OSBI investigating threats to Okla. legislator

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 9:06 PM

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 Rep. 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 Gov. Mary Fallin, who has indicated she'll sign it.

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

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