The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 17, 2013

Monday, May 13

• The Senate met Monday, approving the following measures:

-SB 908 by Sen. Brian Bingman, authorizes the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to accept, on behalf of the state, any gift of property presented to the Legislature or judiciary.

-SR 31 by Sen. Mike Schulz, honors the life and service of Senate Sergeant at Arms Bob Gilmore.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 1120 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Department of Human Services.

-SB 1125 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, modifies appropriations proposed in HB 2301 pertaining to the Regents for Higher Education.

-SB 1124 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, modifies the classification of specified state employees.

-SB 1126 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, revises the language of the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program.

-HB 2303 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, directs funds allocated in HB 2301 related to the Department of Public Safety.


• The House convened Monday, approving the following measures:

-HB 2165 by Rep. Jon Echols, amends requirements for eligible telecommunications carriers to receive reimbursements from the Oklahoma Lifeline Fund.

-HB 1313 by Rep. John Enns, establishes grading policy requirements for each school district's board of education and disallows the prohibition of corporal punishment.

-HB 1359 by Rep. Brian Renegar, creates the Commercial Pet Breeders and Animal Shelter Licensing Act and clarifies language pertaining to the Act.

-HB1691 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.

-HB1693 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board within the Office of the Attorney General.

-HB 1694 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Archives and Records Commission.

-HB 1696 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission.

-HB 1698 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the State Accrediting Agency.

-HB 1701 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

-HB 1702 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the State Board of Cosmetology.

-SCR 26 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, recognizes and reaffirms the rights of Oklahoma consumers when buying or carrying insurance.


• House committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-HB 2303 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, directs funds allocated in HB 2301 pertaining to the Department of Public Safety.

-HB 2304 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the State Department of Health.

-HB 2305 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

-HB 2306 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

-HB 2307 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the University Hospitals Authority.

-SB 1120 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Department of Human Services.

-SB 1125 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, modifies appropriations proposed in HB 2301 pertaining to the Regents for Higher Education.

-SB 1128 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the State Department of Career and Technology Education.

-SB 1130 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

-SB 1135 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, creates the Justice Reinvestment Grant Revolving Fund.


Tuesday, May 14

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving the following measures:

-HB 2301 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, appropriates $7.1 billion to assorted agencies in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

-SB 191 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, permits process servers or others with similar purpose to deliver a written notice of intent to the owner of the land where the drilling would occur.

-SB 408 by Sen. Susan Paddack, allows the Attorney General and any assistant attorney general to carry firearms anywhere in the state with completion of training.

-SB 1121 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

-SB 1122 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Department of Transportation.

-SB 1123 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for Office of Juvenile Affairs.

-SR 30 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, applauds Stan Barton for his service to the YMCA Youth in Government Program.

-SR 32 by Sen. Brian Bingman, commends the Cherokee Nation.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-SB 164 by Sen. Jabar Shumate, amends requirements for specialized license plates and reauthorizes the Sigma Gamma Rho license plate. Also, creates the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police License Plate Revolving Fund within the State Department of Public Safety.

-SB 226 by Sen. John Ford, allows students who fail to reach requirements for a high school diploma to re-enroll in that respective school district until the diploma is achieved.

-SB 519 by Sen. Rob Standridge, amends language related to the Motor Fuel Tax Code.

-SB 557 by Sen. Clark Jolley, amends language related to the Ethics Commission.

-SB 629 by Sen. Frank Simpson, removes language associated with the adult day care facilities and amends requirements of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and for facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

-SB 639 by Sen. Kim David, increases from two to eight the number of OSBI agents assigned to the Child Abuse Response Team.

-SB 1120 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the Department of Human Services.

-SB 1134 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, creates tax code changes in order to aid in the attraction of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Oklahoma City.

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

-HB 1383 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, amends conditions for retirement benefit earnings for participants of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.

-HB 1874 by Rep. Charles McCall, amends tax language by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

-HB 2062 by Rep. David Derby, amends and clarifies language associated with technology contracts and agreements.

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


• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following measures:

-HB 1661 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the School Safety and Bullying Prevention Act.

-HB 1594 by Rep. Steven Vaughan, amends confidentiality requirements associated with information provided to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

-HB 2131 by Rep. Hickman, permits a school district to submit a request to the State Board of Education for exemption from all statutory requirements and State Board of Education rules.

-HB 1264 by Rep. Jason Nelson, extends the Rethinking Special Education, Competency and Transition Task Force until May 31, 2014 and transfers the administration of the Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention from the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth to the State Department of Education.

-HR 1026 by Rep. Ed Cannaday, recognizes May as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month.

-HCR 1019 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, requests the Corporation Commission to continue the funding of specified telemedicine lines.

-SCR 28 by Sen. Brian Crain, recognizes October 20-26, 2013 as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Oklahoma.

-SCR 30 by Sen. Susan Paddack, congratulates Deborah Cornelison for induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.


• House committees approved the following measures on Tuesday:

-HB 1623 by Rep. Kay Floyd, requires all school boards of every school district to adopt a policy regarding suicide awareness and training and drug abuse reporting.

-SB 559 by Sen. John Ford, amends statutory references to the Oklahoma School Code regarding test scores.

Wednesday, May 15

• The Senate met Wednesday, approving the following measures:

-SB 550 by Sen. David Holt, permits consumers in Oklahoma to purchase products at the same reduced prices during Black Friday and other sales as consumers in other states are permitted.

-SB 1125 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, modifies appropriations proposed in HB 2301 pertaining to the Regents for Higher Education.

