For the week of Monday, April
8 to Thursday, April 11, 2002
Monday, April 8th
- Having met the April 4th deadline for
committee action on measures from the opposite chamber, attention
in the Senate once again focused on floor action. Among those measures
winning approval by the full Senate on Monday:
-HB 2041 by Sen. Angela Monson
would eliminate the state franchise and estate taxes and provide for
a flat rate income tax of five percent, although Senator Monson told
lawmakers the bill was still a work in progress, being kept alive
as a vehicle to implement any tax change proposals that may be agreed
upon by the end of session.
-HB 2253 by Sen. Angela Monson
would establish the Oklahoma Medicaid Accountability and Outcomes
Act, requiring the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board to enter into
a contract for a study of the Oklahoma Medicaid Accountability and
Outcomes Act, requiring the OHCA Board to enter into a contract for
a study of the Oklahoma State Medicaid Program.
-HB 1146 by Sen. Frank Shurden
would require that the names of candidates on ballots 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 2215 by Sen. Rick Littlefield
would create the Bully Prevention Act, requiring policies to prevent
bullying in schools.
-HB 2396 by Sen. Glenn Coffee would
provide conditions for the use of golf carts, power wheelchairs and
power scooters on roadways.
-HB 1979 by Sen. Frank Shurden
would authorize donations from income tax refunds to be used for the
benefit of the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature Excellence in Government
-HB 2349 by Sen. Scott Pruitt would
create the "State Waters Protection Act" which would specify
the minimum distances from any body of water in the state, including
public water facilities, for poultry feeding and poultry waste operations.
- Likewise, attention on the House side
was focused on floor action on Monday. Among those bills winning approval:
-SB 816 by Rep. Ray McCarter provides
a sales tax exemption on certain articles of clothing and footwear.
The enacting clause was stricken.
-SB 1473 by Rep. David Braddock
relates to the Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices, prohibiting
operation of devices on certain highways and turnpikes and providing
for operation of devices on sidewalks, walking trails, bikeways and
municipal streets with limitations.
-SB 822 by Rep. M.C. Leist defines
terms and criminalizes acts of terrorism, terrorism hoaxes, biochemical
assault, and manufacturing substances with the intent of terrorist
activity. The bill states punishments and requires restitution to
victims and reimbursement to state and political subdivisions for
emergency response costs.
-SB 897 by Rep. Jack Bonny extends
a vehicle excise tax credit and an income tax credit to owners of
property destroyed by the October 9, 2001 tornado.
-SB 1643 by Rep. Jari Askins relates
to stolen or embezzled property in possession of a pawnbroker, deleting
the authority to vest title in the pawnbroker and providing for a
process to return property to a legal owner.
-SB 1537 by Rep. Ron Kirby requires
blood or saliva samples to be collected for the DNA Offender Database
and includes certain offenses in the mandatory DNA sample. The bill
also authorizes certain reimbursement to OSBI for illegal drug laboratory
site cleanup, providing a certain percentage of funds to be retained
by the court clerk.
-SB 987 by Rep. Randall Erwin allows
rape in the first degree to be punishable with a sentence of life
or life without parole.
Tuesday, April 9th
- In another heavy day of floor action,
the following were among those measures receiving Senate approval
-SB 950 by Sen. Keith Leftwich would create a "do not call"
list operated by the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office. The measure
as amended also creates a way for individuals to remove themselves
from the do not call list, and creates a procedure for verifying consumer
-HB 2216 by Sen. Glenn Coffee would allow the use of an appropriate
photograph of a murder victim, taken while the victim was alive during
a criminal homicide prosecution.
-HB 1982 by Sen. Frank Shurden would restrict the type of punishment
a municipality may impose for seat belt violations.
-HB 2030 by Sen. Dave Herbert would clarify the role of the Department
of Central Services in providing asbestos abatement services.
-HB 2074 by Sen. Dick Wilkerson would clarify language relating to
anhydrous ammonia, add "pipeline" to the list of anhydrous
ammonia paraphernalia that may not be tampered with by any unauthorized
person, make "attempted theft" of anhydrous ammonia a punishable
offense and creates a minimum imprisonment of five years for a person
tampering with anhydrous systems.
