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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-5774

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For Immediate Release: July 21, 2008

 

Senate Leaders Approve Legislative Studies

(State Capitol, Oklahoma City) – The leaders of the Oklahoma State Senate announced their approval today of 33 requests for legislative studies.

The study requests were approved by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater, and Co-President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.

The Senate leaders said the studies are assigned to the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the subject matter contained in the request.

The Senate conducts legislative studies on a variety of issues each year in the interim between legislative sessions. Interim studies offer legislators an opportunity to take a more in-depth look at an issue than is usually possible within the Constitutional time constraints of a legislative session.

APPROVED SENATE INTERIM STUDIES:

Agriculture and Rural Development Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Land legacy affecting military installations and greenbelts.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Don Barrington

STUDY SUBJECT: Professional Termite Prevention.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Mike Schulz

STUDY SUBJECT: Termiticide.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Charles Wyrick

 

Appropriations Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Analysis of the cost of financing and construction of public schools.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Harry Coates

STUDY SUBJECT: Utilizing Web 2.0 innovations in state computing resources, including the WAVE and other state data systems.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Clark Jolley

STUDY SUBJECT: OSU division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Experiment Stations and Extensions.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Ron Justice

STUDY SUBJECT: Funding for water and wastewater infrastructure.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Ron Justice

STUDY SUBJECT: Increasing cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for retired educators while increasing the amount of funds being deposited into OTRS.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Susan Paddack

STUDY SUBJECT: Petroleum Storage Tank Release Environmental Cleanup Indemnity Fund.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Anthony Sykes

 

Business and Labor Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Workforce development, including ways for the state to address workforce shortfalls.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Kenneth Corn

 

Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Alternatives to incarceration.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Constance Johnson

 

Education Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Developing a comprehensive strategy to identify and prevent dropouts through longitudinal data systems.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Clark Jolley

STUDY SUBJECT: Career Tech's current role in providing academic and workforce training.
REQUESTED BY: Senators Debbe Leftwich and Anthony Sykes

 

Energy and Environment Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Monitoring the state’s water supplies for quality and quantity.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Brian Bingman

STUDY SUBJECT: Flooding in Broken Arrow area.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Bill Brown

 

Finance Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Analysis of current tax incentives.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Mike Mazzei

 

General Government Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Flood plain boards reorganization.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Ron Justice

 

Health and Human Resources Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: Ambulatory plastic surgery.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Constance Johnson

STUDY SUBJECT: CRNA's/anesthesiologiests and anesthesiologist assistants.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Constance Johnson

STUDY SUBJECT: Rural health and medical care, and health care provider shortage.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Ron Justice

STUDY SUBJECT: Comprehensive assessment of healthcare workforce issues.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Susan Paddack

STUDY SUBJECT: Immunosuppressant drugs used in transplants in Oklahoma.
REQUESTED BY: Senator John Sparks

 

Judiciary Committee

SUBJECT: Enhancing penalties for operating watercraft on state waters while under the influence.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Kenneth Corn

SUBJECT: Interlock devices in Oklahoma and other states.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Kenneth Corn

SUBJECT: Trust law in Oklahoma.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Tom Ivester

SUBJECT: Requirements to become a Judge.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Anthony Sykes

 

Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

STUDY SUBJECT: CLEET Academy training capabilities within local jurisdictions.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Barrington

STUDY SUBJECT: Funding, staffing and possible expansion of Skill Centers for inmates; comparison of Oklahoma’s Skill Centers to those in other states.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Kenneth Corn

 

Retirement and Insurance Committee

SUBJECT: Health insurance coverage for autism.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Bill Brown
REQUESTED BY: Senator Jay Paul Gumm

 

Transportation Committee

SUBJECT: Expanding passenger rail transit.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Constance Johnson

SUBJECT: Alternative bridge technologies.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Constance Johnson

STUDY SUBJECT: Oklahoma’s railroad system.
REQUESTED BY: Senator Mike Schulz

 

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