- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Four bills that are part of Gov. Mary Fallin’s efforts to slow the growth of Oklahoma’s prison population have passed the state House and now head to the state Senate.

The House of Representatives passed the bills Monday that would allow district attorneys to file misdemeanor charges instead of felonies for certain crimes; reduce mandatory sentences for drug offenses; raise the felony threshold to $1,000 for property crimes; and expand the number of offenders eligible for drug courts.

Republican Rep. Scott Biggs suggested that lowering mandatory sentences would make the measure a “soft-on-crime bill.”

Republican Rep. Pam Peterson authored all four bills and said they have the support of prosecutors, including the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association.

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House Bill 2472: http://bit.ly/21X9MlF

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House Bill 2479: http://bit.ly/1W4icUz

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House Bill 2751: http://bit.ly/1RPeFbx

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House Bill 2753: http://bit.ly/1puBHLK

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