Legislation to target terrorist activity

Friday, January 4th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Saying Oklahoma law is largely silent on the subject, Sen. Frank Shurden said Friday he will introduce legislation to set penalties for terrorist activity.

``Before Sept. 11 and the Anthrax-laced mail scares that followed, I don't think many people thought we needed to have a state law that specifically addressed terrorist attacks or hoaxes,'' said Shurden, D-Henryetta.

``Obviously, we're living in a different world today where such laws are a necessity. I think it's important to give law enforcement officials one more weapon to fight the war against terrorism.''

Shurden's bill defines an act of terrorism, biochemical terrorism and a terrorism hoax and outlines stiff penalties for offenders.

For instance, anyone convicted a terrorism could face a life prison term.