Week In Review
Monday, February 23, to Thursday, February 26, 2015
Monday, February 23
• The full Senate met on Monday and approved these bills.
-SB 820 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Sen. Greg Treat re-appropriates
$2,856,257.00 of the original appropriation of $5 million, appropriated to
the Office of the Attorney General from the Special Cash Fund in 2012 for
the original purpose of prosecuting and defending of claims related to
water and water rights in Oklahoma.
-SB 57, by Sen. Patrick Anderson, provides that letters of guardianship
are valid for no longer than 15 months unless renewed by the court
according to statute. The bill passed 45 to 0.
-SB 134, by Sen. Corey Brooks, allows an OHP officer, upon retirement, to
purchase the shotgun or riffle issued to them at the original price paid
for the firearm. The bill passed 44 to 0.
-SB 455, by Sen. Bill Brown, modifies various provisions of the Oklahoma
Insurance Code. The bill passed 44 to 1.
• Senate committees met and approved the following measures on Monday:
- SB 559, by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, modifies the term assault to include the
act of causing a child to be born addicted or harmed by a narcotic drug
when the harm was caused by the child's mother while pregnant. The bill
requires a person who commits assault to be guilty of a misdemeanor
punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days or by a fine of no more
-SB 642, by Sen. Mark Allen, requires any physician who performs an
abortion on a child who is less than 14 years of age at the time of the
abortion procedure to preserve fetal tissue extracted during such abortion
and to submit the tissue to the State Department of Health.
-SB 46, by Sen. Ron Sharp, requires applicants for examinations for
licenses to practice the fitting and dealing of hearing aids to be
responsible for the full cost of examinations, re-examinations, and
background checks relating to licensing and certification.
- SB 249, by Sen. David Holt, requires the State Board of Behavioral
Health to promulgate emergency rules for the provision of counseling
services following a declaration of emergency or catastrophic health
emergency issued by the Governor or Legislature. The bill states said
rules will only be valid during the declaration of emergency.
- SB 697, by Sen. A J Griffin, creates the Family Support Accountability
Act. The bill requires that any department or agency of this state
implementing home visiting programs provide a framework for service
delivery and accountability across all home visiting programs to promote a
continuum of care
- SB 133, with title stricken, by Sen. Randy Bass, permits public agency
administrators and other members to award a construction contract in which
they or a family member has stock ownership or business interests in if
these interests have been publically disclosed or have been awarded
through a competitive bidding process.
-SB 784, by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires the State Board of Education,
prior to the 2017-2018 school year, consider and review a standards-based
system of assessment that monitors progress toward college and career
readiness for grades 3 through 10. The bill states if the standards
developed are at least 80 percent similar to those adopted by the state,
the standards mentioned in this act will be replaced by those adopted.
-The CS for SB 414, by Sen. Rick Brinkley, requires adherence to the
policies and procedures for the Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant for
the following institutions: Bacone College, Family of Faith College,
Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma
Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Wesleyan
University, Oral Roberts University, Southern Nazarene University,
Southwestern Christian University, St. Gregory's University, the
University of Tulsa, and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.
-SB 785, as amended, by Sen. Clark Jolley, establishes a Student Reading
-SB 296, by Sen. Ron Sharp, repeals language related to misrepresentation
of standard weights and measures in the agricultural code.
• House committees met and approved the following measures:
- HB 1263, by Rep. Ken Walker, requires the court to order the
reimbursement of all filing fees and court costs incurred by a petitioner
as a result of filing the expungement request if the person qualifies for
an expungement under the provisions listed in the bill.
-HB 1900, by Rep. Dennis Johnson, eliminates the requirement for
semimonthly sales tax remittance by certain vendors.
-HB 2161, by Rep. Mark McCullough, excludes per diem allowable under the
Internal Revenue Code and related regulations, guidelines, and
publications from being included in any calculation of workers'
compensation insurance premiums.
- HB 1691, by Rep. Lee Denney, allows a board of education of any school
district, residing at least partially in a county with a population of at
least 500,000, with an average daily membership of at least 30,000 to
contract with a public or private nonsectarian entity to provide
educational and administrative services for the school district. The bill
suggests what those services may include.
- HB 1522, by Rep. Katie Henke, clarifies language related to the annual
reports of the Oklahoma School Testing Program.
- HB 1589, by Rep. Ann Coody, modifies the curricular requirements for
mathematics for high school graduation beginning with students entering
the ninth grade in the 2015-16 year, and permits the substitution of
certain technology courses.
