The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 19, 2013

Breaking: Okla. Senate panel approves trafficking bills

From The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a pair of bills related to human trafficking, sending them to the full Senate.

In a quick meeting Tuesday, the committee passed a bill from Rep. Sally Kern to allow sex trafficking victims to remove prostitution from their criminal records. Sen. Nathan Dahm is carrying the bill in the Senate.

Also approved is a bill from Rep. Pam Peterson and Sen. Kim David allowing the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to use subpoenas in its trafficking investigations. The bureau already uses subpoena powers for drug investigations.

Both bills overwhelmingly passed the House. Their sponsors have framed them in terms of protecting Oklahoma's children.