The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, March 18 to Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monday, March 18

• The Senate met Monday, but did not approve any legislation.


• Senate committees approved the following bills Monday:

-HB 1294 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, requires that information regarding school dropouts be made available to the Military Department for use in its youth education programs.

-HB 1303 by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, allows any person under eighteen who passed a reading proficiency exam for driver licensing completed in another state to submit the test to the State Department of Education for verification and approval.

-HB 1335 by Rep. James Lockhart, provides for refunds to teachers for examinations if a company that provides exams fails to provide results prior to charging for the next exam.

-HB 1422 by Rep. Tommy Hardin, allows students who have been harassed, intimidated or bullied to request an emergency transfer to a new school.

-HB 2101 by Rep. William Fourkiller, modifies language relating to the self-administration of asthma medication.

-HB 1038 by Rep. Dennis Casey, amends the curriculum requirements for high school graduation.

-HB 1528 by Rep. Gary Banz, states that teachers cannot be hired on multiple temporary contracts that are for more than four semesters.

-HB 1883 by Rep. Don Armes, modifies language relating to the Commissioners of the Land Office Revolving Fund.

-HB 1999 by Rep. Skye McNeil, modifies language relating to the sale of horsemeat.

-HB 1359 by Rep. Brian Renegar, requires any facility that maintains ten or more dogs and cats for impounding or harboring purposes to apply for a license to operate an animal shelter.

-HB 1740 by Rep. Harold Wright, prohibits scrap metal dealers from entering into cash transactions in excess of $1,000.

• The House convened Monday, approving the following resolution:

-HR 1009 by Rep. Joe Dorman, declares March, 2013, as American Red Cross Month.

• House committees approved the following bills on Monday:

-SB 101 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Task Force on State Services for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome.

-SB 521 by Sen. Greg Treat, authorizes the creation of a plan to develop a program to improve the effectiveness of child welfare specialists.

-SB 688 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, develops a multidisciplinary child abuse investigation team.

-SB 917 by Sen. Kim David, changes and modifies requirements for certain child care facilities.

Tuesday, March 19

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving numerous the following resolution:

-HCR 1005 by Rep. Don Armes, designates March 19, 2013, as Water Appreciation Day at the State Capitol.


• Senate committees approved the following measures Tuesday:

-HB 1009 by Rep. Mike Brown, modifies definitions relating to private air strips.

-HB 1058 by Rep. Sally Kern, provides that a court may enter an order for expungement of law enforcement and court records relating to a charge or conviction for a prostitution-related offense committed as a result of the defendant having been a victim of human trafficking.

-HB 1508 by Rep. Pam Peterson, modifies language relating to the subpoena of witnesses in certain cases.

-HB 1039 by Rep. Dennis Casey, amends language relating to special events and farmers markets.

-HB 1351 by Rep. Marian Cooksey, creates the Deer Creek School District License Plate.

-HB 1352 by Rep. Marian Cooksey, creates the Legion of Merit Medal License Plate.

-HB 1399 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies the eligibility to obtain a direct payment permit to include every person who makes purchases of $800,000 or more annually tin taxable items for use in Oklahoma enterprises.

-HB 2097 by Rep. Mike Jackson, modifies language relating to cigars and tobacco products.

-HB 1509 by Rep. Pam Peterson, modifies language regarding statements by a person who has not reached the age of 13.

-HB 1511 by Rep. Pam Peterson, prohibits the registration of information submitted to libraries by minors.

-HB 1547 by Rep. Mark McCullough, increases the value of an estate eligible for summary administration.

-HB 1882 by Rep. Todd Russ, creates the Space Flight Liability and Immunity Act.

-HB 2072 by Rep. Dan Fisher, creates Rachel’s Law, modifying language relating to foreign defamation judgments.

-HB 2166 by Rep. Jon Echols, modifies language relating to contempt for failure to pay child support.

• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following resolution:

-HCR 1005 by Rep. Don Armes, declares March 19, 2013, as Water Appreciation Day at the State Capitol.


• The House Committees advanced the following bills Tuesday:

-SB 933 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, increases the punishment for offenders who violate the terms of the Sex Offenders Registration Act.

-SB 1036 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, clarifies language related the conduct of a separate sentencing proceeding to determine whether the defendant should be sentenced to death, life imprisonment without parole or life imprisonment when the state is seeking the death penalty.

-SB 301 by Sen. Rob Standridge, creates the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.

-SB 369 by Sen. Tom Ivester, adds powers of attorney and advance health care directives to the list of relevant documents that shall accompany any person required to undergo a mental health evaluation to the place where the mental health evaluation is to be conducted.

-SB 372 by Sen. Susan Paddack, removes the requirement that a copy of Form 990 be filed by a charitable organization for the most recently completed fiscal year.

-SB 549 by Sen. Greg Treat, modifies language in the Oklahoma Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

-SB 580 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, amends language relating to admissibility of evidence.

-SB 929 by Sen. Kim David, allows a child upon attaining eighteen years of age or older to have access to their OJA agency records under certain circumstances.

-SB 942 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, adds language concerning a fire that is the result of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture meth to the murder in the first degree statute.

-SB 1080 by Sen. Rob Johnson, requires post-judgment interest be calculated at the contractual rate.


Wednesday, March 20

• The Senate approved the following resolutions Wednesday:

-SR 5 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, congratulates Regan Ward, 2013 Millrose Games qualifier.

-SB 9 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, proclaims March 20, 2013, as Oklahoma Nonprofit Day.

-SR 13 by Sen. Brian Bingman, praises the life of former University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis.

-HCR 1006 by Rep. Lee Denney, proclaims March 20, 2013, as Girl Scout Day in Oklahoma.


• Senate committees approved the following bills Wednesday:

-SJR 35 by Sen. Ron Justice, approves rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Board.

• The House met Wednesday, approving the following resolutions:

-HCR 1006 by Rep. Lee Denney, proclaims March 20, 2013, as Girl Scouts Day in Oklahoma.


• House committees approved the following bills Wednesday:

-SB 1111 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Teachers’ Retirement System Cost-of-Living Adjustment Revolving Fund.

-SB 1074 by Sen. Dan Newberry, repeals language pertaining to statutory entities.

-SB 35 by Sen. Mike Schulz, extends the sunset date of the Oklahoma Sorghum Commission.

-SB 520 by Sen. Dan Newberry, amends language regarding supervised lenders.

-SB 817 by Sen. Dan Newberry, amends language relating to the Consumer Credit Code.

-SB 1053 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies the information that must be provided to register as a roofing contractor.

-SB 1096 by Sen. Bill Brown, modifies references to the Internal Revenue Code concerning the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.

-SB 1101 by Sen. Don Barrington, modifies references to the Internal Revenue Code concerning the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.


Thursday, March 21

• The Senate met Thursday, but considered no legislation.