Okla. personhood bill backers fail to get hearing

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An attempt to force a vote in the Oklahoma House on legislation that would grant fertilized human eggs in Oklahoma the rights and privileges of residents has failed.

The Senate-passed personhood bill has not been scheduled for a hearing in the House. But Rep. Mike Reynolds of Oklahoma City moved Wednesday evening to suspend House rules and allow the personhood bill to be immediately debated and voted on.

House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Hickman of Dacoma, who was presiding over the chamber, ruled that Reynolds' motion was out of order. Hickman says any new business heard by the House must be scheduled with House Floor Leader Dale DeWitt of Braman.

House Speaker Kris Steele of Shawnee says a majority of the Republican caucus has privately voted against hearing the bill.

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