Impeachment Resolutions near Vote

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By Ellen Knickmeyer

Associated Press

Oklahoma House of Representatives leaders moved Tuesday toward a vote of the full House on resolutions seeking impeachment investigations against Gov. David Walters, but left open when any vote would happen.

House Speaker Glen Johnson said Tuesday's action in itself answers criticism that House leaders were stalling.

"Assigning it to calendar instead of committee is certainly an expeditious response,"Johnson said.

Leaders sent the two resolutions to the House calendar for floor action at some indefinite time, along with two resolutions seeking impeachment inquiries against state Treasurer Claudette Henry and Attorney General Susan Loving.

House leaders refused Tuesday to say what the outcome had been of their informal poll of House Democrats on the Walters' impeachment inquiry resolutions. Johnson, D-Okemah, said he had not seen the figures.

The Republican author of one of the two resolutions had charged earlier that Democratic leaders would sit on the resolutions until they knew they had the votes to defeat them.

Tuesday's decision to aim the resolutions in the direction of a floor vote apparently means the House leaders are more confident about the split, said House Minority Leader Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland. …