Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 8, 2014
Sen. David Holt
Bill requiring updated photos of offenders
A bill requiring current photos of registered sex offenders in the
state has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Senate Bill
1444, by Sen. David
Holt and Rep. Elise Hall, will provide for updated photographs
for Oklahoma’s online sex offender registry.
Under the provisions of SB 1444, when sex offenders check in with
local law enforcement, which they are already required to do, their
photo must be updated if it is more than a year old.
“Some sex offenders can remain on the sex offender registry
for life, but there was no provision in law for their photo to be
updated,” said Holt, R-Oklahoma City. “A constituent,
Chantal Morris, brought this issue to my attention, and we introduced
legislation to correct the problem. This is extremely important
because the photograph is a key element of the registry. It is far
less useful to the public if the offenders on it cannot be identified.
Oklahoma families will be safer as a result of this legislation.”
SB 1444 received overwhelming bipartisan approval in both chambers,
with Senators voting 45-0 for the legislation and the House approving
the bill 90-1.
“The primary way that someone is going to identify a sex offender
is by their appearance,” said Hall, R-Oklahoma City. “This
legislation ensures that the information on the registry has a recent
photo so that there is no way for sex offenders to hide from the
SB 1444 will become effective November 1, 2014.
For more information,
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636