The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, Feb. 8 to Thursday, Feb. 11, 2009

Monday, February 15

• The Senate approved numerous appropriations shell bills and the following substantive measures on Monday:

-SB 1840 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates a task force to study the availability of retail natural gas service in Southwestern Oklahoma.

-SB 2113 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, amends, merges, consolidates and repeals duplicate sections of the law.

-SB 1354 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, changes the maximum age of a commissioned officer position for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division from 43 to 45.

-SB 1898 by Sen. Brian Bingman, eliminates the Grand River Dam Authority as being exempt from the Oklahoma Surplus Act.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 2330 by Sen. John Ford, creates the Empowered Schools and School Districts Act and allows a school or district to submit to its district school board an empowerment plan.

-SB 1384 by Sen. Andrew Rice, requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court and Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to share information and coordinate efforts to detect employers who intentionally misclassify individuals as independent contractors rather than employees to affect procedures and payments relating to withholdings and Social Security, unemployment tax or workers’ compensation premiums.

-SB 1937 by Sen. Harry Coates, creates the Oklahoma Employees Classification Act.

-SB 1385 by Sen. Jim Wilson, requires the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to create the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program.

-SB 1970 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, creates the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program.

-SB 1592 by Sen. Mike Schulz, allows the release of certain information obtained by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to be disclosed to the Center of International Trade at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

-SB 1626 by Sen. Harry Coates, requires minimum wage notices advertised for sale by individuals, partnerships, associations, corporation, business trusts, limited liability companies or other business entities to include a notice that such notices are available from the Department of Labor at no cost.

-SB 1628 by Sen. Harry Coates, repeals statutory language regarding the Commissioner of Labor approving a list of the most hazardous industries in the state.

-SB 1686 by Sen. Harry Coates, makes mechanics and materialmen’s liens affecting property occupied as a dwelling by its owner invalid unless a pre-lien notice was sent within 90 days of the last furnishing of materials, services, labor or equipment by the claimant.

-SB 1698 by Sen. Harry Coates, repeals numerous sections of the Oklahoman Minimum Wages on Public Works Act.

-SB 1871 by Sen. Harry Coates, requires that the owner of property or the owner’s agent who attempts to determine cost estimates or a list of materials based upon a drawing or plan for a construction project not be held liable for the acts of or deemed to practice a profession or trade required to be licensed.

-SB 2027 by Sen. Clark Jolley, exempts brewers of less than 300,000 gallons of beer per calendar year from certain requirements.

-SB 2070 by Sen. Harry Coates, amends the requirements that those applying to take the tests or examinations for certain professional licenses from not having been convicted of a felony to not having been convicted of a crime that substantially relates to the profession for which the individual is seeking licensure.

-SB 2086 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, allows students who have attended a foreign school to come to Oklahoma under the PAVE Program for Clinical Skill Evaluation.

-SB 2182 by Sen. Brian Bingman, allows individuals holding a journeyman or contractor license under the Electrical License Act and the Mechanical Licensing Act to pay a reduced renewal fee of 25 percent of the license’s renewal cost upon showing that they are physically injured and will be unable to work during the subsequent license year.

-SB 2099 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, redirects the deposit of certain payments from the state treasury to the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission Revolving Fund.

-SB 2210 by Sen. Cliff Branan, prohibits the spouse of a package store license holder from holding another license provided for pursuant to the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

-SB 1766 by Sen. Mike Schulz, authorizes counties to issue permits designed to regulate the movement of oversized and overweight vehicles upon highways subject to their jurisdiction.

-SB 1656 by Sen. Joe Sweeden, clarifies language related to the Oklahoma Municipal Code.

-SB 2092 by Sen. John Sparks, expands the purpose of the County Budget Act to include fostering cooperation among elected officials for effective and informed operation of county government.

-SB 1303 by Sen. Harry Coates, modifies language related to the Public Competitive Bidding Act, increasing from $2,500 to $5,000 the maximum threshold of public construction contracts for minor maintenance or repair that may be negotiated with a qualified contractor.

-SB 1863 by Sen. Brian Bingman, adds language requiring municipalities with websites to publish every municipal ordinance on the site.

-SB 1957 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires that each sub-state planning district that has a rural fire coordinator program will employ a rural fire coordinator and establishes the duties of the coordinator.