• Before the House adjourned early on Monday due to inclement weather, the
following bills were passed by the House:
- HB 1045, by Rep. Scott Biggs, modifies the procedures for filing
petitions for post-conviction relief. The bill states that unless
extraordinary cause is shown, a petition may not be filed more than two
years after the sentence was imposed. The bill passed by a 91-6 vote.
- HB 1114, by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, modifies language related to criminal
procedures concerning insane persons. The bill also clarifies that the
term "court" means the court that made the original determination that the
person was insane. The bill passed 96-0.
- HB 1437, by Rep. John Pfeiffer, modifies the purpose of the Oklahoma
Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Act. The bill passed 90-6.
Tuesday, February 24
• The Senate met Tuesday and approved the following bills:
-SB 229, by Sen. Ron Justice, authorizes the State Board of Agriculture to
create a pollinator protection plan to promote the health of honeybees and
other managed pollinators. The measure passed 40 to 6.
-SB 415, by Sen. Rick Brinkley, requires the Oklahoma Public Employees
Retirement System to establish a defined contribution system for those
persons who become employed on or after November 1, 2015 in a
full-time-equivalent position or less but more than a half-time position
that qualifies for employee benefits, including health insurance. The bill
-SB 462, by Sen. Rick Brinkley, removes language regarding payment of
funds by the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System as a result of
qualified domestic orders. 45-0.
-SB 164, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, modifies language related to mandatory
preclusions for handgun licenses. The bill provides the preclusive period
for a misdemeanor conviction related to illegal drug use or possession
will be 10 years from the date of completion of a sentence. The bill
passed 47 to 0
-SB 101, by Sen. Mark Allen, permits a person who holds an ownership
interest in a restaurant establishment where alcoholic beverages are
lawfully sold incidental to the sale of food or who is an officer,
director or stockholder of a corporation that owns or operates a
restaurant where alcoholic beverages are lawfully sold incidental to the
sale of food to be a licensed bail bondsman. The bill passed 45-1.
• The House of Representatives convened Tuesday and heard the approved
- HB 1965, by Rep. Terry O'Donnell, modifies the scope of the unlawful use
of cellular telephones or any other electronic communication device in
moving motor vehicles, commercial motor vehicles, or public transit. The
measure passed 96-2.
-HB 1825, by Rep. Scott Martin, removes the authority of state agencies
that provide health care or medical services to make a claim against a
taxpayer's individual income tax refund for delinquent balances. The bill
and its emergency clause passed 69-29.
-HB 1747, by Rep. Casey Murdock, Rep. Charles Ortega, Rep. Dennis Johnson,
Rep. Jeff Hickman, Rep. John Pfeiffer, Rep. Mike Sanders, Rep. Scott
Biggs, and Rep. Tom Newell, exempts from taxable income for five taxable
years 100 percent of income received by a person who was a resident of any
other state or jurisdiction and becomes a resident of a county within the
state that is projected by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to decline
in population by 2075. The bill passed 64-11.
• The following bills were passed by House committees Tuesday:
-House Bill 1775, by Rep. Charles McCall, would allow counties to address
the severance of the non-renewable resources of rock, sand, gravel,
granite, and limestone.
-House Bill 1454, by Rep. David Brumbaugh, would prohibit electric
utilities or cooperatives from installing an advanced metering
infrastructure system unless requested by the customer.
-HB1598, by Rep. Sally Kern, creates the Freedom to Obtain Conversion
Therapy Act. As amended, the measure prohibits state government entities
from restricting any mental health provider from providing counseling or
any patient or client from receiving counseling intended to aid patients
or clients in their self-determined objectives of reducing, eliminating,
resolving, or addressing unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors,
identity, or sexual and/or gender-identity expressions. The bill also
grants parents the right to obtain such counseling services.
-HB 1854, by Rep. Wade Rousselot, requires all counseling expenses and
living expense be paid through a child-placing agency directly to a
third-party provider of service or good under the provisions of this bill.
-HB 1918, by Rep. John Jordan, permits a court, in a paternity action
prior to genetic testing to establish paternity under the Uniform
Parentage Act, to award custody to the presumed father if it would be in
the best interests of the child.
HB 1600, by Rep. Sally Kern, requires every physician, surgeon or other
health care professional, and every teacher, administrator or other school
employee to promptly report suspect child abuse or neglect to the law
enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the report.
