Bill to Allow Statements by the Vulnerable Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to allow statements made by vulnerable or incapacitated victims passed the House today with a vote of 76-17.

House Bill 1116 by state Rep. Mike Sanders allows a vulnerable or incapacitated person who alleges abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or any violent act to be admissible as evidence in a criminal or juvenile proceeding if the court finds the statement to be reliable.

“This bill allows people who may be incapacitated during the commission of a crime against them to make statements against their perpetrators,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “These are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Victims should not have their voices further silenced because of a restriction in the law.”

To be admissible, the adverse party must have been notified of the intention to offer the statement at least 10 days in advance of the proceedings. 

The bill will now be sent to the state Senate.

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