Bill protecting social workers advances
The House on Thursday passed House Bill 2060, which would increase the penalty for assaulting social and rehabilitation workers in the course of doing their jobs. Under HB 2060 by House Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, social workers and rehabilitation workers would be extended the same protection as other public sector workers, such as correctional officers, whose daily work places them in potentially dangerous situations.
The sentence for assault would increase from 30 days to six months while assault and battery would be a felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years. HB 2060 passed 63-29 and now goes to the Senate.
House approves home baker bill in 92-0 vote
The House voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bill that would allow home bakeries to operate without a food preparation license. House Bill 1094 defines home food establishments as businesses that earn less than $20,000 a year and produce baked goods for sale that do not contain meat or fresh fruit.
The bill's author, Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, said a local petition in his district led to his interest in the bill. HB 1094 passed 92-0. It now advances to the Senate.
Lawmaker recruits gun company from Colorado
Rep. Mike Ritze said Thursday he has sent a letter to the president of a Colorado-based manufacturer of magazines and other gun accessories urging the company to relocate to Oklahoma. Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said the president of the company, MagPul, has warned Colorado lawmakers that he would leave the state if they enact stricter gun control measures.
The Oklahoma House is expected to consider House Bill 2021 next week, which would exempt guns or ammunition made in the state from federal regulations. The bill provides for the manufacture or assembly of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition in the state. The items cannot be sold or taken outside the state and as long as the items remain in Oklahoma, they would not be subject to federal law or federal regulations.
A firearm manufactured or assembled under guidelines of the bill must have the words “Made in Oklahoma” on it, Roberts said. It prohibits fully automatic weapons or any weapon designed to fire rocket-propelled grenades or any explosive projectile.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU