Crime, Prevention & Public Safety

(See also Judiciary/Courts)

SB 84(1) (Herbert/Paulk): Authorizes emergency vehicles to make use of red or blue flashing lights or a combination of red and blue lights. Also, requires the Commissioner of Public Safety and the State Board of Education to add the following to the adopted standards and specifications applicable to lighting equipment on school busses: the bus shall have its headlights activated any time any school bus is in operation. Effective 5-21-99

SB 234(4) (Rozell/Ostrander): This bill was not enacted but is alive on the House Calendar. It creates the Oklahoma Speed Trap Law. It authorizes the Commissioner of Public Safety to make determinations if any law enforcement officer of a municipality is abusing police power. Also, it requires municipalities to submit certified records for review for citations that are written for ten miles per hour or less above the posted speed limit and requires, upon completion of the inquiry, the Commissioner to forward all information to the district attorney. The bill provides the following sanctions for a municipality, which is found by clear and convincing evidence to have allowed abuse of its police power.

  • Order that a municipality abusing police power shall cease patrolling any or all affected highways;

  • Order that all or any part of future fines and costs received from traffic law violations or misdemeanor cases where the location of the offense is an affected highway shall be paid over to the county general fund of the county in which the municipality is located; or

  • Such other sanctions as is appropriate under the circumstances.

    This act also states any law enforcement officer convicted of abusing police power shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor. CCR on House calendar.

SB 246(1) (Brown/Kirby): Entitles a person who has been cited for an expired handicapped placard to dismissal of the charge, fine and court costs if the person presents to the court, within 30 days of the issuance of the citation, a notice from the Department of Public Safety that a valid placard has been obtained. Also, the definition of physical disability has been modified to include missing one or more limbs; the cost of the placards has been modified to $1.00 for every placard issued; and the expiration date of the placards issued between Nov. 1, 1990 and June 30, 1995 will be the birth month of the person to whom the placard was issued. This act allows local municipalities to establish a civilian volunteer handicapped parking violation unit to assist in the enforcement of handicapped parking law ordinances. Effective 11-1-99

SB 423(1) (Easley/Easley): Allows forfeiture of a vehicle when the person has been convicted of a second or subsequent DUI with one of the offenses being an accident with injury. Effective 7-1-99

SB 473(4) (Shurden/Leist): Attempted to allow raffles for nonprofit organizations. Conference Committee Report failed to be adopted in the House.

SB 479(1) (Henry/Toure): Prohibits any person who obtains a copy of any transcript of a grand jury proceeding from disclosing such information. The penalty is contempt of court. Effective 5-3-99

SB 568(1) (Horner/Ross): Allows the Department of Corrections to dispose of the Tulsa Community Corrections Center. Effective 4-26-99

SB 575(1) (Price/Bonny): Provides increasing sanctions on inmate frivolous lawsuits. It provides for the distribution for cash awards in tort actions and requires payment of costs, fines, restitution, assessments, child support, alimony and civil judgments. Effective 11-1-99

SB 580(1) (Wilkerson/Askins): Expands the authority for a no-knock search. It requires exigent circumstance including when there is danger to human life, when evidence may be destroyed, when the person sought may escape when notice would inhibit a criminal investigation, and when a warning is useless. Effective 11-1-99

SB 582(1) (Littlefield/Hutchison): Prohibits trespass on property under the authority of the Grand River Dam Authority. It provides and exception for land surveyors and engineers in the function of professional duties. Effective 4-5-99

SB 588(1) (Henry/Wells): Requires persons or businesses who provides services to children or schools to ensure that no employee is registered on the Oklahoma Sex Offenders registry or has been convicted of a felony within the last 10 years. Allows persons or businesses subject to this law to request felony searches through the State Board of Education. This bill prohibits certain convicted felons from working on school property. Effective 5-24-99

