Monday, April 16, 2012

Cockroft Bill Targets Drugs

Legislation approved today would allow a larger group of law enforcement officials to participate in anti-drug efforts.
Senate Bill 1544, by state Rep. Josh Cockroft and Sen. Ralph Shortey, exempts state officers who are also reserve special agents for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control from the prohibition against dual office holding.
“It makes no sense for it to be illegal for someone to be a county officer and commissioned by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs,” said Cockroft, R-Tecumseh. “My legislation will allow officers to obtain a dual commission, which will increase the manpower available for anti-drug efforts. This is an important step to fighting drug crimes in our local communities." 
            Senate Bill 1544 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 65-22 vote today and now goes to the Governor's desk to sign.

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