Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March
Senator David Myers
Measure to Provide Offender Registry to Schools Heads to House
A measure passed by the State Senate will allow Oklahoma
school districts to further their ability to check potential employers
by providing them direct access to the state Sex Offender Registry.
Senate Bill 440, authored by Senator David
Myers, will require the Department of Corrections to provide
a copy of the Sex Offender Registry to the State Superintendent
of Public Instruction for distribution to school districts. The
measure, which passed the Senate unanimously, will give school districts
another opportunity to check their current employees, as well as
The Republican from Ponca City noted that the schools have always
had the ability to check sex offenders for a fee either at the local
law enforcement agency or the Department of Corrections, but this
will allow for direct access to the sex offender registry.
"Currently, schools have to pay a fee for each inquiry of the
Sex Offender Registry," said Myers. "This bill will save
our schools time and money, but more importantly it will help keep
sexual predators away from our children."
Sex offenders can be prosecuted for working with children during
the term of registration. Employers can be held civilly liable for
knowingly employing a registered sex offender.
"Oklahoma law already prohibits convicted sex offenders from
working with children, but some can get
overlooked," continued Myers. "Our schools shouldn't have
to pay or jump through hoops to get this information. This bill
will help make the process easier and more efficient."
SB 440 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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