Oklahoma Drug Rehab Bill Passes Senate: Scientology’s Narconon Days Numbered?


Yesterday, Oklahoma’s Senate voted 46-0 to approve a bill authored by Sen. Tom Ivester which will require drug rehab facilities to be licensed by the state mental health board.

Senate Bill 295 now goes to the House, and if it’s approved there, will go to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing.

If the bill becomes law, it will take affect on November 1. And if that’s the case, Scientology’s flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, could be in big trouble.

Earlier today, we talked to Senator Ivester about his bill and its chances of becoming law.

Last August, we interviewed Ivester when he first expressed outrage over three deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, and vowed to look into the laws governing it.

At the time, Ivester had been hearing for months about the facility, and had read our story about the history of Scientology’s program in Oklahoma. That history showed that the state had resisted Scientology’s plan to open the large rehab center in the late 1980s, and refused to grant it a license. But Scientology found a loophole in the law that allowed them to open based on a certification by a national nonprofit organization, bypassing state regulators.

In his bill, Ivester is trying to close that loophole.

“We got it out of the Senate. The House will take a look at Senate bills the first week in March,” he says.

We asked him how likely the bill, with its unanimous vote in the Senate, could get through the House to the governor’s desk.

“Whether you start in the House or Senate, the first house is the easiest one to get it through,” he says. “But there’s a pretty good chance it will get through. It has good support in the House. The bill is real simple. You have to get certification from the Board of Mental Health.”

Has Scientology sent its attorneys to try and lobby against the bill?

“Yeah, they have. I’ve talked to their attorneys multiple times. They say, ‘Look at what we’ve done and how good we are.’ I don’t really know their tactics. I’ve just been plowing ahead,” he says.

“They’ve been sending out promotional material, at least in certain districts, touting the benefits of Narconon. I’ve received quite a bit of it. But they’re pretty cagey — their attorneys are, as they should be.”



Fonte: The Underground Bunker







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