Oklahoma House members vote for lawmaker

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Did a group of Oklahoma House members break House rules today?

Reporters in the House chamber say they witnessed Democratic Representative Brian Renegar, Chuck Hoskin and Wes Hilliard of casting at least four votes for Democratic Representative Terry Harrison when Harrison wasn't on the House floor and wasn't visible in the House gallery.

The House members cast "yes" votes for Harrison by pressing a button on his desk where members vote electronically on legislation.

After reporters say Hilliard cast a vote on Harrison's behalf, a journalist went to Harrison's office to find out if he knew what was happening.

Harrison told the reporter he'd been instructing others to vote for him by making himself visible at the southwest portal of the gallery, which is permitted by the rules. But reporters say they didn't see him.

Hilliard said he didn't remember pushing the button and Renegar says he saw Harrison. Hoskin couldn't be reached for comment.

House Speaker Chris Benge no one will be punished because the presiding officer didn't see it and other members didn't raise the issue in a point of order.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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