For the week of Monday, May
20 to Friday, May 24, 2002
Monday, May 20th
- As of Monday the 20th there were five
days remaining in the 2002 legislative session, according to an agreement
reached by the legislature to adjourn sine die by 5 p.m. May 24th.
GCCA and other conference committee members continued working through
measures on Monday, with the full Senate giving approval to the following
-SB 1425 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols would change the punishment for
a second offense of rape, forcible sodomy, lewd molestation or sexual
abuse of a child to life without parole.
-SB 966 by Sen. Bernest Cain would allow the Department of Public
Safety to offer driver license tests in Spanish and other foreign
languages, contingent upon availability of funds.
-SB 822 by Sen. Frank Shurden would define terms and criminal acts
of terrorism, terrorism hoaxes, biochemical assault, and manufacturing
a substance with intent of terrorist activity.
-SB 1259 by Sen. Glen Coffee would provide judicial procedures for
the return of property that comes into custody of law enforcement
officers, and prohibiting the return of certain weapons.
- The House of Representatives approved
the following measures on Monday:
-SB 1002 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $2,002,546,743 to the Oklahoma
State Department of Education, reflecting a 1.6 percent cut from the
-HB 2585 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $229,856,933 to the Department
of Transportation, reflecting a 5 percent cut.
-SB 1062 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $392,638 to the Native American
Cultural and Education Authority, a stand-still budget compared to
the previous fiscal year.
-HB SB 1004 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $6,522,429 to the Oklahoma
School of Science and Mathematics.
-SB 1089 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $5,925,357 to the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, reflecting a 5 percent
-HB 2547 by Rep. Mike Mass appropriates $7,126,050 to the Office of
Attorney General, reflecting a 0.1 percent cut.
- The Governor signed 4 bills on Monday:
-HB 2330 by Rep. Elmer Maddux and
Sen. Glenn Coffee setting criteria for determining recreational facilities
for purposes of swine animal feeding operations.
-HB 2040 by Rep. Clay Pope and
Sen. Bruce Price clarifying language relating to membership of the
Carbon Sequestration Advisory Committee.
-HB 2083 by Rep. Ron Kirby and
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 filing it with the county clerk.
-HB 2350 by Rep. Mark Liotta and
Sen. James Dunlap creating and enacting the Employer Health Insurance
Purchasing Group Act.
Tuesday, May 21st
- Among those measures winning final
approval by the Senate:
-SB 815 by Sen. Jeff Rabon mandating all state school districts to
have a moment of silence each day in the classroom for the purposes
of reflection, meditation or prayer.
-SB 1368 by Sen. Stratton Taylor authorizing a pay raise for district
attorneys and for the director of the Ethics Commission.
-SB 1395 by Sen. Penny Williams would require approval for state employee
leave of absence for organ donation.
-HB 1979 by Sen. Frank Shurden authorizing donations from income tax
refunds for the Silver Haired Legislature Excellence in State Government
-HB 2837 by Sen. Grover Campbell would make it illegal for telemarketers
to use equipment or systems which call more than one person at a time
while allowing only one line at a time to be connected to the seller.
- Among those measures winning approval
in the House on Tuesday:
-HB 2790 by Rep. Jari Askins provides exception for statute of limitations
relating to sex offenders where genetic evidence exists and allows
expungement when factual innocence is established by DNA evidence.
-HB 2753 by Rep. Jari Askins applying cost-of-living adjustments to
the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.
-SB 1376 by Rep. J.T. Stites would increase tax revenues earmarked
for the Teachers' Retirement System from 3.54 percent to 5 percent
over a period of four years.
-HB 1850 by Rep. Bill Case relating to custody or guardianship of
children, requirement courts to make determination regarding sex offenders
and adding circumstances that will constitute a rebuttal presumption.
-SB 936 by Rep. Dale Turner relating to motor vehicles, authorizing
golf carts to be operated by persons with a physical disability within
the boundaries of a state park.
Wednesday, May 22nd
- Among those measures winning full approval
in the State Senate on Wednesday:
-SB 1410 by Sen. Kevin Easley would
impose a three-year moratorium on out-of state water sales, and create
a 19-member Joint Committee on Water Planning to study the issue of
water sales during that period.
-HB 2245 by Sen. Sam Helton, creating
the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Incentive Leverage Act to give tax incentives
to tire manufacturers in Oklahoma.
-HB 2032 by Sen. Sam Helton defines the terms "crime stoppers
organization" and privileged communication" and establishes
information provided to crime stoppers organization as privileged.
-HB 2795 by Sen. Mark Snyder would
require at least three persons to be assigned to work on oil field
fraud investigation through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
and granting an additional two full-time-equivalent employees to investigate
oil field theft as well as fraud.
