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Oklahoma House bill targets looters

A bill that would make it a felony to steal from a disaster area was approved Tuesday by the state House Judiciary Committee.
by Randy Ellis Published: April 9, 2014
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A bill that would make it a felony to steal from a disaster area was approved Tuesday by the state House Judiciary Committee.

“This is the lowest life of a person,” said state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, describing the contempt he felt for thieves who stole from the victims of last year’s Moore tornado.

The bill proposes a punishment of two to seven years in prison.

Senate Bill 2071 passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 9-7.

The state Senate previously approved the measure by a 36-1 vote. It now will go to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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