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

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

-SB 610 by Sen. John Ford, exempts students who have received an Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program benefit award 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.

-HB 1332 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, in certain cases.


• Senate committees approved numerous measures on Monday.

• The House met Monday approving the following measures:

-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.

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

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

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

-HB 1079 by Rep. Scott Martin, creates the Electric Utility Data Protection Act.

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

-HB 1243 by Rep. 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 pose substantial risk of immediate physical harm to himself or herself.

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

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

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

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

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

-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.

• House conference committees approved numerous measures on Monday.

Tuesday, May 17

• The Senate approved numerous budget-related measures and the following bills on Tuesday:

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

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

-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.

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

-SB 260 by Sen. John Ford, creates the John W. Bryant Charter School Sponsoring Commission Act.

-SB 280 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, clarifies that the State Board of Education’s rules for online curriculum are to provide for implementation of supplemental online courses.

-SB 738 by Sen. Mike Schulz, allows the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Commission to contract for services necessary to carry out the purpose and provisions of the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Research, Marketing and Safety Act.

-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 1079 by Rep. Scott Martin, creates the Electric Utility Data Protection Act.

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

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

-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 pose substantial risk of immediate physical harm to himself or herself.

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

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

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

• Senate committees approved numerous measures on Tuesday.


• The House convened Tuesday, approving numerous budget measures and the following bills:

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

-SB 264 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Allowing Local Administrators More Options Act.

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

-SB 772 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes the Oklahoma State Government Business Licensing One-Stop Program.

-HB 1465 by Rep. Dennis 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 1062 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, allows any participant in a state health insurance plan to opt out of the plan, provided they have proof of other coverage.

-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 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, but cumulative amounts transferred cannot exceed the cumulative amount of equal monthly allotments of appropriations from the General Revenue Fund.

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

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

-HB 1304 by Rep. David Derby, creates the Information Technology Consolidation and Coordination Act.

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

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

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

-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 any state agency.

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

-HB 2032 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language related to counties establishing retirement funds, changing reference to a minimum 500,000 population to a 675,000 population.

-HB 2156 by Rep. Jason Murphey, modifies how legislation moves between houses during the legislative process.


• House conference committees approved numerous measures on Tuesday.


Wednesday, May 18

• The Senate approved the following measures on Wednesday:

-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.

-SB 1304 by Rep. David Derby, freezes spending on information technology projects and consolidates state information technology services.

-SB 878 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, rewrites and recodifies workers compensation statutes under the Workers’ Compensation Code.

-SB 91 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, modifies information required on a declaration of candidacy.

-SB 96 by Sen. Harry Coates, modifies the Public Competitive Bidding Act.

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

-SB 123 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to conduct hearings related to sales tax permits issued to do business in at least two locations in the state and adds 10 additional sale and use tax audit and/or enforcement personnel.

-SB 154 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the 21st Century Quality Jobs Incentive Act.

-SB 175 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, directs the chair of the Statewide 911 Advisory Board within 30 days of the effective date of the act to call a meeting to order to produce specific recommendations regarding setting the amount charged for fees that are currently provided in law for the 911 system and any need for additional fees to adequately maintain current systems and to uniformly provide the highest levels of technology for emergency 911 systems throughout the state.

-SB 247 by Sen. Kim David, modifies language regarding the placement of a child who has been adjudicated by the court as a delinquent child and committed to the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

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

-SB 398 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, allows a contract or agreement to purchase any consumer goods or services pursuant to an unsolicited message made by an automatic dialing device without the use of a live operator to be voided at the option of the consumer unless it has been memorialized in writing.

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

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

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

-SB 729 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires a $1 per day penalty for delinquently registered vehicles or delinquent vehicle excise tax of which 50 cents must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2011, and in the State Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund for all subsequent fiscal years.

-SB 772 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates a Business and Professional License Facilitation Task Force.

-SB 782 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, extends the date by which the legislative actuary must complete an actuarial investigation of a retirement bill having a fiscal impact.

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

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

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

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

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

-HB 1304 by Rep. David Derby, creates the Information Technology Consolidation and Coordination 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 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 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 2032 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies language related to counties establishing retirement funds, changing reference to a minimum 500,000 population to a 675,000 population.

-HB 2156 by Rep. Jason Murphey, modifies how legislation moves between houses during the legislative process.


• Senate committees approved numerous measures Wednesday.

