Oklahoma City, OK – Twenty-eight different business, labor and civil rights groups have filed briefs in support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's legal fight against Oklahoma's tough illegal immigration law.
The chamber questions the validity of a requirement that businesses use a voluntary federal worker verification system. The lawsuit is currently before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
A spokesman for the chamber, in a statement yesterday from Washington, D.C., said diverse groups agree that states should not set national immigration policy.
Oklahoma City, OK – Several groups say they'll oppose an initiative petition that would change the state constitution to increase funding for public education.
State Question 744 would require the Legislature to provide per-pupil funding equal to the regional average. The cost is estimated at $850 million.
Among those opposing the measure are the State Chamber, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, American Federation of Teachers in Oklahoma, Oklahomans for Responsible Government and Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation.