The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11, 2013

Monday, April 8

• • The Senate met Monday, approving the following resolutions.

-HB 1060 by Rep. Sally Kern, bans the application of foreign law in Oklahoma courts.

-HB 1083 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, amends language relating to public health and safety.

-HB 1257 by Rep. Lewis Moore, designates State Highway 81 from the Kansas border to the Texas border as the Historic Chisholm Trail Bike Route.

-HB 1383 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.

-HB 1402 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, modifies population requirements for elections under the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act.

-HB 1509 by Rep. Pam Peterson, modifies language relating to juvenile proceedings in courts.

-HB 1511 by Rep. Pam Peterson, modifies language relating to public libraries.

-HB 1638 by Rep. Scott Biggs, creates the Oklahoma Agritourism Activities Liability Limitations Act.

-HB 1941 by Rep. John Bennett, amends language relating to bail bondsmen.

-HB 2166 by Rep. Jon Echols, modifies language relating to child support.

• Senate committees took no action on Monday.


• The House convened Monday, approving a number of bills including the following.

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

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

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

-SB 945 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies language relating to certain claims from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

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

-SB 725 by Sen. Kim David, clarifies language and statutory references related to licensed mental health professionals and licensed alcohol and drug counselors.

-SB 814 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, amends language relating to tattooing and piercing.

-HR 1013 by Rep. Lee Denney, declares Monday, April 8, 2013 as International Student Awareness Day.

-HCR 1009 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, reaffirms the Legislature’s commitment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

• House committees approved numerous measures Monday, including the following.

-SB 635 by Sen. Clark Jolley, directs the State Board of Education to establish the lowest sample size necessary to meet applicable requirements for determining A-F grades.

-SB 267 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, dissolves the Statewide Virtual Charter School Boards and creates the Statewide Virtual Charter School Commission.

-SB 280 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, amends language pertaining to student transfers.

-SB 283 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, amends language relating to school district employees.

-SB 419 by Gary Stanislawski, clarifies the definition of “educationally appropriate” in language relating to schools.

-SB 559 by Sen. John Ford, updates statutory references to the Oklahoma School Code.

-SB 638 by Sen. Clark Jolley, allows the State Board of Education to adopt alternative tests by which a student may demonstrate mastery of the desired levels of competencies and allows students who demonstrate mastery on alternative tests to be promoted to the next grade level or graduate regardless of any instructional time requirements placed on the student.

Tuesday, April 9

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving a number of sunset bills and the following measures.

-HB 1094 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, creates the Home Bakery Act of 2013.

-HB 1108 by Rep. Glen Mulready, modifies the Oklahoma Captive Insurance Company Act.

-HB 1700 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, states that for admission into an institution within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, two complete years of a vocational-technical program, which participates in a college alliance agreement and allows the student to earn at the end of the program an approved industry recognized license, will meet the requirement for competencies in foreign or non-English language.

-HB 1757 by Rep. Jadine Nollan, amends language relating to school employees.

-HB 1881 by Rep. Ann Coody, creates the School Transportation Task Force.

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

-HB 2078 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Firefighters Deferred Option Plan.

-SR 17 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, recognizes the work of Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth.


• Senate committees took no action on Tuesday.

• The House convened Tuesday, approving numerous bills including the following:

-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 them the diploma for remediation or intervention.

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

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

-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 838 by Sen. Ron Justice, modifies language relating to county commissioners.

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

• House committees met Tuesday, and approved numerous measures, including the following:

-SB 105 by Sen. Josh Brecheen, defines a covenant marriage.

-SB 1062 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates the Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act.

-SB 80 by Sen. Brian Crain, permits county election boards to begin the process of opening and examining absentee ballots prior to 10 a.m. on the Thursday preceding the election at an earlier date and time with the written approval of the State Election Board.

-SB 249 by Sen. Brian Bingman, amends language pertaining to the liability of state or political subdivision relating to the discharge and termination of group insurance.

-SB 433 by Sen. Ron Sharp, exempts from liability where no prior contractual relationship exists any person who in good faith renders or attempts to render emergency care by administering an opioid antagonist based on a reasonable belief or actual knowledge that the victim is experiencing an opioid drug overdose.

-SB 455 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies the language of the oath taken by general panel jury members.

-SB 519 by Sen. Rob Standridge, requires all residents and nonresident contractors shall have in their possession any identification number issued for purposes of Oklahoma workers’ compensation and any contractor who violates or does not comply with rules related to owners, lessees, or renters awarding a contract be liable for unpaid taxes and wages and any other penalties resulting from contract.

-SB 582 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, amends language relating to service liens on personal property.

-SB 775 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, allows the issuing of a temporary handgun license for a period not to exceed six months to any person who has been granted a victim’s protective order by the court.

-SB 854 by Sen. Brian Crain, requires all collective bargaining agreements to include a provision specifying the agreement will not apply to police officers that were found to have used excessive force in performing their duties and were terminated for that act.

-SB 928 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, permits a marriage certificate issued prior to June 8, 2006, to be reissued upon request by the certificate holder to include the full name by which the party will be known after the marriage for each party.

-SB 1090 by Sen. Brian Bingman, modifies statutory references relating to workers’ compensation.

-SB 287 by Sen. Susan Paddack, amends language pertaining to candidacy for public office.

-SB 402 by Sen. Ron Justice, allows an animal control officer to seize a dangerous dog without a warrant under certain circumstances.

-SB 404 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Personal Injury Trust Fund Transparency Act.

-SB 679 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies circumstances that allow taking a child into custody.

-SB 931 by Sen. Ron Justice, amends language relating to agriculture.

-SB 951 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, amends language relating to attorney-client privilege.

-SB 1027 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, amends the definition of a safety zone.

-SB 1038 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, modifies language relating to fines payable to the Department of Corrections.

-SB 1 by Sen. Cliff Branan, modifies language relating to penalties for public intoxication.

-SB 406 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, allows the first license revocation of any persons who fail to stop or to remain stopped for school bus loading or unloading of children to be modified.

-SB 984 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, provides that deferred prosecution cannot be offered to a person accused of an offense that would require service of 85 percent of the sentence or an underlying offense which would result in a requirement to register as a sex offender.

Wednesday, April 10

• The Senate approved the following measures Wednesday:

-HB 1245 by Rep. Steve Martin, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Real Estate Licensing Code.

-HB 1080 by Rep. Mike Sanders, modifies the percentage of motor vehicle revenue distributed for certain county roads.

-HB 1874 by Rep. Charles McCall, modifies references regarding municipal tax collection.

-HB 1767 by Rep. Todd Russ, modifies persons authorized to countersign certificates of title issued by a company allowed to do business in the state of Oklahoma.

-HB 2045 by Rep. Katie Henke, modifies provisions of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

-HB 1347 by Rep. Dan Kirby, directs the State Department of Health to require birthing facilities to perform a pulse oximetry screening on newborns prior to their discharge.

-HB 1614 by Rep. Ed Cannaday, requires applicants for disinternment to include notification of owners of the burial space and surviving adult children of the descendent, if other than the applicant.

• Senate committees approved the following bills Wednesday:

-HB 1908 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, permits Temporary Aid for Needy Families funds to be used for public service announcements promoting marriage.

-HB 1107 by Rep. Glen Mulready, exempts from claims against individual income tax refunds claims for health care or medical services rendered, induced, or otherwise obtained as a result of fraud, breach of contract, error, ineligibility or any illegal or unauthorized means.

-HB 1477 by Rep. Jason Murphey, permits the director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to adopt rules and regulations related to the exercise of the powers and duties of the director as deemed appropriate and in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.

-HB 1660 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies the calculation of state aid related to online students.

-HB 1719 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, requires the State Board of Education to develop a program to provide training and evaluations for school districts in operation efficiency.

-HB 1742 by Rep. Harold Wright, modifies the State Aid formula for school districts.

-HB 1743 by Rep. Harold Wright, modifies language related to death sentences.

-HB 1770 by Rep. Todd Russ, amends language relating to higher education.

-HB 1883 by Rep. Don Armes, states the Commissioners of the Land Office Revolving Fund is not subject to limitations on transfers from other revolving funds of the Commission of the Land Office.

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

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

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

-HB 1942 by Rep. John Bennett, states that effective biological repair treatments and other therapies shall be made available for treatment of brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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

-HB 2048 by Rep. Mike Jackson, modifies language relating to royalties, bonuses, or other monies derived from oil and gas.

-HB 2052 by Rep. Mike Jackson, allows the board of education of every school district to develop and implement a comprehensive program for character education.

-HB 2062 by Rep. David Derby, updates language relating to technology.

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

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

-HB 2160 by Rep. Jason Nelson, modifies language relating to district boards of education initiating civil actions against the families of students enrolled in the school district.

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

-HB 2193 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, clarifies language related to the Oklahoma Water Conservation Grant Program.

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

• The House met Wednesday, approving a number of measures including the following:

-HR 1016 by Rep. Harold Wright, celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Oklahoma and Taiwan.