-HB 225 by Sen. Bruce Price would modify language concerning the power
given to county commissioners and provide circumstances for the award
of a sidearm and badge to a spouse or next of kin of deceased officers.
-HB 1971 by Sen. Mike Morgan would allow the Secretary of State's
office to charge $25 for same-day filing of new notary commissions.
- The following measure were among those
approved by the House on Tuesday:
-SB 1553 by Rep. Ray Vaughn would
designate all state owned or operated buildings, including the State
Capitol, as nonsmoking areas, although under the floor substitute
each building may have one designated smoking room. The smoking room
cannot be used for the conduct of public business and must be fully
enclosed, directly exhausted to the outside, under negative air pressure
so smoke cannot escape when a door is opened, and no air is recirculated
to nonsmoking areas of the building. The measure also provides that
no smoking shall be allowed within 25 feet of the entrance or exit
of any building. The bill also excludes portions of state lodges and
bars from the smoking ban if the areas are properly ventilated.
-SB 1301 by Rep. Richard Phillips
relates to motor vehicle accident reports, requiring contact information
of those involved in an accident be kept confidential for 60 days
after the report is filed, providing exceptions and providing penalties
for those who wrongfully obtain such information.
-SB 1695 by Rep. William Paulk
creates the Oklahoma Public Health Emergency Planning Task Force to
prepare a plan for responding to a public health emergency.
-SB 931 by Rep. Richard Phillips
prohibits 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 19 by Rep. Loyd Benson prohibits
reduced insurance rates for property located in rural fire protection
districts for persons failing or refusing to pa assessment.
Wednesday, April 10th
- Among those measures winning full approval
in the State Senate:
-HB 2796 by Sen. Mike Morgan would deregulate all broadband communication.
Currently 70 percent of the broadband market is deregulated. Under
the measure approved by the Senate, the remaining 30 percent would
be treated the same as all other broadband communications.
-HB 2174 by Sen. Dick Wilkerson requires a minimum of two hours of
elderly abuse training and education for law enforcement certification.
The bill also modifies the number of hours required for certification
of a full-time officer.
-HB 2250 by Sen. Ted Fisher allows State Aid payments to be withheld
from participating school districts to cure payment delinquencies
on bonds or notes.
-SR 41 by Sen. Scott Pruitt supporting the State of Israel in its
campaign against terrorism and calling on all Arab nations committed
to peace to take appropriate actions.
-HB 2665 by Sen. Jeff Rabon expands on-call classified employees eligible
to receive a minimum of two hours work if the employee reports to
work while on-call.
-SB 412 by Sen. James Dunlap modifies the normal retirement date for
the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System; and expands limited
retirement benefit for members.
- The following were among the measure
approved by the full House on Wednesday:
-SB 1502 by Rep. All Lindley substantially
increases the penalties for engaging in prostitution or soliciting
or procuring prostitution.
-SB 1430 by Rep. Dale Wells changes
the method of identifying a wireless emergency caller from a zip code
to a billing address.
-SB 878 by Rep. Dale Turner would
create a feasibility study to attract an ethanol processing plant
-SB 936 by Rep. Dale Turner authorizes
golf carts to be operated by persons with a physical disability within
the boundaries of state parks.
-SB 1537 by Rep. Jari Askins defines
life imprisonment and life without parole.
Thursday, April 11th
- The Senate continued working through
House Measures on third reading as well as Senate measures awaiting
approval of House amendments. Among those winning full approval was
Senate Bill 1553 by Senator Ben Robinson which would designate all
state owned or operated buildings, including the State Capitol, as
nonsmoking areas, although under the floor substitute each building
may have one designated smoking room, with specified requirements
for ventilation for that area. The measure now goes to Governor Keating
for his consideration. The Senate will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. on Monday,
- On Tuesday the Office of State Finance
announced that state agency budgets would have to be cut nearly 7
percent this month. Agencies had originally been told their cuts would
be 4 percent for April, May and June, but even lower than expected
natural gas tax collections forced a 6.64 percent cut instead.
- Republican Jerry Regier announced he
has suspended his campaign for his party's nomination for governor.
The announcement came after he learned of an ethics rule requiring
a candidate to be a resident of Oklahoma for at least 10 years before
filing for the office. Although Regier was born in Oklahoma, he left
the state in the 1980's to work for the Reagan administration, and
has only been back in the state for seven years.