-SB 1833 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, exempts students in the seventh through 12th grades that show animals at livestock shows from providing verification of a Federal Premise Identification Number.

-SB 1857 by Sen. Harry Coates, grants the State Board of Agriculture the powers and duties to maintain traceability of state standards to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and adopt standard weights and measures for products, conduct investigations to ensure compliance, inspect packaged commodities offered for sale to determine whether they contain the amounts represented and enforce standard weights and measures.

-SB 1859 by Sen. John Ford, removes language relating to how a pretermination hearing of a teacher recommended for dismissal or non-reemployment should be held.


• The House convened Monday, approving numerous appropriations shell bills and the following substantive measures:


-HB 2297 by Rep. Rex Duncan, modifies penalties for knowingly and willfully permitting an individual under age 21 who is an invitee to the person’s residence, building or structure to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

-HB 2654 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, allows sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and reserve deputy sheriffs to enforce ordinances within a municipality under a mutual aid agreement entered into under the Interlocal Cooperation Act.

-HB 2733 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, allows county courts to grant a qualified relative custody in certain cases in which a minor or minors have been abandoned.

-HB 2631 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, requires part-time reserve peace officers certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to complete a minimum of eight hours of continuing law enforcement training.

-HB 2306 by Rep. Jason Murphey, expands the powers and duties of the board of directors of rural road improvement districts to include establishing rules and regulations for the construction and maintenance of culverts and drainage projects.

-HB 2791 by Rep. Steve Kouplen, modifies the definition of “eligible agricultural business” under the Oklahoma Agricultural Linked Deposit Program.

-HB 2593 by Rep. Dan Kirby, authorizes the Board of Dentistry to inspect any dental laboratory prior to the issuance of any permit.


• House committees met Monday and approved the following legislation:

-HB 2998 by Rep. Kris Steele, authorizes implementation of a pilot program for inmates of the Department of Corrections to provide a more comprehensive curriculum of reentry programs and services for inmates with children to help facilitate successful, long-term reintegration.

-HB 2751 by Rep. Lee Denney, requires any alien unlawfully present under federal immigration law and any individual accused of murder or rape to submit to DNA testing upon arrest.

-HB 2846 by Rep. Charles Joyner, adds language to allow agencies of cities, towns and counties to jointly create a transportation authority.

-HB 3127 by Rep. Joe Dorman, requires increment and incentive district reports to be filed with the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Department of Commerce.

-HB 3236 by Rep. Mike Jackson, allows improvement districts to be used to fund the acquisition, construction, installation or maintenance of capital improvments with an estimated useful life of five or more years.

-HB 3348 by Rep. Terry Harrison, prohibits any entity in the executive department of the state to use revenues to advertise or display the identity of the agency through any media unless the content of the advertisement includes some description of the functions, duties or mission of the entity.

-HB 2831 by Rep. Ron Peters, modifies language relating to the Department of Consumer Credit.

-HB 2734 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, prohibits the Grand River Dam Authority from selling water from portions of the Grand River and its tributaries downstream from the southern edge of the Markham Ferry Dam on Lake Hudson.

-SB 441 by Sen. Brian Bingman, sets assessment parameters for storage and recycling of waste tires from agricultural equipment and implements of animal husbandry.

-HB 3393 by Rep. Jason Nelson, changes reference from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Department of Human Services’ self-directed care pilot program to the Self-Directed Care Program.

-HB 2716 by Rep. Jerry McPeak, directs the Attorney General to establish an “Unconstitutional Interstate Taxation Prevention Unit” for the purpose of preventing any state or its political subdivisions from enforcing any income, sales, use, excise, gross receipts, franchise or other state or local tax in a manner inconsistent with the Due Process Clause or the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

-HB 2577 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, modifies the definition of “basic industry” under the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program Act to include alternative energy structure construction, solar reflective coating application and solar heating equipment installation.

-HB 2935 by Rep. Todd Russ, directs a county assessor to change the assessment role based on any real estate conveyed between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 each year.

-HB 3165 by Rep. Mike Shelton, allows any district or municipal court to establish a youth gang court pilot program.

-HB 3113 by Rep. Wes Hilliard, delays from the 2011-2012 school year to the 2013-2014 school year the date by which every school district must offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten free of tuition.

-HB 3253 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, creates the School District Transparency Act, requiring the Department of Education to develop a website that includes itemized expenditures by the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System code designation for each school district.

