The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13, 2011

Monday, May 9

• The Senate approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 794 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the definition of normal retirement age as it relates to public employees and elected officials in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

-SB 377 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the definition of “normal retirement age” to raise the normal retirement age from 62 to 65 for teachers in the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System.

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

-SB 637 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, directs the Oklahoma Board of Commercial Pet Breeders to adopt rules that establish a toll-free hotline for people to report cases of animal abuse and require the complainants to leave their names and phone numbers.

-SB 965 by Sen. Bill Brown, modifies language related to licenses issued by the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

-HJR 1045 by Rep. Brian Renegar, disapproves the Oklahoma State Board of Commercial Pet Breeders’ permanent rules pertaining to licensing applications for commercial pet breeders.


• Senate committees took no action on bills Monday.

• The House met Monday approving the following measures:

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

• House conference committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-HB 2145 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the State House of Representatives Redistricting Act of 2011.

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

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

Tuesday, May 10

• The Senate approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-SB 60 by Sen. Kim David, requires the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Grand River Dam Authority to meet at least once biennially during the first session of each new legislature.

-SB 756 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies the definition of employment to exclude service performed for an elementary or secondary school which is operated primarily for religious purposes.

-SB 11 by Sen. Jim Halligan, designates a section of State Highway 177 as Major Scott Hagerty USAR Memorial Highway.

-SB 200 by Sen. Jim Halligan, authorizes the Oklahoma Tax Commission to design and issue ovarian cancer awareness, pancreatic cancer awareness and Alzheimer’s disease awareness license plates.

-SB 2 by Sen. John Ford, requires the State Board of Education to adopt expected alternate year percentage growth targets for all public secondary schools and school districts.

-SB 239 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, requires that when a petition is to be circulated on a question that would require additional taxes, assessments or a continuation of 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 252 by Sen. Eddie Fields, directs school districts to promulgate a statement regarding the felony record search policy for that district.

-SB 285 by Sen. Kim David, exempts the Governor’s Mansion and its grounds from requirements to be posted with signs warning against trespass.

-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 one or more investigators.

-SB 420 by Sen. Eddie Fields, states legislative intent that an international airport in Oklahoma apply and receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Customs and Board Patrol to provide international and domestic livestock and livestock products import and export functions.

-SB 668 by Sen. Kim David, expands the definition of co-occurring disorder in the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors Act to also include a mental health order disorder that is deemed probably to become a substance abuse disorder without intervention.

-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.

• Senate committees approved the following legislation Tuesday:

-HB 2145 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the State House of Representatives Redistricting Act of 2011.

• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following bills:

-HB 2136 by Rep. Kris Steele, requires the Department of Human Services’ safety analysis to include a criminal background check that will consist of 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.


• House conference committees approved the following bills on Tuesday:

-HB 1652 by Rep. John Enns, exempts technology center school property from the places in which it is unlawful to carry a handgun.

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

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

-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.

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

-HB 1852 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, directs the Oklahoma Tax Commission to include on state, individual and corporate tax return forms for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2011, an opportunity for a taxpayer to donate to the Public School Classroom Support Revolving Fund created in the bill.

-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 1388 by Rep. Paul Roan, allows products and services provided by the Prison Industries Program of the Department of Corrections to be purchased by state agency.

-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.



Wednesday, May 11

• The Senate approved the following measures on Wednesday:

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

-SB 248 by Sen. Ron Justice, amends sections to give the Grand River Dam Authority the authority to regulate within the boundaries of the Grand River water district and its tributaries.

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

-SB 658 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the Legislature to create a joint task force to analyze amendments and modifications to state laws concerning low-point and high-point beer and wine offered for sale in grocery stores.

-SB 837 by Sen. Clark Jolley, includes labor unions in the definition of employers who can be sued for discrimination and abolishes common law remedies for employment-based discrimination.

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

-SB 674 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires that the Department of Human Services receive a criminal history check on any person wishing to establish or operate a child care facility.

-SB 629 by Sen. Clark Jolley, defines terms relating to carbon capture and storage practices.

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

-SB 574 by Sen. Clark Jolley, states that the Board of Dentistry must have all approved documents in order to issue any applicant a license.

-SB 571 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the State Treasurer to sell property in a safe deposit box without publication.

