The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Mon, Mar. 24 - Thurs. Mar. 27, 2014

Monday, March 24

• The Senate met Monday, but took no action on bills.


• Senate committees approved several measures Monday, including the following.

-HB 1378 by Rep. Emily Virgin, amends the Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act.

-HB 3399 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, removes all references to PASS standards and replaces them with subject matter standards.

-HB 3293 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, creates the State Employee Pay Program.

-HB 3294 by Rep. Leslie Osborn, renames the Oklahoma Personnel Act the Oklahoma Career Service Act.

-HB 2367 by Rep. John Trebilcock, increases the monthly travel allowance county commissioners and sheriffs may receive.

-HB 2685 by Rep. Randy Grau, prohibits an abortion from being performed without voluntary and informed consent.


• The House took up no bills Monday.


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

-SB 1224 by Sen. Ron Justice, exempts from sales tax commercially raised animals of the family cervidae.

-SB 1624 by Sen. Frank Simpson, modifies language relating to vehicle registration fees for veterans.

-SB 1430 by Sen. Mike Schulz, creates the Drought Proof Communities Act of 2014.

-SB 1979 by Sen. Sean Burrage, modifies language relating to the J.M. Davis Memorial Commission Revolving Fund.

-SB 1940 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies date references in the Uniform Consumer Credit Code.

-SB 1464 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, grants career teachers priority for retention or reassignment under the Teacher Due Process Act.

-SB 1655 by Sen. John Ford, eliminates the requirement for a school district grade under the A-F grading system.

Tuesday, March 25

• The Senate considered no legislation Tuesday.


• Senate committees approved several measures Tuesday including the following.

-HB 2536 by Rep. Jason Nelson, permits a parent, guardian or legal custodian to temporarily transfer custody of their child.

-HB 2509 by Rep. Earl Sears, extends the sunset date of the tuition reimbursement credit regarding the aerospace industry.

-HB 2249 by Rep. Jason Nelson, amends language related to divorce.

-HB 2338 by Rep. Larry Glenn, exempts from liability any individual, business, school or church that renders emergency care, aid, shelter or other assistance during a natural disaster or catastrophic event.

-HB 3133 by Rep. Mike Jackson, creates the Municipal Roads and Bridges Revolving Fund.


• The House approved the following measures Tuesday.

-SB 72 by Sen. Mark Allen, modifies prohibited acts against a police dog or a police horse.

-SCR 32 by Sen. Jerry Ellis, memorializes the U.S. Congress to direct the United States Geological Survey to undertake a multi-state study of the Red River and its watershed basin located within the four states of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

• House committees passed several measures Tuesday including the following.

-SB 1421 by Sen. Kyle Loveless, prohibits a person required to register under the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act from petitioning for a change of name.

-SB 1706 by Sen. Rob Standridge, allows for a reduction in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for individuals who use their electronic cards at any liquor store, casino or retail establishment that provides nude adult-oriented entertainment.

-SB 1159 by Sen. Patrick Anderson, creates the Bill of Rights Monument Display Act.

Wednesday, March 26

• The Senate met Wednesday, approving the following bill.

-HB 2566 by Rep. Dale DeWitt, modifies sections of the Oklahoma Agricultural Commodity Referendum Act.


• Senate committees approved several measures next week including the following.

-HB 2334 by Rep. Scott Biggs, clarifies statutory language related to the definition of child abuse.

-HB 2877 by Rep. Steven Vaughan, amends per month expense requirements relating to the Department of Public Safety.

-HB 2589 by Rep. Pat Ownbey, adds substances to the list applying to the Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Act.

-HB 2589 by Rep. Ben Sherrer, removes the word pilot in references to mental health courts.


• The House met Wednesday, approving the following bill.

-SB 2122 by Sen. Anthony Sykes, merges, consolidates, amends and repeals duplicative sections of law.


• House committees approved a number of bills Wednesday including the following.

-SB 1023 by Sen. Dan Newberry, establishes that the Legislature occupies and preempts the entire field of legislation touching in any way mandated minimum wage.

-SB 1310 by Sen. Eddie Fields, creates a task force to review curricular standards approved by the State Board of Education.

-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 1915 by Sen. Ron Justice, creates the Safe Home Food Manufacturing Act.

-SB 1729 by Sen. David Holt, removes carbon monoxide chambers from the list of specified euthanasia methods.

-SB 1668 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies the Roofing Contractor Registration Act.

-SB 1341 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the sunset date on tax credits for investment in qualified depreciable property in a manufacturing operation.

-SB 1151 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the sunset date for tax credits relating to Oklahoma film and music projects.

-SB 1227 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, extends the date of the aerospace tax credit for tuition reimbursed to qualified employees.


-SB 1364 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies the definition of a park.

-SB 1444 by Sen. David Holt, requires local law enforcement agencies to photograph those subject to the Sex Offender Registration Act when they submit their address verification form.

-SB 1542 by Sen. Brian Crain, states provisions of the Sex Offenders Registration Act will apply to any person if the offense involved trafficking for commercial sex.

-SB 1820 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies language related to the Anti-Drug Diversion Act and the central repository.


Thursday, March 27

• The Senate met Thursday, approving the following bills.

-HB 2711 by Rep. Skye McNiel, enacts the Oklahoma Quality Events Incentive Technical Amendments Act of 2014.

-HB 2580 by Rep. Todd Thomsen, modifies the termination date relating to the Compete with Canada Film Act.