Sean Roberts

State Rep. Sean Roberts

The Legislature took up a number of bills this week across a wide variety of policy areas, including several that I was proud to author and coauthor.

The Senate sent a bill I coauthored to the governor. House Bill 2777 would strengthen penalties for porch package theft. It establishes a misdemeanor for first and second offenses and a felony for three or more offenses within a 60-day period of anyone holding, concealing, destroying, or taking mail from the mailbox of another person or from a delivery without the recipient’s approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted what a problem this has become, as many people have ordered additional packages for delivery. I was proud to serve as a coauthor of the bill and I’m glad that it passed the Senate.

House Bill 2588 was another bill I authored to allow Oklahoma courts to grant guardians the power to consent to withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining procedures through a separate order. It passed the Senate this week by a wide margin and now heads to the Governor for consideration to be signed into law.

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Managing Editor

Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.