The Oklahoma Senate
Monday, May 2nd
• President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan convened the
session and recognized Majority Floor Leader, Ted Fisher, for a motion
to adjourn. The motion carried and the brief session recessed until
Tuesday at 1:30pm.
-SAs to HB 1116 by Reps. Chris Benge, Jim Newport, and Sens. Johnnie Crutchfield and Mike Morgan increases from $150,000 to $250,000 the total of all assessments the Horse Racing Commission may levy to support the regulation of gaming. The bill and emergency passed 95-0.
-SAs to HB 1811 by Rep. Don Armes and Sen. Kenneth Corn would prohibit registered lobbyists and officers, board members or employees of statewide or national organizations established for the purpose of advocating the interest of chiropractors from being members of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The bill passed 95-0.
-SA to HB 1845 by Rep. Trebor Worthen and Sen. Scott Pruitt clarifies language relating to the Mental Health Law, the Unified Community Mental Health Services Act, the Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Act, narcotic treatment programs, inmates of correctional facilities, care and treatment of consumers, expenses of care and treatment, admission to facilities, rights of detained or confined persons, emergency detentions and protective custody, etc. The bill and emergency passed 98-0.
-HR 1010 by Rep. Bill Nations requests that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the State Medicaid agency, review the feasibility of a federal Medicaid waiver application to provide assisted living benefits to Medicaid beneficiaries. The resolution was adopted.
• Governor Brad Henry signed the following bills on Monday:
- HB 1507 by Rep. Paul D. Roan and Sen. Jay Paul Gumm
raises the standard of proof from a preponderance of the evidence to
clear and convincing evidence for the rebuttable presumption that no
conditions of release of a defendant released on bond would assure public
safety. The measure expands information to be obtained for retail purchase
of a substance containing pseudoephedrine to include the driver license
or state-issued identification number and state of residence of the
purchaser, the name and initials of the pharmacist or pharmacy technician
conducting the transaction, the product being sold and the total quantity
of pseudoephedrine purchased.
• The Senate met briefly to consider House amendments to various Senate bills. The session was adjourned until 1:30 on Wednesday.
• The House convened to consider the following pieces of legislation:
- SAs to HB 1623 by Rep. Mike Wilt and Sen. Glenn Coffee would modify procedures in actions in which a prisoner is a witness or a complaining or defending party. The measure was sent to the Governor.
-SAs to HB 1524 by Rep. Al Lindley and Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre would expand the crime of harming, mistreating or killing a service dog to include all service animals. The bill was approved 99-0.
-SAs to HB 1627 by Rep. Mike Wilt and Sen. Nancy Riley would modify the requirement for publication of legal notice for regular and special election of local school board members to require publication in one issue of a legal newspaper only in the county in which the school district is located and issuance of a news release of the upcoming filing period and lection to a newspaper of general circulation in that county. The bill passed 98-0.
-HB 1037 by Rep. Susan Winchester recognizes Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin’s support of the aerospace industry in the state and recognizes the work of the Governor’s Aerospace Task Force and supports the recommendations of the task force. The resolution was adopted.
-SCR 26 by Sen. Jim Reynolds and Rep. John Nance recognizes Oklahoma as the first state in the nation to limit access to medication that could be utilized to manufacture illegal drugs and commends Target Corp. for being the first national retailer to voluntarily limit access to medication that could be utilized to manufacture illegal drugs. The resolution was adopted.
• The Lt. Governor presided in the chair and received a quorum. Sen. Glenn Coffee moved to suspend Senate rule 16-1 to allow a hearing on HB 2046. The motion to suspend the rules failed 22-26. Lt. Governor Fallin handed the gavel over to President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan. The Senate then approved several executive nominations. The Senate accepted House amendments to the following pieces of legislation:
-SR 30 by Sen. David Myers commends the Ponca City High School Wildcats Wrestling team. The resolution was adopted.
-SR 29 by Sen. Randy Brogdon commends the Bama Companies, Inc. The resolution was adopted.
• The House briefly convened to consider the following legislation:
-SAs to HB 1910 by Rep. Ron Peters and Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield requires that transmission related costs incurred by an electric utility subject to rate regulation by the Corporation Commission that result directly or indirectly from an action of a regulatory authority having legal jurisdiction over transmission matters, be conclusively presumed used and useful and authorizes the utility to adjust its rates whenever there is a change in transmission-related costs. The bill and emergency as amended was approved 96-0.
-HR 1023 by Rep. Bill Nations recognizes the contributions
and leadership of Dr. Ronald Gilcher as president, CEO and medical director
of the Oklahoma Blood Institute. The resolution was adopted.
• Governor Henry signed the following bills on Wednesday:
-HB 1294 by Rep. Lucky Lamons and Sen. Jay Paul Gumm prohibits
false reports of missing children that activate an AMBER early alert
warning system and provides for a misdemeanor punishment of a maximum
one-year imprisonment in the county jail and/or a fine of at least $1,000.
• The Senate convened to consider legislation and then adjourned. The full Senate will reconvene Monday, May 9th at 1:30pm.