-HB 3170 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, directs the State Board of Education to develop a funding mechanism for the disbursement of federal funds to reimburse local education agencies for the excessive costs of high-needs students.

-HB 2302 by Rep. Gary Banz, modifies language related to the Academic Achievement Award program.

-HB 3154 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, allows any member of the Legislature to opt out of health insurance coverage offered under the State and Education Employees Group Health and Life Insurance Plans if the legislator is currently covered by a separate health insurance plan.

-HB 2319 by Rep. Jason Murphey, creates the Task Force Accountability Act of 2010.

-HB 3161 by Rep. Seneca Scott, creates the Fair Competition in Bidding Processes Act of 2009.

-HB 2318 by Rep. Jason Murphey, creates the Oklahoma State Government Modernization and Technology Act of 2010.

-HB 3078 by Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, makes it unlawful to create or attempt to create a human-animal hybrid.

-HB 3075 by Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, requires facilities that perform abortions, other than abortions performed for the safety of the mother, to post a legal notice in each waiting or consultation room stating that it is illegal to perform an abortion against the patient’s will or for anyone to force the patient to get an abortion.

Tuesday, February 16

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving numerous appropriations measures and the following substantive legislation:

-SB 1287 by Sen. Sean Burrage, requires a petition or application filed in accordance to probate procedures to be accompanied by acknowledged, written consents of personal representatives of any deceased heir, devisee or legatee.

-SB 1678 by Sen. David Myers, requires the Department of Environmental Quality to mutually recognize environmental laboratory accreditations issued by the NELAC Institute’s primary National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program accreditation bodies without duplicative actions to determine the lab’s conformity to certain standards.

-SB 1679 by Sen. Clark Jolley, clarifies language regarding the Commission for Human Services’ ability to suspend or revoke a child care facility’s license if it fails to obtain liability insurance.

-SB 1762 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, prohibits a person from owning or operating a hired bus or limousine service licensed as a motor carrier of persons and property under the Motor Carrier Act of 1995 to knowingly transport a minor or minors who are in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages, including low point beer.

-SB 1779 by Sen. Sean Burrage, requires applicants for issuance or renewal of a driver license to be given the option to provide an emergency contact person.

• Senate committees approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-SB 1922 by Sen. Dan Newberry, creates the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act.

-SB 1973 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, allows any labor organization to opt out of the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

-SB 948 by Sen. Don Barrington, removes language related to distance rates for wrecker owners and operators.

-SB 2300 by Sen. Charlie Laster, allows municipal courts to forward a record of all active arrest warrants issued by the courts to the Department of Public Safety, and allows them to provide for the satisfaction of an active arrest warrant through a motor license agent.

-SB 2150 by Sen. John Sparks, makes assault and battery against a former spouse of one’s current spouse punishable by not more than one year in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

-SB 2215 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires the provision of the Sex Offenders Registration Act to apply to any person who is homeless.

-SB 2294 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, makes a second or subsequent offense related to 1 ounce or less of marijuana a misdemeanor punishable by confinement for not more than one year.

-SB 2257 by Sen. Joe Sweeden, clarifies the type of property where it is unlawful to use or attempt to use self defense.

-SB 2263 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, exempts those convicted of public urination from registration under the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act.

-SB 2230 by Sen. Steve Russell, modifies references to the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun on school property and technology center school property.

-SB 2239 by Sen. Steve Russell, eliminates the requirement that an application for a concealed handgun license be delivered to the sheriff of the county in which the applicant resides and permits the application to be delivered to any sheriff in the state.

-SB 2229 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, permits Department of Public Safety licensing agents to verify an individual’s identity through alternative means and to override the finger imaging system if the finger cannot be scanned.

-SB 1264 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, allows applicants for driver licenses to list a mailing address on applications.

-SB 2007 by Sen. Don Barrington, deletes the time specific language related to the Department of Public Safety canceling or denying driving privileges for those under the age of 18.

-SB 2253 by Sen. Don Barrington, distinguishes between consumer and display fireworks.

-SB 1850 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, extends the back-to-school sales tax holiday to include school supplies, art supplies or school instructional materials less than $100.

-SB 1650 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, implements a three-tiered price structure for gross production tax on oil and natural gas.

