Oklahoma House scolds two members
Public reprimands are issued against Rep. Mike Reynolds for interrupting a minister speaking to the House and against Rep. Randy Terrill for allegedly using profanity and allegedly making a threat against the House speaker.
House staff could find no records of when the House issued its last public reprimand.
“This event occurred in my office,” Sullivan said. “My staff is employed to do a job. They're not here to be vomited on by a member coming in spewing their bile, disgusting language.”
Terrill, in speaking against the reprimand, asked why previous transgressions went unnoticed. He mentioned members bringing alcohol on the House floor, having alcohol in their offices and having sex with a staff member before his microphone was cut off shortly before his allotted time expired. Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, who was in the speaker's chair, said Terrill had strayed off the subject.
Terrill also argued House rules require that any comment in which a member may be reprimanded has to be made on the House floor or in a committee or subcommittee meeting. Armes ruled the House has the authority to reprimand members.
Later, Terrill said the reprimand was an attempt by Steele to “bully, harass, intimidate and threaten the conservative members in the caucus into going along with their moderate to liberal agenda.” Terrill said it's also an attempt to make Reynolds and him the “whipping boys.”
Steele said that isn't the case. “The events that transpired today were based purely on the members' action and the merits of the behavior,” Steele said afterward. “I can assure you that it has nothing to do with other than making sure that members are held accountable for their actions.”
Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, brought the public reprimand complaint against Reynolds, who asked for a point of order while the Rev. Tom Hopkins gave a sermon
Hopkins, senior pastor at Southpark Community Church in Tulsa, is also an author and a speaker on living healthy lifestyles. He was talking about ways to live healthier when Reynolds complained that he was lobbying.
Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, said then that Hopkins' comments were words of encouragement and told Hopkins to continue.
“I've never ever witnessed anything so disrespectful,” Kirby said Monday. “You do not disrespect a man of the Word.”
Reynolds said he apologized to Hopkins on the House floor. But he said he refused to sign a written statement, which irritated Kirby on Monday.
“Rep. Kirby after caucus said he would hit me right in the mouth,” Reynolds told House members.
“That deserves a
News Photo Galleriesview all
- 21543Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 10852Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman meets the military officer who shared the clothes off his back
- 8707Oklahoma tornadoes: Thunder reverses the role, takes a turn at cheering on the community
- 8666Finding Addyson – One family's struggle in the Moore tornado
- 8648Hobby Lobby argues case before federal judges
- 7837Blake Shelton's "Healing the Heartland" televised tornado benefit set for Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena
- 7718Story behind the photo: Family members describe desperate search for one another after EF5 twister