Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: November 20, 2012
Supreme Court rules 9-0 that Zink Dam bonds are unconstitutional
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that
the use of $25 million in state bond funds to make improvements
to a dam owned by the City of Tulsa is unconstitutional.
The Court found that:
“In reality, the bonds appear to be nothing more than a gift
to the City of Tulsa and surrounding communities from the State.
This type of gift is precisely what is prohibited by the Oklahoma
Constitution, Article X, Sections 14 and 15. Accordingly, the proposed
bonds are unconstitutional.”
Anderson has long held the position that the issuance of these
bonds violated the state Constitution and argued his case before
the Supreme Court on Nov. 8. The Court’s decision ends a year-long
battle that Anderson has waged over the project.
“I appreciate the Court’s prompt attention to this matter
and I certainly agree with the Court’s conclusion that the
issuance of these bonds would violate the Constitution of the State
of Oklahoma,” said Anderson, R-Enid. “In the future,
I would hope that policy makers will pay closer attention to the
For more information contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630