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'Retroactivity' criminal justice bill that reclassifies felonies clears Oklahoma House

Rep. Jason Dunnington
Rep. Jason Dunnington

A "retroactivity" bill considered a key piece of criminal justice reform legislation moved from the House to the Senate on Thursday as lawmakers rush to complete the 2019 session before the Memorial Day weekend.

In its current and presumably final form, much-amended House Bill 1269, by Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, allows for an accelerated clemency process for people convicted of a felony reclassified as a misdemeanor as the result of State Question 780, a criminal justice reform referendum approved by voters in 2016.

The bill also sets out a simplified expungement process for people who have completed the terms of their sentences.

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