Legislative Updates

Within previous year's legislative sessions, OKRSOL has been able to successfully block several pieces of harmful legislation that would have been extremely damaging for registrants and their families. In the future, OKRSOL will work to do the same as well as introduce legislation that will help to reduce the negative burdens experienced by registrants and their families.

These lobbying activities began in 2010. Each year, this work is conducted primarily at the state capital during the legislative session, but occurs throughout the year as members of our legislative committee meet with state lawmakers to discuss issues that affect the registered community and the public as a whole.
Stay Informed

The 2018 legislative session is right around the corner and will start at the beginning of February. Any bills that will create further hardship for registrants and their families will be lobbied against with heavy opposition, and any bills introduced that would create a positive change in the lives of registrants and their families will receive our support. A full list of the legislative bills we are following will be added to this page.

From February to May, there will be many updates as we share how these bills are moving through the legislative process at the capital. Any involvement we have as it relates to each bill will also be posted to this page. During those months, check back often and stay informed.
New DHS Law
See the full report on this page.

Have you made the call to DHS because you have children in the home?
Has DHS knocked on your door?

We would like to hear from you. How this new law has affected your family is important us, and we are here to listen.
Would you like to take a stand with us against harmful legislation like this one? You have a voice, and you CAN make a difference. Get in touch, and we'll tell you how.

2017 Legislative Session Report


SB217

 

10-24-2017


Senator A.J. Griffin authored SB217 within this year’s legislative session, and it goes into effect on November 1, 2017. It contains minor language clarification and procedural changes for the court system that will have no effect on current registrants. There are two items that will affect registrants.


This bill mandates that registrants will be required to report to the local law enforcement authority for address verification even if the DOC letter does not arrive at the registrant’s residence.


It also mandates that all registrants living with a minor child report the name and date of birth of all minor children and the offenses for which the registrant was convicted of to the Department of Human Services (DHS). This is to be done by calling the DHS statewide centralized hotline which is also their child abuse hotline. The hotline number is:

1-800-522-3511


The troubling item in this new law is the phrase that states, "Nothing in the provisions of this subsection shall prevent the Department of Human Services from conducting and completing a safety evaluation when a registered sex offender resides in the home of a minor child."


This does not necessarily mean that DHS is going to perform the safety evaluation of every registrant’s home where children reside, but it certainly gives them the legal authority to do so. We see this as the greatest infringement on our civil rights so far, and at this moment in time, there is nothing we can do except comply.


Our legislative committee has spoken with Sen Griffin with the concern about calling a child abuse hotline to do the reporting. She states that she understands our hesitancy in calling an abuse hotline and that she is going to be talking with DHS about providing a specific person to contact, either by phone or in person. Until this gets worked out, affected registrants are legally required to do the reporting through the hotline. It is our understanding that the hotline agent will be providing a reference number for the report as a way of accountability.


If you have any questions regarding this report, please address them through our contact us page and indicate SB217 within the subject line. We will connect you with a member of our legislative committee, so they can respond to you directly.


If there are any further developments, we will report them here. Stay informed.