The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, Mar. 29 to Thursday, April 1, 2010

Monday, March 29

• The Senate met Monday, approving a number of appropriations measures and the following bills:

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

-HB 2992 by Rep. John Enns, modifies language related to notices for bids issued by boards of county commissioners, requiring the notice to state manner of payment to the contractor and whether the contractor will be paid in money, bonds or both for making improvements.

-HB 3312 by Rep. Scott Martin, allows a county to use a reverse auction bidding procedure to obtain bids for the purchase of goods or services of any type.

• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-HB 2753 by Rep. Lee Denney, adds language allowing a school district that has a school site listed on the school improvement list under No Child Left Behind to sponsor a child.

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

-HB 1479 by Rep. Eddie Fields, authorizes local school districts to study and assess ways to eliminate, reduce, consolidate and simplify the type, number and length of reports, data, statistics and other information required by federal and state law.

-HB 3259 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, modifies language related to the issuance of alternative placement teaching certificates.

-HB 2928 by Rep. Ann Coody, requires written evaluation policies for teachers and administrators to be based on measures of teacher and leader effectiveness that include quantitative data regarding growth of student learning and an evidence-based performance rubric.

-HB 2320 by Rep. Steve Martin, modifies the definition of “lock” and “locksmith industry” under the Alarm and Locksmith Industry Act.

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

-HB 2348 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

-HB 2530 by Rep. Ron Justice, expands the exemptions granted under the Elevator Safety Act.

-HB 2772 by Rep. Weldon Watson, creates the Oklahoma Appraisal Management Company Regulation Act.

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

-HB 2333 by Rep. Jason Murphey, repeals statutory language regarding the Commissioner of Labor approving a list of the most hazardous industries in the state.

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

• The House convened Monday, approving the following bills:

-SB 1891 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates the Freedom of Conscience Act.

-SB 1902 by Sen. Clark Jolley, prohibits a person knowingly or recklessly giving, selling, dispensing, administering or prescribing or providing RU-486 for the purpose of inducing an abortion in a pregnant female.

-SB 1890 by Sen. Todd Lamb, prohibits any person for knowingly or recklessly performing or attempting to perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant female is seeking the abortion solely on account of the sex of the unborn child.

-HB 2264 by Rep. Mike Christian, makes it unlawful to possess, operate or install a radar detector in a commercial vehicle.

-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 1645 by Sen. Susan Paddack, clarifies statutory reference to punishments for child abuse.

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

• House committees approved the following legislation on Monday:

-SB 1882 by Sen. Brian Bingman, extends until June 20, 2013, a tax on the gross value of the production of oil-based one per barrel measurement of 42 gallons of 7 percent if the average price of Oklahoma oil exceeds $17.

-SB 1305 by Sen. Susan Paddack, directs the State Board of Career and Technology Education to increase the number of dropout recovery programs operated by technology center schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

-SB 2109 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, modifies the calculation for the initial allocation of state aid for schools, foundation program and salary incentive aid by requiring the portion of weighted membership derive from pupils enrolled in online courses to be based on the weighted average daily membership of the preceding school year.

-SB 2055 by Sen. John Sparks, modifies eligibility requirements for certified personnel for the Academic Achievement Award Program.

-SB 2018 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires persons convicted of aggravated assault and battery upon a peace officer to serve not less than 85 percent of any sentence imposed before becoming eligible for consideration for parole.

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

-SB 1864 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies language related to property annexation disputes.

-SB 1793 by Sen. Susan Paddack, states that a party who requests a jury trial and fails to appear may be deemed by the court to have waived the right to a jury trial related to the termination of parental rights.

-SB 2125 by Sen. Sean Burrage, limits the bond amount in any action or litigation brought under any legal theory involving a non-participating manufacturer to the Master Settlement Agreement resulting from the state’s lawsuits against tobacco companies.

-SB 2154 by Sen. Brian Crain, modifies language related to actions to enforce a mortgage, deed of trust or other lien or charge.

