The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, March 14 to Thursday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14

• The Senate approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 622 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, proposes a constitutional amendment modifying language addressing term limits of statewide elected officials.

-SB 346 by Sen. Clark Jolley, states legislative intent that each district school board’s policies facilitate that each student’s academic progression be determined, in part, by reading proficiency and that each student and their parents be informed of the student’s academic progress.

-SB 46 by Sen. Don Barrington, exempts the surviving and un-remarried spouse of a deceased 100 percent disabled veteran from sales tax on tangible personal property.

-SB 80 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, removes language that required a school district’s state aid be reduced by an amount equal to the amount of carryover in its general fund as of June 30 of the preceding fiscal year.

-SB 89 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to develop the Oklahoma Public Events Network to increase public access to and awareness of operations of the Oklahoma Legislature and state government.

-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 100 by Sen. Harry Coates, repeals statutory language under the Lighting Energy Conservation Act related to definitions, adoption and review of lighting codes and preparation of lighting power budget reports.

-SB 110 by Sen. David Myers, removes the sunset date for the Waterworks and Wastewater Works Advisory Council.

-SB 137 by Sen. John Ford, allows an inmate to earn 200 credits for completing his or her bachelor’s degree and 100 credits for completing an associate’s degree.

-SB 141 by Sen. Clark Jolley, provides the same criteria in evaluating transferred students enrolled in online courses as students regularly enrolled at school when calculating school funding.

-SB 172 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, modifies language relating to owners of land petitioning a municipal governing body for improvement of any street, alley, lane or avenue.

-SB 180 by Sen. Susan Paddack, allows the Department of Corrections to contract with physicians and other providers of inpatient and outpatient health care related products.

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

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

-SB 251 by Sen. Steve Russell, creates the Armed Services Tuition Fairness Act.

-SB 264 by Sen. Clark Jolley, recreates the Quality Assessment and Accountability Task Force.

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

-SB 297 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, recreates the Innovative Funding for Oklahoma Roads Task Force.

-SB 348 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires the State Department of Education to prepare annual reports of the results of the statewide assessment program to describe student achievement in the state, each district and each charter school.

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

-SB 408 by Sen. Susan Paddack, implements a $150 reinstatement fee for any person seeking reinstatement as a police or peace officer whose certification was revoked, suspended or voluntarily surrendered for any reason, including failure to comply with mandatory education and training requirements.

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

-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 445 by Sen. John Ford, modifies language related to charter schools, clarifying that students may be transferred to charter schools on an emergency basis.

-SB 487 by Sen. Andrew Rice, creates the Oklahoma Bicycle Safety Awareness Act.

-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 511 by Sen. Steve Russell, directs county clerks and county assessors to not publish or make available the home address of an elected or appointed law enforcement official or member of the official’s staff or personnel in an Internet or online format upon receipt of a certified letter or other documents.

-SB 567 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, requires the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to include in its required courses of study for law enforcement certification a minimum of eight hours of evidence-based domestic violence and stalking investigation training.

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

-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 623 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, expands the duties of the Oklahoma Employees Benefits Council to select and contract with one or more providers to offer a group Tricare Supplement product to eligible state employees who are eligible Tricare beneficiaries.

-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 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 treatment.

-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 688 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, grants the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors the power to impose the payment of costs expended by the board for any legal fees and costs as part of any disciplinary action.

-SB 691 by Sen. Randy Bass, prohibits registered sex offenders from operating amusement park rides or any motor vehicle, bicycle or other device designed to transport passengers that is operated for hire.

-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 750 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, requires a municipality to agree from 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 756 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies the term “employment” to exclude service performed for an elementary or secondary school which is operated primarily for religious purposes.

-SB 799 by Sen. Clarles 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 805 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, removes language allowing a waiver from disqualification of an applicant for a security guard license under certain circumstances.

-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.

-SB 844 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, requires an individual or entity to have the appropriate Oklahoma license or permit to conduct outdoor fireworks displays.

-SB 854 by Sen. Jim Halligan, establishes requirements for the person responsible for a jail’s administration to administer medications and establishes certain procedures and record keeping requirements.

