Oklahoma City – In what is widely seen as a victory for the pro-liberty movement in this year’s legislature, HB 1674 has passed the Senate by a margin of 38-10. The bill, sponsored and endorsed by OK2A, was authored by Representative Kevin West (R – Moore) and Senator Rob Standridge (R – Norman). It is the first bill included on Ignite Liberty’s Legislative Tracker to complete pass the state legislature this term.
The bill makes it a crime (misdemeanor) for anyone who “obstructs the normal use of any public street, highway, or road within by restraining motor vehicle traffic, by approaching motor vehicles, or by endangering the safe movement of motor vehicles or pedestrians.” The crime would be punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine from $100-$1000. It also carries with it punishment for organizations which are found to be co-coinspirators in the offense, by levying fines up to ten time the amount for an individual.
More importantly, the measure provides “that a motor vehicle operator who unintentionally causes injury or death while fleeing a riot is not to be held criminally or civilly liable.” This measure was in direct response to the BLM/Antifa inspired riots from last summer, where one rioter was killed while attempting to block an interstate in the Tulsa area.
It is the first attempt by the legislature to address violence and lawlessness perpetrated on the state’s major metropolitan areas by the CCP-backed Marxist/communist organizations that paralyzed the OKC and Tulsa areas last summer. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. If signed, it will go into effect November 1st.