For Immediate Release: May 1, 2012
Sen. David Holt
Holt’s community service legislation heads to Governor’s
Holt, R-Oklahoma City, praised the final passage of Senate
Bill 1875, a measure allowing counties in Oklahoma to create community
service programs for convicted criminals, putting offenders in
position to make a positive contribution to their communities
while serving their sentence.
The legislation, authored in the House by Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest
City, was named the “Safari McDoulett Community Service
Act,” after an employee in the office of Oklahoma County
Commissioner Brian Maughan.
Maughan’s SHINE program is the model for the bill, and McDoulett
helped administer the program until her untimely death earlier
this year. SHINE stands for
Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere.
“Passage of this bill will ensure that Oklahoma County continues
to enjoy the benefits of SHINE, but it also gives every county
in the state the opportunity to create their own community service
program,” Holt said.
Holt’s legislation gives counties the authority to create
a community service program, and then authorizes judges to assess
a fine on criminals they sentence to community service. That fine
would then pay for supervisors and equipment so local governments
can put those offenders to work removing graffiti, picking up
litter or doing other projects to enhance the community.
SB 1875 was approved unanimously in the Senate by a 41-0 vote
and now heads to the governor’s desk for consideration.