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GOP senator seeks changes to drug laws approved by voters

The Associated Press - February 13, 2017 2:02 pm

Ralph Shortey

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A state senator who wants to undo some of the changes to Oklahoma’s drug laws that were approved by voters in November is hosting a public forum in Oklahoma City.

Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey is hosting the forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Oklahoma City Community College.

Shortey maintains Oklahoma voters didn’t realize all the implications of their vote in favor of State Question 780, which makes drug possession and some low-level property crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies. The state question was opposed by district attorneys and some law enforcement groups, but approved by state voters with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

Shortey has filed a bill that would reclassify some drug possession cases as felonies.

Supporters of the question say they are trying to reduce Oklahoma’s overcrowded prisons.

 

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