Capitol highlights from Monday, Feb. 8:
- A candidate for a state House seat dropped out of the race the day before a court appearance on a driving under the influence charge. Read the story.
- Repeat sex offenders who rape a child younger than six years old could be sentenced to death under House Bill 2965, which passed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. The bill’s author, Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, said the bill helps Oklahoma get in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Duncan also authored another bill that passed the judiciary committee Monday; House Bill 2297 would increase the penalty to life in prison for adults who serve minors alcohol or drugs at a party that results in the death of a minor attending the party. Read the story.
- Some lawmakers want the power to remove judges and change their sentences. Said one prominent defense attorney: “Oh my gosh!” Read the story.