The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, Feb. 21 to Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2011

Monday, February 21

• The Senate approved the following legislation on Monday:

-SB 435 by Sen. Brian Bingman, restructures the State Board of Edcuation.

-SCR 5 by Sen. Clark Jolley, celebrates the life and accomplishments of Pastor Richard Alan Day.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 874 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires state agencies to submit a request for proposal in order to retain a lawyer or law firm where the fees and expenses for the service will exceed or are expected to exceed $5,000.

-SB 1 by Sen. John Ford, removes language concerning pre-termination hearings for career teachers, and removes references to probationary teachers in the termination hearing process and removes provisions related to suspension of a teacher facing termination until a trial de novo.

-SB 773 by Sen. Eddie Fields, prohibits the executive director of the Board of Commercial Pet Breeders from being eligible to be elected as an officer of the board.

-SB 92 by Sen. Ron Justice, requires poultry waste applicators to attend educational courses on poultry waste handling and management.

-SB 685 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, directs the Forestry Division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to administer the Rural Fire Coordinator Program.

-SB 185 by Sen. Harry Coates, requires the Properties Division of the Department of Central Services to award contracts under the Public Building Construction and Planning Act on a “best value” basis.

-SB 816 by Sen. Dan Newberry, prohibits a board of county commissioners or the Department of Transportation from opening a section of highway on land crossed by the segment of section line located within the boundaries of property proposed for construction of a new or expanded business facility.

-SB 130 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, modifies the County Budget Act, directing that county government budget procedures foster cooperation among elected officials for effective, informed cooperation.

-SB 104 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows a county treasurer to send ad valorem tax statements to a taxpayer by electronic mail if the taxpayer submitted a request for such delivery.

-SB 216 by Sen. Susan Paddack, creates a Task Force on the Collection, Distribution and Enforcement of Municipal Sales Tax.

-SB 449 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, establishes that a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of divinity is not an educational requirement for the position of chaplain at the Department of Public Safety.

-SB 495 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, repeals language relating to contracting for jail facilities with the county commissioners of an adjoining county when a county jail is not in a condition to be used.

-SB 614 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows a municipality that has enacted a sales or use tax ordinance to impose criminal sanctions in the form of fines and penalties for the willful failure of a vendor to collect or remit the full amount of applicable taxes and penalties due.

-SB 626 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, removes language that requires the courts appointed to be held in county courthouses with attendants, fuel, lights and stationary, suitable and sufficient for the transaction for their business.

-SB 666 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, establishes that state employees who are reserve municipal police officers or reserve deputy sheriffs and who miss work in the performance of their duties in cases of emergency will not have to use any accrued leave or need to make up any time.

-SB 534 by Sen. John Ford, allows a career teacher to be dismissed or not reemployed for the commission of an act of moral turpitude, and allows a career teacher to be dismissed or not reemployed for insubordination, failure to comply with the standard of conduct for teachers adopted by the State Board of Education or failure to comply with the policies of the school district.

-SB 575 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, repeals language granting resident tuition to persons who cannot provide documentation of U.S. nationality or immigration status at an institution within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education if the student graduated from an Oklahoma public or private high school and resided in the state at least two years prior to graduation.

-SB 683 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, removes language granting resident tuition to students who cannot provide documentation of U.S. nationality or an immigration status permitting study at a postsecondary institution in the United States.

-SB 605 by Sen. John Ford, creates the Charter School Sponsoring Commission.

-SB 260 by Sen. John Ford, removes language prohibiting the governing body of a charter school from issuing bonds.

-SB 969 by Sen. Dan Newberry, creates the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act.

-SB 333 by Sen. John Sparks, creates the Terri Paden Equitable Recognition Act.

-SB 336 by Sen. John Sparks, requires school districts’ professional development programs to allow related services personnel as identified by the policies and procedures for special education by the State Department of Education to be provided the opportunity to participate in training applicable to their field that will enable them to maintain professional licensure.

-SB 497 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, defines “valid excuse” in relation to an absence of school attendance.

-SB 599 by Sen. Susan Paddack, requires the State Board of Education to establish and administer the school administrator professional development pilot program.

-SB 610 by Sen. John Ford, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program benefit award, changing the income requirements from income generated from taxable and nontaxable sources to the federal adjusted gross income not to exceed $100,000 per year for purposes of calculating eligibility when the student begins postsecondary education.

-SB 664 by Sen. Eddie Fields, decreases from 6 percent to 5 percent the cap on administrative services that a school district with an average daily attendance of more than 1,500 may expend.

-SB 825 by Sen. Susan Paddack, provides for payment of tuition or resident tuition under the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program for any student who was a resident in a nonprofit residential child care facility licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act for at least one year.

-SB 939 by Sen. Clark Jolley, makes the Oklahoma School for the Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf school districts for the purposes of the state aid formula.


• The House met Monday and approved the following measures:

-HB 1212 by Rep. Dan Kirby, requires those seeking a license from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission to include a certified copy of lab results for every participant verifying that they are not infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, the hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis C virus.

-HB 1059 by Rep. Jason Murphey, adds a requirement that a permit be obtained from the executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality before construction of a water supply system.

-HB 1227 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, changes the name of the Ardmore Higher Education Program operated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.

-HB 1308 by Rep. Phil Richardson, changes reference from the customer services division of the Department of Environmental Quality to the customer assistance program and modifies the division’s duties.

-HB 1314 by Rep. Phil Richardson, repeals language related to a prohibition placed on possessing, hunting, taking or trapping a white deer not regulated by the Oklahoma Farmed Cervidae Act without permission of the director of wildlife conservation.

-HB 1347 by Rep. Tom Newell, creates the Wildlife Bail Procedure Act prescribing methods for a person arrested for a violation of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code to be admitted to bail.

-HB 1689 by Rep. Todd Russ, allows a mortgagee to file a motion to protect property that is mortgaged to another party subject to foreclosure proceeding if it appears to be abandoned or vacated and showing signs of neglect.

-HB 1736 by Rep. Pam Peterson, authorizes the director of the Department of Human Services to investigate cases of Medicaid recipient eligibility fraud.

-HB 1991 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language related to administration of the punishment of death, directing that it be carried out by the administration of a lethal quality of drug or drugs until death is pronounced.

• House committees met Monday and approved the following legislation:

-HB 1276 by Rep. Mike Ritze, declares that the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 are not authorized by the U.S. Constitution and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders.

