For the week of Monday, March
25 to Thursday, March 27, 2002
Monday, March 25th
- Having met the amended March 21st deadline
for floor action on bills from the house of origin, attention was
focused once again at the committee level with lawmakers working toward
an April 4th deadline for action on measures from the opposite chamber.
House bills winning approval in various Senate committees included
-HB 2762 by Sen. Owen Laughlin clarifies language relating to the
use of state-owned vehicles and authorizes driver's license examiners
to drive state vehicles from a residence to the office.
-HB 2076 by Sen. Gilmer Capps gives requirements for size, weight
and load of vehicles, specifies exception for round-baled hay on specific
roads and establishes process for hauling round-baled hay creates
license revocation provisions for railroad crossing offenses and requires
certain vehicle operators to slow down and make sure tracks are clear.
-HB 2807 by Sen. Glenn Coffee modifies provisions regarding equipment
on vehicles and repeals legislation related to lamps and other lighting
equipment on vehicles and legislation related to brakes on vehicles.
-HB 1290 by Sen. Frank Shurden deals with contracts relating to motor
vehicle warranty repair; providing settlement offers by consumers
and prohibits installation or reinstallation of any object in lieu
of an airbag in vehicles and provides punishments.
-HB 2335 by Sen. Charles Ford modifies minimum hours in accident prevention
courses and establishes minimum course hours and enrollment fee. The
measure also establishes minimum course hours and enrollment fee for
an accident related defensive driving course.
-HB 2186 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield specifies which driver should
stop at intersections with no stop signs.
-HB 2375 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield authorizes an officer of any
law enforcement agency to deem a vessel abandoned, requiring notification
of the removal of vessels. The bill also requires notification to
the Department of Public Safety within 72 hours of the removal, and
establishes a hearing process for abandoned vessels.
-HB 2629 by Sen. Dick Wilkerson removes the prohibition for obtaining
a driver's license if not registered with the Military Selective Service
Act, requires Selective Service System registration to occur upon
application for a driver license, and specifies how information will
-HB 1148 by Sen. Frank Shurden requires names of candidates on ballots
to be rotated in such a manner that the names of all candidates appear
in each position on the official ballots an equal number of times.
-HB 2083 by Sen. Jim Maddox requires all plats, deeds or other instruments
concerning the subdivision of land within the corporate limits of
a municipality to be approved by the municipal planning commission
of that municipality before it shall be filed with the county clerk,
and specifies requirements for notification of exemption and placement
-HB 2086 by Sen. Sam Helton amends the cancellation of voter registration
for convicted felons, requiring a court clerk to transmit information
to the State Election Board. The measure also removes the restriction
limiting voter registration cancellation to only persons convicted
of felonies whose convictions have become final.
-HB 2095 by Sen. Penny Williams authorizes human services centers
or social services centers to employ certain pharmacists to manage
and operate a pharmacy at such centers.
-HB 2115 by Sen. Gilmer Capps removes the growing of certain vegetation
from the list of property uses that may be restricted by city ordinance
within five miles of an active-duty United States Air Force military
-HB 2225 by Sen. Bruce Price modifies language concerning the power
given to county commissioners and provides circumstances for award
of sidearm and badge to a spouse or next of kin of deceased officers.
- Likewise on Monday, attention in the
House was also focused at the committee level. Among those bills winning
-SB 1594 by Rep. Opio Toure states
"The Oklahoma Legislature hereby declares that the prevention
and prohibition of sexual harassment in all forms in the public policy
of this state. The measure was introduced after an Oklahoma judge
ruled that current sexual harassment statutes and policies in Oklahoma
only apply to employers with 15 or more employees.
-SB 1743 by Rep. Jari Askins relates
to stolen or embezzled property in procession of a pawnbroker. The
measure stipulates that while pawnbrokers may be required to return
stolen property at a loss, all pawnbrokers would be allowed to seek
damages and restitution from those who initiated the illegal transaction.
-SB 1554 by Rep. Opio Toure would
increase the amount which could be deposited for an infant or incompetent
person from $500 to $1000.00.
-SB 1661 by Rep. Debbie Blackburn
would expand the circumstances and specify the time frames under which
a district attorney is required to file a petition for termination
of parental rights, modifies the time for judicial review of a case
of a child alleged or adjudicated to be deprived, requires a determination
of the most suitable permanency plans based on specified factors,
and specifies the conditions and terms under which the Department
of Human Services may place a child in an emergency situation.
-SB 1269 by Rep. Ray Miller changes
the name of Fountainhead State Park to Lake Eufaula State Park.
Tuesday, March 26th
- The Senate continued working through
measures in various committees. Among those winning approval on Tuesday:
-HB 2635 by Sen. Angela Monson would prohibit the execution of individuals
found to have a severe developmental disability. The legislation allows
for a pretrial hearing for a person charged with capitol murder to
determine if he or she has a severe developmental disability.
-HB 2613 by Sen. Angela Monson would raise the income tax deduction
allowed for nonrecurring adoption expenses from $10,000 to $20,000.
-HB 1979 by Sen. Frank Shurden would authorize donations from income
tax refunds to be used for the benefit of the Oklahoma Silver Haired
-HB 2729 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols prohibits requiring employees to
use leave for jury duty and grants employees called for jury duty
the option of taking either paid leave or leave without pay.
-HB 2400 by Sen. Glenn Coffee establishes the Victim Protective Order
-HB 2352 by Sen. Penny Williams prohibits the use by an employer of
employees' social security numbers without permission of employees
except under certain circumstances.
- Among those measures winning approval
in House committees on Tuesday were the following:
-SB 1428 by Rep. Stuart Ericson
would remove the statute of limitations on prosecution for rape, forcible
sodomy, lewd molestation of a child or sexual abuse of a child when
DNA evidence is collected from the victim or crime scene.
-SB 906 by Rep. John G. Nance would
add ecstasy to the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act.
-SB 987 by Rep. Randall Erwin would
allow rape in the first degree to be punishable with a sentence of
life or life without parole.
-SB 1420 by Rep. Ron Kirby would
require a person subject to the Sex Offenders Registration to register
with the security and police of institutions of higher learning.
-SB 822 by Rep. M.C. Leist defines
terms and criminalizes acts of terrorism, terrorism hoax, biochemical
assault, and manufacturing substances with the intent of terrorist
activity. The Act states punishments and requires restitution to victims
and reimbursement to state and political subdivisions for emergency
-SB 950 by Rep. Bill Paulk creates
the Telemarketer Restriction Act and requires the Office of the Attorney
General to establish a directory of consumers who do not wish to receive
unsolicited telemarketing calls.
Wednesday, March 27th
- The Senate met briefly before adjourning
for the week. Committees continued to work through measures on Wednesday
in anticipation of the April 4th deadline for action. The Senate did
not meet on Thursday in observation of the Easter Holiday. The Senate
will reconvene at 1:30 p.m., April 1st.
- The Oklahoma Coalition against Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault sponsored an event at the State Capitol
on Tuesday to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence across
the state. About two hundred people, including victims of domestic
violence gathered on the second floor rotunda The event featured sixty-four
red wooden cutouts of murdered Oklahomans, all victims of domestic
- Senator Dave Herbert announced he would
be shifting his proposal to let the voters decide on a one-cent gas
tax bill to a different House Committee. Herbert says the proposal
would fund the future of high speed rail for Oklahoma. The measure
has won support in the Senate in the past, only to die in committee
on the House side. Senator Herbert said he would include the language
in SJR 4 which had been assigned to the House Revenue and Taxation
Committee to SJR 36, assigned to the House Rules Committee where he
said he had been assured the measure would receive a hearing next