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Sierra Club Files Lawsuit Against Oklahoma's $100 Electric Car Fee

•, by Steven Loveday

klahoma's Sierra Club Chapter isn't happy about the recent proposed $100 fee for electric vehicles, and an additional $30 registration fee, which won't be instated for gasoline and diesel engines. Of course, the environmental organization may move to battle anything that gets in the way of EV adoption or fails to note its benefits. Director of the organization's Oklahoma chapter, Johnson Bridgewater, said in an interview:

"These are tangible benefits that they are completely ignoring."

However, the truth of the matter is that whether or not the state accounts for the benefits makes no difference legally. Fortunately, the lawsuit actually sheds light on another situation in which lawmakers are proposing such fees without following required protocol.

Specifically, the proposed $100 fee is a tax. Under state law, a new tax must be supported by a supermajority of state lawmakers. According to the Sierra Club, this process never happened. The fee was simply set without due process.

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