A state senator who says he was trying to protect law enforcement has instead come under fire from people who think he's trying to ban hoodies in Oklahoma.
State Senator Don Barrington proposed SB0013. KGOU reported the story on January 4th.
Other stories about it were featured on Jan. 3rd by the Huffington Post among others, and discussed by the Fox News Channel. The stories in various media suggested that “(W)earing a hoodie in Oklahoma could soon cost you a $500 fine.”
As KGOU’s story noted, Barrington's bill doesn't mention hoodies, but would make it illegal for someone to conceal his or her identity in public by using a "robe, mask, or other disguise.”
The AP says the language would amend a section of law originally targeting the Ku Klux Klan. The proposed legislation adds a new paragraph to State Statute 21-1301, making it illegal to "intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise.”