-HB 1665 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, prohibits state agencies from allocating 1.5 percent of their budgets to fund the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act during fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

-HB 1939 by Rep. Mike Jackson, removes language that requires a $1 recycling fee to be levied on tires that have a 17.5-inch rim diameter or less and are sold by a tire dealer.

-HB 1494 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, repeals language relating to the Health Carrier Access Payment Revolving Fund.

-HB 1708 by Rep. Wes Hilliard, prohibits a person from shipping or transporting catfish, minnows, fingerlings, fish, frogs or other aquatic species into the state to sell without having first procured a license for the director of wildlife conservation.

-HB 1979 by Rep. Anastasia Pittman, creates the Oklahoma Freedom Trail Act.

-HB 1999 by Rep. Joe Dorman, authorizes the Forestry Division to provide oversight of volunteer rural fire departments by rural fire coordinators employed by the Rural Fire Defense Program, including the authority to conduct audits of volunteer rural fire departments.

-HB 1284 by Rep. David Dank, requires any tax credit to be reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Oklahoma Insurance Department no later than 30 days after the last act occurs that allows the tax credit to eventually be claimed.

-HB 1285 by Rep. David Dank, creates a Task Force to Study State Tax Credits and Economic Incentives.

-HB 1488 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, extends the gross production tax exemption on any incremental production of tertiary recovery projects attributable to the working interest owners.

-HB 1975 by Rep. Danny Morgan, imposes a 5-cent per gasoline gallon equivalent tax on compressed natural gas.

-HB 1231 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, clarifies that termination of a state employee for reason of non-compliance with state tax laws applies to all employees regardless of agency of employment.

-HB 1362 by Rep. Ron Peters, limits communications between a county board of equalization and the county assessor, prohibiting a board member from directly or indirectly communicating with the assessor or any deputy assessor or designee on any matter relating to the appraisal of a property, except under certain conditions.

-HB 1560 by Rep. Fred Jordan, requires the financial statement of the resale property fund filed with the county clerk by the county treasurer to be made available to the public no later than 10 business days after the report is complete.

-HB 1634 by Rep. Charles Ortega, reduces from $150 to $75 the annual fee for each coin-operated music or amusement device and each coin-operated device requiring a coin or thing of value of 25 cents or more.

-HB 1716 by Rep. Pam Peterson, authorizes the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design and issue the Pancreatic Cancer Research License Plate.

-HB 1715 by Rep. Pam Peterson, modifies definitions under the Social Worker’s Licensing Act.

-HB 1047 by Rep. George Faught, authorizes the Department of Rehabilitation Services to request the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct national criminal background checks on all persons seeking employment with the agency.

-HB 1194 by Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, modifies language related to Department of Human Services medical and social history reports on minors, directing that DHS, rather than the Department of Health, prescribe a form to be used for the medical history of the minor or minor’s biological relatives.

-HB 1802 by Rep. Sue Tibbs, requires a nonviolent offender to be confined in his or her home and be supervised by electronic monitoring administered by the sheriff of the county if all correctional facilities reach maximum capacity.

-HB 1635 by Rep. Charles Ortega, reduces from $750 to $250 the fee for a winemaker self-distribution license.

-HB 1388 by Rep. Paul Roan, allows products and services provided by the Prison Industries Program of the Department of Corrections to be purchased by any office, department, institution, agency, county, city, political subdivision, school, college or agency supported in whole or in part by the state, without issuance of a solicitation or competitive bid.

-HB 1390 by Rep. Paul Roan, allows the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to own and operate aircraft determined necessary by the director.

-HB 1475 by Rep. Don Armes, increases from $10 to $20 the license fee for any person operating a retail location where fireworks are sold directly to the consumer.

-HB 1649 by Rep. Marty Quinn, removes language directing the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to include a program resources unit, computer information services unit and administrative support unit.

-HB 1676 by Rep. Lisa Billy, prohibits the Board of Environmental Quality from promulgating rules regarding the use of sources of radiation by public safety bomb squads within law enforcement agencies of the state.

-HB 1799 by Rep. Sue Tibbs, allows the Department of Corrections to establish a master lease program to finance the acquisition of items of personal property.

-HB 1749 by Rep. Jason Nelson, modifies language relating to the granting of a divorce for incompatibility.

-HB 1675 by Rep. Lisa Billy, removes language related to the requirement that the Attorney General’s Evidence Fund can never be more than $1.5 million.

-HB 1828 by Rep. John Trebilcock, changes the amount temporarily employed court reporters are paid by the district court, Workers’ Compensation Court or Corporation Commission from a flat rate of $57.60 per day to an amount to be set by each individual court.

-HB 1576 by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies language related to collective bargaining hearing procedures, requiring arbitrators to issue a written opinion containing findings and recommendations with respect to the issues presented within 10 days after the conclusion of the hearing.

-HB 1577 by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies language related to the membership makeup of the Public Employees Relations Board.

-HB 1228 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, creates the Sheltered Workshop Act for the purpose of affording individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in meaningful work or training activities.

-HB 1364 by Rep. Ron Peters, allows a law enforcement agency authorized to conduct criminal history records searches other than the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct searches of persons applying to the Department of Human Services to establish or operate a child care facility.

-HB 1678 by Rep. Lisa Billy, requires the Department of Central Services to make capital improvements on the campus of the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley.

-HB 1905 by Rep. Mike Jackson, modifies the composition of the Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Account administered by the Department of Human Services to consist of the Child Advocacy Multidisciplinary Fund and the Freestanding Multidisciplinary Fund.

-HB 1645 by Rep. Mike Ritze, prohibits a licensed practitioner who elects not to have a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license to prescribe or dispense controlled substances from being compelled to obtain such a license to prescribe or dispense controlled substance in Oklahoma, provided the health care provider has been issued a registration to prescribe and dispense controlled substances.

-HB 1081 by Rep. John R. Bennett, requires the Department of Corrections during pre-sentence investigations for offenders who are serving in the military or are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to consult the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs or other agency or person with suitable knowledge or experience related to mental illness treatment options.

-HB 1226 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, requires any unused portion of real property acquired by a state entity by eminent domain to be offered for resale to the original owner or heirs at the original price at which the property was acquired.

