Monday, March 7, 2016
• The Senate approved 37 bills on Monday as it worked toward this week’s deadline for bills to be heard in their chamber of origin, including the following:
-SJR 72, by Sen. Rob Standridge and Rep. John Jordan, proposes a vote of the people to repeal Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution, which prohibits the use of public monies or property for sectarian or religious purposes. The resolution passed 39 to 5.
-SB 743, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Casey Murdock, requires the Department of Public Safety to notify all railroad companies whose railroad right of way is impacted by an oversize or overweight vehicle's route prior to the use of the route. The bill passed 46 to 0.
-SB 888, by Sen. Roger Thompson and Rep. Steve Kouplen, exempts grant monies provided to a municipality from any federal, state, or other governmental entity from the income calculation that determines where a municipality are required to have conducted an annual financial statement audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S. and "Government Auditing Standards" as issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. The bill and its emergency clause passed 46 to 0.
-SB 972, by Sen. Jason Smalley and Rep. David Derby, removes the requirement that an autocycle have a fully enclosed compartment for the driver and any passenger. The bill passed 43 to 1.
-SB 993, with title restored, by Sen. Joseph Silk and Rep. R.C. Pruett, permits mail-in ballots may be counted toward the required 5 percent of members necessary to constitute a quorum of an electrical cooperative if allowed by the bylaws of a cooperative. The bill and its emergency clause passed 45 to 0.
-SB 990, by Sen. Roger Thompson and Rep. Travis Dunlap, permits a person who owns a business with no more than five employees to be exempted from jury duty. Passed 47 to 0.
-SB 1005, by Sen. Brian Crain and Rep. Jon Echols, creates
the Oklahoma Achieving a
-SB 1011, by Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Leslie Osborn, requires a municipality with a governing body consisting of fewer than seven members to approve the creation of an indebtedness or obligation for an express trust by a three-fifths vote of the governing body. The bill passed 47 to 0.
-SB 1091, by Sen. Rob Standridge, establishes statute of limitations for Medicaid fraud, pursuant to Section 1005 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The bill passed 46 to 0.
-SB 1125, Sen. Ron Justice and Rep. Leslie Osborn, modifies the type of documentation required for the sale of motor vehicles to include a certificate of ownership form, as approved by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and available at the Tax Commission or through a motor license agent. It modifies the type of vehicles to now include those being sold to a scrap metal dealer, pursuant to Oklahoma Statutes. The bill passed 46 to 0.
-SB 1150, by Sen. Rob Standridge and Rep. Doug Cox, prohibits the sale or wholesale of dangerous drugs, medicines, medical gasses, chemical or poisons without first obtaining a license from the State Board of Pharmacy. The bill repeals language relating to illegal acts regarding drugs and the management of pharmacies, use of support personnel and pharmacy technician permits, renewal certification and alternate methods of meeting continuing education requirements. The bill passed 43 to 2.
-SB 1166, by Sen. Brian Crain and Rep. John Paul Jordan, authorizes issuance of subpoenas for records in any investigation relating to crimes committed against the Department of Human Services or programs administered by the Department. The bill prescribes contents of subpoenas, requires compliance and permits punishment for violations. Passed 46 to 0.
-SB 1206, by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. Gary Banz, provides
for an additional class of
-SB 1249, by Sen. Kay Floyd and Rep. Lee Denney, establishes the deadline for determination of final protective order to be within six months. The bill passed 45 to 0.
-SB 1252, with title restored, by Sen. Kay Floyd and Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, requires information relating to the voluntary compliance initiatives to be included on Open Books website. The bill requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission to produce a report which contains information about every taxpayer who participated in the voluntary compliance initiative and requires the report to be electronically published. The bill passed 45 to 0.
-SB 1283, with title restored, by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. Leslie Osborn, modifies the dates when certain apportionments of the gross production tax occur. The bill and its emergency clause passed 46 to 0.
