The Oklahoma Senate
• The Senate turned its attention to bills coming
from the opposite chamber this week, working mostly in committees. Measures
approved on the Senate Floor on Monday include:
-SR 73, by Sen. Clark Jolley, commends American Mothers Inc. and the Oklahoma Mothers Association and congratulates Cynthia Collins-Clark on being named the 2006 Oklahoma Mother of the Year.
-SR 74, by Sen. Cliff Branan, congratulates Connell Branan on being named the 2006 Oklahoma Young Mother of the Year.
-HR 1080, by Rep. Rex Duncan, requests that the Oklahoma congressional delegation give priority to passing and enacting the defense appropriations bill over other spending bills in 2006 and future years.
-SB 1065, by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. Terry Ingmire, would remove the requirement that the Department of Human Services maintain permanent copies of all warrants issued to recipients of public assistance.
-SB 1509, by Sen. Glenn Coffee and Rep. Dennis Adkins, expands the definition of “treatment facility” under the state Dental Act to include mobile dental units.
Tuesday, March 21
• On Tuesday, the Senate continued to focus on committee work. Measures approved Tuesday on the Senate Floor include:
-HCR 1042, by Sen. Mary Easley, established April 18, 2006, as McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Waterway to the World Awareness Day.
-HB 2506, by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would extend the termination date of the Corporation Commission Plugging Fund, funded by petroleum excise taxes, to July 1, 2011.
-HB 2529, by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would remove the address and contact information for the witness of a crime from the law enforcement records and court documents at the request of the witness.
-HB 2062, by Sen. Mike Morgan, would exempt tickets to minor-league sports events from sales taxes.
-HB 2792, by Sen. Randy Bass, would provide a 15 percent rebate on expenditures for films made in Oklahoma with a minimum budget of $30 million.
-HB 2793, by Sen. Randy Bass, would provide an income tax credit for up to 25 percent of the profit made from investment in an Oklahoma film or music project.
-HB 2512, by Sen. Cal Hobson, would provide an income tax credit for Oklahomans who have a wind or photovoltaic energy system or a geothermal heating and cooling system installed on their residential or nonresidential property.
-HB 2397, by Sen. Mary Easley, would provide a sales tax exemption on food boxes of up to $50 for needy families, including food boxes provided by church organizations.
-HB 2396, by Sen. Clark Jolley, would prohibit public entities covered by the Open Meetings Act to disclose Social Security numbers.
-HB 2083, by Sen. Clark Jolley, would create the Computer Spyware Protection Act, making it unlawful for a person who is not an owner or operator of a computer to surreptitiously install certain software on a computer, such as spyware or malware.
-HB 2073, by Sen. Jim Wilson, would provide a $500 income tax deduction for volunteer firefighters, reserve police officers and reserve sheriff’s deputies.
-HB 2462, by Sen. Randy Bass, would raise from 50 percent to 100 percent the income tax exemption on retirement benefits for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
-HB 2962, by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would delete the requirement that an attorney be made an attorney of record in representing a party.
-HB 2454, by Sen. Brian Crain, would remove the requirement that a person seeking a protective order provide a copy of a law enforcement report.
-HB 2499, by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would allow the right of ownership of a burial plot to revert to the cemetery after 75 years has passed since the last recorded activity on the burial space and after a reasonable search for heirs and beneficiaries.
-SB 1539, by Sen. Debbe Leftwich and Rep. Gus Blackwell, would remove court clerks’ authority to collect supervision fees and retain 10 percent to cover administration costs.
• The Senate passed a few measures on the floor Wednesday before adjourning to work in committees. Bills approved on the Senate Floor include:
-SR 76, by Sen. Daisy Lawler, proclaims Wednesday, March 22, 2006, to be Agriculture Day in the State of Oklahoma as part of National Agriculture Week.
-SR 72, by Sen. Mike Morgan, commends the Oklahoma Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and declares March 29, 2006, as Oklahoma Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs Day at the State Capitol.
-HB 2470, by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies the time limitation and definitions relating to the Public Competitive Bidding Act of 1974.
-HB 2554, by Sen. Harry Coates, requires the Department of Central Services to create a database to track the condition of all state physical assets.
-HCR 1049, by Sen. Tom Adelson, recognizes the importance of identifying the causes of and a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, thanks the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its work, and declares March 2006 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
-HR 1086, by Rep. Dale DeWitt, proclaims March 22, 2006, as Agriculture Day in Oklahoma.
-SB 1665, by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. Greg Piatt, would provide a sales tax holiday for certain back-to-school purchases.
-SB 1655, by Sen. Debbe Leftwich and Rep. Gary Banz, would provide an income tax exemption for federal civil service retirees.
-SB 408, by Sen. Mike Mazzei and Rep. Ray Young, expands the definition of “qualified purchases” under the Oklahoma Research and Development Act to include scientific equipment.
-SB 1305, by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. Kevin Calvey, expands the sales tax exemption for certain businesses primarily engaged in wholesale distribution of groceries.
-SB 1312, by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm and Rep. John Carey, would enact an Oklahoma Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
-SB 1391, by Sen. Debbe Leftwich and Rep. Randy Terrill, would provide collateral heirs the same estate tax exemptions available to lineal heirs.
Thursday, March 23
• On Thursday, measures approved on the Senate Floor include:
- HCR 1049, by Sen. Tom Adelson, recognizes the importance of identifying the causes of and a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, thanks the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its work, and declares March 2006 as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
• House Majority Floor Leader Lance Cargill, R-Harrah, resigned his post Monday. Speaker Todd Hiett appointed freshman Rep. Daniel Sullivan, R-Tulsa, to be the new majority floor leader.
• Due to significant rainfall over the weekend,
Gov. Brad Henry on Monday lifted the statewide burn ban that has been
in effect since November.