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Oklahoma House Republicans scold member for delays

Member’s actions called obstructive and causing delays in the last week of the Oklahoma legislative session.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: May 26, 2010
A Republican House member was scolded twice by the GOP leadership Tuesday for making too many motions to bog down the legislative process.

Rep. Mike Reynolds also was the subject of an unprecedented move by the House of Representatives, which passed a special rule targeted at preventing an amendment he filed to several resolutions from being heard on the House floor.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele ruled Reynolds, of Oklahoma City, was making dilatory motions, or those intended to delay the House’s business.

Steele, of Shawnee, said Reynolds also made motions that simply obstructed the House’s business.

Reynolds called for a recorded vote on several measures and sought a vote on clauses after the bills had passed.

Legislators are scheduled to adjourn by 5 p.m. Friday. The House still has scores of bills to be taken up, including several bills that are necessary components of the $6.7 billion budget for the 2011 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Steele said the House has a right to protect itself from dilatory motions. He said Reynolds would not be recognized when it was apparent he was going to make similar motions.

Earlier in the day, Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, who was serving as presiding officer, issued a similar ruling against Reynolds.

Reynolds called the rulings absurd.

After Steele issued his ruling, the House passed Special Rule No.


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