The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, May 22 to Friday, May 26, 2006

Monday, May 22

• The Senate met Monday, approving a number of measures in a lengthy session. Among the bills approved were the following:

SB 1934 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would establish a five-year probationary period for sheriffs’ deputies, after which time their employment could only be terminated with just cause.

SB 266 by Sen. Cal Hobson, encourages any special maintenance projects under $250,000 to be performed by state maintenance crews.

HB 2517 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would require state entities with oversight of occupational licenses to establish appeal procedures for license reinstatement.

HB 2068 by Sen. John Ford, would remove the authority of deciding whether to participate in a technology district from the school board, giving it to the electors of the school district.

HB 2662 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would authorize drug courts to modify the revocation or denial of driving privileges if it is determined by the court that no other means of transportation are available to the offender.

SB 1401 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would authorize the Council on Law Enforcement Training and Education to provide food and lodging to law enforcement officials attending an official course of instruction conducted by the Council.

HB 2882 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would authorize individuals who have undergone at least eight hours of nationally recognized marriage education curriculum to perform premarital counseling.

HB 1913 by Sen. Todd Lamb, would clarify language relating to oil and gas and defines the term “hearing” as any proceeding before an administrative law judge, appellate referee or the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, after notice and opportunity to be heard, by which the Commission may exercise its authority.

SB 1549 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would make it unlawful to burn or set fire to any forest, grass, croplands, rangeland, woods, wild lands or marshes by an owner of such property, except under certain circumstances.

SB 1831 by Sen. Constance N. Johnson, would provide that skill-based pay adjustments are not added to a state employee’s base pay and only apply when the employee remains in the position requiring such skills.

HB 2588 by Sen. David Myers, would create Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Boys and Girls Clubs of America Supporter special license plates.

SB 1357 by Sen. Jim Wilson, would remove date restrictions for employment of temporary fire suppression personnel by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

SB 1375 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would provide regulations for parties negotiating to collect delinquent tax bills.

SR 115 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, would request the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to deny an application that seeks to force Public Service Company of Oklahoma to enter into a long-term sales agreement for the purchase of electric power.

SCR 54 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, honors the memory of Oklahoma war hero Hal LeFlore Gooding.

SR 109 by Sen. Frank Shurden, praises Troy Aikman’s football career and congratulates him for being selected as an inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.


• Senate Committees took no action on bills Monday.
• The House met Monday, passing a number of bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

HB 2699 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would modify contract requirements for the Purchasing Division of the Department of Central Services for acquisition of specialized software.

HB 2656 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would modify the definition of “child” and “deprived child” for purposes of the Oklahoma Children’s Code.

HB 2984 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would expand instances of lawful burning to include cedar tree eradication.

HB 1284 by Sen. Earl Garrison, expands entities that may hold meetings by teleconference or videoconference to include the Commissioners of the Land Office.

HB 1313 by Sen. Don Barrington, would modify requirements for formation of farmers’ mutual fire insurance associations.

HB 1646 by Sen. Ron Justice, would allow applications for transfer to be filed at any time during a school year for students who are deaf or hearing impaired and wish to transfer to a district with specialized education for deaf students.

HB 1672 by Sen. Cal Hobson, would require a veterinarian to report suspected animal or livestock abuse to appropriate authorities within 24 hours of an examination.

HB 2097 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would require that school districts offer a professional development program, including a component of teacher training on recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect.

HB 2397 by Sen. David Myers, would make interior designers subject to the requirements of the State Architectural Act.

HB 2421 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would provide that when a municipal charter is being amended, only the amended portion needs to be published.

HB 2529 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Witness Address Confidentiality Program.

HB 2554 by Sen. Harry Coates, would require the Department of Central Services to create a database to track the condition of all state physical assets and to manage long-range deferred maintenance funding requirements.

HB 2611 by Sen. Earl Garrison, would authorize county assessors, county clerks, court clerks and treasurers to receive up to $500 a month in travel allowances.

HB 2655 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Oklahoma Farm-to-School program to provide fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables to Oklahoma schools.

SB 736 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, would enact the Elevator Safety Act to create an Elevator Inspection Bureau in the Department of Labor.

