops. "The time to negotiate was before the rule was passed, not after," said chief Jim Gray.

The rules are meant to prevent tribal-licensed smoke shops from selling tobacco with lower tax stamps. The tribe is already in mediation over an earlier rule.

Separately, the Oklahoma House passed a bill to allow non-tribal shops to sell tobacco at a lower tax rate if they are within 25 miles of a tribal shop.

Get the Story:
Osage tribe sues state 2nd time (The Oklahoman 4/21)
Bill pits tribal, nontribal stores (The Oklahoman 4/21)

Relevant Links:
Oklahoma Tax Commission -

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