The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, March 28 to Thursday, March 31, 2011

 

Monday, March 28

• The Senate approved no legislation on Monday.

• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

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

-HB 1888 by Rep. Pam Peterson, creates the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

-HB 1380 by Rep. Corey Holland, removes language regarding career teacher pretermination hearings.

-HB 2139 by Rep. Kris Steele, directs the state superintendent of public instruction to have control of and direct the State Department of Education.

-HB 1374 by Rep. Corey Holland, modifies language related to the State Textbook Committee.

-HB 1680 by Rep. Marty Quinn, modifies language related to criterion-referenced tests for public school students.

-HB 1744 by Rep. Jason Nelson, modifies the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.

-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 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 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 1194 by Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, modifies language related to Department of Human Services’ medical and social history reports.

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

-HB 1504 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, adds the Accreditation Commission for Health Care among those entities that may issue complaints regarding home care agencies.

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

-HB 1249 by Rep. Wade Rousselot, removes language allowing persons in the sole process of retrieving their domestic livestock or other animals to enter land of another.

• The House met Monday and approved the following bills:

-SB 160 by Sen. David Holt, creates the Municipal Motor Vehicle Racing Act.

-SB 16 by Sen. Don Barrington, makes salary increases optional for county officials.

-SB 157 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires re-evaluation of peace officers if there is a break in service greater than five years or CLEET determines he or she may present a danger to himself or herself, the public, or a family or household member.

-SB 137 by Sen. John Ford, adds Bachelors and Associates degrees to the achievement credit programs within the Department of Corrections.

-SB 131 by Sen. Clark Jolley, adds the phrase "pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act" to the section of CLEET dealing with the hearing of a peace officer under investigation.

-SB 943 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, states that Petitions regarding proceeding reviews will be delivered in person or mailed to the agency and proof of delivery or mailing will be filed and any party not named as a respondent had 10 days to respond after receipt of service.

-SB 940 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, mandates that appealable orders from the Supreme Court of Oklahoma must be served to the appellant rather than mailed.

-SB 527 by Sen. Brian Crain, increases the judgment creditors cost of an attorney from $75 to $100 which will also be taxed.

-SB 102 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows for foreclosure as the exclusive method of enforcing a lien for non-payment on a loan.

• House committees approved the following measures on Monday:

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

-SB 852 by Sen. Clark Jolley, defines multi-unit structure for the purposes of the Sex Offender Registration Act.

-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 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 529 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act.

-SB 953 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, requires a driver’s license reinstatement fee of $50.

-SB 180 by Sen. Susan Paddack, allows the Department of Corrections to contract with physicians and other providers of inpatient and outpatient health care services, to deliver health care beyond the professional capabilities of the agency.

-SB 363 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, prohibits the state fire marshal from engaging in other business that may be a conflict of interest with duties of the state fire marshal.

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

-SB 395 by Sen. Bill Brown, requires the Honor and Remember Flag to be displayed upon the death of an Oklahoma soldier in combat.

-SB 253 by Sen. Bill Brown, designates Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day.

-SB 138 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, directs the Department of Public Safety to make space available on the front or back of a driver license and identification card for a flag emblem to serve as a notation of veteran status.

-SB 902 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, creates the Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Franchise Act.

-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 825 by Sen. Susan Paddack, provides for payment of tuition or resident tuition under the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program for certain students in nonprofit residential child care facilities.

-SB 275 by Sen. Eddie Fields, permits federal grant money applied for on behalf of a school district to be disbursed directly to an interlocal cooperative with the consent of school districts that comprise the interlocal agreement.

-SB 252 by Sen. Corey Holland, allows a school district to reimburse employees for the cost of a criminal history search.

-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 109 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, requires principals and assistant principals to develop professional development programs and submit plans to the school district superintendent for approval.

-SB 256 by Sen. John Ford, allows any charter school, which chooses to lease property to by eligible to receive current government lease rates.

-SB 279 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, expands the list of purposes for which school districts may issue bonds to include the maintenance of school furniture.

-SB 664 by Sen. Eddie Fields, adjusts the percentage certain school districts may dedicate to administrative expenditures.

 

 

Tuesday, March 29

• The Senate approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-HB 1411 by Rep. Doug Cox, allows pharmacies to maintain controlled dangerous substances in certain emergency medication kits.

-HB 1197 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, creates the Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force.

-HB 1666 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, mandates that the cost of signs naming highways and bridges shall be paid by the group sponsoring or requesting the sign.

-HB 1321 by Rep. Harold Wright, prohibits advertisements or promotions for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission to involve children on any manner.

• Senate committees approved the following measures on Tuesday:

- HB 1044 by Rep. George Faught, requires state entities promulgating rules to cite state or federal authority for the changes. -HB 2038 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, expands the duties of the administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Court.

-HB 1209 by Rep. Dan Kirby, exempts from liability for damages, except acts of gross negligence or willful or wanton negligence, any physician acting as a ring official at an event sanctioned by the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission who renders or attempts to render emergency care to an injured participant in need of immediate medical aid.

