DEATHS

Kimberly Kaye Paine, 65

Born Friday, August 22, 1952

Died Friday, December 15, 2017

Linda K. Hoskinson, 56

Born Thursday, September 7, 1961

Died Thursday, December 14, 2017

Brenda Atkins, 72

Born Monday, January 22, 1945

Died Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Donald Raymond "Sonny" Sly, 76

Born Wednesday, August 27, 1941

Died Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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EVENTS

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Castle Christmas
Wreaths Across America

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Castle Christmas
Painting with Gwyn and wine
Reindeer Club OK

Monday, December 18, 2017

Castle Christmas

Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:06 AM

House Bill 1482 in the Oklahoma Legislature is designed to override a vote of the people last November that reduced the classification of many drug possession charges to misdemeanors. The ballot measure was intended to reduce the burden on county jails and the judicial system and to send the savings to mental health and rehab treatment centers.

HB 1482 seeks to reclassify many drug possession offenses as felonies.

State Rep. Avery Frix, elected in November, made a point of not voting for the bill.

“Anytime you go against the will of the people, that’s bad,” he said. “Because it only requires 51 Yes votes to pass, not voting is the equivalent of a No vote.”

The bill passed anyway, 51 to 38 with 10 abstaining. It now goes to the Senate.

State Rep. George Faught voted for the bill.

Here is a list of who voted for and against the bill.

UPDATE: Rep. George Faught said the following regarding his Yes vote:

What happened with the passage of SQ780 was after the AG wrote the language for the question the State was sued by Rep. George Young and Kris Steele to rewrite the language and the Judges rewrote the language cancelling out the protection for drug-free school zones. This made possession of drugs in those areas only a misdemeanor

There were 63 penalties that were downgraded from felony to misdemeanors and effectively did away with drug-free zones around schools. The legislation contained in HB1482 is intended to correct only one of the 63 categories thus re-establishing a drug free school zone. There were exclusions for no traffic stops in a school zone and made sure the charge to a student in violation of the drug free zone “may” not “shall” be charged and the charge would be a misdemeanor. Should a minor be convicted of a felony drug charge once they turn 18 they would adjudicated and that would be removed from their record.

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