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Oklahoma appeals court upholds district court judge who dismissed lawsuit against Youth Expo

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld an Oklahoma County judge who dismissed a lawsuit challenging $2 million in state funding for a youth livestock show.

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals handed down the ruling on Thursday. It affirms a decision by Judge Bryan Dixon that the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was authorized to enter into contracts with the Oklahoma Youth Expo, a private, nonprofit group that operates a livestock show.

The lawsuit was filed by former state Rep. Mike Reynolds. It alleged the appropriation of state tax dollars for the Youth Expo livestock show was an inappropriate use of taxpayer money and was unconstitutional.

Reynolds says he has not had enough time to study the 36-page ruling and does not know if he will appeal further.

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