-HB 1249 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, allows persons in the sole process of retrieving their domestic livestock or other animals to enter the land of another unless forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, by the owner or lawful occupier thereof if the land they seek to enter is adjoining the property in which the animals are kept or is located within a 3-mile radius of the land where the animals are kept.

-HB 1251 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.

-HB 1355 by Rep. Al McAffrey, changes reference from the individual responsible to bury the body of a deceased person to the person with the right to control the disposition of the remains.

-HB 1412 by Rep. Charles Joyner, modifies language related to the seizing of intoxicating liquors used in violation of the law.

-HB 1449 by Rep. Cory Williams, provides a definition of “drunk or intoxicated” as it relates to public intoxication offenses.

-HB 1452 by Rep. Cory Williams, creates the Oklahoma Crimes and Punishments Act of 2011.

-HB 1464 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, allows a taxpayer who disagrees with a finding of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and does not desire to proceed with an appeal through procedures established by the commission to file a declaratory judgment or other action in district court where the taxpayer resides or has a principal place of business.

-HB 1556 by Rep. Fred Jordan, requires any person subject to the Uniform State Code of Military Justice who willfully and unlawfully alters, conceals, destroys or attempts to destroy a certain public record and whose conduct was to the prejudice or good order and discipline in the armed forces to be punished as a court martial may direct.

-HB 1562 by Rep. Fred Jordan, creates the Property Rights Act of 2011.

-HB 1604 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, clarifies that any commissioned peace officer of the state is authorized to seize any equipment or conveyance used in the commission of an armed robbery offense.

-HB 1672 by Rep. Lisa J. Billy, requires the time period set in the order by the Department of Public Safety for the suspension or revocation of a driver license to run during the stay when a judge of a drug court enters a stay against an order by the Department of Public Safety suspending or revoking the driving privileges of an offender.

-HB 1726 by Rep. William Fourkiller, modifies the Volunteer Professional Services Immunity Act, making it applicable to all civil actions involving any physician or health care provider providing health care services in a volunteer capacity at a secondary or elementary school function in the state who renders or attempts to render care to an injured participant in need of immediate medical aid.

-HB 1832 by Rep. John Trebilcock, creates the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.

-HB 1833 by Rep. John Trebilcock, modifies language related to the Uniform Commercial Code.

-HB 1983 by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, modifies language related to offenses committed by a person in a state of insanity.

-HB 2001 by Rep. Joe Dorman, modifies language under the Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

-HB 2021 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, allows a physician, hospital or other medical professional and institution to provide a patient’s medical records in digital form at a maximum cost of $50.

-HB 2088 by Rep. Randy Terrill, creates the Jerome Ersland Act.

-HB 2158 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.


Tuesday, February 22

• The Senate approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-SB 160 by Sen. David Holt, creates the Municipal Motor Vehicle Racing Act, allowing a municipality or public trust to provide for the issuance of a permit to conduct a racing event on or within a racing event area located within the municipality’s limits.

-SB 12 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies application of national criminal history record checks on education employees, exempting technology center employees hired on a part-time or temporary basis to instruct adult students only.

-SB 170 by Sen. David Holt, allows a county to dispose of surplus property if an incumbent county commissioner draws no opponent or if he or she wins reelection and removes the previous restriction barring such disposal until the swearing in of county officials.

-SB 200 by Sen. Jim Halligan, authorizes the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design and issue an Ovarian Cancer Awareness license plate.

• Senate committees approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-SB 163 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies language related to how the Ad Valorem Reimbursement Fund is to be expected.

-SB 878 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, modifies language related to the Workers’ Compensation Act.

-SB 927 by Sen. Cliff Branan, creates a task force to study the feasibility of requiring all state-owned and operated golf courses to be sold, leased or otherwise transferred to appropriate private ownership within five years.

-SB 258 by Sen. Harry Coates, prohibits any person from violating any prohibition specified in rules promulgated by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission within state parks.

-SB 617 by Sen. Constance N. Johnson, changes the name of the African American Centennial Plaza Design Committee to the African American Heritage Plaza Design Committee.

-SB 828 by Sen. John Sparks, increases from a minimum of $25 and maximum of $300 to a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,500 the penalty for trespassing on the private land of another that is primarily devoted to farming, ranching or forestry purposes without permission by the surface owner, lessee or lawful occupant.

-SB 532 by Sen. Tom Ivester, requires any motor vehicle of any size, with certain exceptions, meeting the legal requirements for safety equipment and licensed to operate on public roadways in Oklahoma to be allowed to operate without restriction on any road or highway in Oklahoma including the National System for Interstate and Defense Highways.

-SB 499 by Sen. Brian Bingman, requires permits for special mobilized machinery to specify a maximum permissible road speed of 60 miles per hour.

-SB 339 by Sen. Cliff Branan, adds a $100 fine for violations of the regulations concerning the size and placement of signs adjacent to a state or federal highway.

-SB 45 by Sen. Earl Garrison, designates the bridge over the Arkansas River on U.S. Highway 62 within the city limits of Muskogee the “Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 82 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, designates the interchange of Interstate Highway 44 crossing Harvard Avenue in Tulsa as “Jerry Lasker Memorial Interchange.”

-SB 193 by Sen. Mike Schulz, modifies reference from the Interstate Commerce Commission to the Surface Transportation Board.

-SB 195 by Sen. Susan Paddack, designates the new bridge on State Highway 74 over Rush Creek south of Maysville the “OHP Trooper Sam R. Henderson Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 274 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

-SB 417 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, prohibits those involved in the collection or disposal of solid waste or recycling material from stopping, standing or parking a vehicle on a sidewalk, within an intersection or at any place where official signs prohibit stopping, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic.

-SB 595 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, directs the secretary of transportation to complete a feasibility study of alternative highway advertising programs.

-SB 630 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires any vehicle used for public transportation, including buses, vans, trolley cars and similar vehicles, to utilize headlamps, tail lamps and other appropriate lighting equipment at all times, except for parked vehicles.

-SB 742 by Sen. Don Barrington, prohibits golf carts and utility vehicles to be operated on the streets and highways of Oklahoma.

-SB 750 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, requires a municipality to agree with any assessment, collection or enforcement of the municipal tax in an agreement between the municipality and the Oklahoma Tax Commission except under certain circumstances.

-SB 201 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows governing bodies of municipalities and counties to provide for payment of outstanding or delinquent fines and debts resulting from a traffic violation through a motor vehicle agent.