-SB 1267 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, establishes a deadline of Jan. 1, 2011, for the claiming of an income tax credit for investments in qualified electric motor vehicle property.

-SJR 57 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, proposes a constitutional amendment creating the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.

-SB 1284 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, creates the Oklahoma Quality Events Incentive Act.

-SB 1397 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, changes language requiring the Oklahoma Tax Commission to notify all people within the state who have a previous registration on record of the period for registration renewal and instead allows them to provide notification.

-SB 1599 by Sen. David Myers, repeals language allowing income tax check-offs for Oklahoma County Fairs and the State of Oklahoma Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship Revolving Fund.

-SB 1631 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies language related to trusts for furtherance of public auctions.

-SB 1646 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, exempts an entity organized primarily for the purpose of supporting one or more state parks located in Oklahoma from the requirement to obtain a special event permit from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

-SB 1651 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, makes new and used motor vehicle travel trailer and commercial trailer dealers liable to reimburse the purchaser of a vehicle, upon the purchaser’s written request, for the penalty assessed when a new or used vehicle is not registered, titled and tagged within 30 days from the date of transfer of ownership.

-SB 1860 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, modifies language related to court actions for a person suffering injury from unfair sales practices.

-SB 1914 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Oklahoma Tax Return Services Oversight Act.

-SB 1915 by Sen. Tom Adelson, requires any health benefit plan offered, licensed or renewed that provides medical and surgical benefits to utilize a value-based insurance design to offer a plan for the benefit of an insured diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes.

-SB 1919 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, allows a tax credit for any taxpayer who makes a donation to a cancer research institute.

-SB 1954 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Task Force on the Motor Vehicle License Plate Delivery System.

-SB 1955 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates the Oklahoma Employee Stock Ownership Plan Linked Deposit Program Act.

-SB 1966 by Sen. Ron Justice, requires applicants for the Small Employer Quality Jobs Incentive Act to meet qualifying employment requirements within 24 months of the date of application.

-SB 2169 by Sen. Cliff Branan, creates the Task Force on Tax Incentives to Increase Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity.

-SB 2207 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows the government body of a municipality to provide for the payment of outstanding or delinquent fines, assessments or other debts which have resulted from conviction on any traffic violation, including parking violations, by placing a hold on the registration renewal for the motor vehicle associated with the violation.

-SJR 61 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring binding arbitration for any claim arising pursuant to the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

-SJR 66 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, proposes a legislative referendum prohibiting claims for legal services for worker’s compensation benefits from exceeding 10 percent of the amount in dispute to the employee exclusive of medical and rehabilitation expenses.

-SB 1996 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, creates a private enterprise company to assure an ongoing market for workers compensation.

-SB 1685 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, creates the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.

-SB 1849 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, modifies language related to the Legislature’s ability to delegate rulemaking ability to agencies.

-SB 2170 by Sen. John Sparks, creates the Task Force on Standardization of Courtroom Security Procedures.

-SB 2241 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, creates the Clandestine Drug Laboratories Remediation Act.

-SB 1967 by Sen. Andrew Rice, creates the Task Force on Parental Responsibility for Runaway Youth.

-SB 2166 by Sen. Cliff Branan, adds the misuse of money collected by municipal taxes to the state definition of situations that qualify as “embezzlement”.

-SB 2200 by Sen. Joe Sweeden, would direct district attorneys to file a motion to expunge a person’s arrest and criminal records if the offense was nonviolent and the person has not been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony.

-SB 1329 by Sen. Randy Bass, creates the Motorcycle Mobility and Safety Act.

-SB 2204 by Sen. Tom Ivester, creates the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.

-SB 847 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, prohibits members of the Legislature from receiving compensation or reimbursement for personally engaging in lobbying for a period of two years after the member’s term of office has expired.

-SB 1961 by Sen. Clark Jolley, clarifies language related to employment discrimination.

-SB 1796 by Sen. Richard Lerblance, directs an order by the Department of Public Safety suspending or revoking the driving privileges of an offender to run during the same time period as a stay entered by a drug court judge.

-SB 2219 by Sen. Brian Bingman, authorizes the Department of Correction to implement a pilot program to provide a more comprehensive curriculum of reentry programs, diversion efforts and services to inmates with children in order to help facilitate successful long-term reintegration.