-SB 287 by Sen. Susan Paddack, requires certain disclosure of criminal records when an individual is applying for state candidacy.

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

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

-SB 1128 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, establishes budget limits for the State Department of Career and Technology Education.

-HB 1594 by Rep. Steven Vaughan, amends confidentiality requirements associated with information provided to the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

-SR 27 by Sen. Brian Bingman, recognizes and thanks certain judges for their services and dedication.

-SR 34 by Sen. Ron Sharp, celebrates the life and achievements of Gordon Cooper and recognizes May 15, 2013 as "Gordon Cooper Day in Oklahoma."


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Wednesday:

-HB 2097 by Rep. Mike Jackson, substitutes language related to tobacco purchases.

-SB 321 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, clarifies language associated with advertised prices of mixed beverages and prohibits the formation of class action lawsuits against businesses under certain circumstances.

-SB 613 by Sen. Rick Brinkley, states that if an establishment is no longer operating in Oklahoma then that establishment must pay back the incentive pay it has received.

-HB 1233 by Rep. Ann Coody, amends requirements related to the State Board of Education in relation to special education.

-HB 1340 by Rep. Scott Biggs, amends the definition of "offender" related to the Delayed Sentencing Program for Young Adults.

-HB 1416 by Rep. Elise Hall, removes the transferability of the coal mining and wind power tax credits and makes the credits refundable.

-HB 1477 by Rep. Mike Turner, creates the Executive Reform Act of 2013.

-HB 1923 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, creates the Emergency Drought Relief Fund.

-HB 2186 by Rep. Charles Joyner, creates the Oklahoma Transportation Reform Act.


• The House convened Wednesday, approving the following measures:

- HB 2303 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, directs funds allocated in HB 2301 related to the Department of Public Safety.

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

-SCR 20 by Sen. Brian Bingman, encourages maintenance and enhancement of the McCellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

-HB 2304 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the State Department of Health.

-HB 2305 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

-HB 2306 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

-HB 2307 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget limits for the University Hospitals Authority.

-HB 1526 by Rep. Gary Banz, modifies the name of the Aerospace Development Act of 2008 to the Aerospace and Defense Development Act of 2013.

-HB 1622 by Rep. Sally Kern, allows the carrying of a firearm on private elementary or private secondary school property if a policy has been adopted by the governing entity of the private school.

-HB1419 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, directs the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control to alert the practitioner of unlawful acts in relation to prescribing controlled substances under specified circumstances.

-HB 1922 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, amends language relating to water and water rights.

-SB 408 by Sen. Susan Paddack, amends specifications and requirements of refresher training as prescribed by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.


• House committees took no action on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 16

• The Senate met Thursday, approving the following measures:

-SB 1126 by Sen. Clark Jolley, amends language related to the Oklahoma State Finance Act.

-SB 1127 by Sen. Clark Jolley, specifies appropriated funds for the State Department of Education.

-SB 1124 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies the classification of specified state employees.

-SB 1120 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes budget limits for the Department of Human Services.

-SB 1130 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes budget limits for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

-SB 1131 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes budget limits for the State Department of Education.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Thursday:

- SB 1133 by Sen. Clark Jolley, amends Tax Code language and allocations related to revenue and taxes in order to fund Oklahoma museums.

-HJR 1061 by Rep. Todd Thomsen, approves permanent rules of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.


• The House convened Thursday, approving the following measures:

- HB 1588 by Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, creates the Parental Notification for Abortion Act.

-HB 1783 by Rep. Todd Russ, prohibits more than two refills for prescriptions containing hydrocodone.

-HB 2182 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, creates and modifies security fees for the courthouse and sheriff.

-HB 1703 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Oklahoma Abstractors Board.

-HB 1700 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

-HB 1690 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Advisory Committee on Orthotics and Prosthetics.

-HB 1688 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Advisory Committee on Pedorthics.

-HB 1418 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, creates the Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Act.

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

- HB 1383 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, amends conditions for retirement benefit earnings for participants of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System.

- HB 1874 by Rep. Charles McCall, amends tax language by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

- HB 1477 by Rep. Mike Turner, creates the Executive Reform Act of 2013.

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

-HB 2226 by Rep. David Derby, creates the OK Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

-HB 1426 by Rep. Scott Biggs, revokes hunting and fishing licenses of those who violate certain Department of Wildlife guidelines.

-HB 1383 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, exempts participants in the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System under specified circumstances.

-HB 1886 by Rep. Don Armes, establishes a preference system related to sports and amusements.

-HB 1683 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

-HB 2164 by Rep. Jon Echols, amends requirements related to the Multistate Trust Institutions Act.

-HB 1525 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, clarifies reference related to the Oklahoma Petroleum Storage Tank Release Indemnity Program.

-HB 1989 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, amends language related to the P-20 Data Coordinating Council.

-HB 1558 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, amends language related to imprisonment for forcefully seizing control of a bus.

-HB 1782 by Rep. Todd Russ, loosens restrictions related to prescriptions for opiate overdose.

-HB 1924 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, amending procedures for counties and county officers related to the sale of certain property.


• House committees approved the following measures on Thursday:

-HB 2311 by Rep. Scott Martin, establishes requirements related to revenue and taxation and fair cash value.

-HB 2308 by Rep. Scott Martin, amends qualified tax credits.

In Other News

• After threat of a lawsuit, the Muldrow School Board approved the removal of plaques containing the Ten Commandments in classrooms.

• The U.S. Department of Defense announced intentions to furlough nearly 770,000 civilian workers, including roughly 24,000 in Oklahoma, beginning July 8. The furloughs will occur for two days per pay period throughout the last three months of the current fiscal year.