You could soon have the right to know if a criminal with meth charges moves into your neighborhood

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Sex offenders in your neighborhood can be found online, and neighborhoods are required to receive notification when someone with a ‘red dot’ moves into the area. That could soon be the same for criminals who have charges related to methamphetamines.

House Bill 1793, by Rep. Sean Roberts, would add the offenders to the registry and require offenders to notify the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs within 10 days of changing an address.

If the offender fails to register or provide an address would result in a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail ,or a fine of $500, or both.

The legislation, which passed the House on Thursday, also makes it easier to search the registry by allowing the public to look up offenders using either the last name of the offender or the address.

“Meth cooks, drug dealers and other criminals are a serious public safety threat and must be monitored,” said Roberts, R-Hominy. “I had come across several small problems with how the registry worked and felt like it would not be too difficult to tweak the law to make more information available to the public.”

The legislation was approved by a vote of 80-11, and now heads to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration.

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