Local & Regional
Sun April 3, 2011
Tulsa, OK – Lawsuit challenging 'Official English' dismissed
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa attorney has dismissed his lawsuit challenging a state question making English the official language of Oklahoma and says he will refile the action.
The lawsuit by James Thomas challenges the constitutionality of the measure that requires all official state communications be in English or an American Indian language unless otherwise required by federal law. It passed in November with about 76 percent of the vote.
The lawsuit was filed in Tulsa County and named then-Gov. Brad Henry leading attorneys for the state to argue it should be filed in Oklahoma County.
Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn agreed saying Tulsa County is "clearly not" appropriate.
Thomas told the Tulsa World he'll file another lawsuit challenging the question and says the governor will not be a defendant.