-SB 1318, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Leslie Osborn, allows the Corporation Commission to revoke, suspend or deny registration or issuance of license plates. The bill removes language regarding assessed fees and mileage reporting. The bill and emergency clause passed 40 to 6.
-SB 1327, with title restored, by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Randy Grau, modifies language related to support orders. The bill clarifies language related to filing petitions challenging the jurisdiction of foreign countries. The bill modifies statutory references to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. The bill clarifies language related to communications involving a child support enforcement agency. The bill clarifies language related to communications between in-state and out-of-state tribunals concerning proceedings. The bill specifies the Department of Human Services is required to take all appropriate measures to request a child support order for the obligee if the application for recognition and enforcement was received in accordance with statute. The bill passed 38 to 8.
-SB 1336, with title stricken, by Sen. Brian Crain and Rep. Casey Murdock, permits a hospital or two or more hospitals located within a county or adjacent counties, or located within a county or adjacent counties and a municipality, to jointly create a public trust and subsidiary districts for the purposes of submitting to voters of each such county the question of whether to impose a tax for the financial support of hospitals within each district. The bill requires the boundaries of a hospital trust be coextensive with the boundaries of a county or a group of member counties. The bill requires the county or counties, or the county or counties and municipality in which a hospital trust is established, to approve and be the beneficiary of the public trust according to statute. The bill establishes minimum requirements for the instrument creating the hospital trust. The bill establishes requirements for the trust board of directors. It requires that each trust receive approval from the Attorney General that the public trust is in the proper form. It also requires that a certified copy of the public trust agreement be filed with the Secretary of State and with the court clerk of each beneficiary county and municipality. The bill passed 41 to 5.
-SB 1342, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep. Tom Newell, modifies
the Taxpayer Transparency Act. It changes the term "expenditure of
state funds" to the term "expenditure of funds" and includes
-SB 1357, by Sen. Jim Halligan, requires the State Department of Health’s Oklahoma Food Service Advisory Council's recommendations include training which relates to food safety in schools and is recognized by a national board, council, commission or other entity specializing in best practices for supervisors of school food operations. It increases the council's membership from 13 to 14. The bill passed 25 to 19.
-SB 1360, with title stricken, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep.
Pat Ownbey, modifies statutory references to organ procurement organizations.
The bill also permits a hospital to adopt guidelines for the interaction
between organ procurement organizations and hospital staff. It provides
that nothing in the Oklahoma Uniform Anatomical Gift Act should be construed
as to authorize an organ procurement organization to use coercion or emotional
abuse of patients, families of patients, physicians or hospital staff
in any aspect of the organ donation process, including but
-SB 1369, by Sen. Kay Floyd and Rep. Cyndi Munson, defines the terms "homeless children and youth," "runaway," and "youth at risk of homelessness." The bill requires information concerning youth at risk of homelessness and runaways be included in report from the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth's Office of Planning and Coordination.
-SB 1374, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep. Lee Denney, changes the term "life care community" to "not-for-profit life care community" and, among other existing requirements, provides that the term does not include any facility where the endowed payment prior to the delivery of services does not exceed $100,000 or an amount actuarially established to meet the cost of the promised services, whichever is greater. The bill passed 47 to 0.
-SB 1395, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep. Elise Hall, prohibits the public display of a licensee's personal residential address on the face of any license issued pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Cosmetology and Barbering Act, It allows the personal address information, if publically displayed on a valid license, to be redacted by the licensee until the license is renewed and no longer bears his or her personal residential address. The bill passed 47 to 0.
-SB 1511, by Sen. Anthony Sykes and Rep. Mark McCullough, allows the title of a motor vehicle that is not subject to any lien or other encumbrance to be transferred in a transfer-on-death form by filing with the Tax Commission a written notice of transfer signed by the transferor and designating the transferee. The bill passed 47 to 0.
