Judiciary Committee bills advance

The House Judiciary – Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee passed five new pieces of legislation that will now be heard on the House Floor.

House Bill 1127, authored by Rep. Scott Biggs, is legislation that would require the court to instruct the jury on the definition of “consent” in any criminal jury trial that involves “sexual assault.” The bill passed committee by a vote of 9 to 0.

House Bill 1324, authored by Rep. Justin Humphrey, is legislation that would remove the ability of the court to order a pre-sentence investigation be conducted on any convicted felony offender prior to the court imposing a term of incarceration.

House Bill 1472, authored by Rep. Travis Dunlap, is legislation that would create the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. The measure requires a service provider, upon request of the consumer, to filter content to prevent the transmission of obscene material to the consumer. The bill passed committee by a vote of 11 to 0.

House Bill 2281, authored by Rep. Terry O’Donnell, is legislation that contains recommendations relating to unlawful delivery of goods, false impersonation, credit or debit card crimes, forged instruments or coins, larceny of lost property, theft of aircraft, automobile or construction equipment and theft of a controlled dangerous substance.

House Bill 2290 is legislation that contains recommendations regarding the use of drug and mental health courts.

Of the several bills that were assigned to committee, 26 bills received hearings and were approved to be heard on the House Floor.

“This committee heard and passed legislation from both sides of the isle, which I believe is a testament to each committee member’s dedication to help improve Oklahoma’s criminal justice system,” said Biggs, R-Chickasha. “We put forward legislation that will help protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty.”