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Oregon Senator sues governor, state revenue department

Brian Boquist, a Dallas, Oregon, Republican, filed the suit Tuesday in state tax court seeking to block the implementation of Senate Bill 1528.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 4:08 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon state senator has filed a lawsuit against top lawmakers and the state's governor, alleging that the passage of a controversial March tax measure violated the state constitution.

Brian Boquist, a Dallas, Oregon, Republican, filed the suit Tuesday in state tax court, naming the Oregon Department of Revenue as well as Gov. Kate Brown and the heads of both halves of the state Legislature in their official capacities, seeking to block the implementation of Senate Bill 1528.

The move amounts to the latest objection from Republicans to the bill, which passed the Legislature in March, and stopped a federal tax deduction created by US President Donald Trump from automatically lowering Oregonians' state income taxes.

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