-HB 2067, by Rep. Jason Nelson, alters the amount of time custody of a
child may be transferred to someone else, by power of attorney, to a
maximum of 40 days.
-HB 1617, by Rep. David Derby, would prohibit a private or state-sponsored
health benefit plan from denying coverage for medically necessary
treatment prescribed by a physician based solely on an insured person's
-HB 1388, by Rep. Casey Murdock, establishes the Public Health and Safety
-HB 1614, by Rep. Katie Henke, creates the Oklahoma Transportation Network
Company Services Act. The bill regulates transportation network companies,
services and drivers.
-HB 1458, by Rep. Dustin Roberts, allows a peace officer to place a
written hold order on a gem or precious metal he or she has probable cause
to believe is stolen or embezzled and is in possession of a dealer.
-HB 1828, by Rep. Scott Martin, modifies membership requirements of the
Construction Industries Board. This bill establishes the Oklahoma
Professional Residential and Commercial Builders Registration Act.
-HB 1002, by Rep. Randy McDaniel, creates the Oklahoma Employment Security
Amendments Act of 2015.
-HB 1067, by Rep. Charles Joyner, modifies the exemptions for those
included in the Alarm and Locksmith Industry act to include an individual
who installs home automation systems.
-HB 1969, by Rep. Terry O'Donnell, creates the Oklahoma Employment First
Act. The bill requires all state agencies to coordinate effects and
collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs,
policies, procedures and funding support competitive integrated employment
of individuals with disabilities.
- HB 2165, by Rep. Mark McCullough, assesses against the party demanding a
jury trial all court costs including reasonable attorney if the party
demanding the jury trial does not receive a verdict that is at least 10
percent more than the assessment award of the appraisers.
-HB 1163, by Rep. David Perryman, creates the Oklahoma Municipal Fire
Protection District Act.
-HB 1589, as amended, by Rep. Ann Coody, modifies the curricular
requirements for mathematics for high school graduation beginning with
students entering the ninth grade in the 2015-16 year, and permits the
substitution of certain technology courses.
- HB 1271, by Rep. Dennis Ray Casey, amends provisions of the Omnibus
School Act of 2015.
- HB 1604, by Rep. Ben Sherrer, requires information of school dropouts,
including the name, address, race and age of any school dropout, available
to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the Bureau
of Indian Affairs, the Military Department of the State of Oklahoma for
use in the youth educational programs provided by the State Department of
Education and the State Department of Health.
• The following bills were passed by Senate committees Tuesday:
-SB 788, by Sen. Dan Newberry, prohibits those who are authorized by law
to perform or solemnize a marriage from being required to perform or
solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to the free
exercise of religion and no church will be required to participate in a
ceremony it disagrees with for religious reasons.
-SB 715, by Sen. Jason Smalley, requires the suspension of a criminal
proceeding if a person who is found to be incompetent because he or she
requires treatment but capable of achieving competence through treatment
be committed to the legal custody of the Department of Mental Health and
Substance Abuse Services or be remanded to the county detention facility.
-SB 802, by Sen. Brian Crain, creates requirements for the appointment of
a discovery master and identifies certain items as grounds for
disqualification from the position. It states the order in which the
discovery master is appointed and the bill allows the court to have the
discretion to direct the discovery master to circulate a proposed
appointing order to the parties and provide for the parties to comment
prior to the order's entry.
-SB 725, by Sen. Mike Schulz, prohibits an individual who has been
convicted of abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult from
inheriting funds or receiving any interest in the estate of the victim.
-SB 378, with its title stricken, by Rep. Dan Newberry, requires an
affidavit of exemption for workers' compensation insurance used by an
exempt roofer be attached to the contract and used for new construction
projects. The bill requires all commercial roofing projects to have
workers covered by workers' compensation insurance, with some exception
for day workers.
-SB 445, by Sen. Mike Mazzei, prohibits the amount of child support
ordered to be paid by a parent to exceed the amount which would otherwise
be ordered if the parent was not eligible for the parenting time
-SB 410, with its title stricken, by Sen. Corey Brooks, modifies the
inclusions related to youthful offender guidelines. The bill now includes
accessory to murder in any degree and accessory to any offense listed
within the bill.
SB 448, by Sen. Brian Crain, requires a district attorney to be domiciled
in the appropriate district for his or her entire term of office. It also
requires any person of the district in which a district attorney serves to
have standing to bring an action in the nature of an action quo warranto
to determine if the district attorney has proper authority.
