Wednesday, January 11, 2023

West files bill to keep County Sheriffs informed on Federal raids, arrests

Bill Would Keep County Sheriffs Informed on Federal Raids, Arrests

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 3rd) – Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, has filed legislation that would require federal agencies to inform county sheriffs before any raid or warrantless arrests are executed within their jurisdiction.

House Bill 1024 would require that prior to any raid or warrantless arrest of a citizen of the State of Oklahoma by a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or the Internal Revenue Service, the special agent shall be required to make contact with the sheriff of the county in which the raid or warrantless arrest shall be executed and inform the county sheriff of the approximate date, time, and circumstances of said raid or warrantless arrest.

"Our county sheriffs are the highest ranking law enforcement officers in our counties elected by the people they serve," West said. "This is an important matter of states' rights, guarding our populace against federal overreach or encroachment."

West said he's received support for the bill from his local county sheriff and others.   

Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, is the Senate author of HB1024.

Bills for the upcoming legislative session must be filed by Jan. 19. The legislative session starts Feb. 6. After this date, legislation will need to be first and second read then assigned to and pass committee before it advances to a vote on the House floor.

Rick West serves District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes part of LeFlore County.


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