Next month, Oklahoma lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that could make wearing a hoodie in public a crime.
Think Progress reports that Republican Senator Don Barrington will present the bill, which would mandate the fining of anyone who wore a hood in public in an attempt to conceal one’s face. Violators would also face a misdemeanor charge and up to one year in jail. It would take exception to costumes or religious garb and wouldn’t fine anyone who was wearing a hood for “non-malicious purposes.”
Barrington claims that he’s trying to protect the public.
“It is certainly something that warrants being put out there and having a dialogue over,” he said to The Oklahoman. “We live in a different world today. If we didn’t do or try to do something, we’d be asked why we didn’t.”