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STATEMENT: Worthen Comments on Process Server Incident in Tulsa
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Rande Worthen (R-Lawton) released the following statement in light of last week”s incident where a private process server was shot while sewing court papers in Tulsa:
Communication & Public Affairs – Office of State Rep. Rande Worthen
“This past session, I looked to strengthen laws to help protect our state’s private process servers. As officers of the court, they play an important role in ensuring our judicial system runs as smoothly as possible.
Unfortunately, they sometimes find themselves in dangerous situations while fulfilling their duties. Wednesdays incident in Tulsa, where a private process server was shot while serving papers, highlights the need to provide additional measures to keep them safe.
I plan to readdress this policy next session, where we’ll have an opportunity to continue working to hopefully provide protection for private process servers. I hope that, in light of this regrettable incident, my fellow lawmakers will realize the importance of safeguarding our state’s private process servers and we can get this legislation passed into law this year.”
Worthen filed House Bill 1162 during the 2019 legislative session, which would classify harming a licensed process server as a Misdemeanor, with punishments of up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $1,0G0, or both.
Rep. Rande Worthen represents District 64 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes portions of Lawton and Comanche County.
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An Act relating to process servers; amending 12 O.S.
2011, Section 158.1, as last amended by Section 1,
Chapter 76, O.S.L. 2013 (12 O.S. Supp. 2018, Section
158.1), which relates to the licensure of private
process servers; prohibiting certain persons from
applying, reapplying or obtaining process server
license; deleting certain notification of hearing
requirement; making certain acts unlawful; providing
penalty; amending 21 O.S. 2011, Section 650.6, which
relates to penalties for assault and battery upon
court officials; making certain acts unlawful;
providing penalty; amending 21 O.S. 2011, Section
1319, which relates to penalties for resisting legal
process; expanding scope of crime; and providing an
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OKLAHOMA HB 2715:
(REPRESENTATIVE TESS TEAGUE)
WE SENT REPRESENTATIVE TEAGUE A FOUR PAGE LETTER, ON FEBRUARY 07, 2018, THAT VERY SPECIFICALLY LAID OUT OBJECTIONS WE RAISED TO MANY OF THE PRE-EXISTING SEGMENTS OF THIS RE-NUMBERED BILL. REP. TEAGUE HAD A FEW CHANGES THAT SHE WANTED BUT THEN WANTED TO RUN THE OLD LANGUAGE OF THE PREVIOUS BILL THROUGH, AS IS.
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS DONE MANY TIMES WITHOUT NEW AUTHORS TAKING A LOOK AT THE OLD LANGUAGE OF THE BILL THEY ARE CHANGING. THIS CURRENT AUTHOR, WANTED TO ALLOW ELECTRONICALLY FILING OF DOCUMENTS CONCERNING
WE ARE OPPOSED TO ELECTRONIC FILING FOR MANY REASONS WHICH WE EXPLAINED TO REP. TEAGUE. WE SENT THOSE FOUR PAGES, LINE BY LINE, EXPLAINING WHY WE WERE REQUESTING THE CHANGES WE LISTED.
AS YOU CAN SEE, ELECTRONIC FILING SEEMS TO BE ON THE MINDS OF OUR LEGISLATORS AND ALL FOR THE WRONG REASONS.
WE SENT REP. TEAGUE AN E-MAIL, ON MARCH 20, 2018, REQUESTING A RESPONSE FROM HER CONCERNING OUR LETTER AND TO LET HER KNOW, AS WE DID IN OUR LETTER TO HER, THAT WE COULD SUPPORT HER BILL IF CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WERE CHANGED.
WE NEVER HEARD FROM REP. TEAGUE OR HER OFFICE.
OKLAHOMA SB 1522:
(SENATOR LEEWRIGHT AND REPRESENTATIVE TERRY O’DONNELL)
THIS BILL WOULD HAVE ALLOWED SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF ANY
CERTIFICATION BY THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER BOARD BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL BEING SUSPENDED OR REVOKED. WE REQUESTED THAT
ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION BY THE ABOVE ENTITY, FOR THE
STATED REASON, IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE AUTHORS CHANGED THEIR WORDING TO “SERVED PERSONALLY” OR “BY REGISTERED OR CERTIFIED MAIL.”
THIS BILL DISALLOWS E-MAIL OF SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF ANY CERTIFICATION BY THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER BOARD.
WE APPRECIATE THE COOPERATION OF THE AUTHORS IN STRIKING DOWN ELECTRONIC SERVICE.
THE BILL PASSED WITH OUR CHANGES.
REP. KEVIN CALVEY, AUTHOR OF HB1449, HAS DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE THE PASSAGE OF THAT BILL, AGAIN, THIS YEAR.
THAT BILL WAS DEFEATED LAST YEAR AND NOW, AGAIN, THIS YEAR!
HB1449 WAS A DEVASTATING BILL TO THE PROCESS SERVICE COMMUNITY AND WOULD HAVE GREAT NEGATIVE RESULTS TO THE LEGAL COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE HB1449 ONLY HELPED ATTORNEYS AND THEIR BIG LAND OWNER CLIENTS.
WE ARE SO PLEASE THAT THE MEMBERS OF OUR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SAW RIGHT THROUGH THAT BILL AND SAW THE DEVASTATION IT COULD HAVE BROUGHT TO ANYONE WHO HAD A COURT CASE IN OKLAHOMA!!