- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma lawmakers have unveiled a bill designed to fix a loophole in Oklahoma’s forcible sodomy law after criminal charges were dropped against a 17-year-old boy accused of forcing a heavily intoxicated girl to perform oral sex.

The new language was introduced Wednesday in a House conference committee and author Rep. Scott Biggs says he expects no problems getting the signatures needed to have the bill considered by the Legislature.

Lawmakers moved quickly after the Oklahoma Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling that while Oklahoma’s rape law addresses unconscious or intoxicated victims, the forcible sodomy law does not.

Biggs is a former prosecutor and called the ruling an embarrassment for the state.

The bill also expands the definitions of “sexual assault” and “consent.”

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House Bill 2398: https://bit.ly/1TtPx8t

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