-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 593 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, mandates 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.

-SB 891 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the definition of nonfiscal retirement bill.


• Senate committees took no action Wednesday.

• The House met Wednesday, approving the following legislation:

-HB 1381 by Rep. Doug Cox, directs the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, after considering input and recommendations from the Hospital Advisory Committee, to assess hospitals licensed in Oklahoma a supplemental hospital offset payment program fee.

-HB 1322 by Rep. Harold Wright, prohibits an executor, administrator, trustee, beneficiary or other person benefiting from, acting in a fiduciary capacity for or otherwise administering a probate, intestate or trust estate from receiving any portion, share, gift or benefit from the estate if he or she has been convicted of embezzlement.

-HB 1489 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, modifies the Taxpayer Transparency Act, requiring that the Office of State Finance’s revenue website include a section specific to data on road funding.

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

-HB 1918 by Rep. Ann Coody, requires the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to develop and administer mathematics professional development programs to be provided to any teacher who became licensed or certified to teach in elementary education or early childhood education prior to July 1, 2001, and is serving as a teacher in public school in this state in kindergarten through the third grade, subject to the availability of funds.

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

-HB 1234 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, creates the Judge Gary Dean Courtroom Technology Act.

-HB 1338 by Rep. Brian Renegar, lowers from age 35 to 30 the minimum age at which a person may purchase or receive a hunting license or license tag unless he or she possess or can exhibit a certificate of competency and safety in the use of handling firearms from the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

• House conference committees approved the following bills Wednesday:

-HB 1953 by Rep. Skye McNiel, creates the Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund in the state treasury as a revolving fund for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

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

-HB 1002 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, removes reference to the Reserve for Investment Fluctuations Fund and the Membership Annuity Reserve Fund from the list of assets under the Teachers’ Retirement System.

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

-HB 1903 by Rep. Mike Jackson, requires the date of the postmark stamped on the cover in which a return, claim, statement or other document or payment filed with a county assessor to be the date of delivery or the date of payment.

-HB 1086 by Rep. Jason Murphey, creates the Transparency, Accountability and Innovation in Oklahoma State Government 2.0 Act of 2011.

-HB 1207 by Rep. Jason Murphey, creates the Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2011.


Thursday, May 12

• The Senate approved the following measures on Thursday:

-SB 778 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, creates the Independent Insurance Adjusters Licensing Act and specifies who can act as an independent insurance adjuster.

-SB 102 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, modifies loan repayment conditions under the Oklahoma Energy Independence Act, directing loans be repaid upon the terms agreed to by the property owner and county energy district authority.

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

-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 788 by Sen. Don Barrington, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System to comply with Internal Revenue Code.

-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.

-HB 1489 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, modifies the Taxpayer Transparency Act, requiring that no later than Jan. 1, 2012, the Office of State Finance’s revenue website include a section specific to data on road funding.

-HB 1918 by Rep. Ann Coody, requires the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to develop and administer mathematics professional development programs to be provided to any teacher who became licensed or certified to teach in elementary education or early childhood education prior to July 1, 2001, and is serving as a teacher in public school in this state in kindergarten through third grade, subject to the availability of funds.

• Senate committees approved the following measures Thursday:

-HB 2170 by Rep. Scott Martin, makes general appropriations to the executive, legislative and judicial departments of the state for fiscal year 2012.

-HB 1953 by Rep. Skye McNiel, creates the Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund.

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

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

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

-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 state agency.

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

-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 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 1852 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, directs the Oklahoma Tax Commission to include on state, individual and corporate tax return forms for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2011, an opportunity for a taxpayer to donate to the Public School Classroom Support Revolving Fund created in the bill.

-SB 123 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies language related to certification of qualification for certain income tax credits.

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

-SB 267 by Sen. David Holt, adds the economic impact of the acquisition on the Oklahoma economy or any local community economy by an Oklahoma-based company to the definition of best value criteria as used in the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.

-SB 729 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies requirements for applications for certificates of title for salvaged, rebuilt, junked, classic, remanufactured and unrecovered theft vehicles.

-SB 980 by Sen. Clark Jolley, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $40 million in obligations to acquire real property, construct buildings and make other improvements for the Native American cultural center and museum for the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority.

-HB 2177 by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies language related to the Voluntary Buyout Agency Reimbursement Revolving Fund.