-SB 215, by Sen. AJ Griffin, modifies the requirements for the application
for a notary commission. The bill requires the availability of blanks for
bonds and oath of office to be available on the Secretary of State website
on a specified website. The bill prohibits a notary public from performing
any notarial act until his or her bond, official seal, oath of office and
loyalty oath has been approved by the Secretary of State.
SB 609, by Sen. Clark Jolley, creates the Oklahoma Education Empowerment
Scholarship Act, received a do pass as amended recommendation from the
committee with its title stricken. The bill would create an education
savings account funded with state dollars for students who transfer out of
public schools to private schools.
-SB 498, by Sen. Mike Mazzei, increases from to$1 million from $250,000
the net increase in payroll in order for an electric power generation
entity to qualify for the five-year ad valorem waiver.
-SB 501, by Sen. Mike Mazzei, requires for facilities placed in operation
on or after January 1, 2007, and before January 1, 2016, to be charged
$0.0050 for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by zero-emission
facilities the amount of the credit for the electricity generated on or
after January 1, 2007.
-SB 502, by Sen. Marty Quinn, modifies self-referential language. The bill
also prohibits any credit allowed by a taxpayer engaged in electric power
generation by means of wind, as described by the North American Industry
System No. 22119.
-SB 387, by Sen. Dan Newberry, allows manufacturing facilities the option
to exclude from its payroll any nonrecurring bonuses, exercise of stock
option or stock rights or other nonrecurring items included in total
-SB 338, by Sen. Robert Standridge, authorizes the Oklahoma Tax Commission
to disclose specific information to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority for
purposes of determining eligibility for current or potential recipients of
assistance from the Oklahoma Medicaid Program.
-SB 499, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, creates the Facilitating Business Rapid
Response to State Declared Disasters Act of 2015.
-SB 339, by Sen. Kyle Loveless, provides an exception to the requirement
of a notarized signature on a certificate of title when there is a
transfer of the ownership of a vehicle to an insurer resulting from the
settlement of a total loss claim.
-SB 824, by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the time frame for distribution of
gross production tax revenue from oil reported to the Tax Commission
having escaped and then was recovered from streams, lakes, ponds, ravines
and other natural depressions.
Wednesday, February 25
• Several bills were approved in Senate committee, including:
-SB 23, by Sen. Marty Quinn, removes outdated language from the Open
Records Act. The bill adds higher education institutions to a list of
entities exempt from disclosing certain business information.
-SB 114, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, authorizes any state agency that
obtains change of address information from the United States Postal
Service to provide it to the State Election Board.
-CS for SB 158, with title stricken, by Sen. A J Griffin, modifies
procedures for circulation of petitions for signatures.
-SJR 31, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, proposes a vote of the people on a
constitutional amendment that states that methods of execution can be
changed. The amendment also states that the death penalty is not cruel and
-SB 707, by Sen. John Ford, requires the State Board of Education, in
consultation with multiple other entities, to develop recommendations for
the requirements a student must met to earn a high school diploma. The
bill requires the Board to hold public meetings and solicit public input,
designate assessments to determine college
readiness, and consider alternative assessments.
-SB 784, by Sen. Clark Jolley, requires the State Board of Education,
prior to the 2017-2018 school year, consider and review a standards-based
system of assessment that monitors progress toward college and career
readiness for grades three through 10.
-SB 177, by Sen. Jim Halligan, modifies the income level for participation
in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access program. The bill changes the
measure of the income to federal adjusted gross income from income from
taxable and nontaxable sources and increases the amount to $55,000 from
-SB 90, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, permits agencies authorized by statute
to conduct national criminal history background checks for individuals to
participate in the Federal Rap Back Program administered by the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation. It authorizes the OSBI to collect all
Federal Rap Back Program fees from eligible agencies wishing to
participate and remit such fees to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
-SB 208, by Sen. Ron Justice creates a total fee of not less than $2,000
nor more than $5,000 per year for injection of drinking water treatment
residuals into a Class V underground injection well.
-SB 141, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, establishes that the Department of
Public Safety shall collect a sum of $15 for each Motor Vehicle Report
they furnish for a commercial driver license. It requires $10 of the fee
be deposited in the General Revenue Fund and $5 be deposited in the
Department of Public Safety Revolving Fund.
-SB 211, by Sen. Patrick Anderson, changes language related to enhanced
sentences for second and subsequent offenses from life imprisonment to 20
years in prison.