• The House met Wednesday, approving the following legislation:

-HB 2140 by Rep. Kris Steele, creates the State Government Administrative Process Consolidation and Reorganization Reform Act of 2011.

-HB 2172 by Rep. Scott Martin, transfers all powers, duties and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission to the Oklahoma Native American liaison.

-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 tax year in which an act occurs that allows the tax credit to eventually be transferred or allocated.

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

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

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

-HB 1062 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, allows any participant in a state health insurance plan to opt out of the plan, provided they have proof of other coverage.

-HB 1226 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, requires any portion of real property acquired by a state entity by eminent domain that is unused is to be declared surplus and first offered for resale to the original owner or heirs at the appraised value or original price at which the property was acquired, whichever is less.

-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 1418 by Rep. Dennis Casey, states that a district board of education’s policy may permit temporary employment of a prospective employee for a maximum of 60 days.

-HB 1475 by Rep. Don Armes, clarifies that every retail sale of fireworks by a wholesaler, distributor, manufacturer or a retailer is subject to the levy and collection of sales tax.

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

-HB 1601 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, establishes the Oklahoma State Government Business Licensing One-Stop Program.

-HB 1603 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, directs a court to determine custody and visitation under the Military Custody and Visitation Act.

-HB 1743 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, creates the Nonconsensual Towing Act of 2011 to be applicable to every wrecker operating within the state removing and storing vehicles from Oklahoma roads and highways or private property as a result of a nonconsensual tow.

-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 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 1990 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies the definition of “transportation project or system” as it relates to local transportation authorities.

-HB 2072 by Rep. Charles Key, requires the insurance commission to review and analyze each application requesting to be admitted to transact insurance in the state with a focus on identification and evaluation of the business and strategic plans of the applicant.

-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 2184 by Rep. Scott Martin, directs the Department of Human Services to develop a plan that contains targeted dates to change or discontinue the operation of state-administered resource centers.

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


• House conference committees approved numerous bills Wednesday.

Thursday, May 19

• The Senate approved the following measures on Thursday:

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

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

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

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

-SB 278 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, allows a charter school to be sponsored by the State Board of Education only when the applicant of the charter school is the Office of Juvenile Affairs or the applicant has a contract with the Office of Juvenile Affairs to provide a fixed rate level E, D or D+ group home service.

-SB 510 by Sen. Steve Russell, defines “relative adoption”.

-SB 521 by Sen. Brian Crain, defines an “interest in real estate” as any estate or interest in, over, or under land, including surface, minerals, structures and fixtures.

-SB 614 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows a municipality that has enacted a sales tax ordinance to impose a $1,250 maximum fine and costs for willful failure of a vendor to collect or remit the full amount of applicable taxes and penalties due to otherwise comply with the provisions of the ordinance.

-SB 671 by Sen. Clark Jolley, abolishes the Board of Mediological Investigations and creates the Board of Forensic Medical Examinations.

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

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

-HB 1062 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, allows any participant in a state health insurance plan to opt out of the plan, provided they have proof of other coverage.

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

-HB 1226 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, requires any portion of real property acquired by a state entity by eminent domain that is unused is to be declared surplus and first offered for resale to the original owner or heirs at the appraised value or original price at which the property was acquired, whichever is less.

-HB 1230 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, states that when an insurer requests a salvage or junk title in the name of the insurer resulting from the settlement of a total loss claim and upon presentation of appropriate proof of loss documentation as required by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the transfer may be processed as one title transaction, without first requiring issuance of a replacement certificate of title in the name of the vehicle owner.

-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 tax year in which an act occurs that allows the tax credit to eventually be transferred or allocated.

-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 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 any state agency.

-HB 1418 by Rep. Dennis Ray Casey, states that a district board of edcation’s policy may permit temporary employment of a prospective employee for a maximum of 60 days.

-HB 1475 by Rep. Don Armes, clarifies that every retail sale of fireworks by a wholesaler, distributor, manufacturer or a retailer is subject to the levy and collection of sales tax.

-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 of owners.

-HB 1601 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, establishes the Oklahoma State Government Business Licensing One-Stop Program.

-HB 1512 by Rep. Guy Liebmann, creates the Deferred Maintenance Revolving Fund.

-HB 1603 by Rep. Aaron Stiles, creates the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act.

