Monday, April 14, 2014

House Votes to Ban Violent Sex Offenders from State Parks

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives today would prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.


State Rep. Josh Cockroft, who presented Senate Bill 1364, said aggravated sex offenders are individuals who have committed a crime against a child. Habitual offenders are individuals who have committed more than one sex crime. The bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban of these offenders from public parks, he said.

“Habitual and aggravated offenders are generally the predatory types of individuals we all imagine when we talk about sex crimes,” said Cockroft, R-Wanette. “We have to continually tweak sex offender laws to ensure that there are no loopholes that allow them access to public places frequented by children. Protecting our children should be top priority.”


The measure was approved by a vote of 93-1. If the Senate accepts House amedments, it will proceed to the governor to be signed into law.

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