Henry signs bill to up election fraud penalties
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that increases the penalties for election fraud is now law.
Gov. Brad Henry signed seven bills into law on Tuesday.
One measure increases from two to five years the maximum punishment for election fraud, and adds several new felonies designed to deter election and voter registration fraud. The bill also increases the maximum fine for such offenses from $5,000 to $50,000.
Another bill signed by Henry requires that any task force or commission created by the Legislature issue a final report within three years of its creation or be automatically eliminated.
House author Jason Murphey says the elimination of some of these task forces should provide cost savings to the state.