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March 20, 2014

Senate panel OKs tough new penalties

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Woodward, Okla. — Rep. Richard Morrissette, a criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma City, said legislators often don't consider the real-life ramifications of the measures they pass.

"The courts send these people to prison based on the statues that we pass, and the Legislature doesn't really have a concept of what's occurring at the local level," said Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City. "The system is dysfunctional."

Among the other bills approved by the committee Wednesday were measures to increase the penalties for arson, stalking, and drug trafficking.

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