Representative Toni Hasenbeck

Hi, I'm Toni Hasenbeck and I represent the people of Oklahoma's 65th District.


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Mar 9, 2024
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House Approves Inclusion of AI Content in Definition of Child Pornography

Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, on Thursday secured passage of legislation that includes artificial intelligence images of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the definition of "child pornography." House Bill 3642 would include any visual depiction that appears to be a child engaged in sexually explicit content, regardless of whether the image is a depiction of an actual child. "The capabilities of AI today are terrifying," Hasenbeck said. "Somebody could screenshot an image of a toddler online and create a very realistic image or video of that child. While that image or video might technically be fake, the intent behind it is not, which is why we need to expand the definition of child pornography to include AI content." The measure passed the House 81-0. HB3642 is authored in the Senate by Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

Feb 9, 2024
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Hasenbeck Passes Domestic Abuse Survivorship Act Through Committee

Legislation requiring courts to consider abuse in sentencing for cases of the murder of domestic partners passed the House Judiciary - Civil Committee Thursday. House Bill 3640, authored by Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, creates the Domestic Abuse Survivorship Act. It requires that the court must consider as a mitigating factor that a person found guilty of the homicide of their intimate partner had been abused physically, sexually, economically or psychologically by that partner. HB3640 requires at least one proof of evidence, such as a sworn statement from a witness to the domestic violence, an order of protection, or a record from the court, social services, law enforcement or hospital. Under the act, if a court finds evidence that abuse occurred within one year before the offense, it can depart from the applicable sentence. "It's so easy to say 'this person should have done this' or 'they should have done that,' but that attitude fails to take into account not only the very nature of abuse, but the specific details of each survivor's situation as well," Hasenbeck said. "In contrast, the Domestic Abuse Survivorship Act requires the consideration of all details of the relationship between the offender and the deceased prior to sentencing." Hasenbeck pursued similar legislation last year, but she says the biggest change this year is the option for currently imprisoned people with similar cases to petition for sentencing relief. If the court finds evidence that the applicant is a survivor of domestic abuse, the court may reduce the original sentence. There is no period of limitation for applications of relief. "Each survivor's circumstance and case is unique, and House Bill 3640 allows for consideration of the full scope of the situation not only in future cases, but for domestic violence survivors sitting in our state prisons right now," Hasenbeck said. The bill also requires certain attorneys to complete three hours of education and training annually on domestic abuse survivorship, as well as requires presentence investigations to include whether the offender previously survived abusive relationships, sexual assaults or human trafficking. According to the  Oklahoma Dept. of Health , 40% of Oklahoma women and 38% of Oklahoma men have experienced violence, rape or stalking from an intimate partner at least once in their lives. 

Aug 1, 2023
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Hasenbeck Interim Study on Revenge Porn Convictions Approved

An interim study by Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, to examine convictions and sentencing for distribution of non-consensual pornography has been approved.  Known as "revenge porn," the nonconsensual distribution of pornography with the intent to harass or humiliate the subject became a misdemeanor in 2016 under Senate Bill 1257.  "Cameras and cell phones are so common today that many photos or videos, including those that are intimate in nature, are taken without the subject's knowledge or consent," Hasenbeck said. "Even when the media was captured with consent, the subject may not have given permission to post it online or otherwise share it. But once it hits the Internet, it is nearly impossible for law enforcement or the victim to track down every single place on the Internet that this photo or video landed.  "The knowledge that this media is out there haunts these victims day in and day out," Hasenbeck continued. "It destroys their lives, causes severe anxiety and depression and leaves these innocent victims feeling completely helpless."  Currently, the crime is punishable by up to one year in the county jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. Additionally, the court may order the defendant to remove the image if the court finds it is in the power of the defendant to do so. Subsequent offenses are considered a felony with at least one year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.  Hasenbeck's study, IS23-087, has been assigned to the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee. Interim studies can begin Aug. 7 and must conclude by Nov. 16.