The full Senate continued consideration
of House measures, approving more than 40 pieces of legislation, including:
-HB 1203 by Sen. Angela Monson which
includes reductions in personal income tax, the elimination of the
sales tax on groceries and over-the-counter drugs and elimination
of the franchise tax for companies earning less than $30,000 annually.
The measure now moves to a House-Senate conference committee.
-HB 1097 by Sen. Dave Herbert would
give residents of counties with populations of less than 200,000
the opportunity to vote on a lodging tax for hotels and motels.
The tax could not exceed 5 percent.
-HB 1142 by Sen. Jim Reynolds would
expand the actions constituting arson to include accidentally burning
down a structure while trying to produce a controlled, dangerous
-HB 1177 by Sen. Bernest Cain is a
request from the OSBI. The bill would delete requirements that a
report of any hate crime be submitted to the bureau within 72 hours
and that a quarterly report be prepared by law enforcement agencies.
The two reports would be replaced with one monthly report.
-HB 1072 by Sen. Angela Monson would
direct the State Regents for Higher Education to establish a cancer
research facility in Oklahoma. The expected cost to the state is
-HB 1691 by Johnnie Crutchfield creates
the 911 Wireless Emergency Number Act and would allow county commissioners
to submit an emergency wireless telephone fee to voters.
-HB 1633 by Sen. J. Berry Harrison
requires any landowner wishing to conduct a prescribed burn to notify
all adjoining landowners and the local rural fire department at
least 60 days prior to conducting the burn. The title was stricken.
Seven Senate bills were signed into
law by Governor Keating on Tuesday:
-SB 373 by Sen. Keith Leftwich, and Rep. John Nance allows the State
Board of Education to wave the certification requirements for school
superintendents in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
-SB 67 by Sen. Sam Helton and Rep.
Loyd Benson allows the Lawton/Fort Sill veterans facility to use
the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Revolving Fund.
-SB 112 by Sen. Cal Hobson and Rep.
Jerry Hefner excludes certain claims for notice requirements under
the state's lien law.
-SB 346 by Sen. Mike Johnson and Rep.
Joe Hutchison adds a federally recognized tribal government to those
entities that can make certain agreements with municipalities.
-SB 348 by Sen. Robert Milacek and
Rep. Curt Roggow requires specification of fire departments and
allocations thereto in certain county sales tax instrument and ballot
-SB 526 by Sen. Ted Fisher and Rep.
Richard Phillips modifies date upon which certain security interests
on motor vehicles are considered perfected.
-SB 724 by Sen. Dick Wilkerson and
Rep. Dan Webb empowers the director of the Department of Corrections
to provide paid leaves to department employees involved in critical
During Tuesday's session, the House
of Representatives approved some 30 Senate measures, including:
-SB 397 By Speaker Larry Adair would
lower the blood alcohol limit from 0.1 to 0.08 percent. The measure
was also amended to provide that a jury trial on a felony DUI charge
would be split into two phases. During the first phase, guilt or
innocence would be decided. If the verdict is guilty, during a second
phase evidence of prior offense and other evidence relevant to punishment
could be introduced.
-SB 42 by Rep. Danny Hilliard relates
to minimum salary levels for the Oklahoma School for the Blind and
the Oklahoma School for the Deaf administration.
-SB 170 by Rep. Bill Mitchell would
allow a taxpayer to earmark $2 or $5 or some other amount from their
sales tax rebate for maintenance of the School for the Deaf and
the School for the Blind. The enacting clause was stricken and the
bill was returned to the Senate.
-SB 129 by Rep. Ray McCarter authorizes
school districts to grant high school diplomas to military veterans
who quit high school to drop out to fight in World War II. To qualify,
a veteran would have to be an Oklahoma resident honorably discharged
after at least 18 consecutive months of active duty, or discharged
between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 with a service-related
disability. The bill would encourage school districts to present
the soldiers/sailors with their diplomas "in conjunction with
appropriate Veterans Day Programs. The measure was returned to the