Wearing Hoodie in Public in Okla Could Bring $500 Fine

An Oklahoma state senator has proposed a bill to ban anyone from wearing ahood in public — which could mean hoodies, too.

“The intent of Senate Bill 13 is to make businesses and public places safer by ensuring that people cannot conceal their identities for the purpose of crime or harassment,” said Sen. Don Barrington. “Similar language has been in Oklahoma statutes for decades and numerous other states have similar laws in place. Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection.”

The state already has a law banning hoods that was passed in the 1920s, aimed at combating crimes committed by the Klu-Klux-Klan.

The bill says “It shall be unlawful for any person in this state — A. To wear a mask, hood or covering, which conceals the identity of the wearer during the commission of a crime or for the purpose of coercion, intimidation or harassment; or B. To intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise.”

The proposal has a slew of exemptions, from Halloween to masquerade parties, as well as “those wearing coverings required by their religious beliefs, for safety or medical purposes, or incidental to protection from the weather, to those participating in any meeting of any organization within any building or enclosure wholly within and under the control of said organization, and to those participating in the parades or exhibitions of minstrel troupes, circuses, sporting groups, mascots or other amusements or dramatic shows.”


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