Legislation approved by the House Rules Committee would remove partisan politics from the election of law enforcement officials.
Senate Bill 327, by state Sen. Rob Johnson and state Rep. Randy Grau, would make elections for county sheriff nonpartisan.
“Legislators have an opportunity to show whether we want to be statesmen more than we want to be politicians,” said Grau, R-Edmond. “The public safety of a community is not a partisan matter. Lawmakers make decisions as to the law, county sheriffs execute it. There is absolutely no need for a partisan sheriff.”
Senate Bill 327 now proceeds to the House floor for consideration.