Oklahoma Legislature Crafts AZ-Like Immigration Law

Monday, 07 Mar 2011 12:06 PM

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Oklahoma lawmakers last week moved forward an Arizona-like immigration bill to discourage illegal immigration, the Tulsa World reported Monday.

Lawmakers formed a joint committee to review many different approaches to immigration laws after attempts to pass in 2007 tougher immigration restrictions. The committee has reviewed about 30 proposed laws.

George Faught
George Faught
“We're taking a different approach with open meetings, which has allowed for some interesting committee meetings," said George Faught, a Republican from Muskogee and co-chairman of the committee."We try to be fair and balanced and allow for input. I hope the public views our efforts as not being closed-minded.

"When you look at the joint committee, the members are not tilted one way or another. We have a wide range of philosophies. At the end of the day, this may not be everything I want or maybe it went farther than where I would have gone. But I hope people will say the committee took a fair, balanced and comprehensive approach and tried to come up with solutions."

The committee doesn’t have the same legislative power as standing committee, but it has significant influence on the lawmaking process.

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