-SB 1515, by Sen. Rob Standridge, modifies and deletes definitions relating to penalties, civil actions, procedure and jurisdiction. The bill modifies requirements for liability and increases certain penalties. The bill updates statutory references and modifies requirements for intervention. The bill establishes a statute of limitations for action and establishes procedures for intervention. The bill passed 43 to 2.
-SB 1526, by Sen. Ervin Yen and Rep. Doug Cox, transfers powers and duties of the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program from the Physician Manpower Training Commission to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce by July 1, 2016. It extensively modifies references to the Commission to now reflect the proposed transfer to the Department. It abolishes the Commission, and transfers all responsibilities, authorities, debts, etc., to the Department. It repeals language relating to the Commission. The bill passed 37 to 7.
-SJR 44, with title restored, by Rep. David Holt and Rep. John Montgomery, proposes a vote of the people to amend the Constitution to change the cap on the Constitutional Reserve Fund from 15 percent of the General Fund certification to 15 percent to the amount of the total state budget. It would also require the State Board of Equalization to certify the total amount of the state budget. The resolution passed 46 to 1.
-SJR 64, with title restored, by Sen. John Ford and Rep.
Gary Banz, proposes a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment
that would enact a new Section 8 in Article 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution.
The amendment would require each person appearing to vote to announce
his or her name to an election official and provide proof of identity.
It would provide that a voter identification card issued by the county
election board would also serve as proof of identity. It authorizes the
Legislature to enact laws to implement the provisions of the new
-SB 1095, as amended, by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Jon Echols, passed 46 to 0. The bill provides an exception from liability for any person with a current motor vehicle insurance policy at the required minimum limits who volunteers to provide transportation that does not exceed the limits of such insurance policy, except for gross negligence or willful or wanton conduct committed in providing such transportation. The amendment, by Dahm, exempts a person who does not possess a current motor vehicle policy when providing transportation from the limitation on liability.
-SB 1341, as amended, by Treat and Echols, modifies language
related to the board of adjustment. The bill provides that at any time
during the pendency of an automatic stay or a similar provision of municipal
law any party to a proceeding before the board of adjustment may object
to the maintenance of the stay by filing an application with the district
court to lift the stay. The bill requires the court to lift the stay if
no parties object to the application. It requires the court to consider
and to resolve the matter no later than 60 days following the filing of
the application if any parties oppose the application to lift the stay.
It requires the court determine whether the stay should remain in effect
by considering the likelihood of success on the merits by the party seeking
to maintain the stay; irreparable harm to the party seeking to maintain
the stay if the stay is lifted; relative effect on the other interested
parties; and public policy concerns arising out of the preservation of
the stay. The bill permits the court to lift or preserve the stay on such
terms as to bond or otherwise as it considers proper for the security
of the rights of the parties.
-SB 1459, with title restored, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski
and Rep. Ken Walker, passed as amended 44 to 2. The bill provides that
a nonprofit charitable organization which is exempt from taxation as a
501 (c)(3) and which accepts donations of used motor vehicles previously
titled in Oklahoma to be repaired and subsequently transferred to another
owner will only be considered a motor vehicle dealer when registration
and titling of motor vehicles previously titled in Oklahoma and donated
to the qualifying organization; procurement and use of dealer demonstrator
license plates issued by the Oklahoma Tax Commission upon the qualifying
• The Senate Health and Human Services Committee gave its approval Monday to three of Gov. Mary Fallin's nominees to state boards:
• Matthew Brosi, Stillwater, to the State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure, to serve an unexpired term ending October 31, 2016, succeeding Bradley McKay and sponsored by Sen. James Halligan, R-Stillwater.
• Beverly D. Coon, Arcadia, to the State Board of Licensed Social Workers, to serve a five-year term ending June, 1, 2021, succeeding herself and sponsored by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond.
• Tracy Copp, Claremore, to the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators, to serve an unexpired term ending October 31, 2017, succeeding Denise Wilson and sponsored by Sen. Mary Quinn, R-Claremore.