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

-HB 1743 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, creates the Nonconsensual Towing Act of 2011 to be applicable to every wrecker operating within the state removing and storing vehicles from Oklahoma roads and highways or private property as a result of a nonconsensual tow.

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

-HB 1852 by Rep. Jabar Shumate, directs the Oklahoma Tax Commission to include on state tax forms an opportunity for a taxpayer to donate to the Public School Classroom Support Revolving Fund.

-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 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 1990 by Rep. Daniel Sullivan, modifies the definition of “transportation project or system” as it relates to local transportation authorities.

-HB 2072 by Rep. Charles Key, requires the Insurance Commissioner to review and analyze each application requesting to be admitted to transact insurance in the state.

-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.

• Senate committees approved numerous measures on Thursday.

• The House met Thursday, approving the following legislation:

-SB 123 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to conduct hearings related to sales tax permits issued to do business in at least two locations in the state and adds 10 additional sale and use tax audit and/or enforcement personnel as soon as practicable.

-SB 242 by Sen. Cliff Branan, creates the 2011 Shale Reservoir Development Act.

-SB 272 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, limits the amount of damages someone may recover in a civil action arising out of a vehicle accident to the amount of medical costs, property damage and lost income if the plaintiff or claimant is not in compliance with the Compulsory Insurance Law.

-SB 154 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the 21st Century Quality Jobs Incentive Act.

-SB 729 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires a $1 per day penalty for delinquently registered vehicles or delinquent vehicle excise tax of which 50 cents must be deposited in the General Revenue Fund for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2011.

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

-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.

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

-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 247 by Sen. Kim David, modifies language regarding the placement of a child who has been adjudicated by the court as a delinquent child and committed to the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

-SB 272 by Sen. Cliff Aldridge, limits the amount of damages someone may recover in a civil action arising out of a vehicle accident to the amount of medical costs, property damage and lost income if the plaintiff or claimant is not in compliance with the Compulsory Insurance Law.

-SB 278 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, allows a charter school to be sponsored by the State Board of Education only when the applicant of the charter school is the Office of Juvenile Affairs or the applicant has a contract with the Office of Juvenile Affairs to provide a fixed rate level E, D or D+ group home service.

-SB 280 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, clarifies the State Board of Education’s rules for online curriculum are to provide for the implementation of supplemental online courses.

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

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

-SB 510 by Sen. Steve Russell, modifies the definition of “direct placement adoption”.

-SB 597 by Sen. Brian Bingman, clarifies that certain groundwater restrictions do not apply to the taking, using or disposal of water trapped in producing mines outside of a sensitive sole source groundwater basin or subbasin.

-SB 772 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates a Business and Professional License Facilitation Task Force.

-SB 782 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, extends the date by which the legislative actuary must complete an actuarial investigation of a retirement bill having a fiscal impact.

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

-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.

• House committees approved numerous bills Thursday.


Friday, May 20

• The Senate approved the following measures on Thursday:


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

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

-SB 952 by Sen. Jonathan Nichols, adds domestic assault with the intent to do bodily harm with any kind of weapons will be guilty of domestic assault or battery with a dangerous weapon.

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

-HB 2184 by Rep. Earl Sears, requires that the Department of Health develop a plan and dates for the change or discontinuation of state-administered resource centers.

-HB 2172 by Rep. Earl Sears, transferring powers, duties, functions and responsibilities of the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission to the Oklahoma Native American Liaison.

-SB 264 by Sen. Clark Jolley, alters the Quality Assessment and Accountability Board’s Task Force.

-SB 761 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires an employer to provide an injured employee compensation for medical, surgical, and treatment services.

-SR 25 by Sen. Brian Bingman, congratulates Sen. Jim Reynolds for his service in the state Senate.

SB 260 by Sen. John Ford, removes issue bonds from the list of actions a governing body of a charter school cannot do.

-SB 750 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, clarifies language regarding applicability for certain agreements.

-SB 242 by Sen. Cliff Branan, new technologies in horizontal drilling allow for changing of spacing requirements found in current statutes.

-SR 27 by Sen. Cliff Branan, opposes the EPA Implementation Plan and supporting the state plan.

-HB 2140 by Sen. Kris Steele, consolidates various agencies.


Other News

• The state Treasurer’s monthly economic report shows continued growth in state revenue compared to prior year figures. During April, receipts to the state Treasury were 9.6 percent above those of April 2010.