For the week of Monday, February
25 to Thursday, February 28, 2002
Monday, February 25th
- Having concluded initial committee action
on legislation from the house of origin, attention now focused on
bills being heard on the Senate Floor. On Monday several bills were
considered by the Senate, which approved the following:
-SB 1502 by Sen. Keith Leftwich, which increases the fines for prostitutes,
pimps and customers. It would also make the crime of prostitution
a felony if it occurred within 1,000 feet of a school or church.
-SB 917 by Sen. Keith Leftwich would require inmates who escape from
jail to reimburse the county sheriff's office for the actual costs
required for apprehension and return, unless such costs are paid from
the Governor's Contingency and Emergency Fund, and in such case the
reimbursement may be paid to such a fund.
-SB 1262 by Sen. Glenn Coffee would make communications made to a
relative or an individual expressing sympathy or condolences inadmissible
for civil court cases.
-HB 2300 by Sen. Dick Wilkerson would prohibit a deferred sentence
for indecent exposure and add sexual assault to the list of crimes
for which registration is required.
-SB 563 by Sen. Penny Williams concerns schools relating to parent
education programs. The measure would provide that in evaluating new
funding requests, priority consideration be given to programs demonstrating
the greatest need combined with the greatest commitment of community,
foundation and corporate support.
-SB 835 by Sen. Charles Ford would authorize school districts to issue
diplomas to graduates of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.
-SB 981 by Sen. Jerry Smith would prohibit court clerks from being
subject to subpoena in matters relating to court records unless the
court makes a specific finding that the appearance and testimony of
the court clerk are both material and necessary because of a written
objection to the introduction of the court records made by a party
prior to trial.
-SB1240 by Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson would allow periodic checks of
inventory by the Department of Central Services and require the department
to report missing equipment.
-SB 1461 by Sen. Larry Dickerson would require employers of employees
who are members of the immediate family of a victim of violent crime
to provide unpaid leave to attend judicial or other proceedings directly
related to the violent crime.
-SB 931 by Sen. Glenn Coffee would prohibit the printing of more than
the last five digits or the expiration date of a consumer's account
number on credit or debit card receipts.
-SB 1000 by Sen. Scott Pruitt would permit the county commissioners
to adopt certain ordinances relating to adult entertainment establishments
and regulate sexually oriented businesses.
- Likewise, attention was focused on the
House floor on Monday. Among those bills winning approval:
-HB 2772 by Rep. Fred Perry and
Rep Sue Tibbs would require proof of identity when voting and allows
for the signature of a sworn statement as a substitute for photo identification.
-HB 2273 by Rep. Carolyn Coleman
requires an applicant for employment at a school district to sign
a statement authorizing disclosure of unprofessional conduct.
-HB 2301 by Rep. David Braddock
expands circumstances which shall constitute lewd proposals to a child
to include proposals to persons an individual believes to be under
16 years of age. The bill also states that no defense can be constituted
based on the fact that an undercover operative or law enforcement
officer was involved in the detection or investigation of an offense
relating to lewd or indecent proposals to a child.
-HB 2699 by Rep. Dale Wells enacts
Bryar Wheeler Act, specifies certain conditions related to court-ordered
supervised visitation and creates the Oklahoma Child Supervised Visitation
-HB 2796 by Rep. David Braddock and Rep. Bill Case provides for regulation
under the Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997 and requires the
Corporation Commission to uniformly regulate all providers of high-speed
internet access service or broadband service.
-HB 2084 by Rep. Ron Kirby adds
offenders who are under arrest or detained for federal felony or misdemeanor
violations or detained for a violation of immigration laws to the
list of those who may be held in a minimum security private prison.
Tuesday, February 26th
- The Senate approved more than 100 bills
on Tuesday, many of them appropriations measures although they do
not yet contain exact numbers. Several substantive measures were considered
as well. Among those bills receiving approval:
-SB 1428 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols and Sen. Billy Mickle would remove
the statute of limitations for filing charges in certain sex crimes
when DNA from the crime had been preserved.
-SB 900 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield removes the 18-month service requirement
from legislation that allows school districts to grant high school
diplomas to World War II veterans.
-SB 1462 by Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson increases limitation on out-of-state
teaching experience related to the teacher minimum salary schedule
and repeals duplicate legislation related to the minimum salary schedule.
The bill would make five years of out-of-state teaching experience
maximum applicable for retirement, and 10 years for the purpose of
state salary increments.
-SB 966 by Sen. Bernest Cain requires the Department of Public Safety
to provide an alternative method of testing a driver license applicant's
eyesight, ability to interpret and understand highway signs displayed
in international symbols, knowledge of state traffic laws, and ability
to operate a motor vehicle for persons 18 or older who only Spanish.
