This past week the Oklahoma legislature produced their first entries into the annual catalog of legislation passed on floor votes. Two key bills demonstrate a serious contradiction in the presumptions that founding father Bill Murray would have intended.
While the House passed a key constitutional affirmation and reform of Oklahoma's 2nd Amendment infringements, The Senate choose to act like a mega school board.
Meanwhile the House passed a restoration of Oklahomans' right to keep and bear arms without infringement. Majority Leader Jon Echols and a large contingent of House Republicans co-authored the measure HB2597. Our legislature passed language decades ago which required citizens to buy that right by paying hundreds of dollars and taking education courses. 70 Republicans supported the constitutional mandate and 6 opted to leave the restrictions in place. 24 Democrats all voted against the Constitutional Carry reform.
Yes, kids should not have these in school, but every school board already made these rules very strict. Dossett wants to extend the ban even to adults attending community events on leased school facilities or at athletic events. Physicians are directing treatment protocols for some of their patients to use medications in these vaporizers, but there is no accommodation for this scenario in the state law. The Senate didn't even specify the criminal penalties for breaking this new prohibition. It may be left to an agency to impose another emergency rule to specify how hefty of a sentence will be imposed on patients and other violators. Some think it will be a citation and a $100 fine. Others aren't so sure that a default misdemeanor sentence might be the outcome. That would mean up to a 1-year jail sentence.
This applies to even having the device in your pocket when you go vote at a school polling location or when your church meets at the school auditorium on Sundays.
Senator Nathan Dahm was the one senator who refused to pass the measure. He said that all local school boards had already fully addressed the matter.