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Oklahoma Capitol briefs for March 8

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for March 8
Published: March 8, 2013


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.

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