English-only question faces more hurdles

Thursday, September 14th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- There's more legal challenges for a state question proposing that English be declared Oklahoma's official language.

Deliah Christine Gentges of Tulsa and her attorney originally challenged the proposal last week.

They allege numerous legal deficiencies in the proposal. The initiative petition has already missed a deadline to get on this year's ballot.

Timothy J. Wagner of Yukon filed a new challenge on behalf of Cocina De Mino and Restaurante Mexicano.

Wagner says it isn't fair or feasible to prohibit state agencies from providing services to one of the fastest growing minority populations in the state.

A separate challenge was filed by R-D Parks, an Oklahoma City certified public accountant. Parks alleges the question and initiative petition are ambiguous and conflicting.

Another last-minute challenge was filed by Colata Harlan of Yukon. Harlan says the proposal would put state agencies that get federal funds in violation of federal rules.