New laws take effect in Oklahoma
(KTEN)—A new year brings new laws for the citizens of Oklahoma.
House Bill 3365 aims to clean up the voting process and make it more transparent. The State Board of Health is now required to deliver a list of deceased individuals to the Secretary of State Election Board a month before ballots are cast to ensure that they are removed from the voter registry.
"What this is going to do is require that we have more information from the funeral home to verify death and make sure those people get off of our rolls," said state Rep. Justin Humphrey (R-District 9).
The law also stipulates that voters who receive a driver license in another state will have their Oklahoma registration canceled.
Another prominent piece of legislation, House Bill 1933, slashes the amount of time a person can collect unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 16 weeks. Humphrey says the change is intended to encourage the unemployed to find a suitable job more quickly.
"One of the biggest problems we've got going forwards — especially in Oklahoma — is a workforce shortage," Humphrey said. "And so you got a lot of these places that are paying people to sit at home."
These laws were passed during the 2022 legislative session; the 2023 session begins in early February.