The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 24, 2013

Monday, May 20

• The Senate met Monday, approving the following measures:

-SB 965 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, requires the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to transition from congressional district and at-large representation to regional representation based on specified guidelines.

-SB 226 by Sen. John Ford, allows students who fail to achieve requirements necessary for a high school diploma to re-enroll in that particular school district until a proficient score is attained.

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

-SB 557 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires the Ethics Commission to promulgate rules concerning lobbyist registration and report in the same manner as other rules promulgated under the Constitution.

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

-SB 1016 by Sen. Brian Crain, establishes new laws to regulate consumer litigation funding agreements and provides for the licensure of a consumer litigation funder.

-SB 1022 by Sen. Dan Newberry, amends sections of law dealing with the Construction Industries Board.

-SB 1030 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, authorizes district attorneys to use state owned or leased vehicles for transportation between their place of residence and their assigned place of employment or in the performance of official duties.

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

-HB 2303 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, establishes budget appropriations for 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.


• Senate committees approved the following measures on Monday:

-SB 166 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, restores title and repeals the credit for installation of wind or photovoltaic energy system and for zero emission facilities.

-SB 432 by Sen. John Ford, creates the Oklahoma’s Career Promise Act.

-SB 1103 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, exempts the compensation for clinical-related activity performed in the University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center from the Teachers Retirement System’s regular annual compensation.

-HB 1103 by Rep. Earl Sears, eliminates the Surviving Spouse license plate and combines it with the Gold Star Survivor license plate used to honor the surviving spouses of qualified veterans.

-HB 1104 by Rep. Earl Sears, eliminates gold and silver from specified reporting requirements by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and amends language.

-HB 1917 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, requires each agency, subject to the provisions of the Office of State Finance Act, to develop a contingency plan and corresponding budget to be prepared for a reduction in federal monies of up to 25 percent.

-HB 1919 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, authorizes an income tax deduction for any taxpayer who contracts with a child-placing agency to provide foster care.

-HB 2195 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, limits the amount of outstanding indebtedness to an amount where total annual debt service payments from the General Revenue Fund does not exceed 5 percent of the average of the fund for the preceding five years.

-HB 2231 by Rep. Joe Dorman, requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to create and maintain a website allowing counties to make applications for emergency assistance.


• The House convened Monday, approving the following bill:

- HB 1932 by Rep. Mike Jackson, grants to incumbent electricity transmission owners the right of first refusal to construct, own, and maintain a transmission facility approved for construction.


• House committees took no action on Monday.

Tuesday, May 21

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving the following measures:

-SB 156 by Sen. Jim Halligan, requires the State Regents for Higher Education to provide specified information on all baccalaureate programs offered by higher education institutions in the state system regarding each program for the preceding five years.

-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 173 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, exempts from liability any person, corporation, place of worship or business, except a convicted felon, that allows carried weapons on that particular entity’s property.

-SB 301 by Sen. Robert Standridge, creates the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision and provides for a ten member group.

-SB 426 by Sen. John Ford, requires every probationary teacher to be evaluated once during the fall and once during the spring of each school year and the State Department of Education to maintain records of evaluations.

-SB 519 by Sen. Robert Standridge, temporarily lowers the motor fuel tax rate for liquefied natural gas.

-SB 629 by Sen. Frank Simpson, makes nursing facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs subject to the requirements of the Nursing Home Care Act.

-SB 751 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates the “JaRay Wilson Missing Endangered Juveniles Act” and would require CLEET to include in the basic training courses for law enforcement certification education and training relating to initial-response protocols and notification procedures when receiving reports of missing endangered juveniles.

-SB 789 by Sen. Rob Johnson, modifies language related to low-point beer.

-SB 929 by Sen. Kim David, allows a child to have access to their Office of Juvenile Affairs records upon turning 18 or the termination of court jurisdiction of the case, whichever occurs later.

-SB 954 by Sen. Ron Justice, removes outdated language concerning assessors, increases from four to five the number of academic units required for advanced accreditation, and clarifies references and expenditures related to the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology.

-SB 1034 by Sen. Kim David, adds Court Appointed Special Advocate records regarding child welfare cases to the list of records that are confidential.

• Senate committees approved the following measure on Tuesday:

-SB 249 by Sen. Brian Bingman, appropriates $45 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Emergency Fund for federal disaster matching funds and for other disaster-related assistance.


• The House convened Tuesday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1340 by Rep. Scott Biggs, amends the definition of the term ‘offender’ under the Delayed Sentencing Program for Young Adults.

-HB 1477 by Rep. Mike Turner, requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services director to provide a proposal to the Legislature to consolidate, streamline, and reduce the size of the administrative code of agencies related to HB 2140.

