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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Some state leaders claim several city officials have broken Oklahoma law.

Come November, Oklahomans will head to the polls and vote on a number of state questions.

Two of those are SQ 777 (the right to farm) and SQ 779 (a one cent sales tax for education).

It is those questions for which cities have been showing support or opposition.

During the September 13th meeting, the Oklahoma City Council voted to show opposition for SQ 777.

Senator Anastasia Pittman is warning cities that taking a stance on state questions may be in violation of Title 26 of Oklahoma’s state law.

"I do believe we are the eyes and ears of the public as elected officials we must maintain for taxpayer dollars," Pittman said.

She sent a letter to Attorney General Scott Pruitt asking for his opinion.

Before the letter was sent, attorney David Slane was getting ready to sue.

"The idea that cities and public officials would use public funds to fight those very taxpayers is appalling," Slane said.

He changed his tune after Senator Pittman stepped in.

"I don't want to be spearheading an event that is going to expend more taxpayer dollars when we can just have a conversation," Pittman said.

Now, Slane has decided to hold off on the suits.

"We wait for the Attorney General to give an opinion. We can go forward and hopefully it won't happen again,” Slane said. "If they go forward and they do this again make no mistake we will sue that city.”

The Attorney General said he is reviewing the matter.

The City of Oklahoma City sent News Channel 4 the following statement.

“The City of Oklahoma City would welcome an opinion from either the AG or the Supreme Court to clarify the issue.”

Other cities like Edmond and Piedmont said the council stands by their decisions, while waiting to hear from the AG.