-SCR 82 by Sen. Stratton Taylor setting legislative deadlines for
- The following were among the measure
approved by the full House on Wednesday:
-HB 2246 by Sen. Glenn Coffee authorizes
courts to order assault and battery defendants to participate in treatment
programs, prohibits domestic abuse by strangulation, and prohibits
collection of court costs from victims.
-HB 2637 by Rep. Opio Toure provides
claims for wrongful imprisonment on a felony conviction and adds a
retroactive and prospective liability limit under the Governmental
Tort Claims Act.
-SB 1430 by Rep. Dale Wells changes the method of identifying a wireless
emergency caller from zip code to billing address.
-HB 2238 by Rep. Don Ross modifies requirements related to the Tulsa
Race Riot Memorial Reconciliation Design Committee, the Greenwood
Area Redevelopment Authority, and the Tulsa Reconciliation Education
and Scholarship Program.
- On Wednesday the Governor signed several
bills into law, including HB 1968 by Rep. Kenneth Corn and Sen. Larry
Dickerson. The Larry Dickerson Educational Flexible Benefits Allowance
Act raises the amount of insurance paid by the state and local districts
for teachers and support staff.
Thursday, May 23rd
- Among those measures winning approval
from the Senate on Thursday:
- HB 1291 by Sen. Penny Williams
would end straight-party voting in Oklahoma and give parties to option
of whether to participate or not in presidential primary elections.
Those parties opting out would choose a presidential candidate through
the caucus system.
-HB 2238 by Sen. Maxine Horner
would set out guidelines for the creation of a Tulsa Race Riot Memorial,
and changes requirements for receiving a race riot memorial scholarship,
clarifying that race will not be a factor should the State Regents
choose to give preference to riot descendants in awarding scholarships,
and stating that two scholarships would be provided for each high
school in the Tulsa School District.
-HB 1029 by Sen. Mike Morgan would
allow dental hygienists to provide treatment to patients with the
supervision of a dentist.
-HB 2634 by Sen. Angela Monson would re-create the Racial and Social
Economic Statistical Analysis on Imprisonment Task Force.
-HB 2088 by Sen. Paul Muegge would make the sale of tangible personal
property or services to or by churches completely exempt from sales
tax and allow for a tax-free three-day sale for the benefit of the
church or for charitable purposes.
-HB 2783 by Sen. Gene Stipe would
require specific findings of fact supporting a court's denial of a
child's preference relating to custody and visitation if the child
is of a sufficient age to form an intelligent preference.
-HB 2218 by Sen. Penny Williams would modify the staffing requirements
of nursing homes, requiring facilities to maintain direct-care, 24-hour
staffing levels based on an overall 2.41 hours per day per occupied
- On Thursday, the House rejected SB 1683
by Sen. Stratton Taylor creating five congressional districts, but
later approved another proposal, HB 1479 by Rep Larry Adair. Unlike
the SB 1683, HB 1479 would not force any incumbents to run against
each other for the newly drawn districts. Other legislation approved
by the House included:
-SB 948 by Rep. Bob Plunk enacts the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory
Flexibility Act and creates the Small business Regulatory Review Committee
within the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
-SB 1650 by Rep. Jari Askins deletes definitions related to a victims'
protection order for victims of rape and forcible sodomy.
-HB 2613 by Rep. Susan Winchester, raises the income tax deduction
allowed for nonrecurring adoption expenses from $10,000 to $20,000.
-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
- Governor Frank Keating signed 15 bills
on Thursday, including HB 2427 which is the appropriations bill for
the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and HB
2501, the appropriation for the Department of Human Services.
Friday, May 24th
- Senate members continued working on
measures still awaiting final action on what was the final day of
the 2002 session. The chamber also paid tribute to members who would
not be running for another term. Those who will not be returning include
Senator Kelly Haney, Senator Billy Mickle, Senator Paul Muegee, and
Senator Grover Campbell. The Senate adjourned Sine Die at 5 p.m.
- Senator Carol Martin was chosen as team-leader
for a new initiative partnering women legislators with the Drug Enforcement
Administration. Senator Martin said they would seek to bring attention
to the connection between drugs and the financing of terrorist activities,
and of the dangers of the growing use of so-called "club-drugs"
such as Ecstasy.
- Senator Jim Reynolds announced that
during the upcoming May 27th Memorial Day ceremonies at the Memorial
Garden on the grounds of the State Historical Society, he would make
a special presentation on behalf of a U.S.S. Oklahoma Survivors Group;
a plaque that was salvaged from the ship after the Pearl Harbor attack
which will be presented to the Historical Society to be placed on