-SB 297, by Sen. Ron Justice, creates the Heritage Preservation Act and
the Heritage Preservation Grant Program, within the Oklahoma Historical
-SB 398, by Sen. Frank Simpson, establishes a program, through the
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, to assist in the burial of
honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The bill
provides for a burial grant for any indigent veteran or any person who
qualifies for financial assistance.
-SB 404, by Sen. John Ford, creates the Oklahoma Career Promise Act.
-SB 726, by Sen. Brian Crain, allows any county with a population over
500,000 to administer a five-year pilot program of a Family Safety Center
to provide certain domestic violence program services, contingent on
funding. The bill establishes the services to include assistance obtaining
emergency protective orders, assistance and resources to children exposed
to domestic and family violence, forensic medical documentation, basic
medical assessments and legal support.
SB 738, by Sen. Randy Bass, decreases the apportionment of income tax
revenue from 85.66 percent to 84.66 percent for fiscal years which the
total deposits to the Ad Valorem Reimbursement Fund equal less than $35
-SB 790, as amended, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, eliminates the requirement of
a $25 sum resulting from a criminal conviction to be assessed and credited
to the Oklahoma Court Information System Revolving Fund.
• The Senate convened on Wednesday afternoon and approved several bills,
including the following:
-Floor substitute for SB511 by Sen. Kay Floyd creates the Advisory Council
on Child Homelessness. The floor substitute requires the Oklahoma
Commission on Children and Youth's office of planning and coordination to
include information concerning homeless children and youth in certain
reports. The bill and its emergency clause passed 46 to 0.
-SB 817, by S General Government (S),permits a municipality or public
trust with a municipality as its beneficiary to charge a convenience fee
for the use of debit cards. The bill and its emergency clause passed 46 to
-SB 5, by Sen. Ron Sharp, exempts education employees and people
volunteering for a school from liability for the use of necessary and
reasonable force to control and discipline a student during the time the
student is in attendance at the school or in transit to or from the
school, or any other function authorized by the school district. The bill
and its emergency clause passed 46 to 1.
-SB 20, by Sen. Ron Sharp, modifies language related to teacher
certification. The bill requires the State Board of Education to issue a
teaching certificate to a person who hold a valid out-of-state certificate
and who meets the requirements to be considered highly qualified. The bill
and its emergency clause passed 47 to 0.
-SB 38, by Sen. Wayne Shaw, modifies the conditions under which the
Department of Corrections director may recommend an offender for medical
parole by changing the requirement that an inmate no longer be a threat to
public safety to that inmate no longer be "an unreasonable" threat. The
bill passed 47 to 0.
-SB0072, by Sen. Mike Mazzei requires the Department of Commerce to
initiate on or before Jan. 1, 2017, the annual publication of a report to
forecast for the 10-year period following the publication of each report
the direct state revenue costs and benefits of certain tax credits. The
measure passed 47-0.
-SB0189, by Sen. Ron Sharp creates Oklahoma Performance Informed Budget
and Transparency Act of 2015. The bill changes references to "zero-based"
budgeting to "performance-informed" budgeting. The bill passed 40 to 6
with its title restored and with its enacting clause and emergency clause
• Several bills were passed in House committees on Wednesday, including:
-HB1738, by Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, establishes the Oklahoma Privacy
-HB1074, by Rep. Richard Morrissette states an eligible patient must be
diagnosed with a
terminal illness, have considered all treatments currently approved, has
been unable to participate in a clinical trial, received a recommendation
from a physician and given written consent for the use of the
investigational drug. This legislation has been named, "The Right to Try"
-HB1129, by Rep. Todd Russ, creates the Energy Revenue Stabilization Fund.
The bill provides that money in the Energy Revenue Stabilization Fund will
be subject to appropriation if the amount of gross production tax revenues
from a combination of both natural gas and oil apportioned to the General
Revenue Fund for the most recently completed fiscal year declined by 5
percentage points or more compared to the immediately preceding fiscal
-HB1379 by Rep. Dan Fisher, establishes the Protection of Human Life Act
-HB1562, by Rep. Elise Hall, expands the list of licensed health care
providers permitted to determine if mechanical restraint is required by
the medical needs of the consumer. It also requires that the consumer
receives a face-to-face examination with 1 hour with an approved health
care provider after the restraint is applied.
-HB1813, by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies the requirements for formation of a
recognized political party, requiring a petition to include the signatures
of a minimum of 5,000 registered voters. The bill was laid over at the
request of the author.