SB 1346 by Sen. Brian Crain, would authorize court reporters to destroy exhibits in adjudicated felony cases, unless there is an objection by the chief judge of the district court.

SB 1481 by Sen. Jim Wilson, would require the State Board of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to monitor the condition of forest resources.

SB 1709 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would require incorporated jurisdictions to develop emergency evacuation plans in the event of disaster.

SB 1816 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would provide for the placement of a statutory lien on the assets of a warehouseman or public warehouse that has had their federal license, state charter or bond suspended or revoked.

HCR 1075 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Oklahoma College Savings Task Force.

HCR 1074 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, would commend the life of Don Reynolds and designates the bridge at Interstate 40 and Sooner Road as the “Don Reynolds Memorial Bridge”.

HCR 1076 by Sen. Clark Jolley, would authorize the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges, acting on behalf of the University of Central Oklahoma, to issue certain revenue bonds.

• House Committees took no action on bills Monday.

Tuesday, May 23

• The Senate met Tuesday passing many bills. Measures approved included the following:


SB 1020 by Sen. Mary Easley and Sen. Mike Mazzei, would criminalize the act of picketing within 500 feet of any cemetery, church or mortuary within one hour prior to the commencement of a funeral until one hour prior to the commencement of a funeral and one hour after the funeral.

HB 2412 by Sen. Randy Bass, would allow a municipality within an Air Instillation Compatible Use Zone study area to enact a city ordinance restricting or prohibiting future use of such property that exposes residents to noise greater than the 65 Day-Night Noise Level (DNL).

HB 1672 by Sen. Cal Hobson, would require a veterinarian to report suspected livestock or animal abuse to law enforcement within 24 hours of an examination.

HB 1757 by Sen. Ron Justice, would raise the allowable number of hours temporary state employees can work within a 12-month period from 1,200 hours to 1,600 hours.

HB 2097 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would require that school districts offer a professional development program that includes a component on recognition of child abuse.

HB 2379 by Sen. David Myers, would make interior designers subject to the requirements of the State Architectural Act.

HB 2421 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would provide that when a municipal charter is amended, only the amended chapter must be published.

HB 2490 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would prohibit the waiver of fees charged for serving notice.

HB 2529 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Witness Confidentiality Program within the office of the Secretary of State.

HB 2554 by Sen. Harry Coates, would require the Department of Central Services to develop a database to track the condition of all physical state assets and manage long-term deferred maintenance funding requirements.

HB 2585 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, would require Oklahoma emergency management standards to be consistent with the National Incident Management System.

HB 2604 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would clarify language relating to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System.

HB 2749 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would prohibit lenders who issue loans of lower than $200 from charging more than 10 percent of the principal as an acquisition charge.

HB 2771 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would allow police officers to send information to district courts in electronic format.

HB 2929 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would create the Feral Swine Control Act.

SB 1919 by Sen. Constance Johnson, would call for the creation of an African American Centennial Plaza on the grounds of the State Capitol.


• The Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations passed the following bills on Tuesday:

SB 1771 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would create the Oklahoma State University Graduate Medical Education Public Trust.

HB 2955 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would require the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to develop an independent agricultural tourism organization.

HB 2999 by Sen. Mike Johnson, would transfer supervision of the Office of Community-based Youth Services from the Office of Juvenile Affairs to the Department of Human Services.

HB 2372 by Sen. David Myers, would create the Oklahoma Leukemia and Lymphoma Revolving Fund.

HB 2628 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would lower the minimum wage requirement of the Small Employer Quality Jobs Act.

HB 2867 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, would add information systems personnel hired by CompSource to the unclassified service.

HB 2904 by Sen. Todd Lamb, would clarify that certain provisions apply to the Ad Valorem Tax Code.

SB 1319 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, would modify ad valorem tax provisions relating to residential property assessment.

SB 1394 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would create the Health Care Workforce Resources Act and a Health Care Workforce Resources Center.

SB 1463 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, would allow funds appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to be used to assist public entities in responding to mining hazards.