-SJR 5 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, proposes a constitutional amendment that would change the maximum taxable fair cash value for locally assessed real property that has qualified for the homestead exemption or is classified as agricultural land from 5 to 3 percent per year or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

-SB 391 by Sen. Clark Jolley, defines “crew” under the Compete with Canada Film Act.

-SB 517 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, allows a one-time credit on the income tax liability of any legal entity engaged in the recycling, reuse or source reduction of hazardous waste.

-SB 132 by Sen. Ron Justice, clarifies language related to the Oklahoma Income Tax Act.

-SB 233 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, allows those licensed under the Oklahoma Allopathic Medical and Surgical Licensure and Supervision Act, employed as a primary care physician and serving outside the Oklahoma City or Tulsa metropolitan areas where there are less than 20,000 people to apply for an income tax credit not exceeding $5,000 each year.

-SB 269 by Sen. Mike Schulz, allows a tax credit for an eligible taxpayer’s qualified railroad reconstruction or replacement expenditures.

-SB 593 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, requires the port authority to have the same financial accounting procedures as required by the state treasurer for state funds under control of the Office of the State Treasurer.

-SB 635 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, requires five percent of the gross production tax be apportioned to the Revenue Replacement Endowment Fund.

-SB 728 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, limits the applicability of sales tax exemptions for governmental and non-profit entities to five years after the effective date of such exemption.

-SB 731 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Income Tax Act.

-SB 757 by Sen. Mike Schulz, exempts from a certain tax all coin-operated vending devices when there is an agreement between the owner of the device and a public or private school, church or governmental entity where the organization receives some or all of the revenue from sales.

-SB 935 by Sen. Brian Bingman, provides an ad valorem tax exemption for an entity which has been granted an exemption for a time period which included calendar year 2009 but which did not meet the base-line payroll requirements during calendar year 2009.

-SB 949 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, creates the Oklahoma Sports Eye Safety Program Act.

-SJR 33 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, proposes a constitutional amendment creating the Revenue Replacement Endowment Fund for state expenses to consist of 5 percent of gross production taxes.

-SB 528 by Sen. Steve Russell, creates the Military Retainer Pay Protection Act.

-SB 917 by Sen. Steve Russell, creates the Wounded Warrior Protection Act.

-SB 156 by Sen. Tom Ivester, increases the maximum limit on suits that may be filed under the small claims procedure from $6,000 to $17,000.

-SB 621 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, modifies language related to the competitive bidding process in the event that the state purchasing director is unable to award a contract.

-SB 530 by Sen. Sean Burrage, allows a person who has a lien upon a domestic animal to foreclose upon the lien while lawfully in possession of the animal.

-SB 704 by Sen. Rob Johnson, directs a court, in instances of class action suits, to only include members of a class if who advise the court that they desire to be included in the class.

-SB 708 by Sen. Clark Jolley, sets forth the requirements for all municipal and county development fees that are established and collected to fund public infrastructure system improvements.

-SB 905 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, creates the Oklahoma Official English Language Implementation Act.

-SB 544 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, allows certified registered nurse anesthetists, to order and obtain certain drugs.

-SB 921 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, authorizes the director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control to appoint reserve special agents who shall not be considered employees of the state and shall serve at the will of the director.

-SB 277 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, clarifies language related to pre-lien notices.

-SB 331 by Sen. Rob Johnson, removes language stating that any state, county, city, town or school district officer who directs the payment or transfer of property belonging to the entity served in an unlawful or fraudulent contract is jointly and severally liable in damage to all innocent persons injured.

-SB 527 by Sen. Brian Crain, modifies language related to claims brought by creditors, allowing claims to be brought in the county in which the claim arose.

-SB 799 by Sen. Charles Laster, allows an applicant for a handgun license who made an omission of nonmaterial fact on the application that, if disclosed, would not have resulted in a denial of the application, to avoid penalties of perjury if the applicant can prove to the satisfaction of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that such omission was inadvertent.

-SB 837 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to discriminatory practices in employment, house and public accommodations.

-SB 875 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, provides that an owner, employee, participant, member, guest or customer of a gun range, gun shop or gun club who is acting in good faith pursuant to the standards of the firearm industry and the duty of care under common law and gun club rules will not be liable for injuries to any person engaged in firearm activities on the premises of the range, shop or club when the injuries result from the inherent risks of the activities.

-SJR by Sen. Rob Johnson, proposes a constitutional amendment requiring Senate confirmation of any gubernatorial appointment or reapportionment to fill a judicial office.

-SJR 25 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, proposes a constitutional amendment granting the Pardon and Parole Board by majority vote the authority to grant parole for all offenses after conviction, upon restrictions and limitations deemed proper by the board or required by law, except for persons sentenced to death, life without parole or a violent offense.

-SJR 36 by Sen. Clark Jolley, proposes a constitutional amendment eliminating the responsibility of the Judicial Nominating Commission to recommend three individuals to the Governor to appoint a nominee to fill the vacancy.

-SB 740 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates the Airspace Severance Restriction Act.

-SB 798 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows for a motion to protect and preserve abandoned or vacated property that is subject to suit, action or proceeding to foreclose or otherwise enforce the remedies in the mortgage, contract for deed or deed of trust.

• The House convened Tuesday and approved the following bills:

-HB 1310 by Rep. Phil Richardson, requires the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to certify individuals providing nonveterinary reproductive services.

-HB 1048 by Rep. Doug Cox, requires a court-issued decree of death to include the declared decedent’s full legal name, any aliases, name at birth, date of birth, place of birth, Social Security number and parent’s full names.

-HB 1234 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, authorizes the courts to use videoconferencing between a courtroom and a correctional facility of the Department of Corrections or a juvenile detention facility of the Office of Juvenile Affairs for sentence reviews.

-HB 1271 by Rep. Ann Coody, modifies the definition of “person requiring treatment” in language related to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

-HB 1322 by Rep. Harold Wright, modifies language regarding embezzlement, stating that the act includes activity related to any property of an estate of a decedent, whether the estate is held in intestate, in probate, in trust or otherwise.

-HB 1359 by Rep. Ron Peters, creates a Foster Care System Improvement Task Force.

-HJR 1016 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, revokes Cimarron County’s status as a foreign trade zone.


• House committees met Tuesday and approved the following measures:


-HB 2121 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, establishes that the production of oil and gas from certain horizontally drilled wells established after July 1, 2011, shall be taxed at a rate of 1 percent for the first 48 months of production.