-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 2203 by Sen. Brian Crain, directs that, upon notice of the appointment of a conservator, guardian of the estate or other fiduciary charged with the management of a principal’s property, the attorney-in-fact shall terminate.

-SB 2270 by Sen. Brian Crain, requires a designated grantee beneficiary to execute a notarized affidavit to accept real property pursuant to a transfer-on-death deed.

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

-SB 2231 by Sen. Cliff Branan, requires those registering under the Sex Offender Registration Act to provide a physical address and not a post office box.

-SB 1337 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, directs that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner be located in close proximity to the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Institute.

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

-SB 2300 by Sen. Charles Laster, prohibits any person from obtaining or renewing a driver license, identification card or motor vehicle registration if there is an outstanding warrant from an Oklahoma state or municipal court.

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

-SB 2207 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows the government body of a municipality to provide for the payment of outstanding or delinquent fines which have resulted from conviction on any traffic violation.

-SB 2253 by Sen. Don Barrington, modifies reference to federal law related to fireworks.

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

-SB 2259 by Sen. Todd Lamb, requires the Department of Corrections to post on its website a report on the department’s progress regarding its reintegration efforts through the use of work release programs, work centers, community corrections centers, intermediate sanctions facilities, accredited halfway house and transitional living centers and the placement of inmates in those facilities.

-SB 2290 by Sen. Todd Lamb, changes the name of the Department of Public Safety’s Lake Patrol Section to the Marine Enforcement Section.

-SB 2303 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires any entity constitutionally or statutorily permitted to create a law enforcement agency to submit to the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training a minimum of 60 days prior to creation of the law enforcement agency or police department certain information regarding reason, funding, resources and policies.

-SB 1769 by Sen. Harry Coates, removes language related to temporary license plates.

-SB 1659 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, establishes the definition of the term “copy” as it relates to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.

-SB 1309 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, removes certain limits on fees for bond-related services obtained by the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority.

-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 withholding and Social Security, unemployment tax or workers’ compensation premiums.

-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 1280 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies the definition of “employment” under the Employment Security Act.

-SB 1601 by Sen. Sean Burrage, modifies language related to the Protective Services for Vulnerable Adults Act.

-SB 1776 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, removes language referencing the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Advisory Collaborative.

-SB 1658 by Sen. David Myers, states legislative intent to make the Insurance Department a non-appropriated agency beginning July 1, 2010.

-SB 1347 by Sen. Mike Schulz, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, changing reference from the division of travel and tourism to the travel and promotion division.

-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 1695 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, states that permits for construction or modification of sewer systems may only be issued to a public entity if all components of the proposed system, including the service lines, are or will be located on property that is owned by the owner of the system or dedicated to the owner of the system.

-SB 1898 by Sen. Brian Bingman, adds language exempting the Grand River Dam Authority from the Oklahoma Surplus Property Act.

-SB 1901 by Sen. Harry Coates, declares that the American Indian Cultural Center and the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority may exercise all its powers without approval from any other public entity, except as may otherwise be required by contract.

-SB 1303 by Sen. Harry Coates, modifies language related to the Public Competitive Bidding Act.

-SB 1887 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, adds language to the Public Competitive Bidding Act of 1974.

-SB 2127 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, recreates the State Employee Health Insurance Review Working Group with previously appointed members continuing to serve with new members.

-SB 2052 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, requires the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to contract for plan year 2011 with a vendor that offers a web-based, doctor-patient mutual accountability incentive program to work as a pilot program.

-SB 1650 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, amends the three-tiered price structure for gross production tax on oil and natural gas beginning July 1, 2010.

-SB 1397 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires 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 1398 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies language regarding notification from the Oklahoma Tax Commission to people within the state who have previous vessel or motor registrations on record of the period for registration that are due to be registered.

-SB 1282 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, modifies the calculation of the excise tax on a new water vessel or new motor vehicle.

-SB 1321 by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, increases the penalty for vendors who willfully or intentionally refuse to honor a consumer’s sales tax exemption from an administrative fine to a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500 per offense.