-HB 2097, by Rep. Glen Mulready and Sen. Bill Brown, states insurers are not required to offer or provide state-mandated health benefits required by Oklahoma law or rule in health insurance policies sold to Oklahoma residents and any insurer in the state will offer at least one policy that does not provide any of the mandated health benefits. The bill deletes requirements for decisions on emergency service, chiropractic and eye care coverage. The bill repeals language related to health benefits; the Health Savings Account Act; and subsidiaries of insurers. It repeals language related to coverage of off-label uses of prescription drugs as it relates to the Kidney Health Planning Act of Oklahoma. The bill passed by a vote of 88 to 1.
-HB 2261, by Rep. Chuck Hoskin and Sen. John Sparks, clarifies
statutory language in the
-HB 2503, by Rep. John Pfeiffer and Sen. Nathan Dahm, prohibits the Oklahoma Sheep and Wool Commission from expending more than 35 percent of the funds it receives for administrative expenses and removes all references to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. The bill passed by a vote of 85 to 0.
-HB 2553, with the title stricken, by Rep. Harold Wright and Sen. Don Barrington, modifies the definition of relocation permit as it relates to outdoor advertising and highway advertising controls. The bill passed by a vote of 91 to 0.
-HB 2651, by Rep. Seneca Scott and Sen. A J Griffin, creates the Oil and Gas Waste Efficiency and Recycling Act. The bill requires the Corporation Commission to work in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy and Environment, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Department of Environmental Quality to implement recommendations of the Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group as appointed by the Governor; continue developing an energy and industry water-use best-practices guidance and recognition program; and continue promoting and supporting initiatives to increase the use of marginal-quality water supplies in energy and industrial applications. The bill passed by a vote of 91 to 0.
-HB 2747, by Rep. Richard Morrissette and Sen. Kyle Loveless,
creates the Oklahoma Blue Alert Act. It defines terms used therein. It
requires the Department of Public Safety to develop and
-HB 2756, by Rep. Dan Kirby and Sen. Kimberly David, allows a direct shipper's permit to be issued by the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission to a winery licensed in this or any other state as a wine producer, supplier, importer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer. The bill states that a permit will allow a winery to ship up to 24 9-liter cases of wine annually directly to an Oklahoma resident over the age of 21 years for their personal use and not for resale. It directs the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission to promulgate rules governing the application, issuance and renewal of a direct shipper's permits, and includes some general requirements including payment of a $100 registration fee for original permits and a $50 fee for renewals. The bill also establishes guidelines for shippers. The bill passed by a vote of 73 to 20.
-HB 2823, by Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Jim Halligan, requires
that a career technology
-HB 2835, as amended, by Rep. Jon Echols, deletes age limitation
included in definitions for
-HB 2856, by Rep. Sean Roberts, requires the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to promulgate rules that require an individual who is a licensed physical therapist in good standing and has obtained comparable continuing education in another state to receive a license to practice physical therapy in this state. The bill passed by a vote of 75 to 14.
-HB 2963, by Rep. Jason Nelson and Sen. Greg Treat, removes the exemption of a person, attorney or child-placing agency from prosecution if information provided to the court is fraudulent or false. The bill modifies the definition of services provided by child-placing agency employees. The bill requires approval by the court if additional costs are expected with an adoption. The bill passed by a vote of 87 to 0.
-HB 2967, by Rep. Jason Nelson, and Sen. David Holt, authorizes a school district board of education to enter into a written contract with persons who are student teachers if the district has one or more high-needs school. The bill prohibits a student teacher from entering into a contract the ensuing fiscal year unless certain requirement for certifications have been met. The bill allows the board to choose not to renew the contract. The bill sets requirements regarding contracts for the ensuing fiscal year. The bill and its emergency clause passed by a vote of 80 to 6.
