The Oklahoma Senate
Monday, May 10th
• The Senate met briefly to consider legislation, including the following:
-CCR for HB 1694 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich and Rep. Michael Tyler would modify contracting procedures for turnpike concessions. The bill passed 38-0 and the emergency passed 39-0.
-HA for SB 1104 by Sen. Gilmer Capps and Rep. Joe Sweeden
would modify language relating to elections and would allow media access
to election booths. The bill and emergency passed 38-5.
-CCR for HB 1858 by Rep. Darrell Gilbert and Sen. Randy
Brogdon would allow a territory within five miles of the corporate limits
of a municipality with a population of more than 200,000 to incorporate
as a new municipality if it can be proved to the board of county commissioners
by documentation that the territory has historically been identified
as a community of people residing in compact form. The bill passed 95-0.
-HR 1045 by Rep. Jim Wilson would direct the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to hold several, well-publicized community hearings prior to renewal of any permit involving Spring Creek. The resolution was adopted.
-Third CCR for SB 649 by Sen. Mike Johnson and Rep. James
Covey would require juvenile bureaus and citizens’ advisory committees
to be created in counties with a population of more than 80,000. The
third conference committee report was due to a change in the date. The
bill and emergency passed 95-0.
-CCS for HB 2030 by Sen. Mike Morgan, Sen. Ben Robinson, Rep. Jack Bonny and Rep. Bill Mitchell would make an appropriation to Oklahoma House of Representatives. The supplemental measure adds $100,000 IT security and digital conversion and $250,000 for impeachment costs.
-CCS for SB 1060 by Sen. Mike Morgan, Sen. Ben Robinson, Rep. Jack Bonny and Rep. Bill Mitchell would make an appropriation to the district courts.
.-CCS for SB 1105 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. John Carey would create the State Employee Advocacy Rights Act and would allow employees to hold meetings before or after working hours or during lunch periods on state property and would allow employee organizations to submit information to state agencies for new employee packets.
-CCS for SB 1158 by Sen. Richard Lerblance and Rep. Mike Mass and Rep. Bill Paulk would modify criteria for employee performance management system in relation to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.
-CCS for SB 1447 by Sen. Sam Helton and Rep. Jari Askins would delete certain language for mandatory DNA testing and submission of testing.
-CCS for HB 1889 by Rep. Jerry Ellis and Sen. Jeff Rabon relates to the Oklahoma Charity Games Act by exempting veterans organizations from certain taxation and sets procedures.
-CCS for HB 2213 by Rep. Greg Piatt and Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield would provide for sales tax exemption for certain public trust authorities.
• Governor Brad Henry signed HB 2552 by Rep. Danny
Hilliard and Sen. Debbe Leftwich. The measure creates the Belle Maxine
Hilliard Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Revolving Fund to provide
screening and treatment for women eligible for Medicaid. Last week the
Governor signed SB 978, which includes a $2.5 million appropriation
to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for the fund.
• The Senate met briefly to continue hearing legislation on the floor then adjourned to GCCA. The measures considered by the full Senate were the following:
-CCR for SB 1252 by Sen. Cal Hobson and Rep. Larry Adair would repeal Enrolled SB 553 as signed by the Governor on March 8, 2004. SB 1252 would create the State-Tribal Gaming Act if approved by a vote of the people. The bill passed 31-17.
-CCR for HB 1418 by Sen. Frank Shurden and Rep. Joe Hutchison
would allow expenditure from the state contingency and emergency fund
for emergency response action by the United State Army Corps of Engineers.
The bill passed 44-0.
-CCR for SB 964 by Sen. Mike Morgan, Sen. Ben Robinson,
Rep. Jack Bonny and Rep. Bill Mitchell would make an appropriation to
the Office of Personnel Management. The bill and emergency passed 45-0.
-CCR for SB 1340 by Sen. Charlie Laster and Rep. Debbie Blackburn would change procedures and timeline related to child custody. The bill passed 44-1.
-CCR for SB 1299 by Sen. Frank Shurden and Rep. M.C. Leist would require certain training for the Capitol Patrol. The bill and emergency passed 32-13.
-HA for SB 1385 by Sen. Gilmer Capps and Rep. David Braddock would exempt information solicited by the Office of Personnel Management from public and private sector employers for analysis from the Oklahoma Open Records Act. The bill also requires a quality management function to be created with OPM to assist state agencies in integrating management models into business practices to improve efficiency. The bill and emergency passed 45-0.
• The House considered the following legislation:
-HB 1874 by Rep. Ron Langmacher and Sen. Bruce Price states the Commissioner of Labor cannot develop rules for the abatement of friable asbestos materials more stringent than federal standards. The motion to consider the bill passed 53-43 after it failed last week 48-43. The final bill passed 51-47 and the emergency failed 52-44.
-CCR for SB 1207 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield and Rep.
Barbara Staggs would require the State Board of Education to provide
an annual salary bonus of $5,000 to any certified school psychologists
and any certified speech-language pathologist. The bill passed 98-0.
