Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters


April 14, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday.

The state Senate voted 38-10, mostly along party lines, for the bill that now heads to the governor's desk.

The measure is one of a series of GOP-backed proposals that would increase criminal penalties for activities associated with protests last summer over racial injustice and police brutality.

The bill would make it misdemeanor punishable by up to a y...

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