SB 1675 by Sen. Randy Bass, would create the Oklahoma Military Base Protection Grant Program.


• The House met Tuesday, taking action on a number of bills. Among the measures passed were the following:

HB 2619 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would allow municipal governing bodies to borrow money and issue bonds to make improvements within the municipality.

HB 2609 by Sen. Charles Laster, would allow courts to place GPS monitoring systems on defendants in domestic abuse cases.

HB 2982 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would authorize the Department of Tourism to employ inmates working in correctional industries to rebuild forts for use as tourist attractions.

HB 2708 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would instruct district court judges to issue marriage licenses and marriage certificates in one document immediately following the marriage.

HB 2905 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would transfer regulatory responsibility for workers’ compensation insurance from the State Board for Property and Casualty Rates to the Insurance Commissioner.

SB 1686 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would allow exempt state employees who are not entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, to receive overtime pay for hours worked on a holiday.

SB 1842 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would establish a Medical Services Responsibility and Jail Custody Task Force.

HB 3009 by Sen. Brian Crain, would expand the authority for issuance of title insurance policies and provides license requirements for insurers.

SB 1701 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would require used motor vehicle dealers who apply for a rebuilder certificate to file for a bond with the Oklahoma Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Commission.

HB 2357 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would require government agencies to expediently notify persons of a breach of computer systems.

HB 2538 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, would change language relating to who permanent relinquishment may be made to for adoption purposes.

HB 2587 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, would modify language relating to control of armories and armory buildings.

HB 2766 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would prohibit temporary employees hired by the Department of Environmental Quality from applying against any full time-equivalent employee limitation imposed on the Department.

HB 2793 by Sen. Randy Bass, would add the definition for an existing Oklahoma film or music project, profit, production cost and investment in a film or music project.

HB 2813 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would increase from $50,000 to $100,000 the amount of liability insurance required of dangerous dog owners.

SB 1597 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would increase fines for a parent or guardian who neglects to compel the child to attend school.

SB 1614 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would provide for post-eradication maintenance and control of boll weevils.

SB 1793 by Sen. Ron Justice, would establish a five-year statute of limitations on the crime of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

HJR 1010 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would create the Oklahoma Task Force to Stop Sexual Violence.


• The House General Conference Committee approved two bills on Tuesday.

HB 2842 by Sen. Brian Crain, would create a Medicaid Reform Act.

SB 1581 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, would provide procedures relating to request for leave by Department of Corrections employees.

Wednesday, May 24

• The Senate met Wednesday, approving numerous bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

SB 1800 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would create the Child Abuse Response Team within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

SB 1713 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, would criminalize the transport and storage of methamphetamine and provides penalties.

HB 1284 by Sen. Earl Garrison, would expand entities that hold meetings by teleconference or videoconference.

HB 2538 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, would change language relating to who permanent relinquishment may be made to for adoption purposes.

HB 2655 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Oklahoma Farm-to-School Program.

HB 2656 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would modify the definition of “child” and “deprived child” for purposes of the Oklahoma Children’s Code.

HB 2766 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would prohibit temporary employees of the Department of Environmental Quality from applying against any full-time employee limitation on the department.

HB 2796 by Sen. Earl Garrison, would add an alternative to municipalities’ budget format.

HB 2813 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would increase the amount of liability insurance from $50,000 to $100,000 the amount of liability insurance required by owners of dangerous dogs.

HB 2982 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would authorize the Department of Tourism to employ inmates working in Correctional Industries to rebuild forts for use as tourist attractions.

HB 2984 by Sen. Shurden, would allow cedar tree burning under lawful burning.

HB 3009 by Sen. Brian Crain, would expand the authority for issuance of title insurance policies and provides license requirements for title insurers.

HJR 1010 by Sen. Nancy Riley, creates the Oklahoma Task Force to Stop Sexual Violence.

SB 1040 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would require certain state agencies to maintain websites on which application forms for their services would be provided.

SB 1319 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, would modify ad valorem tax provisions to require that improvements be valued and assessed by the assessor of the county in which the majority of the improvements are located, when improvement to residential real property are located in more than one county.