• GCCA passed several measures on Tuesday including
• Governor Brad Henry signed several measures
on Tuesday including:
• The Senate met briefly and then adjourned to continue working on bills in GCCA. Legislation considered by the full Senate were the following:
-CCR for HB 2643 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield and Rep. Barbara Staggs would modify language relating to administration of the retirement system. The bill and emergency passed 46-0.
-CCR for SB 850 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield and Rep. Greg Piatt would change the number of citizens required for notice of misconduct in office from five to fifteen or one percent of people who voted in the last election of the municipality or county. The bill passed 41-0.
-CCR for SB 1144 by Sen. Kenneth Corn and Rep. James Covey
would clarify language relating to the State and Education Employees
Group Insurance Board and the Teacher’s Retirement System of Oklahoma.
The title was stricken. The bill and emergency passed 47-0.
-CCR for SB 1317 by Sen. Sam Helton and Rep. Dale Wells would remove entities affected by fair field pricing. The bill and emergency passed 47-0.
-CCR for SB 1400 by Sen. Maxine Horner and Rep. Darrell Gilbert modifies fines and community service imposed on juveniles for breaking county curfews. The bill and emergency passed 39-6.
-The Senate rejected House amendments for SB 1407 by Sen. Glenn Coffee and Rep. Fred Morgan. The measure would allow municipal courts to hear any violation of any municipal ordinance for driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substance and expands DUI violations to include public property. Sen. Ted Fisher moved to reject the House amendments and send the bill to conference by suspending Senate rules to do so. Both motions were approved.
-HA for SB 1483 by Sen. Ted Fisher and Rep. Jari Askins would provide for distribution of property upon demutualization or reorganization of an insurance company, limits the time requirement for reporting or remitting mineral interests and removes requirements for certain notification relating to unclaimed property. The bill and emergency passed 42-0.
-SCR 66 by Sen. Jeff Rabon and Rep. Joe Sweeden would create the Waste Tire Recycling Indemnity Fund Joint Task Force. The resolution was adopted.
• The House approved the following measures:
-CCR for SB 1252 by Sen. Cal Hobson and Rep. Larry Adair would repeal Enrolled SB 553 as signed by the Governor on March 8, 2004. SB 1252 would create the State Tribal Gaming Act if approved by a vote of the people. The conference committee report was adopted 52-48 and the bill passed 58-42.
-CCR for HB 2664 by Rep. Larry Adair and Sen. Cal Hobson relates to lobbyist registration and would require payment of certain fees and provide for deposit of fees. The bill passed 73-26.
-CCR for HB 2038 by Rep. Jack Bonny, Rep. Bill Mitchell, Sen. Mike Morgan and Sen. Ben Robinson would make an appropriation to the Oklahoma State Senate. The bill passed 58-40.
-CCR for HB 1695 by Rep. Michael Tyler and Sen. Debbe Leftwich would clarify language that relates to Oklahoma Turnpike designation and includes all sections and extension. The bill and emergency passed 100-0.
-CCR for HB 2134 by Rep. Ron Peters and Sen. Nancy Riley would delete requirements related to marriage licenses related to health examinations. The bill passed 99-0.
-SA for HB 2464 by Rep. Darrell Gilbert and Sen. Ben Robinson would create and provide exemptions to the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors Act. The bill also creates the State Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors. The bill and emergency passed 96-3.
-CCR for SB 1254 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm would provide for an ad valorem tax exemption on any property damaged by the May 8, 2003 tornado for a period of five years based on the value of the previously qualifying assets. The bill and emergency passed 94-0.
• The members of the Joint Committee on Lawsuit
Reform released two committee versions of a tort reform measure Wednesday.
One version follows the Governor’s vision of tort reform with
a complete summary submitted to members of the committee and was immediately
followed by another proposed floor substitute by Sen. Glenn Coffee and
outlines the GOP’s plan for reform.
Thursday, May 13th
• The Senate convened at 9:00 a.m. to hear legislation. They will reconvene on Monday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m.
• Witness testimony continues in the Special Investigative Committee meeting. Committee Chair Opio Toure announced the committee had decided in an executive session that they would complete a preliminary report to deliver to the House of Representatives and would contain the assessment that the committee would not have enough time, therefore needing a special session to complete the task.
• House Republicans elected Rep. Todd Hiett as speaker-designate in a historic vote by the caucus on Tuesday. The Republican Party has not been in the majority since 1922.
• Late Wednesday legislative leaders announced an agreement on a measure to decide the mid-term vacancy issue created by term limits. CCR for HB 2663 by Rep. Larry Adair and Sen. Kenneth Corn would provide procedures for scheduling and holding elections to fill the seat of a member of the Legislature who has reached his or her term limits and is unable to complete their elected term. The bill also clarifies the time and manner for publication of the notice for district board of education elections and would require technology center school districts to divide its territory into district zones.
• Governor Brad Henry announced his tobacco tax and health care initiative, officially submitting it for final legislative action. The same day the Senate Republican Leader James Williamson along with caucus members unveiled their proposal for a 99 cent tobacco tax increase. However Senate Leader Cal Hobson after further reviewing both plans decided to support the Governor’s 55 cent tobacco tax increase.