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House Calls Rare Mandatory Member Roll Call (Mar 07, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A rare parliamentary roll call has been used to require members of the Oklahoma House to be present during a vote on legislation by Republican House Speaker Kris Steele.

A call of the House was ordered Monday to compel members to be in the chamber. House sergeants prevented any member from leaving and others were instructed to find missing members and escort them in.

The vote involved the emergency clause on a bill re-defining the responsibilities of the state Board of Education and the state schools superintendent. The emergency allows the bill to go into effect when it is signed by the governor and requires a two-thirds vote, or 68 of the 101 House members.

But some Republican lawmakers were absent when the vote was taken and the emergency failed.

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