-SB 857 by Sen. Charles Laster, authorizes the commissioner of public safety to direct the Department of Public Safety to develop a proposal for an intergovernmental cooperative agreement between the department and all tribal governments that issue tribal license plates and maintain ownership and registration information.

-SB 867 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, repeals language creating the Oklahoma Integrated Justice Information Systems Steering Committee.

-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 will not be liable for injuries to any person engaged in firearm activities on the premises of the range.

-SB 895 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, permits the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to appoint special officers that have enforcement authority related to the larceny of oil field equipment.

-SB 956 by Sen. Dan Newberry, directs the Department of Corrections to make any non-violent offender who is the primary caregiver of minor children and who is otherwise unable to receive services to be made eligible for the electronic monitoring program without regard to time served or requirements for transitional living.

-SJR 10 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, disapproves language within State Board of Health rules regarding personnel staffing of ground ambulance service that states, “each ground ambulance shall have drivers who, at a minimum, are certified as an emergency medical responder.”

-SJR 45 by Sen. Dan Newberry, repeals emergency rules related to the Roofing Contractor Registration Act.


• Senate committees took no action on Monday.

• The House met Monday and approved the following bills:

-HJR 1001 by Rep. David Dank, proposes a constitutional amendment removing the gross household income limitations for homestead exemptions for people age 65 or older.

-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 1267 by Rep. Earl Sears, requires the State Board of Education to transfer $35,311,375 from its fiscal year 2011 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 1520 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, allows a court to dismiss charges without payment of court costs for violation of the Compulsory Insurance Law if proof of security verification is presented to the court by the first scheduled court appearance.

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

-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 1688 by Rep. Todd Russ, invalidates any contract or agreement between a minor and union for any purpose, including official recognition by a union for purposes of intent or interest by a minor to join, vote or consent to any action of the union.

-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 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 writer permission prior to the sale.

-HB 1418 by Rep. Dennis 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 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, or in Oklahoma County.

-HB 1465 by Rep. Rob Johnson, states that children who reach age 5 on or before July 1 and who are under age 21 on or before July 1 are entitled to attend school free of charge in their residential district.

-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 1514 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, modifies language related to the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and Driver Safety Fund, changing the amount allocated to the fund for each fiscal year after the first fiscal year in which the total apportionment to the fund from $400 million to $500 million.

-HB 1564 by Rep. Fred Jordan, creates the Airspace Severance Restriction Act.

-HB 1614 by Rep. Gary Banz, moves from the first Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March the date of the presidential preferential primary.

-HB 1638 by Rep. Charles Ortega, allows the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to enter into a contract for professional services at any time with a registered nurse or pharmacist or person meeting the definition of “licensed mental health professional.”

-HB 1655 by Rep. John Enns, requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to study and recommend coverage for prosthetic devices and orthotic devices for Medicaid eligible individuals.

-HB 1658 by Rep. John Enns, creates a certification as a chiropractic assistant.

-HB 1685 by Rep. Pam Peterson, allows the quarterly report for consumable road or bridge items or materials for counties to be prepared and kept electronically by the consuming department.

-HB 1686 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, creates a Eastern Flyer Passenger Rail Development Task Force.

-HB 1743 by Rep. Rob 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 1814 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, increases from $250,000 to $500,000 the maximum amount a special maintenance project can cost without requiring the Transportation Commission to render a judgment whether the project would be of the best interest of Oklahoma.

-HB 1969 by Rep. Glen Mulready, allows rather than requires an employee with the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board who selects the high option plant to establish a health savings account option as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.

-HB 2017 by Rep. Doug Cox, modifies language relating to the Physician Manpower Training Commission’s Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program.

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

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


• House committees took no action on Monday.


Tuesday, March 15

• The Senate approved the following bills on Tuesday:


-SB 246 by Sen. Sean Burrage, raises the amount that can be transferred from the bank account of a deceased person to an account of their known heirs.

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

-SB 902 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, mandates the state will regulate and license recreational vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers and salespersons.

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

-SB 684 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, amends the Oklahoma Real Estate License code to add “affordable housing development projects”.

-SB 664 by Sen. Eddie Fields, lowers percentages of funds used for administrative services relating to school administration.

-SB 275 by Sen. Eddie Fields, allows school districts in interlocal cooperatives to disburse federal grant money among the cooperative with the consent of the school districts.

