Steele Removes Trebilcock From Chair's Post; Trebilcock Says It's Retaliation For Shannon Support In House Speaker's Race
Capitol sources said Rep. Ron Peters of Broken Arrow would be the new chairman, and late in the day, that announcment came.
Trebilcock posted a scathing attack on Steele on his Facebook page, alleging Steele took the action because of "the outcome of the speaker's race."
Trebilcock supported winner T. W. Shannon, while Steele wanted Jeff Hickman as his replacement.
Several sources, however, say Steele took the action because of Trebilcock's recent behavior, including his apparent inattention to the work of the committee.
"This had nothing to do with the speaker's race," said one House member, noting that many others who supported Shannon remain as chairmen of their committees.
Late in the day, Steele issued a news release announcing several changes. He ignored Trebilcock's attack, minimizing the change with a single line: "Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, was moved to the chairman position for the House Committee on Energy and Utility Regulation."