-HB 1218 by Rep. Dan Kirby, removes language exempting counties that maintain a juvenile bureau under the provisions of the Oklahoma Juvenile Code from provisions relating to employment of juvenile officers, salary limits, travel reimbursement and contracts with court-appointed special advocate programs.

-HB 1296 by Rep. David Derby, requires a written consent of the owners before the governing body of a city or town may annex any territory adjacent or contiguous to the city.

-HB 1319 by Rep. Harold Wright, creates the Mark McGee Act of 2011.

-HB 1358 by Rep. Ron Peters, modifies language related to the issuance of orders, directing that if a defendant is incarcerated, the order is to remain in full force and effect during the incarceration and it shall not be included in the calculation of the three-year time limitation for the order.

-HB 1361 by Rep. Ron Peters, modifies the definition of “Oklahoma assets” under the Family Wealth Preservation Trust Act.

-HB 1606 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, states that the mother of a child born out of wedlock has custody of the child until determined otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction.

-HB 1464 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies language related to Oklahoma Tax Commission hearings.

-HB 1230 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, modifies requirements for applications for certificates of title for salvaged, rebuilt, junked, classic, remanufactured and unrecovered theft vehicles.

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

-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 1954 by Rep. Skye, McNiel, provides a sales tax exemption on the sales of goods, wares, merchandise, tangible personal property, machinery and equipment to any person making purchases on behalf of a manufacturer for use in a manufacturing operation.

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

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

-HB 1061 by Rep. Mike Sanders, permits rear facing flashing red and blue lights to be used on vehicles or machinery owned or operated by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation or the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority when engaged in emergency work or the construction or maintenance of highways.

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

-HB 2049 by Rep. Lewis Moore, designates State Highway 66 as the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail.

• The House approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-SB 862 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, deletes language regarding tortfeasor liability and modifies certain liability in a civil action based on fault and not arising out of contract.

-SB 865 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, states that the Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions shall include an instruction notifying the jury that no part of an award for damages for personal injury or wrongful death is subject to federal or state income tax.

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

• House committees approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-SB 701 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, allows the surviving next of kin of a person to obtain copies of medical records, including x-rays or other photographic images of a patient.

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

-SB 126 by Sen. Don Barrington, prohibits a bus driver, regardless of whether the bus is occupied, from crossing a railroad track or tracks at grade unless he or she stops within 50 feet of and not closer than 15 feet to the tracks, listens and looks in each direction and ascertains no train is approaching.

-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 11 by Sen. Jim Halligan, designates a section of State Highway 177 from the intersection of State Highway 33 in Perkins north to the Stillwater municipal limits as "Major Scott Hagerty USAR Memorial 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 as the "Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge."

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

-SB 304 by Sen. David Holt, designates the southbound bridge on U.S. 722/U.S. 281 crossing the Red River as "President George W. Bush Bridge."

-SB 435 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies the membership of the State Board of Education.

-SB 1 by Sen. John Ford, removes language concerning pre-termination hearings for career teachers.

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

-SB 610 by Sen. John Ford, exempts students who have received an Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program benefit award prior to the 2012-2013 school year from achieving a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for courses taken through the student’s sophomore year and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for courses taken during the student’s junior year and thereafter.

-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 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 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 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 change the authority or any of its authorized agents any fees for the processing of claims or eligibility requests.

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

 

 

Wednesday, March 30

• The Senate approved the following measures Wednesday:

-HB 1008 by Rep. Skye McNiel, places a Jan. 1, 2015 end date on tax credits for tuition reimbursed from a qualified aerospace employer to a qualified employee.

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

• Senate committees met Wednesday, approving the following legislation:

-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 1035 by Rep. Jason Murphey, requires state agencies to use the Trip Optimizer system for vehicles used by state employees when the travel exceeds 100 miles per day and the employee is not driving a state-owned or state-leased dedicated vehicle.

-HB 1512 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, creates the Deferred Maintenance Revolving Fund for the Department of Central Services.

-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 1414 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, creates the Council on Judicial Complaints Revolving Fund.

-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 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 1415 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, modifies language related to the Legal Services Revolving Fund.

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

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

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

-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, the Board of Health or other standards.

-HB 1275 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act.

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

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

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

-HB 1750 by Rep. Jason Nelson, prohibits a public employee from using their position to coerce support for political causes.

-HB 1225 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, directs parties submitting an initiative petition that requires a funding source to submit to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General a statement outlining all sources of funding to be used in the measure.

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

-HB 1615 by Rep. Gary Banz, moves from the last Tuesday in July to the last Tuesday in June the date of the primary election in even-numbered years for Oklahoma offices.

-HB 1555 by Rep. Fred Jordan, allows the presiding judge of each judicial district to establish a veterans’ treatment court program.

-HB 1343 by Rep. Eric Proctor, sets the requirements for a student to be eligible to participate in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program and to qualify for an award.

-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 of good order and discipline in the armed forces to be punished as a court martial may direct.

• The House approved the following measures on Wednesday:

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

-SB 130 by Sen. Jim Reynolds, modifies the County Budget Act.

