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NEW LAW: Anti-Meth Law Takes Effect 2013

A new law went into effect on January 1st of 2013 that further constrains the ability to gain access to medications that lead to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Actually passed last year, the measure is designed to add onto the in-state tracking system of over the counter pseudoephedrine sales by adding to a growing multi state network.

NEW LAW: Aaron's Law

Last year, the Oklahoma State legislature passed a new law aimed at increasing penalties for several serious traffic offenses. Aaron's Law is named after Aaron Zentz, a 17 year old from Yukon, Oklahoma. He was killed in 2009 from injuries sustained in an automobile collision when a woman ran a stoplight and struck the car Aaron was driving.

NEW LAW AFFECTS EXPUNGEMENT ELIGIBILITY AND PROCEDURE

A new law goes into effect November 1st of this year. The measure significantly alters expungement procedure and eligibility. Oklahoma House Bill 3091 was approved by Governor Mary Fallin on May 4th of this year and has been met by mixed emotions from attorneys and Oklahoman residents alike.

NEW LAW: Severe Weather Liability

Governor Mary Fallin signed a new law on Friday, May 5. The law went into effect immediately upon her signature in an effort for it to make an impact before this year's tornado season comes to a close. HB 2419 eliminates civil liability for individuals and businesses who allow others seeking refuge from severe weather to temporarily enter their homes or businesses. The bill was originally created and passed unanimously in the State Senate and passed the State House by a vote of 89-2.

Proposed New Law Named in Honor of Caylee Anthony

The Oklahoma State Senate approved a new law on Thursday, March 15. If approved by the state House and Governor Fallin, Caylee's Law will create formal legal punishments for parents or guardians who fail to report a missing child within 48 hours. Senate Bill 1721 also provides stiff consequences for parents or guardians who knowingly lie to police officers about the disappearance of children.

Right to Privacy Gets a Little Weaker

A ruling came down from the Federal Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit Wednesday, February 29, 2012, creating a new law that police can now search your cell phone for phone numbers without a warrant. The courts' reasoning heavily relied upon the premise that the invasion of privacy in most cases will be very slight compared to the risk of law enforcement potentially losing access to this information. In his opinion, Judge Posner compared a cell phone to a diary, saying "Just as police are entitled to open a pocket diary to copy an owner's address, they should be able to turn on a cell phone to learn its number, he wrote. But just as they're forbidden from examining love letters tucked between the pages of an address book, so are they forbidden from exploring letters in the files of a phone."

Open Carry On the Way

A proposed Oklahoma open carry law moved one step closer yesterday. House Bill 2522 easily passed through committee and now moves on to the full state house for consideration. The measure is similar to one that was passed by the state legislature two years ago but vetoed by then Governor Brad Henry. With a Republican in the Governor's Mansion, the chances are much better for passage this time around. The bill has several functions.

Cody's Law Finally Closes the Door on "Social Hosting"

"Social Hosting" is now on the books: It is illegal to supply underage persons with alcohol or illegal narcotics on your property. While this seems like a no-brainer, in 2004 when Cody Ryan Greenhaw died at the age of 16 from an alcohol and drug overdose while at a friends house, there was no law, no criminal investigation and no one was punished. Since that time, Cody's mother has been pressuring state legislators to take action. Finally, in May of 2011, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law House Bill 1211 or "Cody's Law."

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