Monday, May 5
• The Senate met Monday and approved the following legislation:
-SB 958 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes ad valorem assessment
procedures for certain property.
• Senate committees took no action on Monday.
• The House approved the following measures on Monday:
-SB 811 by Sen. Charles Laster, states that county jails
are not responsible for medical care related to a preexisting condition.
• House conference committees approved numerous appropriations measures on Monday.
• The Senate met Tuesday and approved the following bills:
-SB 1155 by Sen. Randy Bass, designates a section of State
Highway 115 between the junctions of State Highway 49 and State Highway
19 in Comanche and Kiowa counties as "Duty Rowe Scenic Route 115".
• Senate committees on Tuesday approved numerous appropriations measures.
• The House on Tuesday approved the following bills:
• The Senate met Wednesday and approved conference committee reports for a number of appropriations measures along with the following bills:
-SB 906 by Sen. James Williamson, creates an Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children to join with other member states to replace the existing compact.
-SB 1404 by Sen. Bill Brown, modifies language under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003
-SB 1451 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, creates the Oklahoma Energy and Emission Reduction Program to be administered by the Department of Environmental Quality.
-SB 1601 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, directs persons or businesses who offer services to children to conduct an annual name search of employees on the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry and the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registry and the May Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registry and requires employees sign an affidavit stating they are on neither list.
-SB 1631 by Sen. Susan Paddack, creates the Oklahoma Computer Equipment Recovery Act.
-SB 1656 by Sen. Constance Johnson, creates a Person-Centered Medical Home Task Force within the Insurance Department.
-SB 1699 by Sen. Brian Bingman, authorizes the Corporation Commission to set rules necessary to enable Oklahoma to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration System.
-SB 1881 by Sen. Clark Jolley, extends the lifespan of the School Funding Formula Task Force.
-SB 2001 by Sen. Owen Laughlin, amends enrolled SB 1878, to state that upon a determination by an abortion provider that a medical emergency exists with respect to a pregnant woman, the requirement that pregnant women have an ultrasound be performed one hour prior to the performance of an abortion does not apply.
-SB 2143 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System and the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.
-SB 1640 by Sen. Tom Ivester, requires health insurance plans to provide equal reimbursement for services when the policy provides for reimbursement for any mental or behavioral health or alcohol and drug treatment that is within the scope of practice of a licensed physician.
-HB 2458 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, modifies language related to the Governmental Tort Claims Act.
-HB 2813 by Rep. Weldon Watson, states that reasonable costs incurred by an electric utility for transmission upgrades to develop wind generation that have been approved by the Southwest Power Pool be deemed recoverable through periodic rates adjustments in the rates of utility.
-HB 2758 by Rep. Doug Cox, modifies membership of the Oklahoma Trauma Systems Improvement and Development Advisory Council to include an oral or maxillofacial surgeon.
-HB 2763 by Rep. Doug Cox, allows approved employees of a city-county health department to purchase materials or services necessary for out of county travel by using health department credit cards.
-HB 2547 by Rep. Phil Richardson, modifies the fine for
trespassing on private farm, ranch or forestry land.
• House committees took no action on Wednesday.
Thursday, May 8
• The Senate met Thursday and approved the following legislation:
-SB 1587 by Sen. Mike Johnson, authorizes the Corporation Commission to retain fees for certain purposes and use remaining monies for general operating expenses.
-SB 1891 by Sen. Randy Bass, relates to revenue and taxation and the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Incentive Leverage Act by allowing establishment to file second irrevocable election to use certain payments for certain purposes.
-SB 1980 by Sen. Sean Burrage, creates the Viatical Settlements Act of 2008.
-SB 2122 by Sen. John Sparks, creates the Crimes By or Affecting Persons Engaged in the Business of Insurance Act.
-SB 1697 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, modifies definitions relating to mines and mining.
• The Senate recognized Stilwell Strawberry Festival Queen Tawnie Goodwin and her royal court Wednesday as part of the annual Strawberry Day at the State Capitol. The festival was started on May 10, 1948 by the Stilwell Kiwanis as a way of promoting Stilwell and its strawberry growers. The event attracts about 30,000 people a year.
• With his final session in the State Legislature drawing to a close, members of the Oklahoma State Senate paid tribute Tuesday to Sen. Jeff Rabon. The Hugo Democrat leaves office this year due to term limits. Rabon’s career in public service began long before he was elected to the Senate in 1996. Shortly after graduating from college, Rabon worked as a field representative for U.S. Sen. David Boren. He later worked as co-campaign manager and special assistant for U.S. Rep. Bill Brewster. Rabon also served as legislative liaison for the National Rifle Association, as well as senior administrative assistant for Lt. Gov. Jack Mildren.
• The state Senate dedicated another original painting Tuesday morning. “Tinker Field”, by Midwest City artist R.T. Foster, is sponsored by Senator Cliff and DeeAnn Aldridge and commissioned by the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund. The history of Tinker Air Force Base began in 1940 when a group of Oklahoma City businessmen learned that the War Department was considering the central United States as a location for a maintenance and supply depot. City leaders offered a 480 acre site with an option of 960 additional acres of land. On April 8, 1941, the order was officially signed awarding the depot to Oklahoma City. During World War II, Tinker’s industrial plant repaired B-24 and B-17 bombers and fitted B-29s for combat. In 1946, Tinker was expanded to include the Douglas Aircraft plant, which produced approximately half of the C-47 Skytrains used in WWII. The site also produced a number of A-20 Havocs.