-SB 179 by Sen. Brian Crain, modifies language under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

-SB 187 by Sen. Harry Coates, allows a sheriff or Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training-certified deputy sheriff to accompany a reserve force deputy sheriff in the performance of duties.

-SB 263 by Sen. Susan Paddack, establishes minimum requirements for mandatory continuing education for licensed private investigators and security guards to include 24 clock hours of required attendance during the licensing period at accredited educational functions.

-SB 282 by Sen. David Holt, requires any person subject to the Sex Offenders Registration Act or the Mary Rippy Act who has an out-of-state conviction that requires registration to provide law enforcement agencies where the offender intends to reside with a certified copy of the offender’s judgment and sentencing report within 30 days of the offender’s initial registration with Oklahoma.

-SB 339 by Sen. Cliff Branan, modifies language related to vegetation management.

-SB 443 by Sen. Andrew Rice, adds language concerning bicycle and motorcycle safety to the examination for Class A, B, C, or D driver’s licenses.

• House committees approved the following bills on Wednesday:

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

-SB 228 by Sen. Ron Justice, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Agricultural Code.

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

-SB 850 by Sen. Greg Treat, requires agencies filing rules under the Administrative Procedures Act to provide the citation to any federal or state law, court ruling or any other authority requiring the new rule or amended rule at the beginning of each rule.

-SB 542 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates the Business and Economic Development Rule Review Task Force, laying out membership requirements and stating the purpose of the task force.

-SJR 25 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, proposes a constitutional amendment that would remove the Governor from the parole process.

-SB 214 by Sen. Sean Burrage, requires any person disqualified as a member of a county election board or absentee voting board due to candidacy or employment by a candidate to resign the office no later than 10 days after the date on which candidacy was filed.

-SB 91 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, requires candidates filing declaration of candidacy documents fro 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 56 by Sen. Sean Burrage, creates a War Veterans Commission of Oklahoma.

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

-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 536 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, creates a Task Force on Creating Administrative Efficiencies.

-SB 603 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates a Endangered Species and Economic Development Task Force.

-SB 658 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates a joint legislative task force to study and identify amendments and modifications to laws relating to low-point and high-point beer and wine sold in grocery stores.

-SB 929 by Sen. Dan Newberry, creates a task force to study the consolidation of professional and occupational licensing functions.

-SJR 16 by Sen. John Sparks, proposes a constitutional amendment allowing a disabled veteran to claim a homestead exemption for the full amount of a manufactured home used as his or her principal residence whether the home is located on real property owned by the veteran if he or she has been honorably discharged from active service in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Oklahoma National Guard and has a 100 percent permanent disability sustained through military action or accident or resulting from disease contracted while in active service.

-SB 115 by Sen. Thomas Ivester, creates the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act.

-SB 591 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates an Oklahoma Recycling Task Force.

-SB 931 by Sen. Brian Bingman, requires the State Election Board to be comprised of three members and two alternate members.

-SB 377 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires the Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System to establish an investment committee.

-SB 794 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies contribution rates and retirement benefits for elected officials participating in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

-SB 782 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, allows the legislative actuary until the end of the year to complete actuarial investigation of a retirement bill having a fiscal impact.

-SB 194 by Sen. David Myers, modifies retirement options under the Teachers Retirement System.

-SB 840 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, adds language that requires petitions for judicial review of individual proceedings under the Administrative Procedures Act involving the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

-SB 270 by Sen. Sean Burrage, requires any person who performs any audit to do so in accordance with Statements on Auditing Standards.

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

-SB 571 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the state to sell property that is customarily sold on a recognized market or a type which is subject to widely distributed standard price quotations without notice by publication.

-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 267 by Sen. David Holt, 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 Act.

-SB 426 by Sen. Bill Brown, permits the governing body of a technology center to delegate approval of change orders up to $40,000 or 10 percent of any contract.

-SB 54 by Sen. Ron Justice, removes language regarding qualifications for district attorneys.

-SB 117 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, requires a candidate for the office of county commissioner to have been a registered voter within the county commissioner district and a resident in such district at least six months prior to the first day of the candidate filing period.

-SB 237 by Sen. Kim David, adds language to an act related to uniform controlled dangerous substances.

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

-SB 956 by Sen. Dan Newberry, directs the Department of Corrections to make any first-time, 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.

-SB 325 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies the definition of “all-terrain vehicle” under the Oklahoma Vehicle License and Registration Act and adds a definition of “recreational off-highway vehicle.”

-SB 416 by Sen. Susan Paddack, modifies the duties of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

-SB 532 by Sen. Tom Ivester, requires any motor vehicle of any size 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 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.

 

 

Thursday, March 31

• The Senate approved the following measures Thursday:

-HB 1380 by Rep. Corey Holland, eliminate trial de novo for teachers.

-HB 2139 by Rep. Kris Steele, directs the state superintendent of public instruction to have control of and direct the State Department of Education.

-HB 1638 by Rep. Charles Ortega, allows the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to enter into contracts with licensed mental health professionals.

-HB 1374 by Rep. Corey Hollans, authorizes the State Textbook Committee to extends contracts of a two-year period with those on the state adopted textbook list.