-SB 772 by Sen. Clark Jolley, transfers all authority of power of labor professional oversight to the Office of Business and Professional Oversight.

-SB 722 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Health Care Compact between the states.

-SB 252 by Sen. Eddie Fields, requires a national background check every five years for those seeking employment as a substitute teacher.

-SB 243 by Sen. Cliff Branan, removes the provision that trials contesting appraisals shall be conducted in the same manner as railroad condemnation trials.

-SB 335 by Sen. Cliff Branan, requires floodplain regulations to be reviewed by the Water Resources Board.

-SB 885 by Sen. Cliff Branan, states that certain wells will be taxed at one percent until it expires after 48 months.

-SB 917 by Sen. Steve Russell, mandates that neither child support nor alimony payments will include funds that come from any type of service-related injury compensation or combat-related disability compensation.

-SB 129 by Sen. Steve Russell, allows for open carry of firearms in a holster, case or sling on a person over eighteen years of age.

-SB 497 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, develops new definitions regarding “valid excuse” to miss school attendance.

-SB 239 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, requires notice of a petition to be filed with the county clerk prior to the circulation.

-SB 931 by Sen. Brian Bingman, changes the date for submission of nominees to the State Election Board to March 1, 2011.

-SB 935 by Sen. Brian Bingman, states that an entity that was granted an exemption for a time period that included 2009, but did not meet payroll requirements, will be granted an exemption if the entity increases payroll to meet the previous exemption.

-SB 607 by Sen. Brian Bingman, allows the President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the House to suspend or reduce travel reimbursements.

-SB 597 by Sen. Brian Bingman, increases the length for water permits from seven to eight years.

-SB 923 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, increases the maximum imprisonment for criminal activity related to gangs.

-SB 872 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, states that any person who intentionally injures himself or herself after being received into custody at a jail or holding facility shall pay for the costs associated with any emergency medical care such injury requires.

-SB 870 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, instructs courts not to seal certain records or files unless authorized by the Oklahoma Constitution or statute.

-SB 633 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, moves state employees in the military department to unclassified services.

-SB 542 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates the Business and Economic Development Rule Review Task Force.

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

-SB 55 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, allows in-state tuition for persons that have grandparents that have filed an Oklahoma tax return for 10 years.

-SB 711 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, authorizes the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to file an application with USDOT to assume all or part of the National Environmental Policy Act.

-SB 397 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, requires the Insurance Department to promulgate rules providing online courses or programs for continuing education credit.

-SB 279 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, allows schools to issue bonds for the maintenance of equipment.

-SB 278 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, adds online charter schools to the Oklahoma Charter School Act and allows for the school to not have a physical location if it is sponsored by the State Board of Education.

-SB 529 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act, requiring any individual convicted of DUI, and who is seeking renewal of a drivers license, to have “DUI Conviction” printed on their drivers license.

-SB 272 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, disallows manufacturers from charging back a dealer upon audit or for failure of the dealer to ensure the purchaser completed title and registration if the dealer has written proof of the sale.

-SB 732 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, confirms that a state employee shall be terminated if the Tax Commission notifies an employee three times due to failure to comply with the income tax laws.

-SB 517 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, changes the effective date of tax credits, exemptions and deductions.

-SB 163 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, limits the property valuation for determining reimbursement to counties for ad valorem exemptions to the calendar year immediately preceding the year the facility initially qualified for such exemption.

-SB 13 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, changes the effective dates for manufacturing facility investments to be eligible for ad valorem tax credits.

-SB 201 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows local municipalities, counties, or the Department of Public Safety to place holds on the registration renewal for motor vehicles associated with violations.

-SB 939 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies equations for state aid formulas for school funding.

-SB 852 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies restriction on dwellings for registered sex offenders.

-SB 763 by Sen. Clark Jolley, authorizes the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement within the Attorney General office to assume all responsibilities of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.

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

-SB 242 by Sen. Cliff Branan, changes spacing requirements to accommodate new technologies in horizontal drilling.

-SB 954 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, raises the fee for collision reports from seven dollars to fifteen, and directing a certain percentage of fees to the Public Safety Revolving Fund for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

-SB 952 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, defines penalties for domestic assault with the intent to do bodily harm.