-SB 1768 by Sen. Mike Schulz, exempts coin-operated vending machines from obtaining an annual sales tax fee where there is an agreement between the machine owner and a public or private school, church or governmental entity in which the organization receives the revenue from the machine’s sales.

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

-SB 2124 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, defines specific support activities for rail transportation and specific support activities for water transportation as “basic industry”.

-SB 2128 by Sen. David Myers, specifies within the Quality Jobs Act that a “qualified federal contract” shall not qualify unless both the qualified federal contractor and subcontractor verify to the qualified federal contractor verifier that they offer or will offer within 180 days of employment of their respective employees, a basic health benefits plan.

-SB 1816 by Sen. Brian Bingman, clarifies language related to penalties for delinquent motor vehicle registration fees.

-SB 805 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, creates the Oklahoma New Development Impact Fee Act.

-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.

-SB 1396 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, adds a definition of “Model 4 Seller” under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Administration Act.

Tuesday, March 30

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving a number of sunset provisions the following measures:

-HB 2992 by Rep. John Enns, modifies language related to notices for bids issued by boards of county commissioners, requiring the notice to state the manner of payment to the contractor and whether the contractor will be paid in money, bonds or both for making improvements.

-HB 2299 by Rep. Gary Banz, modifies language related to the Teacher Due Process Act of 1990, increasing from three to four the number of semesters a teacher can be hired on a temporary contract.

-HB 2300 by Rep. Gary Banz, requires individual and corporate income tax return forms for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2010, to include a provision to allow a donation from a tax refund to Oklahoma Honor Flights.

-HB 2628 by Rep. Tad Jones, removes a prohibition against self-serve fireworks or marketing where retail customers can move among stocks of fireworks.

-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 2750 by Rep. Lee Denney, directs the State Board of Education to adopt a social studies core curriculum with courses in Oklahoma history for all students in public schools to include information about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

-HB 2837 by Rep. Earl Sears, clarifies language related to certified crime stoppers organizations.

-HB 2850 by Rep. R.C. Pruett, increases the fee for a fishing and hunting license for nonresidents to $54 annually or $34 for a five-day permit and requires $5 for the fee to be deposited in the Oklahoma Wildlife Land Fund.

-HB 2862 by Rep. Phil Richardson, modifies language relating to special use permits established by the Wildlife Conservation Commission.

-HB 2969 by Rep. Mike Sanders, removes language requiring a driver to reduce speed or change lanes when approaching a tow vehicle and clarifies that a driver is to reduce speed or change lanes when approaching a licensed Class AA wrecker.

-HB 1740 by Rep. Ron Peters, declares the uses and purposes of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden Authority to be in furtherance of a public function and purpose and vital to the public welfare of the people of the state.

• Senate committees approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-HB 3289 by Rep. Skye McNiel, allows a court to prohibit a sex offender from residing within a specified distance of the victim of the sex offender.

-HB 3166 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, creates the Tax Credit Analysis Act.

-HB 2621 by Rep. Larry Glenn, designates the portion of State Highway 25 from the junction with U.S. Highway 59 west to the Ottawa County line as “Fern Holland Memorial Highway.”

-HB 2696 by Rep. Paul Roan, designates the portion of State Highway 7 from the Atoka city limits west to the Johnston County line as “Master Sergeant Houston K. Blackburn Memorial Highway.”

-HB 3220 by Rep. Chris Benge, authorizes the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to build a new turnpike beginning at Interstate 44 at or near its intersection with 49th West Avenue.

-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 maintenance of culverts and drainage projects.

-HB 2322 by Rep. Paul Roan, modifies language related to descriptions of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

-HB 2609 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, modifies language related to outdoor advertising, adding language regarding the intention to be read.

-HB 2844 by Rep. Charles Joyner, removes language related to who may be licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Highway Remediation and Cleanup Services Act.

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

-HB 2882 by Rep. Ken Luttrell, designates a portion of State Highway 177 from White Eagle Road extending south to Eagles Nest Rest as “Tribal Elder Parrish Williams Memorial Highway.”

-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.

-HB 2967 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, modifies language related to operators of trucks or other vehicles transporting merchandise for hire.

