OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill that will ban vaping products on school grounds across Oklahoma.

The bill, signed Monday, applies to school vehicles and school-sponsored and school-sanctioned events and activities. The measure becomes effective July 1.

Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso the Senate author, said it needed to be elevated in state laws, though most districts already ban vaping. Dossett also said there was a need for uniformity.

“This is a very big deal,” Dossett said. “For our schools statewide, the epidemic of electronic cigarettes and vaping produces needs to be addressed in state law.”

Vaping involves inhaling a vapor created by the heating of infused liquid in a small, battery-powered tanks. Many of the products contain nicotine.

Dossett believes the measure will reduce the number of minors who use the devices for nicotine.

Stitt also on Monday also signed House Bill 2640, by Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, also known as “Francine’s Law.”

The measure directs law enforcement to enter any known information about a missing person or unidentified remains into NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, to conduct a comprehensive investigation to solve cases. It takes effect Nov. 1.

The measure is named after Francine Frost, a mother of two who was abducted in 1981 from a Tulsa grocery store. Her unidentified remains were found in 1983 on a rural road in Muskogee County.

The case went cold until 2014 when her grandson, Cory Curl, 42, of McPherson, Kansas, found a case record in the NamUs unidentified persons’ database with a description matching his grandmother’s clothing.

He said he searched for two years, adding that it was “pretty intense when I found it.”

It was determined through DNA that the victim was Frost.

Curl said his family didn’t want another family to have to wait 35 years for an identification.

“We are just amazed and overwhelmed with all of the help and support we got” to get the measure passed, Curl said.

Frost’s killer has not been found, he said.

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Barbara Hoberock



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