As of November 1, 2019, more than 300 laws are now in effect in Oklahoma. There are many laws that will impact your everyday life.
The following are several measures signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt after the 2019 legislative session:
- HB 1269 – This criminal justice reform measure makes State Question 780 retroactively applicable to individuals who were convicted of specific felony, non-violent drug and theft crimes, which will enable them to seek expungement. These crimes are now considered misdemeanors, punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum $1,000 fine.
- HB 2380 – Possession or use of scanning or skimming devices to obtain credit or debit card information without the authorized user’s permission in order to commit fraud is now a criminal offense.
- HB 2597 – Known as “constitutional”—or permitless—carry, this law enables Oklahoma residents to open or concealed carry firearms without a permit or training.
- HB 2010 – Individuals can carry concealed firearms—but not open carry—in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa zoos, Gathering Place, and other venues. Since these facilities are under a public trust, they can prohibit open carry on the premises.
- HB 2253 – This law enables individuals convicted of a felony offense to have their voting rights restored once they complete their sentence.
- HB 2373 – When it comes to attractive nuisance lawsuits against state farmers and ranchers, noneconomic damages (e.g. pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc.) will be capped at $250,000 or three times the amount awarded for compensatory damages, whichever is greater.
- SB 89 – When a motorist approaches a stopped vehicle with flashing emergency lights, he/she must proceed with caution and switch lanes (if possible), preferably one that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle. If changing lanes is not possible, drivers must reduce speed while near the stopped vehicle.
- HB 1071 – This law allows the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to increase the speed limit to 75 miles per hour on rural sections of the interstate highway system and allow the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to increase speed limits to 80 miles per hour.