The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25

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

• Senate committees approved the following bills Monday:

-HB 2228 by Rep. Joe Dorman, creates the Protect Against Pedophiles Act.

-HB 1914 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, creates the Public Agency Fee and Moratorium Justification and Disclosure Act.

-HB 2077 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, creates the Sooner Save Special Act.

-HB 1908 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, creates a public service announcement campaign to promote marriage as a tool against poverty.

-HB 1641 by Rep. Fred Jordan, requires the State Board of Health to amend its rules regarding the notification of communicable disease risk exposure.

-HB 1745 by Rep. Harold Wright, requires a resident of an assisted living center to disclose any third party provider of medical services or supplies prior to service delivery.

-HB 1109 by Rep. Ann Coody, authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to commission certified employees as peace officers.

-HB 1867 by Rep. Lisa Billy, requires the Department of Human Services to provide certain services.

-HB 2099 by Rep. Jason Nelson, creates the Children with Disabilities Comprehensive Systems of Services Fund Act of 2013.

-HB 1347 by Rep. Dan Kirby, requires each birthing facility to perform a pulse oximetry screening on every newborn in its care.

-HB 1909 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, amends language relating to food stamp eligibility.

-HB 1762 by Rep. Tommy Hardin, modifies the definition of extreme fire danger.

-HB 1914 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, creates the Public Agency Fee Moratorium.

-HB 1470 by Rep. Jason Murphey, creates the Executive Reform Act.

-HB 1990 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, creates the Public Facilities Act.

-HB 1081 by Rep. Mike Sanders, amends language relating to the Public Competitive Bidding Act of 1974.

-HB 1402 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies population requirements for elections.

-HB 1720 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, creates the Joint Legislative Committee on Accountability.

-HB 1910 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, creates the Asset Management Board.

-HB 1880 by Rep. Ann Coody, amends language relating to schools and the Education Leadership of Oklahoma program.

-HB 1233 by Rep. Ann Coody, requires the State Board of Education to issue a one year provisional certificate to teach in the area of mild-moderate or severe-profound disabilities to certain candidates.

• The House convened Monday, approving the following resolution:

-HR 1007 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, congratulates the Nation of Israel on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of its founding.

• House committees approved numerous bills including the following on Monday:

-SB 76 by Sen. Eddie Fields, increases the filing fee for declarations of candidacy.

-SB 470 by Sen. Earl Garrison, requires that members of county excise boards in all counties receive as compensation an amount established by the board of county commissioners for the county in which they serve.

-SB 630 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires any bid submissions made by a state agency or any political subdivision that substitute an item with one that is alike in quality and design or which meets the required specifications of the bid be considered and not be prohibited.

-SB 738 by Sen. John Sparks, amends language relating to public finance.

-SB 659 by Sen. Ron Justice, modifies language relating to motor vehicle registration.

-SB 629 by Sen. Frank Simpson, exempts any facility operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs under control of the Oklahoma War Veterans Commission from the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee.

-SJR 4 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, declares the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park located in Enid as the State of Oklahoma’s official Vietnam War Memorial.

-SB 330 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language related to the Compete with Canada Film Act.

-SB 166 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, repeals the income tax credits for the installation of wind or photovoltaic energy systems and for the sale of food service establishments for immunizations against Hepatitis A.

-SB 331 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the time period during which exemption for rolling stock is applicable as written under the sales tax exemptions measure.

-SB 332 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, eliminates gold and silver from the specified reporting requirements by the tax administration and eliminates language regarding the release of information on production.

-SB 341 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, amends language relating to the franchise tax.

-SB 343 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, eliminates language related to tax credits for investments in qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property.

-SB 387 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires Oklahoma Tax Commission employees to provide information required for a criminal history search.

-SB 503 by Sen. Jabar Shumate, creates the Booker T. Washington High School License Plate.

-SB 546 by Sen. Kyle Loveless, modifies language relating to motor vehicles and license plates.

-SB 645 by Sen. Mike Schulz, adds an aircraft purchased exclusively for the purpose of training relating to rotary-wing aircraft as exempt from excise tax levy.

-SB 678 by Sen. John Sparks, exempts from the excise tax any vehicle on which ownership is transferred by a repossessor directly back to the owner or owners from who the vehicle was repossessed, provided ownership be assigned by the repossessor within 30 days of the repossession title and it be identical to that reflected in the vehicle title record immediately prior to the repossession.

-SB 844 by Sen. Greg Treat, authorizes the Tax Commission to design and issue a Crossing Christian School license plate.

-SB 925 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, establishes a definition for power sports vehicle.

-SB 954 by Sen. Ron Justice, removes outdated language relating to assessors.

-SB 976 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies language related to the Oklahoma Quality Events Incentive Act.

