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May 16, 2023
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Election Protection Measure Sent to Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City, has won House approval of a measure, House Bill 2052, protecting the integrity of Oklahoma's election process.  Oklahoma is currently authorized to enter into membership with a multistate voter list maintenance organization such as the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) but has not done so because of serious security and privacy issues, including sharing voter list information with third parties involved in activities unrelated to voter roll maintenance. "If citizens don't have confidence in the election system, our Republic loses," Roberts said. "The goal here is to improve transparency, data privacy and voter integrity in our elections." HB2052 would require multiple protections to be in place before Oklahoma can join any multistate voter list maintenance organizations, which help states in removing voters who have moved or are deceased. The bill requirements make ERIC ineligible for Oklahoma membership because of the organization's repeated refusal to accept reforms that many member states demanded. Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, Alabama and Louisiana have discontinued membership in ERIC or announced their intention to discontinue membership. The measure authorizes the Attorney General to take action against any multistate voter list maintenance organization that inappropriately shares Oklahoma data. If the Attorney General chooses not to take action, the Secretary of the State Election Board may bring civil action. Or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House jointly may bring civil action. Roberts thanked Senator Micheal Bergstrom, the Senate principal author, for securing the passage of HB2052 in the Senate. HB2052 passed the House 79-19 and is now available for the Governor's consideration.



Mar 22, 2023
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House Passes Bill Increasing Penalties for Purchasing Prostitution Services

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City, on Wednesday passed legislation in the Oklahoma House of Representatives that increases penalties for those who purchase prostitution services. House Bill 2054 increases the penalty for someone who purchases prostitution services from a misdemeanor to a felony. "This bill aims to curb sex trafficking by reducing the demand for prostitution services," Roberts said. "Many of those engaging in prostitution are victims of human trafficking." The Oklahoma City Police Department Vice Unit requested that the penalty for purchasing prostitution be changed from a misdemeanor to a felony. Texas made a similar penalty change and found it successful in reducing trafficking. Under HB2054, a person can be sentenced to up to three years in prison and is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense, $2,500 for a second offense and up to $5,000 for a third or subsequent offense. If the victim of the offense is a minor, the penalty is a maximum of ten years imprisonment and provides a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second offense and up to $15,000 for a third or consecutive offense. The measure would also require the offender to register as a sex offender upon a third conviction. The bill does not increase penalties for people engaging in prostitution. HB2054 passed the House 76-15 and now moves to the Senate.