With the Oklahoma Legislature entering our third week of work a number of bills have been passed out of committee and awill be making their way to the floor.

A measure to increase the required prison sentences for sex offenders passed a House subcommittee last week. HB 1816, by Rep. Dank (R-Oklahoma City), would increase the penalty for sex offenses against children under 12 to a minimum sentence of 25 years and not more than life imprisonment. No minimum sentence currently exists for such offenses.

HB 1825, by Rep Keisel (D-Seminole), strengthens Oklahoma’s Sex Offender Registry by requiring state officials to assess a convicted sex offender’s risk level and notify communities of offenders living in the area. In addition, the legislation will tighten procedures verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders.

HB 1622, by Rep. David Derby (R-Owasso), raises the penalty for identity theft by 10-fold in some cases. Under the bill, people who commit identity theft and steal more than $500 would face a fine of up to $5,000 and 10 years in prison. The current penalty is just a $1,000 fine and one year in prison.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me by e-mail at tadjones@okhouse.gov, by calling my Oklahoma City office at 800-522-8502 or locally at 342-5890.