The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Mon, Mar. 3 - Thurs. Mar. 6, 2014

Monday, March 3

• The Senate met briefly Monday, but took up no legislation.


• Senate committees did not meet Monday.


• The House approved several measures Monday including the following.

-HB 1674 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, creates the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act.

-HB 2317 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, permits school districts to educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah.

-HB 2379 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, amends language relating to the seizure of property.

-HB 2589 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, adds morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and benzodiazepines to the list applying to the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act.

-HB 3087 by Rep. Mike Sanders, allows a governing body of any public agency to declare an emergency regarding bids.


• House committees took no action on bills Monday.

Tuesday, March 4

• The Senate met Tuesday, approving a number of measures including the following.

-SB 1503 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, modifies the definition of tort in the Governmental Tort Claims Act.

-SB 1651 by Sen. Clark Jolley, provides funding for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

-SB 1297 by Sen. Dan Newberry, directs the OSSAA to submit a copy of its annual report and audit to the governor, Senate president pro tempore and House speaker each year.

-SB 1431 by Sen. Dan Newberry, applies the provisions of the Sex Offenders Registration Act to those convicted of human trafficking if it was for commercial sex.

-SB 1432 by Sen. Dan Newberry, permits victims of human trafficking to recover court costs.

-SB 1284 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, allows the use of an expired Oklahoma driver license or an expired United States passport as a means of identity when proving voting eligibility.

-SB 1775 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, establishes a statute of limitation to be commenced on certain actions challenging the constitutionality of an act of the Legislature.

-SJR 36 by Sen. Eddie Fields, proposes a constitutional amendment that permits Oklahoma’s members of congress to also serve as officers and members of certain active military forces.


• Senate committees advanced no legislation Tuesday.


• The House approved several measures Tuesday, including the following.

-HB 3102 by Rep. Mike Jackson, clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Act.

-HB 2625 by Rep. Katie Henke, allows an intervention team to choose whether a student who scores unsatisfactorily under the provisions of the Reading Sufficiency Act should be promoted or retained.

-HB 2620 by Rep. Steve Martin, creates the Protect Property Rights Act.

-HB 2580 by Rep. Todd Thomsen, extends provisions of the Compete with Canada Film Act.

-HB 2766 by Rep. Brian Renegar, prohibits persons from cremating animals without a valid DEQ license.

-HB 2807 by Rep. Lewis Moore, creates the Oklahoma Community Protection Act.

• House committees took no action on bills Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 5

• The Senate met Wednesday, approving a number of bills including the following.

-SB 1143 by Sen. Larry Boggs, authorizes the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag to be recited once weekly in public schools.

-SB 1219 by Sen. Rob Standridge, states that Plan B One-Step and its generic equivalent will not be available to men or women under the age of 17 without a prescription.

-SB 1206 by Sen. Kyle Loveless, permits any person licensed to operate a snack bar or vending facility in the State Capitol complex through the Business Enterprise Program under the authority of the Department of Rehabilitation Services to contract for supplementary catering services during regular legislative sessions.

-SB 1227 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, extends the end date of the aerospace tax credit for the tuition reimbursed to a qualified employee for the first through fourth years of employment.

-SB 1341 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, limits tax credits for investment in qualified depreciable property in a manufacturing operation.

-SB 1364 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, prohibits registered sex offenders from entering or loitering within 500 feet of a park.

-SB 1653 by Sen. Jim Halligan, modifies language relating to STEM block course requirements.

-SB 1655 by Sen. John Ford, modifies language relating to the A-F grading system.

-SB 1711 by Sen. Rob Standridge, requires those that claim the tax credit for investments in qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property make the fuel available for sale to the public.

-SB 1790 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, modifies language related to sports-related injuries.

-SB 1820 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies language relating to the Anti-Drug Diversion Act.

-SB 1821 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies language related to the Anti-Drug Diversion Act and the central repository.

-SB 1832 by Sen. Greg Treat, requires OMES to post on the Open Books website and on the website of each affected agency a fiscal impact statement which accompanied any legislation that expends state funds, created incentive payments, or if the fiscal impact statement was otherwise required by law to accompany the legislation.

-SB 1845 by Sen. Greg Treat, requires a court clerk to forward a certified copy of a commitment order to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or its successor agency for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check system database and to the OSBI.

-SB 1521 by Sen. Rob Standridge, creates the Foster Parent Accountability Act of 2014.


• Senate committees took no action on bills Wednesday.


• The House met Wednesday, approving a number of bills including the following.

-HB 2683 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies language relating to crimes requiring offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.

-HB 2676 by Rep. Ken Walker, modifies language relating to the Open Records Act and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

-HB 2931 by Rep. Dan Kirby, authorizes sponsorship of charter schools by federally recognized Indian tribes under certain circumstances.

-HB 3100 by Rep. Mike Jackson, amends language relating to the state ceiling for the Student Loan Pool.

-HB 3143 by Rep. Mike Jackson, modifies language relating to licensing and regulatory authority of municipalities.

-HB 2330 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, adds the phrase “anything of value” to the description of items prohibited from removal by unauthorized persons in a disaster area.

-HB 2353 by Rep. Sally Kern, modifies penalties for human trafficking.

-HB 2509 by Rep. Earl Sears, modifies the definition of a qualified employee.

-HB 2711 by Rep. Doug Cox, extends the Oklahoma Quality Events Incentive Act.


• House committees advanced no measures Wednesday.


Thursday, March 6

• The Senate met Thursday, approving several bills including the following.

-SB 1773 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies language relating to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

-SB 1858 by Sen. Greg Treat, modifies language relating to insurance for municipal employees.

-SB 1800 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, modifies language relating to public competitive bidding.

-SB 1315 by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, clarifies language relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System.

-SB 1209 by Sen. Earl Garrison, removes the “pickup truck bed” exemption from restricted passenger compartments outside a vehicle.

-SB 1474 by Sen. Susan Paddack, modifies language relating to the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

-SB 1924 by Sen. Brian Crain, prohibits collective bargaining agreements for certain police officer terminations.

-SB 1838 by Sen. Frank Simpson, creates the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Oklahoma.

-SB 1980 by Sen. Sean Burrage, amends language relating to the Taxpayer Transparency Act.

-SB 1979 by Sen. Sean Burrage, creates the J.M. David Arms and Historical Museum Endowment Fund.

-SB 1577 by Sen. Sean Burrage, amends language relating to the confidentiality of certain records.

-SB 1937 by Sen. Sean Burrage, requires the Department of Human Services to furnish credit reports to certain children.