Oklahoma Speaker plans conference call amid resignation rumors

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma House Speaker Lance Cargill resigned Monday following published reports he paid property taxes late and failed to file state personal income tax returns for two years.

Cargill had been under fire following reports he was late for six straight years in paying property taxes on his Harrah law office.

The reports came after it was revealed Cargill failed to file state personal income tax returns in 2005 and 2006.

Cargill was serving his second year as House speaker and at 35 he was the nation's youngest state House speaker.

House rules state that if the speaker's position becomes vacant, the speaker pro tem will become acting speaker until an election is held.

Republican Representative Gus Blackwell is the House's speaker pro tem.

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