This week marked the passing of another deadline. Tuesday saw legislators on the floor past 1:00 AM. It’s been a long week for us all, to say the least. Thursday’s deadline signaled all bills that had not been heard and voted off the floor in their chamber of origin are now dead in the water. We are now down to roughly 900 bills still afloat.

The Senate had a heyday doing what they could to tear down access to healthcare for women with passing 6 anti-abortion bills on Wednesday alone. Legislators continue to push for high school graduation requirements to include passing a citizenship test. Limiting or creating barriers for exercising First Amendment rights through act of protest is a hot button issue this year which unfortunately continues to gain traction.

Next week the House and Senate will be on spring break, but CAIR-OK will see you at our Virtual MDAC Friday and Saturday.

Below are some highlights from week 6 as they relate to our platform!

Voting

HB 2939 Newton; Lists of individual voter names will not be available when there are less than 100 voters in another subgroup.
The bill passed: 88 ayes; 8 nays

SB 714 Jech; Changes deadline of absentee mailing. Allows more opportunities for hand delivery of absentee ballots.
The bill passed: 45 ayes; 0 nays

SB 962 Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat; Would align school board election dates with the dates of primary and general election dates for county, state and federal offices.
The bill passed: 38 ayes; 9 nays

Protesting

HB 2095 Lepak; Adds unlawful assembly to RICO statutes
The bill passed: 78 ayes; 18 nays

SB 119 Allen; Any groups using the capitol grounds must obtain a permit at least ten days in advance from OMES. CAM may require liability insurance from any organization or group.
The bill passed: 27 ayes; 17 nays

HB 1644 Humphrey; Illegal to start a riot by burning the flag; permit must be required for burning a flag.
Echols motioned to move previous question on all pending questions
The bill passed: 59 aye; 34 naye

HB 2336 Steagall; Title stricken – Riot control and prevention act. “It has nothing to do with the emergency acts the governor has invoked over the last year”
The bill passed: 58 aye; 30 nay

Civil Rights

Sb 584 Dahm; Expands current law on funding organizations that “traffic fetal body parts.” Expands current law so that no one funding can come from political subdivisions such as counties or municipalities.
The bill passed 36 ayes; 9 nays

SB 612 Dahm; Would prohibit an abortion procedure in Oklahoma unless it is required to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.
Bill passed 38 ayes; 9 nays

SB 723 Dahm; Would prohibit an abortion procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Bill passed 38 ayes; 8 nays

SB 778 and SB 779, both by Daniels; would limit the use of abortion-inducing drugs.
Both bills passed 38 ayes; 9 nays

SB 918 Treat; Would repeal regulations allowing abortions and restore Oklahoma’s prohibition on abortion should the central holdings of Roe v. Wade or Planned Parenthood v. Casey be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bill passed 38 ayes; 9 nays

HB 1102 Olsen; Takes away the license of any physician who preforms an abortion in the state of Oklahoma for one year, unless in the case to save the mother’s life.
The bill passed: 81 ayes; 18 nays

HB 2441 Russ; Prohibits abortions after heartbeat is detected.
Bill passed: 80 ayes; 18 nays

Immigration

HB 2030 O’Donnell; Graduating students must take the citizenship test as prepared by immigration services.
The Bill passed: 80 ayes; 18 nays

SB 572 Dahm; Prohibits sanctuary city policies.
The bill passed: 27 ayes; 19 nayes

SB 781 Bullard; Requires jails to cooperate with ICE agents.
The bill passed: 34 aye; 9 nay

Firearms

HB 2401 Russ; Firearm restoration for misdemeanors after a period of five years.
The bill passed: 77 aye; 19 nay

SB 631 Hamilton; Request bill from 2nd amendment association. Creates the Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act which prohibits any state agency or local authority from accepting any funds or implementing any program to impair the rights of firearm owners in the state.
The bill passed: 38 ayes; 8 nays

SB 644 Stephans; Authorizes concealed carry for public municipal employees.
The bill passed: 39 ayes; 8 nays

SB 730 Dahm; A vehicle is an employee’s personal property and a business cannot prevent an employee from storing a firearm in their vehicle.
The bill passed: 36 ayes; 8 nays

SB 732 Dahm; Preempts municipal authorities’ ability to regulate firearm standards
The bill passed: 38 ayes; 8 nays

SB 925 Dahm; Expands the scope of the castle doctrine to ensure people can defend their premise without a license to comply with constitutional carry.
The bill passed: 36 aye; 8 nay

Criminal Justice and Police Reform

SB 140 Brooks; Expands the delayed sentencing program 18 to 25 years of age.
The bill passed: 44 ayes; 0 nays

SB 806 Weaver; Creates Oklahoma Citizen Protection Act. Any assault of an officer results in a misdemeanor and a fine of $500-1,000. Assault and battery can result in a felony with five years in prison and up to a two thousand dollar fine. Adds community service in addition to fines and sentencing.
The bill passed: 38 ayes; 8 nays

HB 1799, Rep. Miller and Sen. Rosino; Request bill by OJA. Allows a parent or legal guardian to request the expungement of previous records by oral or written request.
The bill passed: 86 ayes; 9 nays

SB 951 Daniels; An individual cannot be imprisoned for being unable to pay fines or fees.
The bill passed: 43 ayes; 0 nays

HB 1651; Humphrey; Ends “post incarceration supervision”. Request from DOC. Post incarceration supervision is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.
The bill passed: 89 ayes; 4 nays

HB 1662 West, K.; Clarifies the prosecution and defense process for individuals accused of “unlawful force” when an act of self-defense is claimed. The amendment reduces the burden of proof on the state to carry the trial forward from “beyond reasonable doubt” to “clear and convincing evidence.”
The bill passed: 77 ayes; 19 nayes

SB 811 Pugh; Requires CIT qualification of 25% for police departments. De-escalation and training scenarios, as opposed to power points, for police officers.
The bill passed: 44 ayes; 0 nays

HB 2729 Pittman; Allows the DOC the ability to establish the prisoner reentry pilot program. The goal is to improve public safety outcomes.
Title stricken
The bill passed: 78 ayes; 14 nays

HB 2320 Frix; Allows a jury to recommend a suspended or deferred sentence
Bill passed: 92 aye; 5 nay

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