-SB 1928 by Sen. Dan Newberry, clarifies language related to escapes by persons detained in juvenile detention facilities.


• The House convened Tuesday and approved the following measures:

-HB 2776 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates a presumption that the best interest of the public is served by disclosing information when a person responsible for the care of a vulnerable adult is charged or indicted with committing a crime resulting in the death or near death of the adult.

-HB 2602 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies language related to the calculation of part-time reserve officers in municipalities, removing language establishing different calculations dependent on population.

-HB 2171 by Rep. Mark McCullough, establishes the Oklahoma Discretionary and Special Needs Trust Act.

-HB 2729 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, states that use of chemical agents and electroshock weapons in secure facilities operated by or through contract with the Office of Juvenile Affairs shall be minimal and shall be prohibited except as specifically provided for in the rules of the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

-HB 2278 by Rep. Larry Glenn, modifies language related to the crime of home repair fraud to include when an individual represents that he/she is licensed, insured or bonded when entering into a home repair transaction and fails to provide in writing a detailed description of any and all licenses held by the person and all employees as well as any bonding coverage and insurance.

-HB 2313 by Rep. Rex Duncan, modifies language related to juvenile proceedings.

-HB 2316 by Rep. Glen Bud Smithson, adds definitions of “spoofing calling card” and “spoofing services” under the Anti-Caller ID Spoofing Act.

-HB 2655 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, repeals language allowing a county employee fully vested with a county retirement system to receive up to four years of credit for time served as an elected city or state official.

-HB 2779 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, modifies qualifications for a deputy banking commissioner.

-HB 2912 by Rep. Danny Morgan, makes it unlawful for any person to intentionally or maliciously injure, deface, alter, destroy or tamper with any safety equipment that is not their own and used in drilling or the production of an oil or gas well, unless consent or authorization is given by the owner or operator of the safety equipment.

-HB 2958 by Rep. Harold Wright, exempts a vehicle loaded with hay that is not driving on state highways, turnpikes or any segment of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways from load provisions.

• House committees met Tuesday and approved the following measures:


-HB 3028 by Rep. Chris Benge, creates the Oklahoma Energy Security Act.

-HB 2749 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Music Therapy Practice Act.

-HB 3231 by Rep. Mike Jackson, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s duty to establish a method to deter abuse and reduce errors in Medicaid billing, payment and eligibility.

-HB 2724 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, directs the State Department of Health to develop and maintain a database of death certificates greater than 50 years of age.

-HB 3054 by Rep. Chris Benge, creates the Municipal Fiscal Impact Act.

-HB 3006 by Rep. Pam Peterson, eliminates the five-day wait requirement for approval of purchase orders by boards of county commissioners.

-HB 2959 by Rep. Harold Wright, allows the owner, legal possessor or authorized agent of a property owner who is unable to obtain a licensed wrecker or towing service to remove an abandoned vehicle within a reasonable amount of time to contact a service from an adjacent county.

-HB 3311 by Rep. Scott Martin, would give the Legislature the affirmative duty to approve proposed rules.

-HB 2664 by Rep. Todd Thomsen, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Student Loan Act.


Wednesday, February 17

• Attention remained focused on committee action on Wednesday, as the Senate quickly adjourned after approving the following resolutions:

-SR 87 by Sen. Todd Lamb, congratulates Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison on his first birthday with the National Basketball Association team.

-SR 86 by Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, supports the naming of a Tulsa Post Office after the Chappelle Family and encourages Congress to name the facility after the family.

• Senate committees passed numerous bills on Wednesday, including the following:

-SB 1741 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, modifies language related to the Ethics Commission.

-SB 2180 by Sen. Harry Coates, creates the Roofing Contractor Registration Act.

-SB 1862 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, allows charter schools to be sponsored by federally recognized Indian tribes and the governing bodies of cities with populations of more than 300,000 when the charter school is located in a school district that has an average daily membership of 5,000 or more and which all of part of the district is located within the boundaries of the city.

-SB 2033 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, allows school districts to implement an incentive pay plan to reward teachers deemed effective at increasing student and school growth in achievement.

-SB 2083 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, requires the expenditure of up to $15 million for teacher performance pay programs contingent on the approval of specific legislation and the apportionment of certain funds.

-SB 1324 by Sen. Steve Russell, imposes a $3 fee on every registered motorcycle.