SB 589(1) (Smith/Askins): Creates the "Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting Act." It prohibits any person knowingly distributing, displaying, or selling any item bearing a counterfeit mark. A first offense is a misdemeanor with one-year county jail and a one thousand-dollar fine. Any person manufacturing any item bearing a counterfeit mark is guilty of a felony. Law enforcement may seize and forfeit any items bearing a counterfeit mark. Effective 7-1-99

SB 601(1) (Shurden/Stanley): Amends the Self- Defense Act. It makes provision for renewal of licenses at a reduced cost and provides for payment for new and renewed license with credit cards. The bill has a provision relating to restrictions on actions against the manufacturer of firearms. It allows an armed private investigator to carry a firearm when on and off duty. Effective 7-1-99

SB 614(5) (Rozell/Toure): Enacts the Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform Act of 1999. Restores most criminal Laws to pre-House Bill 1213 status, including restoration of jury sentencing, repeal of matrix system for determining criminal punishments, elimination of provisions for certain crimes to serve at least 85% of sentence, restores cap law and electronic monitoring programs and eliminates ability of Sentencing Commission to determine punishments for crimes. Modifies Community Sentencing Act by removing requirement for specified crimes to be sentenced to community punishments, increasing degree of local control, and making sentencing to community punishment for eligible offenders to be at the discretion of the court. Failed in the House.

SB 637(1) (Henry/Askins): Authorizes modification of suspension orders of driver privileges. Provides for cases of extreme and unusual hardship, as determined by the court, by allowing the person to be placed on a payment plan to pay fines. It further provides for the court to submit another suspension request if the person fails to honor the payment plan. In such cases, the Department of Public Safety shall suspend the person's driving privilege for nonpayment of fine and costs for the same moving traffic violation. Effective 5-27-99

SB 660(1) (Helton/Miller): Requires all law enforcement agencies to report to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation all drug seizures relating to precursor substances and drug paraphernalia. Emergency. Effective 4-5-99

SB 725(3) (Stipe/Benson): Would have created a Hate Crimes Unit in the Attorney General's office. Authorizes Attorney General to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. Precludes deferred judgment and sentence for person convicted by trial or upon plea of a hate crime. (Vetoed: see Veto Section)

HB 1003(5) (Benson/Taylor): Truth In Sentencing bill that carries some of issues from the 1998 Session. Died in conference (see 1008X and 1009X).

HB 1258(1) (Reese/Laughlin): Modifies the speed limit for school buses on paved two lane highways. Changes the maximum speed from 50 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour. The speed limit on turnpikes and interstate highways will remain the same at 65 miles per hour. Effective 11-1-99

HB 1460(4) (Morgan/Laughlin): This bill remains alive for next session. It is a Truth In Sentencing bill seeking to reform House Bill No. 1213 of 1997.

HB 1723(1) (Miller/Helton): Authorizes the Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control to award the sidearm and badge of a commissioned employee, who dies while employed, to the next of kin or spouse. Effective 7-1-99


HB 1008X (Taylor/Benson): Enacts the Oklahoma Community Corrections Act. Makes community punishment available on or after March 1, 2000, for eligible offenders in 5 pilot areas with local community sentencing systems. Requires that offenders guilty of certain crimes must serve 85% of their sentences before being considered for parole. Effective 7-1-99

HB 1009X (Taylor/Benson): Repeals the Oklahoma Truth in Sentencing Act. Effective 7-1-99

HB 1011X (Davis/Smith): Requires court to review the case against a defendant who has been held in jail for one year without being brought to trial or a defendant who has posted an appearance bond without being brought to trial within 18 months. Court shall dismiss the case if the state is not proceeding with due diligence and the right to speedy trial has been violated. If the right to speedy trial has not been violated, the court shall set the case for review in four months and continue four-month reviews until the case is tried or dismissed. Effective 11-1-99

(1) Passed, signed by Governor (2) Passed, pending Governor's approval/disapproval (3) Vetoed by Governor
(4) Pending in Legislature (5) Failed in Legislature (6) Enrolled with the Sec. of State

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