SB 1463 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, would allow funds appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to be used to assist municipal entities in responding to hazards posed by mining.

SB 1495 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would create the Kyle Williams Boating Safety Act.

SB 1503 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would modify language relating to victim impact statements in criminal proceedings to prohibit opposing counsel from cross-examining a victim or any member of the immediate family or person designated by the victim or by family members of a victim who appears personally at the formal sentence proceeding.

SB 1581 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, would provide procedures relating to leave pay for Department of Corrections employees.

SB 1675 by Sen. Randy Bass, would create the Oklahoma Military Base Protection Grant Program under which local communities can apply to the state for matching grants for infrastructure improvements, encroachment issues and other uses in order to prevent adverse realignment or military base closure.

SB 1734 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would recognize the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development as the state’s Workforce Investment Board.

SB 1748 by Sen. Randy Bass, would enact the Identity Theft Protection Act.

SB 1760 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would require that anyone aged 15, 16 or 17 who is charged with first-degree murder be prosecuted as an adult.

SB 1765 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would specify procedure for the treatment of youthful offenders during arrest and court proceedings.

SB 1807 by Sen. Todd Lamb, prohibits mentally retarded defendants from being sentenced to death.

SB 1894 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, would create the Oklahoma Pension Legislation Actuarial Analysis Act.

SB 1964 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would authorize terms of post-imprisonment community supervision of no less than three years for persons convicted of sexual offenses.

SB 1974 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would require the Department of Corrections to determine the fiscal impact of new policies and file impact statements with the Senate President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House.

SB 1680 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would create the Oklahoma Industrial Loan act of 2006.

SB 1850 by Sen. Bernest Cain, would authorize the State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators to assess fines against nursing home administrators who do not comply with state law.

SB 1934 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would create the Health Care Workforce Resources Act and a Health Care Workforce Resources Center.


• The Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations met Wednesday, approving several measures. Among the bills approved were the following:

HB 2842 by Sen. Tom Adelson, would create the Medicaid Reform Act. The bill would allow the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to seek waivers to create a statewide program to enhance the quality of service for the Oklahoma Medicaid Program.

SB 1800 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would create the Child Abuse Response Team within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The bill would also establish a penalty of death for child predators.

SB 1792 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would create the Achieving Classroom Excellence Steering Committee.

SB 1910 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would set the maximum amount that can be maintained in petty cash funds at Union City Community Corrections.

SB 2017 by Sen. Constance Johnson, would extend the term of the Strategic Planning Commission to July 1, 2007.

HB 2755 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would transfer all money accruing in the Public Building Fund to the State Land Reimbursement Fund.

HB 3115 by Sen. James A. Williamson, would require the suspension of the drivers’ license and vehicle registration of uninsured motorists.

SB 558 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would increase from $25,000 to $50,000 the value of contracts for construction or repair of a public building that requires a surety bond.

SB 559 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would require that the chief administrative officer of a state agency sign any contract for nonprofessional services.

SB 1752 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would authorize the Corporation Commission to require employees and potential employees to submit fingerprints for criminal history checks.

HB 2690 by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would authorize multiple municipalities to create a regional economic development authority.


• The House met Wednesday, approving numerous bills before adjourning. Among the bills passed were the following:

SB 1337 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, would authorize a municipal governing body to recover the cost of removal of weeds or trash from property zoned as agricultural if it poses a fire hazard within 10 yards of a paved right-of-way.

HB 2812 by Sen. Mike Johnson, would modify the tax exemption for continuum of care retirement communities to remove the population requirement.

HB 3004 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would clarify language relating to actions for adjudication of obscenity or child pornographic content.

SB 1549 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would make it unlawful to willfully burn certain lands except under certain conditions.

SB 1951 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would extend the provisions of the Oklahoma Funeral Picketing Act.

HB 2373 by Sen. David Myers, would create the Oklahoma Leukemia and Lymphoma Revolving Fund.

HB 2628 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would lower the minimum wage requirement of the Small Employer Quality Jobs Act.

HB 2794 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would clarify language relating to the Oklahoma Real Estate License Code.

HB 2810 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would create the Oklahoma Refinery Revitalization Act.