-HB 1486 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, creates the Oklahoma Woody Biomass Energy Initiative.

-HB 1955 by Rep. Skye McNiel, authorizes utilities to enter into long-term gas supply agreements for natural gas in a manner that protects electricity consumers.

-HB 1460 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies language related to Special Universal Services.

-HB 1363 by Rep. Ron Peters, creates the Oklahoma Choices for Long Term Care Act.

-HB 1282 by Rep. David Dank, clarifies language related to the definition of “long-term care administrator,” adding the terms certified nursing facility administrator, assistant living facility administrator, residential care facility administrator and adult day care center administrator to the list of those who qualify as long-term care administrators.

-HB 1554 by Rep. Sally Kern, creates the Oklahoma Options Counseling for Long Term Care Program Act.

-HB 2002 by Rep. Joe Dorman, directs the State Board of Health’s rules for the Continuum of Care and Assisted Living Act to include provisions requiring the availability of alternative power in assisted living facilities that provide services to 50 or more individuals.

-HB 1746 by Rep. Jason Nelson, directs a school district to expend at least 65 percent of the total yearly expenditures of the district to fund instructional activities.

-HB 2114 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, states legislative intent that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education file a report that outlines a redesign of the funding formula for all institutions of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

-HB 1317 by Rep. Danny Morgan, modifies the definition of “teacher” under the Education Leadership Oklahoma Act to include a principal.

-HB 1343 by Rep. Eric Proctor, directs the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to grant a four-year tuition waiver to the surviving spouse or child of a person killed in the line of duty or who died as a result of an injury sustained while in the line of duty in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

-HB 1458 by Rep. Lee Denney, directs the State Board of Career and Technology to assume the administrative, supervisory and instructional operations of the regional advanced science and mathematics programs currently administered by the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.

-HB 1590 by Rep. Todd Thomsen, requires the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics to charge students residing on the residential campus in Oklahoma City a fee for room and board.

-HB 1855 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, removes language prohibiting the governing board of a charter school from levying taxes or issuing bonds.

-HB 1997 by Rep. Joe Dorman, requires students enrolling in public schools in the state to be tested for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times.

-HB 1222 by Rep. Mark McCullough, modifies the definition of “motor vehicle” as it relates to the Oklahoma Vehicle License and Registration Act.

-HB 1686 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, creates a Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail Development Task Force.

-HB 2049 by Rep. Lewis Moore, designates a section of State Highway 66 between the Sapulpa city limits and the Edmond city limits as the “Historic Bike Trail.”

-HB 1060 by Rep. Mike Sanders, changes from “reimbursable” to “payable” all costs associated with county-built road or bridge projects.

-HB 1232 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, allows for temporary emergency highway closings for flooding by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

-HB 1956 by Rep. Skye McNiel, prohibits the Department of Transportation or the board of county commissioners to construct a public highway on land crossed by the segment of section line located within the boundaries of property proposed for construction of a new or expanded business facility.

-HB 1045 by Rep. George Faught, limits the amount of damages someone may recover in a civil action arising out of a vehicle accident to the amount of medical costs, property damage and lost income if the plaintiff or claimant is not in compliance with the Compulsory Insurance Law.

-HB 1243 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, modifies language related to licenses issued by the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

-HB 1032 by Rep. Marian Cooksey, repeals language that directed the insurance commissioner to develop and affidavit for health care providers to gain information from patients when rendering nonemergency services to determine the patients’ eligibility for benefits under insurance and instituting perjury penalties for making false statements.

-HB 1968 by Rep. Glen Mulready, adds to the list of factors that will constitute an unfair claim settlement practice.

-HB 2139 by Rep. Kris Steele, provides substantive language directing the state superintendent of public instruction to have control of a direct the State Department of Education.

-HB 1457 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies the definition of “career teacher pretermination hearing,” directing that it include a hearing before a judge after a recommendation for dismissal or nonreemployment.

-HB 1461 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies language related to the School Bullying Prevention Act.

-HB 1550 by Rep. Sally Kern, requires a third-grade student to be asked to participate in a summer academy or other program designed to assist the student in attaining grade-level reading skills if the student is not reading at grade level by the end of the school year.

-HB 1856 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, allows a charter school to be sponsored by the state superintendent of public instruction.

-HB 1680 by Rep. Marty Quinn, modifies language related to criterion-referenced tests for public school students, requiring school districts to report on a student’s transcript the student’s performance levels on end-of-instruction tests rather than only performance levels of proficient and above.

-HB 1851 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, delays until the 2015-2016 school year the requirement that every school district provide and offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten.


Wednesday, February 23

• The Senate approved the following measures on Wednesday:

-SB 863 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, would cap noneconomic damages at $250,000 in civil lawsuits.

-SB 42 by Sen. Earl Garrison, prohibits Oklahoma Lottery Commission advertisements and promotions from involving children in any manner.

-SCR 3 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, congratulates the Oklahoma Sooners football team and Coach Bob Stoops upon their outstanding 2010 season and recognizes their Big 12 Conference championship and their win in the 40th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bow.


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

-SB 671 by Sen. Clark Jolley, abolishes the Board of Mediological Investigations and creates the Board of State Pathology.

-SB 820 by Sen. Mark Allen, requires any prisoner in the custody of the Department of Corrections that is subject to an order of deportation from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to also have any person related within the third degree by affinity or consanguinity to the prisoner and who is receiving any state assistance and is determined to maintain an illegal presence subject to deportation and done so without prejudice to nationality, color, race, religion or gender.

-SB 908 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, makes it unlawful for a person to intentionally engage in the smuggling of human beings for profit or commercial purpose.

-SB 852 by Sen. Clark Jolley, defines “multi-unit structure” for the purposes of the Sex Offender Registration Act to mean a structure with multiple residential units that provide independent living facilities for living, sleeping, cooking, eating and sanitation within each individual unit.

-SB 923 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, increases the penalty for willfully aiding, encouraging or recruiting a minor for a criminal street gang from one year to five years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

-SB 819 by Sen. Mark Allen, directs the director of the Department of Corrections to release a prisoner to the custody and control of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement without prejudice to nationality, color, race, religion or gender, provided the department has received an order of deportation for the prisoner from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, unless the prisoner has been convicted of an 85 percent offense.