-SJR 16 by Sen. John Sparks, allows a disable veteran to claim a homestead exemption for the full amount of a manufactured home owned and occupied by the disabled veteran as his or her principal residence.

-SB 33 by Sen. Ron Justice, eliminates the prohibition on the burning of any hazardous waste having a heating value of less than 5,000 BTU.

-SB 413 by Sen. Mike Schulz, removes outdated language related to public water supply systems.

-SB 489 by Sen. Frank Simpson, modifies language regarding records maintained by the Department of Environmental Quality.

-SB 969 by Sen. Cliff Branan, creates the Pipeline Safety Task force.

-SB 316 by Sen. John Ford, provides for teacher performance pay based upon evaluation scores.

-SB 226 by Sen. John Ford, allows students who fail to achieve the requirements necessary for a high school diploma to re-enroll in the school district that denied the student a diploma for remediation or intervention and the opportunity to retake the test until at least a proficient score is attained on the test or tests necessary to obtain a standard diploma.

-SB 436 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, authorizes the board of education of any school district which is contiguous to any other school district located in an adjacent state to enter into contracts with the board of education of the school district located in the adjacent state for the purpose of providing shared administrative services.

-SB 486 by Sen. Frank Simpson, creates the 9/11 G.I. Bill.

-SB 228 by Sen. Frank Simpson, creates the Quality Workforce for Oklahoma’s Heroes Act.

-SB 237 by Sen. Frank Simpson, states that facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will be exempt from the Nursing Facilities Quality of Care Fee.

-SB 527 by Sen. Brian Crain, authorizes the Advisory Committee on Medical Care for Public Assistance Recipients to establish and monitor a pilot program for training caregivers providing assistance to Oklahoma National Guard members suffering from PTSD.

-SB 578 by Sen. Brian Crain, creates the Oklahoma Department of Health Civil Monetary Penalty Revolving Fund.

-SB 640 by Sen. Brian Crain, amends language in the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003.


Tuesday, March 26

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1999 by Rep. Skye McNeil, would allow for the slaughter of horses in Oklahoma.

-SR 6 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, honors Paul Henry Carr and recognizes his contributions to the state and the country.


• Senate committees approved the following measures Tuesday:

-HB 1068 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Postconviction DNA Act.

-HB 2232 by Rep. Joe Dorman, requires each state individual income tax return to contain a provision to allow a donation to the Oklahoma Attorney General for the purpose of defending constitutional challenges to the Oklahoma statutes.

-HB 2005 by Rep. Skye McNiel, extends the income tax credit for investments in qualified clean burning motor vehicle property.

-HB 1416 by Rep. Elise Hall, amends language related to the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program Act.

-HB 1596 by Rep. Steve Vaughn, modifies the definition of resident for the purpose of any license.

-HB 1244 by Rep. Steve Martin, creates a one-day fishing license.

-HB 1426 by Rep. Scott Biggs, adds a requirement that hunters upon harvesting any whitetail deer check the wildlife at a Department of Wildlife Conservation check station for certain purposes.

-HB 2180 by Rep. Charles Joyner, creates the Oklahoma Railways Commission.

-HB 1985 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, creates the Oklahoma Port Task Force.

-HB 1060 by Rep. Sally Kern, establishes that any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision violates the public policy of Oklahoma and is void and unenforceable if based in whole or in part on foreign law.

-HB 1328 by Rep. Scott Biggs, modifies language relating to sex offenders.

• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following legislation:

-SB 1036 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, clarifies language related to the conduct of a separate sentencing proceeding to determine whether the defendant should be sentenced to death.

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

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


• The House Committees advanced the following bills Tuesday:

-SB 285 by Sen. Kim David, amends language relating to the authority of district attorneys.

-SB 655 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, clarifies the location of a bridge in Tulsa constructed by the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

-SB 70 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, permits certain highways to be considered for dedication in honor of individuals.

-SB 584 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates the Oklahoma Tourism and Passenger Rail Revolving Fund.

-SB 924 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, expands the duties of the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission.

-SB 164 by Sen. Jabar Shumate, reauthorizes the Sigma Gamma Rho license plate.

-SB 12 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, designates the bridge over Clear Boggy Creek on State Highway 48 as the “Specialist Howard Lee Jones Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 13 by Sen. Roger Ballenger, designates the section of State Highway 4 beginning at State Highway 37 and extending north to the South Canadian River as “Pikey’s Crossing Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 26 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, designates the bridge over Polecat Creek on U.S. Highway 75 as the “Specialist Dylan Johnson Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 52 by Sen. Susan Paddack, designates a section of State Highway 59 as the “Sergeant Bret Isenhower Memorial Highway.”

