Since Sykes dropped from a bill all of the language proposed to move the seat, Cleveland spotted another bill and had it inserted into the measure.
The bill outlines voting boundaries in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, which Cleveland hopes will assure passage because those two counties need the legislation.
According to legislative rules, the bill with Cleveland’s amendment will bypass Sykes’ judicial committee when goes over to the Senate. It would go directly to a joint House-Senate conference committee for a hearing.
“This is all about Cleveland County and its need for another judge,” Cleveland said. It also would benefit taxpayers across the state because they would not have to allocate more money to pay yet another judge, he added.