-SB 851 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires individuals arrested for certain offenses to submit to deoxyribonucleic acid testing for law enforcement identification purposes.

-SB 918 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, prohibits any person or entity from knowingly establishing, leasing, operating or owning any structure or portion of a structure where persons required to register pursuant to the Sex Offenders Registration Act are residing together in a facility where treatment is not being offered and where improperly zoned.

-SB 919 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, modifies schedules under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

-SB 953 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, modifies language related to appointment of subordinates by the Commissioner of Public Safety.

-SJR 44 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, proposes a constitutional amendment clarifying language related to the Pardon and Parole Board.

-SB 722 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to the State Department of Health.

-SB 622 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to the competitive bidding process in the event the state purchasing director is unable to award a contract.

-SB 327 by Sen. Rob Johnson, directs elections for county offices be conducted n a nonpartisan basis.

-SB 542 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, allows the Legislature, during creation of agencies and designation of their functions, to delegate rulemaking authority only by specific act provided, and states that the Legislature reserves the right to retract or revoke delegated authorities.

-SB 597 by Sen. Brian Bingman, which modifies language related to the permit required for the sale of water.

-SB 731 by Sen. David Myers, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Income Tax Act.

-SB 940 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, requires an appeal to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma to be filed as a petition in error within 30 days of the date of the original judgment or ruling.

-SB 941 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies language related to civil procedure.

-SB 942 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, amends statutes relating to the grounds for dismissal and court orders.

-SB 943 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies language related to statutes and reports under the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act.

-SB 91 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, requires candidates filing declaration of candidacy documents for federal, state, county, municipal or judicial offices or for the nomination of a recognized political party in any general or special election to provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship to the election board within 24 hours of filing.

-SB 124 by Sen. Ron Justice, prohibits eminent domain from being used for the development of wind farms or wind turbines on private property.

-SB 147 by Sen. Don Barrington, requires a petition for incorporation of a town to be signed by registered voters who are residents of the proposed town at the time of signing the petition and for 60 days immediately preceding signing the petition.

-SB 239 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, requires that when a petition is to be circulated on a question that would require additional taxes or assessments if approved by voters, a notice of circulation of the petition must be filed with the county clerk prior to the petition being circulated for signatures.

-SB 247 by Sen. Kim David, requires the Office of Juvenile Affairs to certify all foster family homes by meeting standards for certification promulgated by the Board of Juvenile Affairs.

-SB 301 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, allows declaration of candidacy forms prescribed by the Oklahoma State Election Board to include a section where the candidate can list a telephone number, e-mail address and website address, which can then be made available to the public.

-SB 841 by Sen. John Sparks, establishes that Oklahoma seeks to join with other states and establish the Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote and provides a model form for the agreement.

-SB 931 by Sen. Brian Bingman, extends by 15 days the deadlines for submission of party nominations for the State Election Board.

-SB 683 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, removes language granting resident tuition to students who cannot provide documentation of U.S. citizenship.

-SB 610 by Sen. John Ford, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program benefit award.

-SB 605 by Sen. John Ford, creates the Charter School Sponsoring Commission.

-SB 599 by Sen. Susan Paddack, requires the State Board of Education to establish and administer the school administrator professional development pilot program.

-SB 713 by Sen. Clark Jolley, removes language requiring legislative approval of expenditures from the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools Revolving Fund by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.

-SB 825 by Sen. Susan Paddack, provides for payment of tuition or resident tuition under OHLAP for any student who was a resident in a nonprofit residential child care facility licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act.

-SB 939 by Sen. Clark Jolley, makes the Oklahoma School for the Blind and Oklahoma School for the Deaf school districts for the purposes of the state aid formula.

-SB 411 by Sen. Bill Brown, requires the Insurance Department, in collaboration with the State Department of Health, to establish and maintain a health care information system that will be published on a website and will permit consumers to see approximate pricing information from different types of providers and pharmaceuticals.

-SB 250 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates the Chanda Turner Reform Act.

-SB 412 by Sen. Bill Brown, requires any entity that provides health insurance to accept the Health Care Authority right of recovery and the assignment of rights and to not charge the authority or any of its authorized agents any fees for the processing of claims or eligibility requests.

-SB 608 by Sen. Steve Russell, allows any person or entity entitled to receive digital or electronic copies of statutes or session laws to request printed copies in lieu of such digital or electronic copies.

-SB 953 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, modifies language related to appointment of subordinates by the Commissioner of Public Safety.

-SB 954 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, modifies language related to destruction of records by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

-SB 607 by Sen. Brian Bingman, allows the president pro tempore of the Senate and the House Speaker to suspend the reimbursement of travel for legislators because of budget constraints.

-SB 14 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, directs the Commissioning of Art in Public Places Revolving Fund and the Arts in Public Places Administrative and Maintenance Revolving Fund to cease to exist.

-SB 121 by Sen. Steve Russell, directs the Department of Human Services to place a photo of a human services beneficiary on each beneficiary’s human services benefit card.

-SB 176 by Sen. Susan Paddack, modifies language related to royalty monies paid for oil and gas leases occupied or assigned to the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center of Pauls Valley.

-SB 232 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates a Task Force on Healthier Neighborhood Living.

-SB 267 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, adds the economic impact of the acquisition on the Oklahoma economy or any local community economy to the definition of “best value criteria” as used in the Oklahoma Central Purchasing.

-SB 299 by Sen. Clark Jolley, changes the authorization of Board of Chiropractic Examiners to employ one or more investigators to the authority to contract with on or more investigators.

-SB 329 by Sen. Rob Johnson, directs the Legislature to conduct a study of all state agencies with the authority to regulate nursing homes to determine if there is more than one agency regulating the same service.

-SB 433 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, permits a medical examiner to send his findings to the chief medical examiner electronically.

-SB 483 by Sen. Brian Crain, states legislative intent for state agencies to utilize private service providers whenever feasible to carry out statutory duties in order to increase efficiency and minimize administrative costs.

-SB 492 by Sen. Sean Burrage, allows the Department of Human Services to petition the district court for certain orders if a vulnerable adult is suffering from abuse.

-SB 541 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates the Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2011.

-SB 498 by Sen. Rob Johnson, requires court reporters temporarily employed by the district court, Workers’ Compensation Court or Corporation Commission to be compensated at a rate to be set by the court.

