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Oklahoma's Proposed "Hoodie Law" Causes Controversy

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A proposed law in Oklahoma nicknamed the “hoodie law” is stirring up a heated debate in the state and across the nation. 

Many think the new law would make wearing a hoodie illegal, but the law has more to do with crime than fashion.

The bill doesn't target hoodies, but rather any disguise someone might wear to commit a crime.

Still the senator who proposed the bill is hearing from hoodie fans across his state.

Senator Don Barrington's bill aims to prevent people from concealing their identity in public by wearing a "robe, mask, or other disguise."   It is already illegal for someone to wear any of those while committing a crime.

Miami Police Captain Anderson says it would be difficult to enforce this new public dress code.

"It would be very difficult to show that someone's intentionally trying to conceal their identity, as opposed to freezing. A day like today when it's cold and the wind's blowing people cover up."

Senator Barrington says he was prompted to write the legislation in response to masked protestors who rallied at the capitol in the past.

Critics say the proposal goes too far in telling people what they can and cannot wear and could lead to profiling.  
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