-HB 1717 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, eliminates the current statutory salary schedule for Non-Appropriated agencies, and replaces it with salary setting procedures allowing for establishment of executive director salaries by applicable agencies, boards, commissions and departments, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

-HB 1763 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, reclassifies state employees in the Military Department as classified employees and will be subject to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.

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

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

-HB 2101 by Rep. William Fourkiller, instructs school districts that elect to stock epinephrine injectors to update policies on the self-administration of anaphylaxis medication by a student.

-HB 2186 by Rep. Charles Joyner, amends language related to the Trucking One-Stop Shop Act.

-SB 550 by Sen. David Holt, amends of the Unfair Sales Act to allow retailers to sell certain items including clothes, electronics and school supplies below cost for up to 15 days ten separate times a year. Gasoline, diesel fuel, lumber and drug products cannot be sold at a reduced price.


• House committees took no action Tuesday.


Wednesday, May 22

• The Senate approved the following measures Wednesday:

-SB 249 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, appropriates $45 million or as much as necessary for matching federal disaster funds and for other disaster-related assistance from the Constitutional Reserve Fund to The State Emergency Fund.

-SB 166 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, amends law related to gross production tax in lieu of and clarifies exemptions.

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

-SB 460 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, requires the Department of Human Services to record all incoming calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline and keep recordings on file for 90 days.

-SB 522 by Sen. Rob Standridge, establishes requirements and fees for nonresident pharmacies related to applications of license issuance and renewals and prohibits the sale of the Plan B contraceptive pill to anyone under the age of 17.

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

-SB 639 by Sen. Kim David, requires the OSBI Abuse Response Team to employ no fewer than eight Law Enforcement Special Agents.

-SB 645 by Sen. Mike Schulz, exempts specified aircrafts from excise tax levy.

-SB 688 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, requires the Department of Human Services to create an electronic form for people whose professional duties include working with a deprived child in order to report information involving the care of that deprived child.

-SB 900 by Sen. Rob Standridge, requires the State Department of Health to conduct at least one inspection or survey of a licensed hospice facility every three years, in addition to any investigation or survey administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

-SB 911 by Sen. John Sparks, modifies fees and language related to requirements for licensure as a life or accident and health insurance broker.

-SB 1013 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, creates the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Act.

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

-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.

-HB 1383 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, establishes that Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System participants hired on or after July 1, 2013 will have their retirement benefit based on their final average earnings and service.

-HB 1525 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, states that any legislation changing the distribution of the assessment imposed by Oklahoma statutes and deposited in the Petroleum Storage Tank Indemnity Fund be introduced in odd-numbered years and be passed during even-numbered years respective to deadlines.

-HB 1683 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the provisions of the Oklahoma Sunset Law and the State Board of Examiners of Psychologist.

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

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

-HB 1700 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, extends the sunset date for the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

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

-HB 1717 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, eliminates the current statutory salary schedule for Non-Appropriated agencies, and replaces it with salary setting procedures allowing for establishment of executive director salaries by applicable agencies, boards, commissions and departments, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

-HB 1989 by Rep. David Brumbaugh, creates the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013.

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

-HB 2186 by Rep. Charles Joyner, amends language related to the Trucking One-Stop Shop Act.


• Senate committees approved the following measure on Wednesday:

-SB 330 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, strips the bill’s original language related to changes to the Compete with Canada Act and replaces it with a series of tax benefits for victims of natural disasters this year and for businesses that donate relief supplies.

-SB 792 by Sen. Rob Johnson, creates the Oklahoma Crusher Act.

-SCR 31 by Sen. Rob Standridge, urges the federal government to withdraw proposed new rules that would govern hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

-HCR 1012 by Rep. Scott Biggs, recognizes that the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices will be forever guaranteed in this state.

-HCR 1019 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, requests the Corporation Commission to continue to permit funding from the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund for “not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse facilities.”


• The House convened Wednesday, approving the following bills:

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

-HB 2055 by Rep. Mike Jackson, allows the Legislature to delegate rulemaking authority to executive branch agencies.

-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.

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

-SB 629 by Sen. Frank Simpson, makes nursing facilities operated by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs subject to the requirements of the Nursing Home Care Act.

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

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

-SB 1016 by Sen. Brian Crain, establishes new laws to regulate consumer litigation funding agreements and provides for the licensure of a consumer litigation funder.

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

-SB 1022 by Sen. Dan Newberry, recreates and modifies statutory references to the Construction Industries Board.

-HB 1917 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, directs agencies to prepare contingency plans related to potential loss of federal funding to any agency’s program structure.

-HB 1919 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, proposes to enact an income tax deduction for foster parents.

-HCR 1021 by Rep. Charles McCall, expresses support for community banks.


• House committees took no action Wednesday.


Thursday, May 23

• The Senate approved the following measures Thursday:

-SB 343 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, updates language, definitions and eligibility related to tax credits involving qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property.

