OSBI Investigating Threats to Oklahoma Legislator

Mar 28, 2013

State Rep Skye McNiel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into threats made against a state representative who authored a bill to allow the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma.

The OSBI confirmed Wednesday it's investigating threats targeting Republican Representative Skye McNiel of Bristow.

McNiel says the threats have been troubling but says she refuses to "play into their hands." She says she has turned over emails, Facebook messages and telephone recordings to the OSBI.

Threats to a public official can be a felony crime and are one of the few crimes over which OSBI has original jurisdiction.

The horse slaughter bill passed the Senate on Tuesday and is heading to Governor Mary Fallin, who has indicated she'll sign it.

The bill was fiercely opposed by animal rights groups across the country.