DUI Offenders May Face Child Support Bill: Political Update

A bill proposed by the Oklahoma House could force a driver, who while intoxicated kills a parent of a minor, to pay child support to a surviving guardian. House Bill 2130, presented by State Reps. John George and Mickey Dollens, proposes that individuals convicted of driving under the influence may be ordered by courts to financially support any orphaned children until they turn 18 or graduate high school. The bill is similar to the existing ‘Bentley’s Law’ in states like Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas. However, some residents question the bill’s practicality, citing potential problems with enforcement and constitutionality. The organization Mothers Against Drunk Drivers supports laws that hold offenders accountable. A poll conducted on TDP’s website showed majority support for the proposed law.

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