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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
which prohibits any amendment filed to a simple or concurrent resolution from being heard on the House floor unless the amendment has the same topic. The resolution passed 54-39.

Reynolds, frustrated that House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, and Majority Floor Leader Tad Jones, R-Claremore, would not allow his resolution seeking to remove a district judge from being heard, attached his resolution to about a dozen resolutions waiting to be taken up by the full House.

The amendments Reynolds filed were similar to his resolution which called for the ouster of Pittsburg County District Judge Thomas Bartheld for "gross neglect of duty.” Bartheld received national attention when he approved a plea bargain last year in which David Harold Earls received a one-year sentence in the rape and sodomy of a 4-year-old girl.

"They perverted the rules,” Reynolds said. "Since the dictators like Chris Benge and Tad Jones don’t have enough courage to vote against my amendment, they would rather see no vote at all and this is their solution.”