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

-SB 944 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, states that an officer who fails to act against an unlawful assembly is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment for one year or by a fine not to exceed $500 or a combination of both.

-SB 699 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, updates language relating to districts of the Supreme Court.

-SB 697 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, clarifies language relating to districts of the Court of Civil Appeals.

-SB 696 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, updates language regarding districts of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

-SB 695 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, updates language in regards to district attorney districts.

-SB 788 by Sen. Don Barrington, updates statutory references in relation to the Internal Revenue Code, allowing a direct transfer from the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System to a Roth IRA.

-SB 593 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, states that account procedures for the Port Authority are required to be the same procedures enforced by the State Treasurer for state funds under the Treasurer’s office.


• Senate committees took no action on Tuesday.

• The House convened Tuesday and approved the following measures:

-HB 1541 by Rep. Jason Murphey, places the duties of the Human Rights Commission under the Attorney General’s office.

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

-HB 2169 by Rep. Scott Martin, increases from $263,139,950 to $278,139,950 the amount the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is authorized to transfer from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Fund to the CMIA Programs Disbursing Act.

-SB 970 by Sen. Clark Jolley, increases from $1,250,000 to $5,250,000 the amount DOC is authorized to expend from the Industries Revolving Fund.

-HB 2128 by Rep. Kris Steele, reduces from $400,000 to $300,000 the cap on noneconomic damage awards for bodily injury.

-HB 2024 by Rep. Dan Sullivan, which modifies language applicable to actions in which the present value of the award of future damages equals or exceeds $100,000.

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

-HB 1284 by Rep. David Dank, requires any tax credit to be reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Oklahoma Insurance Department on or before the 20th day of the month after the calendar quarter in which an act occurs that allows the tax credit to eventually be claimed.

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

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

-HB 1229 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, modifies language related to oversized loads and escort vehicle requirements.

-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 1283 by Rep. David Dank, modifies language related to the salary of county officers.

-HB 1356 by Rep. Ron Peters, directs a court to issue an order authorizing a child in the custody of the Department of Human Services who is age 17 to enter into a property lease agreement for the child’s residence at the request of the child or the child’s attorney if the court determines it would be in the best interest of the child.

-HB 1358 by Rep. Ron Peters, modifies language related to the issuance of protective orders.

-HB 1360 by Rep. Ron Peters, allows a court to enter an emergency protective order against an alleged perpetrator of a child who has been physically or sexually abused or neglected upon consideration of the safety of the child.

-HB 1362 by Rep. Ron Peters, limits communications between a county board of equalization and the county assessor.

-HB 1366 by Rep. Weldon Watson, creates the Oklahoma Municipal Energy Independence Act.

-HB 1377 by Rep. Corey Holland, directs the Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to promulgate rules and standards to certify a facility or organization as a mental illness service program for three years, subject to renewal.

-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 1481 by Rep. Don Armes, directs the Department of Environmental Quality to provide sampling and analysis of contaminated water or soil after the release of dangerous substances requiring protective actions has been contained or stabilized.

-HB 1559 by Rep. Fred Jordan, modifies the exceptions to attorney-client privilege communication.

-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 1642 by Rep. Mike Ritze, prohibits a person from performing or inducing an abortion on an pregnant woman unless the person has clinical privileges at a hospital that offers obstetrical or gynecological care located within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is performed or induced.

-HB 1917 by Rep. Ann Coody, adds language allowing each student who does not score at least at the proficient level of the seventh grade criteria tests to be provided remediation or intervention.

-HB 1957 by Rep. Skye McNiel, requires any new swine feeding operation with more than 100 animal units to be licensed under the Oklahoma Swine Feeding Operations Act.

-HB 1992 by Rep. Dan Sullivan, modifies language related to the sinking fund surplus of a county, city, town or school district.

-HB 2021 by Rep. Dan 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 10 cents per copy or a maximum of $50, whichever is less.

-HB 2028 by Rep. Dan Sullivan, removes language exempting judgments against municipalities from language allowing filings to seek the unenforceability of judgments within five years.


• House committees approved no measures on Tuesday.



