OK Senate Passes Bill to Make SQ780 Retroactive

Bail reform failed in the Oklahoma legislature this week, but another major criminal justice reform initiative is on its way to the governor.

The Senate passed House Bill 1269 on a 34–11 vote. It will extend the reclassification of several drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors to people convicted before voters passed State Question 780 in 2016.

“This bill ensures that people do not sit in jail for a crime that no longer carries a jail sentence,” said Sen. Stephanie Bice.

Lawmakers were split earlier in the session over how to resentence people in prison crimes since reduced to misdemeanors. Bice said HB1269 will not put a strain on courts and district attorneys.

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