Oklahoma Senate passes bill with tougher penalties for posting information online that identifies law enforcement and county officials

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Senate has passed a bill to increase penalties for people who post information about law enforcement and county officials online.

House Bill 1643, drafted in the Senate by Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, prohibits the posting of credentials of law enforcement and county officials online to “threaten, intimidate, harass or stalk” those officials, a Senate press release said.

“In recent years, we have seen our law enforcement community be attacked by misguided anger and hatred. These brave men and women are willing to sacrifice their health, even their lives, to uphold the law and keep our communities safe. Just as they protect us, we will protect them and their families, which includes preventing their personal information from being maliciously distributed across the Internet,” Bullard said. “This bill also protects county officials, who have become victims of this same type of dangerous behavior online. I am grateful to my fellow parliamentarians for standing up for what is right and I look forward to putting this important law on the books.

The bill would make such acts a misdemeanor and offenders could face up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

The second and subsequent offenses would include a sentence of up to one year in county jail, a fine not to exceed $2,000, or both.

“The measure would also allow county elected officials and peace officers to instruct the county assessor not to post their personal information online,” the press release said.

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