Wednesday, March 16

• The Senate approved the following measures on Wednesday:

-SB 324 by Sen. Bill Brown, forbids children under the age of 12 to operate any personal watercraft and reduces the legal maximum blood alcohol content when operating watercraft.

-SB 446 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, states that a person charged with public urination does not have to register as a sex offender unless he or she does so for the purpose of sexual stimulation or child pornography.

-SB 637 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, disapproves permanent rules of the Board of Commercial Pet Breeders.

-SB 146 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, states that using a wireless telecommunication device to write, send or read text-based communications while operating a motor vehicle is made illegal.

-SB 314 by Sen. John Sparks, states that tags designated for animals donated to the Hunters Against Hunger program are to cost five dollars.

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

-SB 336 by Sen. John Sparks, requires schools to allow Special Education teachers the opportunity to participate in training applicable to their field in order to maintain professional licensure.

-SB 350 by Sen. John Sparks, limits authority to who is allowed to make certain information public from examinations conducted by the Insurance Commissioner.

-SB 731 by Sen. David Myers, mandates that the NAICS code will be used to determine the basic industry for a qualified federal contractor.

-SB 921 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, authorizes the Director of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission to appoint reserve special agents who are not to be considered employees of the state.

-SB 919 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, adds specific substances as Schedule I-V narcotics.

-SB 218 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, removes the requirement that motor vehicles have uninsured motorist coverage.

-SB 789 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates the Fair Practices of Equipment Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers and Dealers Act.

-SJR 25 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, sends to a vote of the people a measure that would allow the Pardon and Parole Board to grant parole for any nonviolent offenses and restores civil rights to a person pardoned from a criminal offense.

-SB 683 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, modifies resident tuition eligibility requirements for the Oklahoma State Regents Board for Higher Education.

-SB 727 by Sen. John Sparks, states that the number two judge from District 21 must be nominated and elected by the residents of Garvin and McClain counties.

-SB 757 by Sen. Mike Schulz, modifies exemptions relating to revenue and taxation for coin-operated vending machines.

-SB 269 by Sen. Mike Schulz, changes the date that income tax credit for qualified railroad reconstruction or replacement expenditures can be claimed from July 1, 2012 to January 1, 2012.

-SB 700 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, clarifies reference relating to district court judicial districts.

-SB 433 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, adds that medical examiners shall provide findings to the Chief Medical Examiner by mail or electronically.

-SB 259 by Sen. Harry Coates, raises the amount of negotiable bonds the Tourism Commission can issue to $10,000,000.

-SB 908 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, would establish criminal forfeiture provisions for crimes related to illegal immigration.

-SB 828 by Sen. John Sparks, gives surface lessees and hunting lessees the ability to give others the right to come onto land, and raises the financial penalty for violations of firearm use location restrictions for first time and subsequent offenses.

-SJR 16 by Sen. John Sparks, sends to a vote of the people a measure that would allow permanently disabled veterans to claim a homestead exemption for a manufactured home whether or not the home is located on the veterans’ real property.

-SB 492 by Sen. Sean Burrage, expands forms of neglect allowing for intervention by the Department of Human Services.

-SB 56 by Sen. Sean Burrage, creates a task force to study the War Veterans Commission of Oklahoma.

-SJR 45 by Sen. Dan Newberry, declares that the Construction Industries Board does not have rulemaking authority over the Roofing Contractor Registration Act.

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

-SJR 5 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, limits increases in fair cash value on property that qualifies for homestead exemption or agricultural land to three percent or the rate of inflation.

-SB 891 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the definition of nonfiscal retirement bill, modifies the normal retirement age and modifies vesting requirements for certain members in the Teacher Retirement System.

-SB 610 by Sen. John Ford, changes the type of income used to determine a student’s need for college funding to the parents’ federal adjusted income.

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

-SB 171 by Sen. Eddie Fields, removes the certification requirement for improvement projects less than $150,000 on school district-owned buildings not involving structural changes.


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• The Senate concluded official business Wednesday, one day before the required deadline to hear all Senate bills that had passed committee. Constitutionally, the Senate or House must receive approval from the opposite chamber in order to adjourn from legislative business early. Closing legislative business one day early will result in savings to the Senate of $5,000.