Coyle v. Smith

PETITIONER: Coyle
RESPONDENT: Smith
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 941
DECIDED BY: White Court (1911)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Apr 05, 1911 / Apr 06, 1911
DECIDED: May 29, 1911

Facts of the case

In 1910, Oklahoma enacted a law moving its state capital from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. In admitting Oklahoma to the Union, the Congress declared the temporary capital to be Briscoe and that a change to some other location would not occur until 1913.

Question

Does Oklahoma have the power to locate its seat of government when Congress has imposed conditions limiting that location?