--HB1693, by Rep. Lee Denney, modifies provisions related to the
allocation of tax credits in regard to the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity
Education Scholarship Act.
-HB1679, by Rep. Mike Brown, establishes the Oklahoma Clean Energy Finance
Program Act. The bill directs the Governor's Energy Office to oversee the
program and establishes the Clean Energy Program Fund.
-HB1387, by Rep. Casey Murdock, increases the time a person convicted of
cattle theft may spend in the custody of the Department of Corrections
from a maximum of 10 years to 15. The bill also triples the penalty for
such a crime.
-HB1743, by Rep. Lewis Moore, clarifies the county assessor as the proper
party defendant in any appeal to the district court brought by the
taxpayer and vice versa. The bill states in either case the county board
of equalization will not be considered a party in any litigation from an
appeal brought pursuant to this section.
• The House met on Wednesday and the following bills were heard:
-HB1051, by Rep. Dan Kirby, creates the Safe Sports School Act, requiring
each public school district to review the Safe Sports School criteria as
published by a nationwide association of athletic trainers. The bill
passed by a vote of 65 to 26.
-HB1081, by Rep. Pat Ownbey, modifies the duties of the Executive Director
of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The bill allows the Board to impose a
corrective action to a licensed person who violates certain rules. The
bill passed by a vote of 94 to 0.
-HB1113, by Rep. Chuck Hoskin, adds a Department of Transportation
maintenance vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal
or flashing lights, or of a Turnpike Authority maintenance vehicle
properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal or flashing lights
to the list of vehicles to which drivers of other vehicles must yield the
right-of-way. The bill passed by a vote of 96 to 0.
• HB1347, by Rep. Wade Rousselot, requires payment for any prescription
drugs prescribed by the treating physician be continued during the appeal
of a workers' compensation case. The bill passed by a vote of 54 to 40.
-HB1860, by Rep. Harold Wright, authorizes the submission of notarized
affidavit in purposes related to the issuance of driver licenses. The bill
passed by a vote of 95 to 0.
Thursday, February 26
• The Senate met Thursday morning and approved several bills, including:
-SB 81 by Sen. Mike Mazzei, modifies the time period and condition under
which certain tax credits are allowed. Passed 39-0.
-SB 207 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, repeals certain provisions relating to the
Oklahoma Union Soliders Home, Oklahoma Memorial Hospital and disabled
certificates. Passed 42-0.
-SB 308 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, modifies procedures for legislative review
and proves for amendment and instructions. Passed 39-2.
-SB 336 by Sen. John Ford, provides sales tax exemption for certain
non-profit entities or organizations for certain purposes. Passed 38-0.
-SB 346 by Sen. Nathan Dahm, addresses the Governor's Transparency Act of
2015. Passed 39-0.
-SB 449 by Sen. Corey Brooks, requires notice to certain people in adult
guardianship and protective proceedings. Passed 39-0.
-SB 659 by Sen. Randy Bass, modifies definitions of the Home Bakery Act.
-SB674 by Sen. Jim Halligan, creates the 24/7 Tobacco-free Schools Act.
Other news this week
• State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister commended both
the House and Senate Education Committees this week for approving bills
aimed at reducing seven end-of-instruction (EOI) exams. Senate Bill 707,
authored by state Sen. John Ford, and House Bill 1272, authored by state
Rep. Dennis Casey direct the State Board of Education to develop
recommendations for high school graduation requirements, as well as one or
more assessments that colleges and universities utilize to determine
• Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt secured a judgment in a suit
against a Miami, OK restaurant owner accused by employees of widespread
predatory sexual harassment. The judgment is the first of its kind under
the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act since the 1970s. Pruitt indicated it
sends a strong message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in
The consent judgment, which will remain in effect for five years, requires
Yun Chang, owner of Chinese Chef's Buffet, Inc., to comply with the
Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act (OADA). Chang has agreed to pay $21,000
to resolve the suit. Along with the payment, Chang will be required to
provide harassment and discrimination prevention training for all
employees of his restaurant to ensure compliance with the OADA.
Chang also must adopt legally compliant anti-discrimination and
anti-harassment policies and procedures, post a notice in the workplace
regarding the judgment and regarding his duty to comply with the law, and
submit periodic reports to OCRE to prove ongoing compliance efforts for
five years. Following satisfactory compliance with the five-year term of
the judgment, OCRE will dismiss the proceedings against Chang and Chinese