-SB 320 by Sen. Jabar Shumate, designates a section of State Highway 11 as the “Wayman Tisdale Memorial Highway.”

-SB 418 by Sen. Kyle Loveless, designates a portion of I-40 as the “Bill Swisher Memorial Highway.”

-SB 542 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, designates a section of U.S. Highway 70 as the “Wayne Crusoe Memorial Highway.”

-SB 878 by Sen. Don Barrington, designates the bridge over the South Canadian River on State Highway 4 as the “Pikey’s Crossing Memorial Bridge.”

-SB 156 by Sen. Jim Halligan, requires the State Regents for Higher Education to annually submit a report to the Legislature with information concerning all baccalaureate programs offered by the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

-SB 765 by Sen. Greg Treat, requires any health benefit plan that provides coverage and benefits for cancer treatment provide coverage of prescribed orally administered anticancer medications on a basis no less favorable than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications.

-SJR 8 by Sen. Brian Bingman, requests the president, vice-president and Congress work to eliminate or reform the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance tax and other Affordable Care Act taxes that create higher costs, reduce jobs, and decrease consumer choice.

-SB 254 by Sen. Kim David, modifies language concerning Medicaid.

-SB 272 by Sen. Kim David, modifies definitions relating to eligibility for Medicaid and Medicare.

-SB 451 by Sen. Susan Paddack, creates a Task Force on Chiropractic Procedures.

-SB 716 by Sen. Eddie Fields, creates the Oklahoma Honey Sales Act.

-SB 853 by Sen. Greg Treat, adds that the commissioner of health may require any hospital which provides diagnostic or treatment services for cancerous diseases and precancerous conditions to report any or all data and information necessary for the purposes of maintaining a tumor registry.

-SB 355 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, limits the validity of letters of guardianship as evidence of the transfer of the management or administration of all assets in certain cases.

-SB 820 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, amends language relating to courts.

-SB 250 by Sen. Brian Bingman, amends language relating to workers’ compensation provider reimbursement.

-SB 440 by Sen. Rob Johnson, clarifies language relating to judgments.

-SB 450 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, permits a defendant released upon personal recognizance to enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to the violation charged at any time before the defendant is required to appear for arraignment by using an electronic method provided by the court for such purposes, either through the court’s website or otherwise.

-SB 619 by Sen. Corey Brooks, requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to cancel the license of any cigarette or tobacco dealer who has been determined by any court to have violated the provisions of the Unfair Cigarette and Tobacco Product Sales Act.

-SB 633 by Sen. Corey Brooks, adds the requirement that an individual applying for a low-point beer permit verify on their application that they have not been convicted of violating the laws related to the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

-SB 988 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, removes “retained attorney” from the list of attorneys required to complete at least six hours of education and training annually in courses relating to juvenile law.

-SB 1030 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, requires the victims impact panel to be a live, in-person presentation.

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

-SB 256 by Sen. Brian Bingman, requires all public schools to conduct eight safety drills.

-SB 91 by Sen. Eddie Fields, requires a school district board of education member to obtain instruction on education issues in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Board of Education.

-SB 170 by Sen. John Ford, allows a teacher who is certified to teach at the secondary level to teach fifth grade for the subject area in which the teacher has received certification or endorsement.

-SB 199 by Sen. Corey Brooks, prohibits school district boards of education and administrators from inquiring, taking into consideration, or making a condition of employment whether or not the interviewee has children or where they plan to enroll said children.

-SB 207 by Sen. John Ford, allows teachers who receive superior or highly effective ratings to be evaluated once every two years instead of twice per year.

-SB 208 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, gives the board of education of each school district in the state the option to require students to complete intervention and prevention programs as provided by Youth Services Agencies in the state as part of an anti-bullying discipline plan.

-SB 244 by Sen. Clark Jolley, provides that any person who has been employed as a full-time teacher by a school district in Oklahoma who applies for employment as a full-time teacher in another school district in this state may not be required to have a national criminal history record check if the teacher produces a copy of a national criminal history record check completed within the previous five years and a letter from the school district in which the teacher was employed stating the teacher left in good standing.

-SB 251 by Sen. Earl Garrison, allows the Oklahoma School for the Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to be considered local education agencies solely for the purposes of purchasing, administering and obtaining test results.

-SB 431 by Sen. Ron Sharp, establishes a task force to study discipline procedures in public schools.


Wednesday, March 27

• The Senate approved the following resolutions Wednesday:

-SCR 14 by Sen. Constance N. Johnson, recognizes and celebrates March as National Women's History Month.

-SJR 35 by Sen. Ron Justice, approves permanent rules adopted by the Environmental Quality Board on February 22, 2013.

-SCR 12 by Sen. Ron Sharp, congratulates the 2013 American Showdown National Champions, the Choctaw High School Pom Squad.