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Oklahoma House narrowly approves rolling back voter-backed drug laws

by: Associated Press Updated:

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Parts of a proposal approved by voters in November to reduce the penalties for simple drug possession are being rolled back under a bill narrowly approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 51-38 on Thursday to approve the bill that would allow felony drug possession charges for those caught with drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. The measure now heads to the Senate.

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Purcell Republican Rep. Tim Downing says the ballot language made no mention of reducing drug penalties near schools and he believes many voters were unaware they were approving that change.

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But several opponents of the bill criticized supporters for defying the will of voters.

Nearly 60 percent of voters supported the state question that made simple drug possession a misdemeanor in all cases.

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