-HB 2695 by Rep. Sue Tibbs, permits assisted living facilities licensed to house six or fewer residents to install certain residential sprinkler systems with the approval of the municipal fire marshal or compliance with local codes.

-HB 3024 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, establishes a deadline of Jan. 1, 2011, for the claiming of an income tax credit for investments in qualified electric motor vehicle property.

-HB 2703 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, modifies language relating to tax increment financing.

-HB 2918 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, authorizes the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design and issue the Buffalo Soldier license plate.

-HB 3015 by Rep. Seneca Scott, modifies definitions under the Agricultural Linked Deposit Act.

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

-HB 3123 by Rep. Joe Dorman, provides an income tax credit equal to $300 each year for which a volunteer firefighter provides proof of certification showing completion of the Fire Fighter I program offered by the Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training or its equivalent.

-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 3286 by Rep. Skye McNiel, modifies language related to the authority granted the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority.

-HB 3397 by Rep. Skye McNiel, provides a tax credit for qualified investment in qualified small business capital companies.

-HJR 1061 by Rep. Chris Benge, proposes a constitutional amendment modifying language related to ad valorem taxation for intangible personal property.

-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 3161 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, prohibits Lottery Commission advertisements from including any beneficiary advertisement or promotion illustrating the benefits or potential benefits to schools from lottery proceeds.

-HB 2968 by Rep. Mike Sanders, directs persons required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act to provide a mappable address and zip code when submitting information to law enforcement.

-HB 3311 by Rep. Scott Martin, allows either house of the Legislature by resolution to disapprove a proposed rule or amendment to a rule or emergency rule.

-HB 2852 by Rep. John Wright, requires that if an agency deems a rule is necessary as an emergency measure, it must first be approved by the governor.

-HB 2729 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, states that use of chemical agents 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.

-HJR 1065 by Rep. Ron Peters, creates the Oklahoma Juvenile Justice Reform Committee.

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

-HB 3021 by Rep. Seneca Scott, modifies landlord disclosure requirements under the Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

-HB 2800 by Rep. Ryan Kiesel, grants the executor or administrator of an estate the power to take control of any accounts of a deceased person on any social networking or microblogging site.

-HB 1319 by Rep. Jerry Shoemake, directs individuals who have the authority to convey an interest in minerals in the state belonging to a deceased person to convey the mineral interest to a successor 10 or more days after the death.

-HB 1574 by Rep. Ann Coody, modifies the definition of a “person requiring treatment” under the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

-HB 1641 by Rep. Scott Inman, creates the Oklahoma Trusts for Pets Act of 2009.

-HB 2624 by Rep. Tad Jones, modifies terms related to the repurchase of inventory.

-HB 2895 by Rep. Purcy Walker, modifies the definition of “political subdivision” to include a circuit engineering district.

-HB 2890 by Rep. Lewis Moore, adds language relating to the Government Claims Tort Act.

-HB 2886 by Rep. Lewis Moore, allows the Risk Management Division of the Department of Central Services to assist any state agency in obtaining quotes for workers’ compensation insurance at the request of any state agency.

-HB 2941 by Rep. Jason Nelson, modifies language related to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Combined DNA Index System.

-HB 3230 by Rep. Mike Jackson, states that unless a statutory provision relies for its operative effect on a population count contained in a federal Decennial Census or a county determined by using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, a reference in the Oklahoma statutes to the “census,” the “federal Decennial Census” or other similar reference is to include any applicable means or method used by the Census Bureau to report demographic or economic information.

-HJR 1056 by Rep. Rex Duncan, proposes a constitutional amendment changing reference from the State Industrial Court to the Workers’ Compensation Court.

-HB 1520 by Rep. Pam Peterson, defines and places disclosure requirements on a “court expert” in a child custody or visitation proceeding.

-HB 2168 by Rep. Mark McCullough, provides that any plea of guilty or finding of guilt for certain assault violations shall constitute a conviction for a period of 10 years following the completion of any court imposed probationary term.

