Cigarette tax hike faces uphill battle in the House
By Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY — An effort to increase the tax on cigarettes faces an uphill battle in the Oklahoma House.

As a revenue-raising measure, it must start in the House and would require a super majority (75 percent) in both chambers.

House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, does not sound optimistic about prospects for the measure.

“It is going to take a bipartisan effort,” McCall said. “Right now, it does not appear to be a will to do so.”

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