-SB 817 by Sen. Gilmer Capps modifies the income tax credit for space
transportation vehicle providers.
- In the House a measure by Rep. Opio
Toure to prohibit the execution of people with severe developmental
disabilities failed 46-50. Other measures winning approval on the
-HB 2215 by Rep. Kevin Cox creates
the Bully Prevention Act; requiring policies to prevent bullying in
-HB 2073 by Rep. Larry Rice extends
tax exemptions for persons furnishing water, heat, light or power
to the state or its citizens from December 31, 2002 to December 31,
2007. Committee Substitute passed by committee that would modify applicability
of exemption to certain entities.
-HB 2035 by Rep. Elmer Maddux makes
the theft of farm animals a felony punishable by confinement in the
State Penitentiary for a term of not less than six months and not
more than ten years, depending on the type of animal stolen.
- The full Senate approved a measure that
would create a sales tax holiday aimed at helping Oklahoma merchants
better compete with those in Texas. SB 816 by Senator Johnnie Crutchfield
would exempt up to $100 worth of clothing and footwear from sales
tax during a three-day period over the first weekend in August. Other
legislation winning approval on Wednesday in the Senate included:
-SB 938 by Sen. Robert Kerr provides exception to hunting and fishing
license requirements for any person under eighteen years of age who
is in the physical custody of a child care facility.
-SB 972 by Sen. Herb Rozell would require a "scenic river area"
to be restored to its original pristine condition. The bill requires
reports from the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department
of Agriculture, the Conservation Commission and Scenic Rivers Commission
and makes additional requirements of each.
-SB 1631 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield would provide remediation for
third through eighth grade students who are not performing up to their
grade level in math.
-SB 908 by Sen. Paul Muegge would designate milk as the state beverage.
-SB SB 1248 by Sen. Mike Morgan provides special license plates for
-SB 882 by Sen. Angela Monson permits the release of otherwise confidential
information to public housing agencies for determining eligibility.
-SB Sen. Frank Shurden modifies the procedure for deposit of REAP
funds that exceed the total amount appropriated for the fiscal year.
-SB 1564, by Sen. James Williamson expands powers relating to child
support collection, visitation, or other court orders regarding minor
children to include any court in this state.
-SB 1348 by Sen. Rick Littlefield would prohibit concentrated animal
feeding operation or poultry feeding operation which would be located
in a certain area.
- The House approved a measure aimed at
fully funding health insurance for state teachers. HB 1968 by Rep.
Kenneth Corn would cost an estimated $100 million in FY 2003. Other
measure approved by the House on Wednesday included:
-HB HB 2833 by Rep. Terry Ingmire
modifies the definition of a false or bogus check.
-HB 2010 by Rep. Richard Phillips
clarifies requirements for parties entering into a consumer credit
agreement, stating that the seller in a revolving account must inform
the buyer of delinquent charges on the account as they are imposed
and of the full amount the buyer must pay for the applicable period
in order to remain current on the account.
-HB 2803 by Rep. Kevin Cox prohibits
any person from interfering with the operation of a school bus and
requires inspection of all school related transportation equipment.
-HB 2414 by Rep. Jim Newport prohibits
motor vehicles from approaching within 15 feet of individuals who
are wholly or partially blind, wholly or partially deaf or physically
handicapped and using a service dog.
-HB 2195 By Rep. Bill Mitchell
makes it unlawful to send unsolicited mail which is harmful to minors.
-HB 2253 by Rep. Joe Eddins establishes
the Oklahoma Medicaid Accountability and Outcomes Act, requires the
Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board to enter into a contract for
a study of the Oklahoma State Medicaid Program.
Thursday, February 21st
- The Senate convened at 9 a.m. and continued
working through bills on general order. Among those measure winning
-SB 982 by Sen. Robert M. Kerr
requiring a driver license or identification card to be fingerprinted
for proof of identity.
-SB 1468 by Sen. Jim Maddox creating
the "Healthy Oklahoman Prescription Benefit Program Act,"
which would expand Medicaid pharmaceutical benefits to elderly and
disabled Oklahomans otherwise ineligible for full Medicaid benefits,
contingent upon availability of funding.
The Senate will reconvene at 10
a.m. on Monday, March 4th. The deadline for final floor action for
measures from the house of origin is Thursday, March 14th.
- Saying he had accomplished his major
goals as a State Senator, Paul Mueggee announced he planned to retire
from the legislature when his term ends this year. The 65 year old
Tonkawa Democrat has represented Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Major and Woods
Counties for the past 12 years. His efforts to strengthen regulations
on corporate pig and poultry farming resulted in being named "Public
Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine. Mueggee, a farmer
and rancher said he planned to remain in Tonkawa with his wife Nancy
and looked forward to spending more time with his children and grandchildren.