DURANT – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton released the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 3501, which received support from over 96 percent of the Oklahoma Legislature.
HB 3501 promotes public safety in Oklahoma by increasing coordination between Tribal judicial systems and state agencies.
“HB 3501 is an excellent example of how cooperation between Tribes and state government can benefit all of Oklahoma,” Batton said. “We appreciate the commitment of our lawmakers who understand tribal Nations share their goal of creating safe communities across our state. The Choctaw Nation alone has 75 cross-deputization agreements, and HB 3501 is a perfect complement to our continued efforts to expand and further strengthen our justice systems.”
“We urge Gov. Stitt to sign this bipartisan, common-sense measure to increase cooperation between our governments and promote public safety,” Batton said.