-HB 2745 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Oklahoma Pet Quality Assurance and Protection Act to be administered by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

-HB 2826 by Rep. Ron Peters, directs the presiding judge or chief judge of district courts to adopt forms for use by pro se persons seeking the dissolution of a marriage or determination of paternity, custody or visitation.

-HB 2827 by Rep. Ron Peters, allows a victim of domestic violence, stalking or harassment to request a petition for an emergency temporary order of protection when a court is not open for business.

-HB 2946 by Rep. Fred Jordan, requires a plaintiff prior to filing a civil action based on a construction-related accessibility claim that a facility does not conform with applicable law, codes or standards for the physically disabled to first notify the defendant in writing.

-HB 2664 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language under civil procedure related to calculation of prejudgment interest.


• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1053 by Rep. Gary Banz, sets forth guidelines for courts to consider in determining equitable division of military retirement pay.

-SB 499 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, adds members of the Council on Judicial Complaints to employees exempted from a prohibition on holding any other office or being the deputy of an officer holding any office.

-SB 1938 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires that the venue of any action involving a child alleged to be deprived be in the county where the child resides or has resided for six months prior to the filing.

-SB 2039 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies language related to court procedures.

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

-SB 2201 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, allows the administrators and executors of the estates of deceased persons and the guardians of estates, minors and incompetent persons to enter into contracts with companies, corporations, individuals, partnerships, the state of Oklahoma or any subdivision thereof or any municipal corporation for the construction, operation and maintenance of wind energy conversion systems.

• House committees approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-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 2102 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, provides that a county sheriff will not be named as a party to any action against a trust, owner, entity or facility when a public trust, private owner or management entity by contract or otherwise operates or manages a jail facility and the county sheriff in which the facility is located has no authority over the facility.

-SB 1962 by Sen. Clark Jolley, reduces from three to one the number of copies of the municipal code that must be kept by the municipal clerk for public use, inspection and examination.

-SB 1997 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Marvin Williams and Robbie Chase Whitebird County Sheriff Assistance Act.

-SB 1668 by Sen. David Myers, modifies the definition of “project” under the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act.

-SB 1787 by Sen. Mike Schulz, states legislative intent to restrict the permanent severing of airspace over real property for developing and operating commercial wind or solar energy conversion systems.

-SB 1615 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies language related to the Oil and Gas Owners’ Lien Act.

-SB 1888 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies language relating to oil and gas conservation.

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

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

-SB 1311 by Sen. Andrew Rice, modifies language related to the issuance of special volunteer licenses.

-SB 1699 by Sen. Andrew Rice, exempts from the requirement of lawful presence in the United States applicants for special volunteer health care licenses that specify that the eligible volunteer shall not receive or have the expectation to receive any payment or compensation, for any services rendered in the state.

-SB 1250 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, prohibits a laboratory, medical facility, hospital or birthing place from unauthorized storage, transferring, use or databasing of DNA from any newborn child without express parental consent.

-SB 1295 by Sen. Andrew Rice, modifies membership of the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Development Advisory Council to include a person specializing in pediatric services.

-SB 1700 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, directs school district boards of education to work in cooperation with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to develop the guidelines and other pertinent information and forms to inform and educate coaches, athletes and their families regarding the nature and risk of concussion and head injury.

-SB 1325 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies language related to the prescribed form for an Oklahoma do-not-resuscitate consent form.

-SB 1927 by Sen. Dan Newberry, authorizes a city-county health department to own, acquire, lease or dispose of real property in the performance of local public health functions.

-SB 2051 by Sen. Glenn Coffee, prohibits a contract between a dental plan of a health benefit plan and a dentist for the provision of services to patients from requiring that a dentist provide services to its subscribers at a fee set by the health benefit plan unless the services are covered under the applicable subscriber agreement.

-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 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.



Wednesday, March 31

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

-HB 3202 by Rep. Don Armes, defines “animal husbandry” and “teeth floating” and provides exemptions for such under the Oklahoma Veterinary Practice Act restrictions.

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• The Senate will not meet on Thursday, April 1, but Senate offices will remain open. Senate offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, for Good Friday.