Local & Regional
Tue July 9, 2013
Judge Dismisses Suit Over Oklahoma Youth Expo
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging $2 million in state funding for a youth livestock show after attorneys in the case failed to show up for a scheduling conference.
Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds filed the suit, arguing that the state violated a prohibition on gifts of public money when it allocated $2 million to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which runs the livestock show.
The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/12oc9wg ) that District Judge Bryan Dixon dismissed the lawsuit after attorneys didn't show up for a conference Friday.
Reynolds called the situation a paperwork mistake and says he'll continue his legal fight. Several attorneys told the newspaper that they didn't receive notification of the scheduling conference.
A spokeswoman for the state Agriculture Department declined to comment on the suit's dismissal.