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Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for March 28, 2013

Oklahoma state Capitol briefs for March 28, 2013.
Published: March 28, 2013

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OSBI investigates threats

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into possible threats made against Rep. Skye McNiel, the author of a bill that would allow horse slaughter in the state. Agents have been investigating the allegations for more than a week, the agency said. Agents continue to track leads on those making the possible threats, which have come by telephone, in the mail and via social media, the agency said. Threatening, harassing or intimidating an individual can be a felony crime. The OSBI has original jurisdiction involving threats to public officials and is one of the few crimes the agency does not need a request to investigate from a law enforcement agency. McNiel, R-Bristow, authored House Bill 1999, which passed the House last month and the Senate earlier this week. Gov. Mary Fallin received the bill Wednesday. She has five days to sign the measure into law. A spokesman said earlier the governor is inclined to sign the measure.

Lawmaker recovering

Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, is said to be recuperating after suffering chest pains Tuesday and being admitted to a McAlester hospital. Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, led a prayer for Renegar during Wednesday's House session. He said Renegar was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau


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