By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The full Oklahoma Supreme Court wants to hear arguments in a challenge to an initiative petition for a public vote on a penny sales tax for education.

In an order filed late Monday, the state’s highest court said it intends to hear oral arguments in the case next week.

A group is launching a signature drive for a statewide vote on a one-cent sales tax that would generate about $615 million a year to help fund education and teacher pay raises. But a conservative think tank opposed to higher taxes is challenging the petition, claiming it violates the requirement that any proposed constitutional amendment pertain to only one subject.

Justices Tom Colbert and Joseph Watt recused themselves from the case, and two special justices have been appointed to replace them.

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