-SB 574 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires dental facility permit holders following the first year of employment to show proof of passing an appropriate clinical board examination recognized by the Board of Dentistry.

-SB 673 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies the requirements for conducting an audit of pharmacy.

-SB 675 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies the Physical Therapist Practice Act.

-SB 681 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to examinations administered by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

-SB 668 by Sen. Kim David, expands the definition of co-ocurring disorder in the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors Act.

-SB 679 by Sen. Clark Jolley, adds county or municipal jails to the place at which certified medication aides are eligible to distribute certain medications or treatments.

-SB 709 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, exempts entities contracting with the state to provide senior nutrition services under the Older Americans Act from requirements of the Central Purchasing Act.

-SB 710 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, increases from $250,000 to $500,000 the maximum limit for special maintenance projects that can be carried out by state special maintenance crews unless deemed otherwise by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

-SB 713 by Sen. David Myers, removes language requiring legislative approval of expenditures from the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools Revolving Fund by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools.

-SB 741 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates the Water Infrastructure Revolving Fund.

-SB 753 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Oklahoma State Capitol Centennial Act.

• The House met Wednesday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1456 by Rep. Lee Denney, directs the State Board of Education to prepare annual reports of the results of the Oklahoma School Testing Program that describe student achievement in the state, each school district and each school site.

-HB 1800 by Rep. Sue Tibbs, allows otherwise confidential information from records relating to an investigation being conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation if the release has been authorized by the director of the bureau for the purpose of advising crime victims or family representatives of homicide victims regarding the status of a pending investigation.

• House committees approved the following measures on Wednesday:

-HB 1517 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, provides substantive language authorizing the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $100 million in obligations after Aug. 1, 2011.

-HB 1953 by Rep. Skye McNiel, creates the Opportunity Fund Act of 2011.

-HB 1436 by Rep. Doug Cox, allows the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission to sell real estate and personal property owned by the state or the Tourism and Recreation Department that is under the jurisdiction of the commission located in Delaware County within Honey Creek State Park.

-HB 1088 by Rep. Randy Grau, adds a definition of “low-profit limited liability company” or “L3C” under the Oklahoma Limited Liability Company Act.

-HB 1598 by Rep. Steve Martin, establishes that a real estate licensee has no duty to independently investigate or measure the dimension, size or square footage of any real estate or the improvements located on the real estate.

-HB 1066 by Rep. James Lockhart, directs the Employment Security Commission to create a 1-800 number to be posted on its website for persons to call and be connected with a local unemployment office.

-HB 1202 by Rep. Scott Inman, modifies exemptions provided to registration requirements under the Oklahoma Business Opportunity Sales Act.

-HB 1462 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Music Therapy Practice Act.

-HB 1688 by Rep. Todd Russ, invalidates any contract or agreement between a minor and union for any purpose.

-HB 1775 by Rep. Sean Roberts, provides exemptions from the Unfair Sales Act for food and food ingredients including food products intended for human consumption.

-HB 1990 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, creates the Oklahoma Multi-modal Transportation Authority Act.

-HB 2117 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, modifies the definition of “increment” in the Local Development Act.

-HB 1593 by Rep. Steve Martin, repeals the Oklahoma Municipal Employee Collective Bargaining Act.

-HB 2083 by Rep. Randy Terrill, creates the Oklahoma Official Language Implementation Act.

-HB 1646 by Rep. Mike Ritze, creates the Oklahoma enumerated Powers Act.

-HB 1469 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, requires counties to be reimbursed by the administrative office of the courts for all expenses incurred by the county in providing buildings, courtrooms, attendants, fuel, lights and stationary for district courts.

-HB 1687 by David Derby, requires that cities, towns, municipalities and political subdivisions of the state designate a minimum of one parking space that is reserved for physically disabled wheelchair users.

-HB 1191 by Rep. Randy Grau, authorizes the board of tax toll corrections to take evidence and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records and papers by subpoena for a hearing.

-HB 1468 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies language related to candidate eligibility for county commissioners, requiring that they be registered to vote and reside within the commission district for six months immediately preceding the first day of filing.

-HB 1530 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, modifies language related to the Public Competitive Bidding Act of 1974.

-HB 1626 by Rep. Mike Brown, allows an agency, board commission or other entity to share completed Oklahoma criminal history record results of employees or employment applicants under certain circumstances if requested.

-HB 1650 by Rep. Marty Quinn, subjects any state agency that operates without legislatively appropriated funds and fails to produce and submit reports required by statute to a 1 percent penalty for a first violation, 2 percent for the second violation and 5 percent for subsequent violations on the agency’s fee revenue, to be apportioned to the General Revenue Fund to support the functions of the state auditor and inspector.

-HB 1669 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, modifies language related to the requirement from preventing a municipality from abating a dilapidated building as a nuisance.

-HB 1471 by Rep. Don Armes, modifies the definition of “animal husbandry” under the Oklahoma Agricultural Code.

-HB 1327 by Rep. R.C. Pruett, authorizes the Oklahoma Forestry Division to plan and conduct prescribed burning at the request and expense of landowners on public or private lands for the purpose of controlling Eastern Red Cedar and other invasive species.

-HB 1348 by Rep. Tom Newell, allows a taxidermy specimen to be sold at an estate sale only if it is part of the personal property of an owner whose estate is being liquidated and the director of wildlife conservation grants written permission prior to the sale.

-HB 1050 by Rep. Mike Sanders, requires candidates for an election of the fair association board of directors to file with the county election board rather than the county clerk.

-HB 1472 by Rep. Don Armes, increases from 1 and one-half cents to 2 cents the per-bushel fee on wheat marketed by wheat producers in the state and sold through commercial channels.

-HB 1473 by Rep. Don Armes, removes the requirement that exported cervidae originating from an Oklahoma county where chronic wasting disease exists in free-ranging native herds be double fenced.

-HB 1474 by Rep. Don Armes, increases from $250 to $1,500 the penalty for willfully entering a facility licensed under the Oklahoma Farmed Cervidae Act or a commercial hunting area.

-HB 1943 by Rep. Mike Jackson, allows the floodplain boards that administer and enforce floodplain management rules and regulations to establish and charge fair and reasonable fees in an equitable manner.

-HB 2131 by Rep. Kris Steele, provides that multiple criminal sentences, parole revocations and suspended sentences will be served concurrently unless ordered to be served consecutively.

