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United States Supreme Court

403 U.S. 1

Gordon  v.  Lance

 Argued: Jan. 18, 1971. --- Decided: June 7, 1971


West Virginia's constitutional and statutory requirement that political subdivisions may not incur bonded indebtedness or increase tax rates beyond those established by the State Constitution without the approval of 60% of the voters in a referendum election does not discriminate against or authorize discrimination against any identifiable class and does not violate the Equal Protection Clause or any other provision of the United States Constitution. Gray v. Sanders, 372 U.S. 368, 83 S.Ct. 801, 9 L.Ed.2d 821 and Cipriano v. City of Houma, 395 U.S. 701, 89 S.Ct. 1897, 23 L.Ed.2d 647, distinguished. Pp. 4-8.

153 W.Va. 559, 170 S.E.2d 783, reversed.

George M. Scott, Minneapolis, Minn., for petitioners.

Charles C. Wise, Jr., Charleston, W. Va., for respondents.

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Mr. Chief Justice BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).