-SB 1712 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Commercial Pet Breeders Act.

-SB 1723 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, directs the 2nd Century Entrepreneurship Center to develop and diversify the economy of the state through the provision of programs and service to facilitate the growth and success of entrepreneurs.

-SB 1836 by Sen. Brian Crain, modifies language relating to an electronic health record.

-SB 1936 by Sen. Kenneth Corn, permits the Office of Juvenile Affairs to sell real estate owned by the state or the office that is surplus and located in LeFlore County and within Talihina.

-SB 1943 by Sen. Mike Schulz, allows school districts to transfer monies in the general fund to the building fund.

-SB 1949 by Sen. Charlie Laster, requires state agencies requesting that a legislator introduce an agency request bill and lobbyists requesting that a legislator introduce a bill on their behalf to notify the Senate President Pro Tempore in the Senate and the Speaker of the House in the House.

-SB 2088 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, changes the name of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission to the Oklahoma Education Lottery Commission.

-SB 2132 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act.

-SB 2133 by Sen. Constance Johnson, changes the name of the Office of Minority Health within the State Department of Health to the Office of Multicultural Health.

-SB 2141 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Oklahoma Certified Healthy Schools Act.

-SB 2183 by Sen. Cliff Branan, directs the Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office to undertake a study on the possibility of the state selling land for development but retaining mineral rights.

-SB 2218 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, creates the Task Force on Creating Administrative Efficiencies.

-SB 2224 by Sen. David Myers, creates the Private Prison Certificate of Need Act.

-SB 2242 by Sen. Dan Newberry, expands the penalty for battery or assault and battery by a person in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs against an employee of the agency to include a minimum of six months incarceration at a facility determined by a court.

-SB 2258 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Greater Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking Act of 2010.

-SB 2301 by Sen. Dan Newberry, creates the Electronic Monitoring Program for certain persons registered under the provisions of the Sex Offenders Registration Act.

-SJR 53 by Sen. Andrew Rice, proposes a constitutional amendment modifying language regarding how a legislator is to determine whether he/she has a personal or private interest in any measure or bill.

-SB 1671 by Sen. Andrew Rice, creates a felony for a member of the Legislature who knowingly has a personal or private interest in a bill or measure, proposed or pending before the Legislature, and who does not disclose the fact with the intent of realizing a gain as the result of such interest.

• The House met Wednesday, approving the following legislation:

-HB 2554 by Rep. Steve Martin, modifies language relating to the Public Employees Relations Board’s certification of an employee organization as the exclusive bargaining representative of a bargaining unit.

-HB 1889 by Rep. Phil Richardson, enacts the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact to provide a means through which participating states may join in a reciprocal program to effectuate policies in a uniform and orderly manner.

-HB 2698 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, creates the Oklahoma Government Website Information Act, requiring public bodies to make available on their website or on a general website any administrative rules adopted by the public body.

-HB 2863 by Rep. Samson Ray Buck, creates the Parental Education Warning Act.

-HB 2277 by Rep. John Carey, requires a Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certified deputy sheriff to accompany a reserve force deputy sheriff in the performance of all assigned duties.

-HB 2697 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, states that all payments under the Production Revenue Standards Act may be made by electronic means.

-HB 2861 by Rep. Phil Richardson, removes language setting a fine for any person convicted of carrying a pistol while training a bird dog without having met certain provisions.

-HB 2704 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, directs that Oklahoma Lottery Commission to withhold from winnings the delinquent debt owed to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.


• House committees on Wednesday approved the following bills:

-HB 2662 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, directs CompSource Oklahoma to be sold to the highest bidder by Dec. 31, 2011, with all proceeds to be retained as an asset of the state.

-HB 2345 by Rep. Phil Richardson, creates the Oklahoma Livestock Care Standards Board to establish standards governing the care and well being of livestock and poultry.

-HB 3203 by Rep. Don Armes, repeals laws relating to the Livestock Dealers Act.

-HB 3285 by Rep. Skye McNiel, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Meat Inspection Act.

-HB 2652 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, provides a definition of “surgery” under the Workers’ Compensation Act.

-HB 1611 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies workers compensation time extension period relating to surgery recommendations for soft-tissue injuries.

-HB 2658 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language related to the requirement that an employer provide prosthetic devices to injured workers, as determined by the Workers’ Compensation Court.

