Rep Sean Roberts worked with the House Public Safety Committee to advance an effort to combat the growing problems with crime committed by illegal aliens in Oklahoma.
The measure would allow law enforcement to seize vehicles and other property of illegal aliens if the alien has a past criminal history in the U.S.
The HB4136 goes further, to hold municipalities liable if the local policy declines to take proper police action and the negligence results in other citizens being further victimized by the criminal illegal alien.
The procedure of committee passage hit a few controversies when Democrats objected to germaneness of inserting the new language into a bill titled as a sex crimes reform.
The passed committee substitute is a bill that started out as rep. Danny Sterling's initiative, but he allowed Rep. Sean Roberts to present a completely different title, enacting clause, and language.
Another bit of drama developed when the vote fluctuated and rested in a 6-6 tie. The chairman, JJ Humphries, attempted to hold the vote open for the 3 non-present committee members to have opportunity to vote. He intended to proceed to essentially table the voting while the roll was open. That met with strong & unanimous opposition.
The committee paused for just a couple minutes until Speaker Pro Temp, Harold Wright entered the room. Just as he was casting the deciding vote in favor of 'do pass', Democrat Matt Meredith also switched his vote to 'yay', resulting in a final 8-5 vote tally.