House Bill filed would make State Question 780 retroactive


    FILE - In this May 22, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, speaks on the House floor in Oklahoma City. Spiritual leader Rajan Zed, of Nevada, is scheduled to deliver the opening prayer at the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Dunnington criticized Republican leaders in the House earlier this year after his request to have a local Muslim cleric deliver the opening prayer in that chamber was denied. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Legislation was filed on Thursday to make State Question 780 retroactive.

    Majority Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, and State Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, coauthored House Bill 1269.

    The bill would provide post-conviction relief to Oklahomans, whose convictions would've been affected by the state question before it was passed.

    “It is time for Oklahoma to get out of the business of arresting and prosecuting individuals afflicted by drug addiction,” Dunnington said in a release.

    “We have Oklahomans that are labeled as felons, and their crimes would be legal or a much lesser crime today. These folks are disenfranchised, and their families are suffering. This legislation seeks to heal these wounds and continue Oklahoma down the road of responsible criminal justice reform.”

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