Senator James Lankford Talks about the Justice Act, and the Possibility of Another Coronavirus BillThu, 25 Jun 2020 10:18:37 CDT
Itís a busy time in the Oklahoma legislature with Bills and legislation being introduced daily. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke with Senator James Lankford about the Justice act Legislation, a republican senate response to police reform. Lankford says some areas need reform in law enforcement, "There's this false binary choice that is out there that says you can stand with the police, or you can stand with communities of color, and that is just not true. You can stand with all Americans, equal justice under the law, and you can also stand with law enforcement."
Lankford says the bill has been brought up but faces resistance from the democrats who favor a bill from Nancy Pelosi. Still, he hopes there can be talks to bring police reform back up again in the future, "It's a frustrating thing when you walk through this process at times, and some people focus more on the message than actually trying to solve the problem."
Lankford says these issues about equality and race relations is not new to him, as it has been something he's worked on for years and years. Lankford being a man of faith says in his biblical world view, the scripture is pretty clear on race-relations, "If we're going to have his kingdom come, then we better start practicing and making sure we are connecting with every tribe, tongue, and nation, here on earth as well and trying to be able to interact and develop, not just friendly relationships, but friends."
Lankford said in addition to the CARES act that deals with the Coronavirus stimulus money, there's talks of another bill dealing with Coronavirus that could be coming toward the end of July, but Lankford said there are still a lot of questions on what that would look like, "Instead of it being a large-scale distribution like it was last time, it would be more for more targeted areas. Because every dollar that is put out there is a dollar that is borrowed from the future of our kids and grandkids, so we have to be attentive to that. We've gotta be able to hit that balance."
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