Bill making cockfighting a misdemeanor passes Senate committee

Wednesday, April 2nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Another bill to make cockfighting a misdemeanor has passed a Senate committee and is going to the full Senate for consideration.

The latest bill calls for a statewide vote in November 2004 to reduce the penalties in an anti-cockfighting law from felonies to misdemeanors. It provides for up to one year in the county jail and a $500 fine for cockfighting.

The bill differs from an earlier bill that has passed the Senate by providing for jail time.

Senator Frank Shurden of Henryetta is the Senate author of both measures.

State voters approved the current anti-cockfighting law last November.