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Criminal justice measure adopted by Senate


A bill that would make the provisions of State Question 780 retroactive is headed to the governor’s desk.

The state question, which voters passed in 2016, reclassified some drug and property crimes as misdemeanors.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 34-11 with no debate.

The retroactivity bill establishes an expedited commutation process for people serving felony prison sentences for offenses that are now misdemeanors. It also provides a simplified path to expungement for people with old drug possession and low-level property convictions.

Lawmakers estimated between 500 and 800 people could be released from jail on simple possession charges and tens of thousands of people could have their records expunged under the bill.

Don Mecoy

Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,... Read more ›