The Oklahoma Senate

Week In Review
Mon, Mar. 31- Thurs. Apr. 3, 2014

Monday, March 31

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

-HB 2325 by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, extends civil immunity during a time of emergency to individuals and agencies that provide shelter and adds the federal government to the list of requesting agencies.

-HB 2765 by Rep. Brian Renegar, modifies dates related to the issuance of a license for a commercial pet breeder.

-HB 3016 by Rep. Sean Roberts, amends registration requirements of a person subject to register with the local law enforcement authority where the person resides to include 14 days in a 30 day period or seven consecutive days.

-HB 3496 by Rep. Jason Nelson, states that every person having a reason to believe a person or child-placing agency is engaging in the crime of human trafficking in children will report the matter to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.


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

-HB 2626 by Sen. Katie Henke, modifies language relating to the Reading Sufficiency Act.

-HB 3198 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, extends the sunset date for OETA.

-HB 2620 by Rep. Steve Martin, would enact the Private Property Rights Act.

-HB 2684 by Rep. Randy Grau, clarifies intent regarding the use of abortion inducing drugs.

-HB 2665 by Rep. David Derby, amends language to information collected at the central repository pursuant to the Anti-Drug Diversion Act.

-HB 2666 by Rep. David Derby, modifies the definition of a controlled dangerous substance.

-HB 3469 by Rep. Jason Nelson, creates the Quinten Douglas Wood Act.

-HB 2637 by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies language related to dog kennel restrictions.

-HB 2625 by Rep. Katie Henke, modifies language relating to third-grade reading sufficiency requirements.

-HB 3170 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, allows student exemption from certain tests if specific conditions are met.


• The House approved several bills, including the following on Monday.

-SB 1369 by Sen. Mike Schulz, adds vehicles carrying certain agricultural products to the list of those exempt from certain weight limitations.

-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 verification form.

-SB 1706 by Sen. Rob Standridge, modifies language relating to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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


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

-SB 1651 by Sen. Clark Jolley, transfers $40 million from the Unclaimed Property Fund to the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

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

-SB 1892 by Sen. Rob Johnson, exempts vapor products from tobacco taxes.

-SB 1711 by Sen. Rob Standridge, modifies the tax credit for investments in clean-burning motor vehicle property.

-SB 1722 by Sen. Clark Jolley, modifies definitions under the Oklahoma Quality Events Incentive Act.

-SB 1505 by Sen. David Holt, authorizes state agencies to offer their employees an option to voluntarily elect to be paid, two times annually, for a certain number of hours of unused accrued annual leave for a maximum of 200 hours.

-SB 1832 by Sen. Greg Treat, modifies language relating to the Open Books website.

-SB 1182 by Sen. Kim David, modifies language relating to child abuse and neglect.

-SB 1449 by Sen. A.J. Griffin, modifies language relating to certain youth services agencies.

-SB 1510 by Sen. Rob Standridge, limits reimbursement amounts from the Lifeline Fund.

-SB 1639 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates the Quality Workforce Act.

Tuesday, April 1

• The Senate approved several bills Tuesday, including the following.

-HB 3399 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, prohibits state officials and entities from entering into agreements or contracts which cede state control over educational standards.


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

-HB 2851 by Rep. Dan Fisher, creates the Oklahoma Antiterrorism Act.

-HB 2609 by Rep. Cory Williams, modifies language relating to expungement for certain crimes.

-HB 2956 by Rep. Josh Cockroft, amends language relating to the Small Employer Quality Jobs Incentive Act.

-HB 2643 by Rep. Lee Denney, enacts the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Amendments Act.

-HB 2508 by Rep. Earl Sears, modifies the income tax rate and corporate tax rate.

-HB 2630 by Rep. Randy McDaniel, creates the Retirement Security and Freedom Act.


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

-SB 1843 by Sen. Corey Brooks, modifies language relating to the publishing of certain laws.

-SB 1830 by Sen. Corey Brooks, creates the Oklahoma Student Veteran Leave of Absence Act of 2014.


• House committees passed several measures Tuesday, including the following.

-SB 1610 by Sen. Frank Simpson, modifies the definition of a war veteran.

-SB 1970 by Sen. Frank Simpson, modifies language relating to the membership of the War Veterans Commission.

-SB 1172 by Clark Jolley, authorizes the Governor to award a medal for heroism to any citizen of the state in recogniton of a valorous and heroic deed in the saving of a life.

-SB 1375 by Sen. Susan Paddack, directs the Office of Juvenile Affairs to initiate certain requests for proposals.

-SB 1536 by Sen. Brian Crain, permits hospital patients to designate certain caregivers.

-SB 1848 by Sen. Greg Treat, allows the State Board of Health to set standards for abortion clinics and providers.

-SB 1602 by Sen. Rob Johnson, amends language which relates to purchase and receipt of certain tobacco products.

-SB 1219 by Sen. Rob Standridge, modifies language relating to age requirements for the purchase of Plan B.

Wednesday, April 2

• The Senate took no action on bills Wednesday.


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

-HB 2642 by Rep. Lee Denney, creates the Securing Educational Excellence Fund.

-HB 2353 by Rep. Sally Kern, adds persons convicted of human trafficking to the list of those required to serve no less than 85 percent of any prison sentence.

--HJR 1092 by Rep. Jon Echols, proposes a constitutional amendment to raise a school district’s bonded indebtedness to build storm shelters.

-HJR 1033 by Rep. Jeff Hickman, proposes a vote of the people on a $120 million bond issue for Capitol repairs.

-HB 1384 by Rep. Sally Kern, creates the Parents Bill of Rights.


• The House met Wednesday, approving the following bill.

-SB 1418 by Sen. Frank Simpson, modifies language regarding the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.


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

-SB 1329 by Sen. Ron Sharp, removes language relating to the Small Employer Quality Jobs Incentive Act.

-SB 1704 by Sen. Dan Newberry, modifies language relating to public construction contracts exceeding $50,000.

-SB 1513 by Sen. David Holt, modifies language related to the confidentiality of personal information from any driving record.

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

-SB 1510 by Sen. Rob Standridge, limits the reimbursement amount from the Oklahoma Lifeline Fund.

-SB 1639 by Sen. Brian Bingman, creates the Quality Workforce Act.

-SB 1832 by Sen. Greg Treat, modifies language relating to the Open Books website.


Thursday, April 3

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

-HB 2509 by Rep. Earl Sears, modifies language relating to aerospace tax credits.

-HB 2100 by Rep. David Derby, requires licensure to provide pharmacy benefits management.