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Okla. House Pushes Forward with Ethics Panel (Jan 18, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - After a tumultuous legislative session last year in which three members were publicly reprimanded - including one who faces criminal charges - a newly created House Ethics Committee is beginning its work.

The legislative panel met Wednesday and approved a proposed code of conduct for House members and began developing its rules and procedures.

The bipartisan panel was recommended by a House Special Investigative Committee that House Speaker Kris Steele formed to investigate state Rep. Randy Terrill. Terill faces a bribery charge in Oklahoma County. He has denied wrongdoing and the special committee recommended no action against him.

Committee Chairman Rep. Gary Banz - a Republican from Midwest City - says part of its purpose is to have policies in place when the behavior of members is "called into question."


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