HB 2755 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would transfer money from the Public Building Fund to counties with equal property tax revenue that would have been paid if state-owned land in the counties were not exempt from the taxes.

SB 266 by Sen. Cal Hobson, would encourage special maintenance projects under $300,000 to be performed by state maintenance crews if it is in the best interest of the state.

SB 1375 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would provide for the Oklahoma Tax Commission to review all payments posted by a collection agency prior to pursuing further collection activity against a taxpayer.

SB 1401 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would authorize the Council on Law Enforcement Training and Education to provide food and lodging to law enforcement officials attending courses conducted by CLEET.

SB 648 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would authorize appeal of certain child support orders by the Department of Human Services.

SB 1831 by Sen. Constance Johnson, would provide that skill-based pay adjustments are not added to a state employee’s base pay and only apply when the employee remains in the position requiring such skills.

SCR 54 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, honors the memory of war hero Hal LeFlore Gooding.

SCR 56 by Sen. Harry Coates, would create the Oklahoma Contractors Licensing Task Force.

SJR 63 by Sen. Mike Morgan, commemorates the life of the late Sen. Robert M. Kerr.


• The House General Conference Committee on Appropriations met Wednesday, passing three bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

SB 1771 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would create a 50-year agreement and grants a $40 million investment that will be made by the state in the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s residency program.

HB 2940 by Sen. Frank Shurden, would reduce the percentage of vehicle license and registration fees apportioned by the Tax Commission to the General Revenue Fund.

HB 2516 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, would authorize the Capital Improvement Authority to provide equipment and property improvements for the Edmond Forensic Science Center.


Thursday, May 25


• The Senate held a lengthy session Thursday, approving a number of bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

SB 1577 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would modify requirements for qualifying for Quality Jobs Programs.

SR 123 by Sen. Mike Morgan, expresses gratitude to Senator Ted Fisher for his service in the Oklahoma State Senate.

SB 1755 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would modify procedures and regulations relating the sex offender registry.

HB 2842 by Sen. Tom Adelson, would create the Medicaid Reform Act.

HB 2357 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would require governmental agencies to inform persons of a breach in computer systems that could result in unauthorized release of personal information.

HB 2372 by Sen. David Myers, would create the Oklahoma Leukemia and Lymphoma Revolving Fund.

HB 2628 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would lower the minimum wage requirement of the Small Employer Quality Jobs Act.

HB 2708 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would instruct district court judges to issue marriage licenses and certificates in one document immediately after a wedding.

HB 2905 by Sen. Charlie Laster, would transfer regulatory responsibility for workers’ compensation insurance from the State Board of Property and Casualty Rates to the Insurance Commissioner.

SB 1782 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, would appropriate to the Department of Corrections funds to pay for incarcerating people who have had suspended sentences revoked.

SB 1771 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would create an Oklahoma State University Medical Authority Act.

HB 2755 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would transfer funds from the Public Building Fund to the State Land Reimbursement Fund.

HB 3115 by Sen. James A. Williamson, creates an online insurance verification pilot program to determine a drivers insurance status.

HCR 1075 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Oklahoma College Savings Task Force.

HB 2619 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would allow municipalities to issue bonds for the purpose of conservation easements.

SB 1792 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would create the Achieving Classroom Excellence Steering Committee.

HB 2983 by Sen. Earl Garrison, would allow the State Board of Career Education and Technology to pay for travel expenses to recruit companies to locate or expand in Oklahoma.

HCR 1076 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, would authorize the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges to issue certain revenue bonds.

HB 2690 by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would authorize combinations of municipalities to create an economic development authority.


• The Senate General Conference Committee on Appropriations took action on a number of measures Thursday. Among the bills approved were the following:

SB 1129 by Sen. Jim Wilson, would set budgeting limits for the Department of Central Services.

SB 1934 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would require the Department of Corrections to set up a task force to evaluate current procedures for managing agricultural and livestock services to ensure quality.

SB 1234 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would raise the amount of funds invested in foreign markets by the Teachers’ Retirement System to 15 percent.

