'Blue Lives Matter Bill' passes Okla. House committee

A bill that would presumably instill stricter punishments for killing law enforcement officers has passed its first hurdle in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1306, which would create the Blue Lives Matter in Oklahoma Act of 2017, passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives Judiciary – Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee. The bill would mean anyone who pleads guilty or no contest to first degree murder in the death of a law enforcement officer would likely be punished by death or life in prison without parole.

“I decided to run a bill ensuring that anyone who murders law enforcement in Oklahoma will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I believe, and think that most Oklahomans would agree, that we need to do our part to back the blue in Oklahoma," said State Rep. Casey Murdock, who wrote the legislation, in a press release.

The Blue Lives Matter Bill would make it difficult to just get life in prison for killing a law enforcement officer, according to Murdock. The defense would have to present "an overwhelming amount of mitigating evidence be shown for those convicted to just be given a life sentence."

The bill is now eligible to be considered by the full House.

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