-SB 432 by Sen. John Ford, creates the Oklahoma’s Career Promise Act.

-SB 684 by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes limits and requirements regarding full-time dental assistants and hygienists allowed in the same dental office.

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

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

-SB 788 by Sen. Dan Newberry, requires contractors to have and be able to prove current employer identification numbers issued to them by certain agencies and provides for a penalty to the Tax Commission of 10 percent of the contractor’s total bid if the contractor fails to provide information required or a proof of bond as required by law.

-SB 899 by Sen. Brian Bingman, grants the Office of Management and Enterprise Services the authority to manage and control the fitness center located in the basement of the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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

-HB 1419 by Rep. Richard Morrissette, directs the Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to notify a practitioner, either through written or electronic notification, if a patient is possibly unlawfully obtaining prescription drugs.

-HB 1426 by Rep. Scott Biggs, requires that hunters attach their names, time of harvest, and date of harvest instead of only their license number to wildlife carcasses.

-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.

-HB 1695 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, recreates the Scenic Rivers Commission for the Illinois River and Flint Creek Scenic River areas.

-HB 1763 by Rep. Dustin Roberts, reclassifies state employees in the Military Department as classified employees and will be subject to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.

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

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

-HB 1924 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, amends language relating to the procedure for sale of certain property.

-HB 2055 by Rep. Mike Jackson, allows the Legislature to delegate rulemaking authority to executive branch agencies.

-HB 2099 by Rep. Jason Nelson, creates the Children with Disabilities Comprehensive Systems of Services Fund Act of 2013 and a revolving fund for the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents on behalf of the department of Pediatrics.

-HB 2182 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, requires the county clerk to provide a certified copy of records as provided by the fee schedule if requested.

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

-HB 2226 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, creates a new section of law requiring a health benefit plan to utilize prior authorization forms for obtaining any prior authorization for prescription drug benefits. Additionally, the measure requires that women under the age of 17 must obtain a prescription for the “morning after” emergency contraceptive, whereas it must be available to women over the age of 17 without a prescription.

-HB 2308 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, eliminates the income tax credit for natural gas used in manufacturing.

-HB 2310 by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, by Rep. Scott Martin and Rep. Tom Newell, extends the sunset date of the sales tax exemption for the sale of rolling stock from July 1, 2014 to July 1 2019.

-HJR 1054 by Sen. Rob Standridge, approves permanent rules of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy.

-HCR 1012 by Rep. Scott Biggs, recognizes the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices will be forever guaranteed in this state.

-HCR 1019 by Rep. Colby Schwartz, requests the Corporation Commission to continue to permit funding from the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund for “not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse facilities.”

-HCR 1021 by Rep. Charles McCall, expresses support for community banks.

-SR 38 by Sen. Mike Schulz, provides that the Senate president pro tempore is authorized to hire employees necessary to conduct business of and protect the property of the Senate during the interim.


• Senate committees approved the following measure on Thursday:

-HCR 1021 by Rep. Charles McCall, expresses support for community banks.


• The House convened Thursday, approving the following bills:

-HB 2195 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, directs the legislature not to authorize any state governmental entity to incur any type of obligation that would cause total net obligations to exceed a specified amount established on January 1, 2013.

-HB 1660 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies the National Board Certified program and modifies language related to the Education Leadership Oklahoma program.

-HB 1103 by Rep. Earl Sears, allows the Oklahoma Tax Commission to require employees with access to sensitive law enforcement data to be subjected to a national criminal history records check by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

-HB 1104 by Rep. Earl Sears, establishes fines pertaining to the taxation of tobacco products.

-HB 343 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, updates tax credit language related to coal and energy.

-SB 519 by Sen. Rob Standridge, temporarily lowers the motor fuel tax rate for liquefied natural gas.

-SB 557 by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires the Ethics Commission to promulgate rules concerning lobbyist registration and report in the same manner other rules are promulgated under the Constitution.

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

-SB 645 by Sen. Mike Schulz, exempts specified aircrafts from excise tax levy.

-SB 788 by Sen. Dan Newberry, requires contractors to have and be able to prove current employer identification numbers issued to them by certain agencies and provides for a penalty to the Tax Commission of 10 percent of the contractor’s total bid if the contractor fails to provide information required or a proof of bond as required by law.

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

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

-SB 1125 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Ron Justice, adjusts appropriations in HB 2301 for cash flow purposes.

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

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

-SB 249 by Sen. Brian Bingman, appropriates $45 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Emergency Fund for federal disaster matching funds and for other disaster-related assistance.

-HB 1441 by Rep. Mike Turner, requires that any person whose license has been revoked due to an alcohol related offense who seeks a modification to be required to have an ignition interlock device installed.

• House committees took no action Thursday.