SB 1097 by Sen. Tom Adelson, would extend a Joint Legislative Commission to evaluate the operations of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the indigent health care system in the Tulsa metro area to Feb. 6, 2007.

SB 1485 by Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson, would remove the requirement that local school boards’ Comprehensive Local Education Plans include staff development component.

HB 2819 by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would create the Oklahoma Aerospace Institute within the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

SB 1752 by Sen. Jeff Rabon, would authorize the Corporation Commission to require employees and potential employees to submit fingerprints for state and national criminal history checks.

SB 1957 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would create the Oklahoma Second Century Growth Fund.


• The House met Thursday passing several bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

HB 2842 by Sen. Brian Crain, would create the Medicaid Reform Act.

HB 2999 by Sen. Mike Johnson, would provide clarifying provisions for the Office of Juvenile Affairs and the Youth Services Program.

HB 2578 by Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, would replace technology center school districts with the State Board of Education as a charter school sponsor.

HB 2762 by Sen. Scott Pruitt, would prohibit adults from permitting anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol or controlled substances on that persons property.

SB 1495 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would create the Kyle Williams Boating Safety Act.
HB 2487 by Sen. Don Barrington, would give the Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation authority to investigate cases involving vehicle theft.

HB 2690 by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would authorize multiple municipalities to jointly create a regional economic development authority.

HB 2955 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would require the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to develop an agricultural tourism organization.

SB 1040 by Sen. Nancy Riley, would require that certain state agencies maintain websites where forms and applications for their services may be acquired.

SB 1357 by Sen. Jim Wilson, would remove date restrictions for the employment of temporary fire control personnel.

SB 1394 by Sen. Susan Paddack, would create the Health Care Workforce Resources Act and a Health Care Workforce Resources Center.

SB 1463 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, would allow funds appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to be used by municipalities to respond to mining hazards.

SB 1503 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, would modify language relating to victim impact statements.

SB 1675 by Sen. Randy Bass, would create the Oklahoma Military Base Protection Act.

SB 1771 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would create the Oklahoma State University Medical Authority Act.

SB 1850 by Sen. Bernest Cain, would authorize the State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators to fine nursing home administrators not in compliance with state law.

SB 1919 by Sen. Constance Johnson, would call for the creation of an African American Centennial Plaza on the grounds of the State Capitol.


• The House General Conference Committee on Appropriations did not pass any bills Thursday.

Friday, May 26

• The Senate met Friday, passing a number of bills. Among the measures approved were the following:

HB 2083 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Computer Spyware Protection Act.

SB 1056 by Senators Cal Hobson and Glenn Coffee, would authorize the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents to build a diabetes research center, located at the OU Health Sciences Center.

HB 2819 by Sen. Gilmer Capps, would enact the Center for Supplier Excellence Act, and create a new partnership with the Oklahoma Center for Science and Technology.

HB 3079 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, would make a statement of legislative intent to provide for affordable housing, particularly in rural Oklahoma.

HB 2810 by Sen. Mike Morgan, would create the Oklahoma Refinery Revitalization Act.

SB 1957 by Sen. Ted Fisher, would create the Oklahoma EDGE Research Initiative Fund.

SB 1129 by Sen. Johnnie Crutchfield, specifies budgeting requirements of the Department of Central Services.

SB 1716 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, would expand jurisdiction and authorize certain agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes committed using computers.

SB 1084 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, would clarify certain language relating to tax credits for biodiesel facilities.

SR 125 by Sen. Daisy Lawler, would create the Task Force on Oklahoma Illegal Immigration Issues.

HB 2487 by Sen. Don Barrington, would give the Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation authority to investigate cases involving vehicle theft.

HB 2762 by Sen. Scott Pruitt, would prohibit any person from knowingly permitting a minor to consume alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on their property.

HB 2955 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, would require the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to develop an agricultural tourism organization.

SB 1934 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, would require the Department of Corrections to manage certain livestock and agricultural products to ensure quality.

SB 1097 by Sen. Tom Adelson, would extend the Joint Legislative Commission to study operation of the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the Indigent Health Care System in the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

• The Senate adjourned, Sine Die, at 4:52 p.m.

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