-HB 2659 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language related to the Workers’ Compensation Act.

-HB 2650 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies certain immunity granted under workers’ compensation provisions.

-HB 2894 by Rep. Purcy Walker, adds language requiring any person who commits workers’ compensation fraud, upon conviction, to pay the employer for the difference between premiums prior to the fraud and premiums after the fraud if the employer incurs additional premium costs as a result of the fraud.

-HB 3169 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, allows an employer with five or less employees, one of whom is the spouse of the employer, to elect to provide workers’ compensation insurance only for those employees not related by blood or marriage to the employer.

-HB 2305 by Rep. Dennis Ray Bailey, prohibits the Oklahoma Real Estate License Code from applying to any person managing a lodging facility.

-HB 2994 by Rep. John Enns, creates the Firearms Freedom Act.

-HB 2706 by Rep. Wallace Collins, removes language in the Oklahoma traffic codes stating that all drivers must yield to a driver who is in the intersection and who is making a left hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic.

-HB 2552 by Rep. Mark McCullough, creates the Government Employee Protection Act of 2010.

-HB 3221 by Rep. John Enns, allows any person making application for approval as a firearms instructor to request that the approval be for a term of 10 years.

-HB 3340 by Rep. Mike Christian, adds language to include any report containing data collected and required to be transmitted by a registrant to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Central Repository.

-HB 2898 by Rep. Purcy Walker, adds language making it unlawful to carry a passenger on an all-terrain vehicle unless the vehicle has a non-factory modification to allow for the carrying of passengers in addition to the operator.

-HJR 1080 by Rep. Chris Benge, proposes a constitutional amendment placing the Pardon and Parole Board under the Department of Corrections.

-HJR 1058 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, proposes a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of surplus funds or money placed in the Constitutional Reserve Fund from 10 percent to 15 percent of the General Revenue Fund certification for the preceding fiscal year.

-HJR 1060 by Rep. Gary Banz, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring a voter to cast one vote for both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

-HJR 1069 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, proposes a constitutional amendment allowing for the use of state tax revenue to pay for county roads and county bridges.

-HJR 1070 by Rep. Harold Wright, proposes a constitutional amendment modifying membership on the Board of State Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.

-HB 2845 by Rep. Charles Joyner, requires elections for the office of county sheriff to be conducted on a nonpartisan basis.

-HB 3230 by Rep. Mike Jackson, creates the Census Reference Amendments Act of 2010.

-HB 3026 by Rep. Chris Benge, creates the Commissioners of the Land Office Modernization Act.

-HB 2814 by Rep. Charles Key, directs the State Board of Education to adopt a social studies core curriculum with instruction that includes the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address and George Washington’s Farewell Address.

-HB 2929 by Rep. Ann Coody, creates the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education Act.


Thursday, February 18

• The Senate met Thursday, approving the following measures:

-SB 2274 by Sen. Steve Russell, strikes the requirement of a home study in the event that a minor resides with a birth parent and the birth parent’s spouse, when the stepparent has filed a petition for adoption.

-SB 1753 by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, includes date of birth in the list of personal information to be kept confidential for those employed by public bodies.

-SB 2213 by Sen. Clark Jolley, seeks approval from the U.S. Department of Education to amend the state accountability plan and replace the criterion-referenced tests with a formative assessment system.

-SB 1962 by Sen. Clark Jolley, amends language regarding governing bodies of municipalities.

-SB 1601 by Sen. Sean Burrage, prohibits the expungement of records of investigations pursuant to the Protective Services for Vulnerable Adults Act, except by court order.

-SB 2096 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, mandates that after pursuing all collections methods of debts, the debt is to be considered uncollectable.

-SB 2095 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, authorize the State Veterinarian, obtaining concurrence with the State Board of Agriculture, to issue emergency orders governing animals in order to protect both citizens and other animals from diseases.

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• The Senate on Wednesday congratulated Rumble the Bison, mascot of the Oklahoma City Thunder, on his first birthday with the franchise. Rumble was honored by his peers in 2009 as the National Basketball Association’s Mascot of the Year.

• The Board of Equalization took action on Tuesday, setting the level of the current fiscal year’s budget shortfall at $668.6 million. The Board also told lawmakers they would have $1.2 billion less to appropriate for fiscal year 2011 than was originally appropriated for the current fiscal year.

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