Oklahoma House Votes to Reprimand Randy Terrill

By Carter, M Scott | THE JOURNAL RECORD, March 14, 2011 | Go to article overview

Oklahoma House Votes to Reprimand Randy Terrill


Carter, M Scott, THE JOURNAL RECORD


State Rep. Randy Terrill - still facing felony bribery charges from Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater - was publicly reprimanded by the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday, accused of using profane language and threatening violence against the House's Republican Speaker Kris Steele.

Terrill's reprimand followed a 67-18 vote to levy the same punishment against state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma. Reynolds was reprimanded after he interrupted remarks by the Rev. Tom Hopkins of the South Park Community Church of Tulsa on Thursday.

In a vote where more than a third of the House abstained, Terrill was reprimanded by a 34-30 vote.

Terrill, R-Moore, was accused of going into the office of state Rep. Daniel Sullivan, R-Tulsa, on Thursday and cursing in front of Sullivan's aide, then threatening Steele, a Shawnee Republican.

On Monday afternoon, Terrill denied the allegations.

"I have never seen such abuse of the process," Terrill said. "This is an orchestrated attack. That is what this is all about. There were no threats involved and there was no profanity involved. Why are we considering this when there is public intoxication in the House and drinking in the House and members having sex with staffers?"

However, a notarized document released by Steele's office painted a different picture.

Heavily redacted, the signed affidavit said Terrill entered Sullivan's office on March 10 and complained that he needed Senate authors for his bills.

"Representative Terrill entered the office and stated, in approximately the following words that he knew he needed Senate authors on two of his bill but the f------ retard Speaker wasn't going to hear them anyway, or so that's what the Floor Leader is telling everybody," the document said.

The document noted that Terrill continued speaking, saying "he (Steele) thinks he's got one bad leg now, wait until I break his other g-------- leg."

Speaking after the vote, Steele said the reprimand was a way to publicly document Terrill's behavior. …

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