-SB 972 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to the allocation of gross production tax revenue.

-SB 973 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the state finance director to transfer $120 million from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund to the Special Cash Fund.

-SB 974 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services to request through the Office of State Finance director the early transfer by the Oklahoma Tax Commission of tax collection to the General Revenue Fund to make early allocations to the department’s disbursing fund to alleviate cash-flow problems.

-SB 975 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the Office of State Finance Director to transfer monies appropriated from the General Revenue Fund and the 245 Fund of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to the OHCA disbursing funds in the amounts and ratios requested by the authority.

-SB 976 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language regarding apportionments to the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and Driver Safety Fund.

-SB 977 by Sen. Clark Jolley, sets the budget limit for the Public Utility Division of the Corporation Commission for fiscal year 2012.

-SB 978 by Sen. Clark Jolley, authorizes the State Department of Education rather than the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation to develop and administer training for residency committees and training for professional development institutes.

-SB 981 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the University Hospitals Authority to transfer $2 million from the funds appropriated in enrolled HB 2170 to the Oklahoma Institute for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Revolving Fund.

-HB 2171 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $70 million in obligations no earlier than Aug. 1, 2011, for support of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Construction Work Plan for federal fiscal years 2011 through 2018.

-HB 2172 by Rep. Scott Martin, transfers all powers, duties and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission to the Oklahoma Native American liaison created in the bill effective July 1, 2011.

-HB 2173 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the attorney general to collect all fines, penalties, restitution or interest accruing on any amount levied under the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act.

-HB 2174 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the administrative director of the courts, with the approval of the chief justice of the Supreme Court, to use amounts from the State Judicial Revolving Fund for any lawful purpose, including payment of recurring and nonrecurring administrative and operating expenses for the Supreme Court and district courts.

-HB 2175 by Rep. Scott Martin, provides a definition of “unable to employ counsel” under the Indigent Defense Act.

-HB 2176 by Rep. Scott Martin, creates the Department of Public Safety Restricted Revolving Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety for restricted purposes.

-HB 2178 by Rep. Scott Martin, removes language authorizing the Physician Manpower Training Commission to enter into contractual agreements with any qualified hospital that would accommodate a resident physician for six-month elective practices.

-HB 2179 by Rep. Scott Martin, changes reference from the Water Resources Board Revolving Fund to the Water Resources Board Fee Revolving Fund.

• The House met Thursday, approving the following legislation:

-HB 2145 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the State House of Representatives Redistricting Act of 2011 and repeals the State House of Representatives Redistricting Act of 2001.

-HB 1594 by Rep. Steve Martin, requires that any private transfer fee obligation of property that is recorded, filed or entered into in this state starting on the effective date of this bill to be void and not enforceable.

-HB 1854 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, states legislative intent that the State Regents for Higher Education adopt a policy for each institution within the State System of Higher Education that has a teacher education program that will require equal access for statewide professional educators’ association to students enrolled in the program.

• House committees approved the following bills Thursday:

-HB 2170 by Rep. Scott Martin, makes general appropriations to the executive, legislative and judicial departments of the state for fiscal year 2012.

-HB 1363 by Rep. Ron Peters, creates the Oklahoma Choices for Long-Term Care Act to allow older Oklahomans the opportunity to choose where they want to live and receive their services by providing the same presumptive eligibility based on a physician’s order for the Advantage program as for nursing facilities.

-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 to include those who place another person in reasonable fear of violent behavior directed towards the person or persons or serious physical harm to them as manifested by serious and immediate threats.

-SB 821 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates the State Senate Redistricting Act of 2011.

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

-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 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 1475 by Rep. Don Armes, prohibits exceptions or exemptions to the Oklahoma Sales Tax Code for sales of fireworks to consumers.

-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.

-SB 105 by Sen. Ron Justice, directs the State Board of Equalization to set a fee or schedule of fees to be used by county assessors for the search, production and copying in electronic or digital format of property data, administration files, sketches and pictures of real property maintained within the assessors’ computer systems.

-HB 1211 by Rep. Dan Kirby, creates Cody’s Law.

