Controversial “hoodie” bill will not be heard
OKLAHOMA CITY – Last month we told you about the controversial “hoodie” bill that could have made it a crime to wear a hood in a public place.
Today, the Judiciary Committee announced they will not hear the bill.
“After evaluating the legislation assigned to the Judiciary Committee this session, I have decided that Senate Bill 13 will not be heard so we may focus on other legislation before us,” said Senate Judiciary Chair Anthony Sykes.
Senator Don Barrington authored the proposal, claiming the amendment was meant to help victims of robberies.
“The intent of Senate Bill 13 is to make businesses and public places safer by ensuring that people cannot conceal their identities for the purpose of crime or harassment….Similar language has been in Oklahoma statutes for decades and numerous other states have similar laws in place. Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection,” said Sen. Don Barrington.
Although some believed the Senator was trying to make Oklahoma safer, others believe he may have over-reached a little bit.
To read the full bill with the proposed amendment, click here.