Few hearings, fewer votes: Police oversight bills see little attention in Oklahoma's Legislature
June 19, 2020
Months before the Memorial Day death of George Floyd and the weeks of nationwide protests that followed, Oklahoma's Legislature had a chance to take up issues that today dominate the headlines.
Lawmakers introduced a set of bills at the start of the year that would curb the use of excessive force by police, broaden the use of body cameras, require lawmakers to consider the impact of new laws, create an Oklahoma Commission on Race and Equality and set up a policing standards task force.
All bills failed to pass.
Only one received a floor vote. Most didn't even get a committee hearing –...