For the week of Monday, May
6 to Thursday, May 9, 2002
Monday, May 6th
- On Monday the full Senate considered
executive nominations, resolutions, appropriations and substantive
measures. Among those measures winning approval by the Senate:
-SCR 73 by Sen. Keith Leftwich directing the Department of Transportation
to cease the privatization of specified highway maintenance work in
Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
-SB 1635 by Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson creates the Oklahoma Health Care
Access Act, requires the State Department of Health to develop a plan
related to volunteer, requires exploration of private partnerships
and requires a report.
-SB 1595 by Sen. Penny Williams requires the successful completion
of the competency examination for teacher licensure and excepts Alternative
Placement Program Candidates
-SB 1628 by Sen. Penny Williams changes the name of the Oklahoma Organ
Donor Education and Awareness Program Act to the Cheryl Selman Organ
Donor Education and Awareness Act.
- Measures receiving approval by the full
House on Monday included the following:
-HB 2605 by Rep. Ron Kirby directs the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
to establish a prescription drug discount program and expands the
duties of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.
-HB 1397 by Rep. Charles Gray modifies licensing requirements for
cosmetology schools. The measure gives cosmetology students additional
flexibility in meeting licensing requirements by allowing them to
count credit hours as training hours. The measure also clarifies the
need for cosmetology students to hold a GED or high school diploma.
-SB 1060 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $3.7 million to the Oklahoma
Educational Television Authority, containing a budget cut after removal
of one-time funding, of 5 percent.
-SB 1015 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $6.9 million to the Department
of Libraries, reflecting a 5 percent budget cut.
-SB 1036 by Rep. Mike Mass makes a supplemental appropriation of $3.7
million to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
- The Governor signed 41 bills on Monday,
including HB 2278 by Rep. Tim Pope and Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson issuing
"Choose Life" license plates, with proceeds being used to
fund organizations that assist pregnant women. Keating also signed
HB 2380 by Rep. Paul Roan and Sen. Frank Shurden removing authorization
for a turnpike from the Kansas State Line to the Texas State Line
in the vicinity of U.S. Highway 69.
Tuesday, May 7th
- Among those measures winning final
approval by the Senate:
-HB 2231 by Sen. Gilmer Capps allows schools to retain larger amounts
of general revenue appropriations not used during the school year.
-SR 40 by Sen. Maxine Horner declaring June 19, 2002 "Oklahoma
Jazz Hall of Fame Day."
-SB 1472 by Sen. Scott Pruitt to make tampering with or disabling
security or surveillance cameras for certain purposes unlawful.
-SB 37 by Sen. Ted Fisher creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School
-SB 1078 by Sen. Kelly Haney and Sen. Cal Hobson creating a budget
for the District Attorneys Council and requiring the Council to set
the duties and compensation of employees.
- Among those measures winning approval
in the House on Tuesday:
-HB 2525 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $640,904 to the Oklahoma Capitol
Complex and Centennial Commission, reflecting a budget increase of
-HB 2517 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $364,704 to the J.M. Davis
Memorial Commission, reflecting a cut of 18.72 percent.
-HB 2521 appropriates $949,734 to the Department of Mines, reflecting
a budget cut of 5.01 percent.
-HB 2527 appropriates $965,062 to the Will Rogers Memorial Commission,
representing a cut of 8.19 percent.
-HB 2555 appropriates $482,321 to the Ethics Commission, reflecting
a 3.2 percent increase.
- On Tuesday, the Governor signed six
bills into law, including:
-HB 2485 by Reps. Jack Bonny, Mike
Mass and Sens. Kelly Haney and Cal Hobson, appropriating $371,278
to the Office of Handicapped Concerns, reflecting a 5 percent cut.
-HB 2489, appropriating $790,374
to the Human Rights commission, a 5 percent cut.
-HB 2491 appropriating $276,689
to the Indian Affairs Commission, reflecting a 5 percent cut.
-HB 2172 by Rep. Mary Easley and
Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield modifies language and extends the existence
of the Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse through Jul 1, 2008.
-SB 1336 by Sen. Herb Rozell and
Rep. Jari Askins authorizing the use of intermediate sanctions facilities
for some parolees, and allowing the facilities to be used to re-adjust
inmates for their reentry into society.
-SB 1631 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield
and Rep. Barbara Staggs provides mathematic remediation for certain
third through eighth grade students.
Wednesday, May 8th
- Among those measures winning full approval
in the State Senate on Wednesday:
-SB 1683 by Sen. Stratton Taylor would implement a congressional redistricting
plan to reflect the loss of one congressional seat; creating five
districts which would result in incumbents Ernest Istook and Frank
Lucas running against each other for representation of a newly drawn
-SB 820 by Sen. Penny Williams creating a joint legislative oversight
committee for Oklahoma long-term care.
-SB 817 by Sen. Gilmer Capps modifying the income tax credit for space
transportation vehicle providers.
-SR 48 by Sens. James Dunlap and Jim Reynolds praising the heroic
life and mourning the loss of World War II veteran John Blue.
- The following were among the measure
approved by the full House on Wednesday:
-SB 1038 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriating $3,107,821 to the Oklahoma
State Banking Department, reflecting a 2 percent budget cut.
-SB 1040 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $733,716 to the Department
of Consumer Credit, representing a 7 percent budget decrease.
-SB 1053 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $2.1 million to the Oklahoma
Horse Racing Commission, reflecting a 6.4 percent cut.
-SB 1154 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $1.75 million to the Oklahoma
Commission on Children and Youth, reflecting a 5 percent cut.
- On Wednesday the Governor signed 12
bills into law, and vetoed 3 others. Among those measures signed:
-SB 1033 by Sens. Kelly Haney and
Cal Hobson and Reps. Mike Mass and Jack Bonny appropriating $441.5
million to the University Hospitals Authority.
-SB 1036 by Sens. Kelly Haney,
Cal Hobson and Reps. Mike Mass and Jack Bonny containing a supplemental
appropriation of $3.7 million for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Thursday, May 9th
- The Senate met briefly on Thursday morning
to consider various amendments as well as measures on third reading.
The full Senate will reconvene at Monday, May 13th at 10:30 a.m. There
are two weeks remaining in the 2002 legislative session.
- Governor Frank Keating approved rules
passed by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that he said would impose
"tough but fair" restrictions on the levels of phosphorous
in Oklahoma's six designated Scenic Rivers. The six rivers include
the Illinois, the Baron Fork River, Lee Creek, Little Lee Creek, Flint
Creek and the Upper Mountain Fork River. The rules establish a limit
of .037 parts per million of phosphorous in the rivers to be met within
10 years. Governor Keating said he had asked Secretary of Environment
Brian Griffin to meet as soon as possible with Arkansas Governor Mike
Huckabee and other officials to discuss implementing the new rules.
According to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, upstream states are subject
to downstream water quality regulations.
- Attorney General Drew Edmondson issued
a warning to Oklahoma Consumers; if someone calls saying they can
put you on the new telemarketer "do not call" list for a
fee of $500, don't believe it. Edmondson says it's a scam to con people
into giving out their credit card numbers. The actually program is
still in the planning stages, and the A.G. added that he doubted they
would use telemarketing to sign people up for it.