Proposed 'Hoodie Ban' Will Not Be Heard In OK Legislative Session

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015, 4:12 pm

By: News 9

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Senate Bill 13, also known as the ‘hoodie bill,' will not be heard this legislative session.

State Senator Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, released a statement regarding the decision on Tuesday:

“After evaluating the legislation assigned to the Judiciary Committee this session, I have decided that Senate Bill 13 will not be heard so we may focus on other legislation before us.”

The hoodie bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Don Barrington out of Lawton. It gained a lot of attention because part of the bill would've made it illegal for someone to intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by using a robe, mask or other disguise.

Some businesses already implement the same regulation. A metro liquor store cited surveillance video showing criminals covering their faces while committing crimes.

12/31/2014 Related Story: New Proposed Bill May Ban Hoodies In Public Places

Earlier this month, pastors in Oklahoma protested the bill by wearing hoodies during Sunday services. 

1/18/2015 Related Story: Oklahoma Pastors Protest Proposed 'Hoodie' Ban

The proposed bill had a few provisions for wearing clothing that covers your face, like religious beliefs, or Halloween, special events like a parade, masquerade party and weather.


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