Friday, May 24

• The Senate approved the following measures Friday:

-SB 330 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, strips the bill’s original language related to changes to the Compete with Canada Act and replaces it with a series of tax benefits for victims of natural disasters this year and for businesses that donate relief supplies.

-SB 1303 by Sen. Sean Burrage, relates to reading proficiency tests for driver licenses and allows for the submission of reading proficiency tests from other states.

-SB 792 by Sen. Rob Johnson, creates the Oklahoma Crusher Act.

-HJR 1068 by Rep. Kay Floyd and Sen. Al McAffrey, revises rules for land surveyors.

-HJR 1048 by Rep. Gus Blackwell and Sen. Dan Newberry, approves permanent rules of the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Optometry.

-HB 1526 by Rep. Gary Banz, enacts the Aerospace and Defense Development Act of 2013.

-HB 1874 by Rep. Charles McCall, authorizes a municipality to contract with the Oklahoma Tax Commission to serve as the collecting agent for municipally imposed lodging taxes.

-HB 1886 by Rep. Don Armes, authorizes fair associations to exceed certain race-days limitation under certain circumstances regarding amusements and sports.
-HB 2164 by Rep. Jon Echols, provides an exception for trust accounts used to facilitate aircraft registration.

-HB 1441 by Rep. Mike Turner, revises the time period and requires that any person whose license has been revoked due to an alcohol related offense who seeks a modification to be required to have an ignition interlock device installed.

-HB 1103 by Rep. Earl Sears, provides the authority of an OSBI background check for employees working for the Oklahoma Tax Commission under certain circumstances.

-HB 1104 by Rep. Earl Sears, provides for administrative fines, exemptions and notifications related to the taxation of tobacco products.

-HCR 1022 by Rep. T.W. Shannon and Sen. Brian Bingman, provides intent for Sine Die Adjournment.

-HB 1109 by Rep. Ann Coody, amends language regarding mental health and peer recovery support specialists.

-HB 1340 by Rep. Scott Biggs, modifies a certain definition related to criminal procedure.

-HB 1477 by Rep. Jason Murphey, requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services director to provide a proposal to the Legislature to consolidate, streamline, and reduce the size of the administrative code of agencies related to HB 2140.

-HB 1932 by Rep. Mike Jackson, grants incumbent electric transmission owners the right to construct, own and maintain certain electric transmission facilities.

-HB 2231 by Rep. Jason Murphey and Rep. Mike Turner, requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to create and maintain a mobile application for the purpose of assisting counties in applying for emergency assistance.

-HB 1919 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, authorizes an income tax deduction for any taxpayer who contracts with a child-placing agency to provide foster care.

-SCR 31 by Sen. Rob Standridge, urges the US Department of Interior to withdraw a certain rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and Tribal lands.

-HB 2195 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, limits the amount of outstanding indebtedness to an amount where total annual debt service payments from the General Revenue Fund does not exceed 5 percent of the average of the fund for the preceding five years.

-HB 2101 by Rep. William Fourkiller, instructs school districts that elect to stock epinephrine injectors to update policies on the self-administration of anaphylaxis medication by a student.

• Senate committees took no action on Friday.

• The Senate concluded with Sine Die Adjournment for the 2013 Legislative Session.


• The House convened Friday, approving the following bills:

-HB 1917 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, requires each agency, subject to the provisions of the Office of State Finance Act, to develop a contingency plan and corresponding budget to be prepared for a reduction in federal monies of up to 25 percent.

-HJR 1067 by Rep. Kay Floyd, approves permanent rules for Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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

-HCR 1022 by Rep. T.W. Shannon and Sen. Brian Bingman, provides intent for Sine Die Adjournment.

-HB 2231 by Rep. Joe Dorman, requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to create and maintain a mobile application for the purpose of assisting counties in applying for emergency assistance.

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

-HB 1660 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies the National Board Certified program and modifies language related to the Education Leadership Oklahoma program.

-SB 460 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, requires the Department of Human Services to record all incoming calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline and keep recordings on file for 90 days.

-HB 2195 by Rep. T.W. Shannon, limits the amount of outstanding indebtedness to an amount where total annual debt service payments from the General Revenue Fund does not exceed 5 percent of the average of the fund for the preceding five years.


• After approving these measures, the House recessed to return later in the afternoon to resume work on additional legislation.


• House committees took no action Friday.


In Other News

• President Barack Obama will travel to Moore on Sunday to visit the areas affected by this week’s tornadoes. President Obama will also meet with first responders and victims.

• On Tuesday, Rebecca Bryan was convicted of murdering her husband and Nichols Hills Fire Chief. She received a life sentence with no parole.

• Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced its new CEO on Monday. Robert Douglas Lawler will head the Oklahoma City energy company. Lawler was the vice president of Anadarko Petroleum, a Houston-based international and deep-water operation company.