-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 and the Oklahoma Medicaid Reform Act of 2003.

-SB 478 by Sen. Charles Wyrick, requires legislative authorization of budgets.

-SB 592 by Sen. David Holt, permits an assisted living center as defined in the Continuum of Care and Assisted Living Act to participate in an informal dispute resolution panel to be offered by the State Department of Health as an alternative to the informal dispute resolution process outlined in statute.

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


• House committees approved numerous measures Wednesday, including the following:

-SB 216 by Sen. Eddie Fields, requires a person who is a hunting guide to have a specific type of license.

-SB 1025 by Sen. Dan Newberry, exempts a person working on his or her residential property, whether actually performing the work or using the assistance or labor of family members from the definition of “roofing contractor.”

-SB 294 by Sen. Harry Coates, amends language related to voluntary emergency services.

-SB 365 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, clarifies the definitions in the Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act.

-SB 374 by Sen. Bill Brown, requires boat rental businesses operating in state parks to have a current valid contract with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

-SB 422 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, removes the requirement that all applicants for licensure as electrologists be required to possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, with a major course of study and the satisfactory completion of college courses as determined by the State Board of Electrology pursuant to its rulemaking authority.

-SB 551 by Sen. Don Barrington, modifies the definition of funeral director to include someone who is licensed both as a funeral director and an embalmer.

-SB 733 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, updates statutory references relating to retirement and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

-SB 734 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, updates statutory references relating to retirement and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

-SB 847 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Oklahoma Pension Stabilization Fund.

-SB 1058 by Sen. Mike Schulz, modifies language relating to consumer sales and loans.

-SB 997 by Sen. Mike Schulz, adds licensed trainer in the act of training guide, signal, or service dogs to those entitled to have with him or her a guide, signal, or service dog specially trained or being trained for that purpose, without being required to pay an additional charge by passenger carriers.

-SB 711 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, states that before a body can annex territory adjacent or contiguous to the city or town it must receive a landowner request to connect to a city-owned water or sewer system or receive an application for rezoning.

-SB 861 by Sen. Clark Jolley, exempts from sales tax sales of admissions tickets to and hospitality packages for a national championship sports event which is hosted by a limited liability partnership.

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

-SB 522 by Sen. Rob Standridge, requires nonresident pharmacies to submit specified information in application of license issuance or renewal.

-SB 550 by Sen. David Holt, modifies language relating to the Unfair Sales Act.

-SB 646 by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Recovery Audits for Government Overpayments of Tax Dollars Act.

-SB 652 by Sen. Don Barrington, modifies definitions relating to drivers licenses.

-SJR 32 by Sen. Greg Treat, directs the Department of Human Services to use potential savings from the closure of the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center to reduce the size of the Development Disabilities Service Division Waiting List.

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

-SB 167 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, repeals the income tax credit for the development of commercial space industries.

-SB 231 by Sen. Clark Jolley, prohibits the Office of Management and Enterprise Services from transferring or allowing the transfer of monies to or from agencies disbursing funds or accounts without the specific authorization of the Legislature.

-SB 292 by Sen. Brian Crain, amends language pertaining to property and county treasurers.

-SB 321 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, repeals language related to notice to sales tax permit holders of statutory penalties.

-SB 418 by Sen. Kyle Loveless, designates the portion of I-40 beginning at Morgan Road and extending east to the Oklahoma County line as the Bill Swisher Memorial Highway.

-SB 557 by Sen. Clark Jolley, removes language requiring the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to be under the Merit System and requires all positions and personnel of the Ethics Commission to be in the unclassified service.

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

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

Thursday, April 11

• The Senate met Thursday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1687 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Sheep and Wool Utilization, Research, and Market Commission.

-HB 1058 by Rep. Sally Kern, provides for the expunging of records for a prostitution related offense having been the result of human trafficking.

-HB 1067 by Rep. Lee Denney, amends laws relating to coercion of minors into prostitution.

-HB 1403 by Rep. Dennis Johnson, mandates that health care providers not deny life-preserving care to patients on the basis that extending the life of an elderly or disabled patient is of lower value than that of a younger or nondisabled patient.

-HB 2231 by Rep. Joe Dorman, relates to civil emergency management.

-HB 2003 by Rep. Skye McNiel, modifies language relating to solid waste disposal services.

-HB 1449 by Rep. Jason Murphey, allows for the electronic submission of pleas for certain crimes.

-HB 1599 by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies language relating to the Commission of Banking Board.