Oklahoma state senate passes bill to opt out of fed hate crimes law

What kind of a bigot do you have to be to want to undercut the investigation of a hate crime?

In an amendment presented on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, gutted a bill that had been filed to create a task force to study the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, and inserted language to make changes to the state’s hate crime statutes.

Under the new provisions of Senate Bill 1965, reports that were collected during investigations of possible hate crime that did not end in a conviction would be destroyed or kept by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Russell said the bill is meant to prevent the federal law enforcement officials from taking over a case and applying different standards when local law enforcement has already investigated a case.

Only a few senators questioned Russell about the contents of his proposed amendment. The measure passed 39-6 and now heads to the House for consideration.

I guess in Oklahoma people who beat up and kill minorities must be a pretty powerful special interest. And these states wonder why they get no respect. Perhaps if they didn’t defend killers and bigots people might not think they were so backward.


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