-HB 1559 by Rep. Fred Jordan, modifies the exceptions to attorney-client privilege communication, directing that communications between a public officer or agency and its attorney when sought by a multicounty grand jury or a grand jury as part of their investigations and in removal actions or criminal actions resulting from such investigation are not subject to privilege.

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

-HB 1507 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, creates Aaron’s Law.

-HB 1226 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, requires any portion of real property acquired by state entity by eminent domain that is unused within 15 years to be offered for resale to the original price at which the property was acquired.

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

-HB 2172 by Rep. Scott Martin, transfers all powers, duties and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission to the Oklahoma Native American liaison created in the bill effective July 1, 2011.

-SB 980 by Sen. Clark Jolley, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $40 million in obligations to acquire real property, construct buildings and make other improvements for the Native American cultural center and museum for the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority.

-HB 2171 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue $70 million in obligations no earlier than Aug. 1, 2011, for support of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Construction Work Plan for federal fiscal years 2011 through 2018.

-HB 2173 by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the attorney general to collect all fines, penalties, restitution or interest accruing on any amount levied under the Oklahoma Medicaid False Claims Act.

-HB 2174 by Rep. Scott Martin, provides a definition of “unable to employ counsel” under the Indigent Defense Act.

-HB 2176 by Rep. Scott Martin, creates the Department of Public Safety Restricted Revolving Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety for restricted purposes.

-HB 2177 by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies language related to the Voluntary Buyout Agency Reimbursement Revolving Fund.

-HB 2178 by Rep. Scott Martin, removes language authorizing the Physician Manpower Training Commission to enter into contractual agreements with any qualified hospital that would accommodate a resident physician for six-month elective practices.

-HB 2179 by Rep. Scott Martin, changes reference from the Water Resources Board Revolving Fund to the Water Resources Board Fee Revolving Fund.

-SB 973 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the state finance director to transfer $120 million from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund to the Special Cash Fund.

-SB 974 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services to request through the Office of State Finance Director the early transfer by the Oklahoma Tax Commission of tax collection to the General Revenue Fund to make early allocations to the department’s disbursing fund to alleviate cash-flow problems.

-SB 975 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the Office of State Finance Director to transfer monies appropriated from the General Revenue Fund and the 245 Fund of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to the OHCA disbursing funds in the amounts and rations requested by the authority.

-SB 977 by Sen. Clark Jolley, sets the budget limit for the Public Utility Division of the Corporation Commission at $5,480,480 for fiscal year 2012.

-SB 981 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the University Hospitals Authority to transfer $2 million from the funds appropriated in enrolled HB 2170 to the Oklahoma Institute for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Revolving Fund.


Friday, May 13

• The Senate approved the following measures on Thursday:


-SB 977 by Sen. Clark Jolley, sets the budget limit for the Public Utility Division of the Corporation Commission at $5,480,480 for fiscal year 2012.

-SB 981 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the University Hospitals Authority to transfer $2 million from the funds appropriated in enrolled HB 2170 to the Oklahoma Institute for Disaster and Emergency Medicine Revolving Fund.

-SB 821 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates the State Senate Redistricting Act of 2011.

-SB 975 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the Office of State Finance Director to transfer monies appropriated from the General Revenue Fund and the 245 Fund of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to the OHCA disbursing funds in the amounts and rations requested by the authority.

-SB 974 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the director of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services to request through the Office of State Finance Director the early transfer by the Oklahoma Tax Commission of tax collection to the General Revenue Fund to make early allocations to the department’s disbursing fund to alleviate cash-flow problems.

-SB 973 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the state finance director to transfer $120 million from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund to the Special Cash Fund.

-SB 972 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to the allocation of gross production tax revenue.

-HB 1917 by Rep. Ann Coody, modifies language adding interventions to services that schools can provide to students in relation to the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act.

-HB 1854 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, requires the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to adopt a policy for each higher education institution in the state to require equal access for statewide professional associations to students enrolled in the program.

-SB 228 by Sen. Ron Justice, states the applicator for damages to growing annual crops must file a complaint within 90 days.

 

Other News


• The Oklahoma Hall of Fame inducted its 2011 class on Thursday. Inductees included Gen. Tommy Franks, oil executive Harold Hamm, country singer Roger Miller, basketball player Marques Haynes, former Oklahoma first lady Cathy Keating, business leader Steve Malcom and presidential advisor Elizabeth Warren