-HB 1476 by Rep. Don Armes, makes it unlawful for a person under the age of 18 to operate or be carried as a passenger on a recreational off-highway vehicle without wearing a helmet.

-HB 2089 by Rep. Randy Terrill, creates a registry in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs any person convicted of any crime including, but not limited to, crimes involving the possession, distribution, manufacturing or trafficking of methamphetamines or illegal amounts of or uses of pseudoephedrine in any federal court, Indian tribal court or any court of another state if that person is a resident of Oklahoma or seeks to remain in Oklahoma in excess of 10 days.

-HB 1391 by Rep. Paul Roan, modifies language related to the Department of Public Safety, changing reference from the lake patrol section officer to request reclassification to an equivalent lateral position, rank and salary within the Oklahoma Highway Patrol division.

-HB 1723 by Rep. William Fourkiller, allows the disclosure of tax information to the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission.

-HB 1743 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, directs the Corporation Commission, to adopt rules establishing maximum fees for the transportation and storage of disabled vehicles or nonconsent tows of vehicles on or from Oklahoma roads and highways.

-HB 1044 by Rep. George Faught, allows the Legislature the right to approve, rather than disapprove, a proposed rule or rule amendment by a concurrent resolution during the legislative review period.

-HB 1574 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the Legislature to approve a proposed administrative rule by a concurrent resolution.

-HB 1514 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, modifies language related to the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and Driver Safety Fund.

-HB 1513 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, directs the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue obligations for the benefit of the Department of Central Services.

-HB 1613 by Rep. Gary Banz, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $44 million in obligations to make improvements.

-HB 1515 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue obligations to acquire real property.

-HB 1665 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, prohibits state agencies from allocating 1.5 percent of their budgets to fund the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act.

-HB 1666 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, requires the cost associated with signage related to the naming of highways and bridges on the state highway system be paid by the group sponsoring or requesting the sign.

-HB 1267 by Rep. Earl Sears, requires the State Board of Education to transfer funds from its fiscal year 2010 appropriation to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma to fund the Teachers’ Retirement Credit.

-HB 2115 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, adds school districts that have entered into a mutual contract with a superintendent to the districts to which the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act applies.

-HB 1418 by Rep. Dennis Ray Casey, allows a board of education to request a national criminal history record check from a private company qualified to conduct such record checks that is approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

-HB 1494 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, repeals language relating to the Health Carrier Access Payment Revolving Fund.

-HB 1052 by Rep. Mike Sanders, increases from $2,500 to $5,000 the minimum estimated cost of repair of county equipment, machinery or vehicles for which a municipality, county or school district may issue a blanket purchase order.

-HB 1228 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, creates the Sheltered Workshop Act.

-HB 1256 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, allows a tax-return preparer to opt out of electronic filing requirements if they have also been allowed to opt out of electronic filing requirements by the Internal Revenue Service.

-HB 1326 by Rep. R.C. Pruett, directs the Department of Transportation to include the name of a cemetery on any informational signs erected by the department indicating the location of cemeteries.

-HB 1372 by Rep. Corey Holland, modifies language related to the maximum prescribed amount a school district may spend on administrative services, clarifying that “staff for superintendent” includes any elementary superintendent or assistant superintendent.

-HB 1373 by Rep. Corey Holland, modifies penalties for a parent, guardian, custodian, child or other person who fails to compel a child to attend school.

-HB 1397 by Rep. Doug Cox, directs the Department of Health to perform any and all health-related services within the scope of practice and as prescribed by state law.

-HB 1595 by Rep. Steve Martin, requires the duty and obligation of the sub-state planning district to hold in a separate escrow account all fees paid on behalf of counties in its region that have not assessed a 911 emergency wireless telephone fee until such time as the county votes to assess the fee or develop wireless 911 service.

-HB 1675 by Rep. Lisa Billy, removes language related to the requirement that the Attorney General’s Evidence Fund can never be more than $1.5 million.

-HB 1708 by Rep. Wes Hilliard, prohibits a person from shipping or transporting catfish, minnows and other aquatic species into the state to sell without having first procured a license from the director of wildlife conservation.

-HB 1812 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, modifies language related to the Public Competitive Bidding Act of 1974.

-HB 1828 by Rep. John Trebilcock, changes the amount temporarily employed court reporters are paid by the district court.

-HB 1835 by Rep. Mike Sanders, requires the director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education or the director’s designee to serve on the Oklahoma Council on Firefighter Training.

-HB 1980 by Rep. Anastasia Pittman, directs the State Department of Health to provide information regarding sickle cell disease on the department’s website.

-HB 1999 by Rep. Joe Dorman, authorizes the Forestry Division to provide oversight of volunteer rural fire departments by rural fire coordinators employed by the Rural Fire Defense Program.

-HB 2116 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, requires the State Board of Education to develop a funding mechanism to reimburse local education agencies for the excessive costs of high-need students who have an individual education program.

-HB 1220 by Rep. Mark McCullough, creates the Prevention Services Consolidation Act of 2011.

-HB 2133 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the Education Improvement Act.

-HB 2136 by Rep. Kris Steele, requires that Department of Human Services’ safety analysis include a criminal background check that will include inquiries into the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation files of any adult known to be in the home of the child for whom a report of abuse or neglect has been received.

Thursday, February 24

• The Senate met Thursday and approved the following bills:


-SB 73 by Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, establishes “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” as the official state gospel song.

-SB 105 by Sen. Ron Justice, requires the State Board of Equalization to set or schedule fees for the production of County Assessor information.

-SB 109 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, requires school administrators to complete three additional continuing education courses for their professional development each year.

-SB 325 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, provides a definition of off-highway vehicles.

-SB 206 by Sen. John Ford, creates the P-20 Council Task Force.

Other News


• The state Senate on Wednesday honored the Oklahoma University football team and Head Coach Bob Stoops for their 2010 Big XII championship season and Fiesta Bowl victory. The Sooners in 2010 won ten or more games for an NCAA-record 32nd time, and became only the seventh program in college football history to win 800 games. The team also extended the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 36 games.

• The State Equalization Board this week announced the state Legislature has $6.2 billion to spend for fiscal year 2012. The amount is $159.6 million, or 2.6 percent, above what the Legislature appropriated in the current fiscal year. The Legislature will have approximately $106.4 million more to spend than what was predicted in December.