-HB 2996, by Rep. Lewis Moore and Sen. Bill Brown, requires any stop-loss insurance coverage issued by an insurer authorized to do business in this state to provide an aggregate retention of no more than 110% of the expected claims. It requires the Insurance Commissioner to have the authority to waive the requirements for aggregate stop-loss coverage if deemed appropriate by the Commissioner. The bill passed by a vote of 83 to 7.
-HB 3114, by Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, and Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie, creates the Oklahoma Teacher Career Paths, Leadership Roles and Compensation Framework Act to promote continuous improvement in the quality teaching workforce in Oklahoma and to give Oklahoma teachers the opportunity for career recognition that reflects the various roles teachers play as educational leaders, a framework for Oklahoma teacher career paths, leadership roles and compensation. The bill sets a framework to accomplish certain goals and salaries. The bill defines terms and requires the board of education of a school district to implement the framework and appoint a site-based review council for each school site. The bill requires the council to fulfill certain duties. The bill requires the Department of Education to submit an annual report. The bill passed by a vote of 60 to 31.
-HB 3146, with the title restored, by Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. Greg Treat, creates the Impaired Driving Elimination Act (IDEA). It allows a municipality having a municipal court not of record to create a limited municipal criminal court of record to establish municipal jurisdiction over violations of ordinances prohibiting driving, operating or being in the actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. It establishes guidelines for creating a limited municipal criminal court of record, effective on or after January 1, 2017. The bill establishes the jurisdiction of such court and establishes penalties while providing for the remittance of fines and fees. It provides for jury trials and authorizes administrative fees for deferred sentences. The bill provides for the appointment and compensation of judges and specifies qualifications. The bill outlines the powers and duties and explains the procedure for selecting jurors and the conduct of jury trials. The bill requires the courts to comply with the criminal code of procedure and outlines the powers of judges and court clerks. It also outlines sentencing procedures and provides a manner by which to expunge records. The bill also provides for an appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals. The bill also modifies the penalties and fines for violations to municipal ordinances. The amendment adds a $15 assessment and directs those funds to be used for a DUI database to be housed within the Department of Public Safety. The bill passed by a vote of 82 to 5.
-HB 3157, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, modifies the application for school districts that enter into mutual contracts under the Oklahoma School Consolidation and Annexation Act. The bill defines new terms and prohibits the total amount of assistance paid over the three-year period for a contract with a school employee other than a superintendent be more than $50,000.00. The bill passed by a vote of 66 to 27. The emergency passed 68 to 26.
-HB 3158, as amended, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, authorizes the Corporation Commission to take whatever action is necessary, without notice of hearing, to promptly respond to emergency situations having potentially critical environmental or public safety impact and resulting from activities within its jurisdiction including without limitation the issuance or execution of administrative agreements by the Oil and Gas Conservation Division of the Corporation Commission. The bill and its emergency clause passed by a vote of 92 to 0.
-HB 3166, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, requires the Oklahoma State
Regents for Higher Education to include their annual report to the Legislature
and the governor, information about the budget prepared by the State Regents
setting out in detail the necessary expenses of the State Regents for
the next fiscal year; the budget requests or proposals submitted by each
institution to the State Regents for the next fiscal year; the funding
formula or allotment system used by the
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
• The full Senate passed the following bills on Tuesday:
-SB 1403, by Sen. Anthony Sykes and Rep. Kevin Calvey, creates
the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act and defines terms.
The bill requires a physician's orders for life-sustaining treatment to
be executed, implemented, reviewed, and revoked in accordance with the
-SB 900, by Sen. Corey Brooks and Rep. Jeff Coody, modifies the exemption from motor vehicle excise tax exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill permits the exemption to be utilized more than one time every three years when the vehicle is a replacement for a vehicle that was destroyed and declared by the insurer to be a total loss claim. The bill passed 42 to 0.
-SB 983, by Sen. Roger Thompson and Rep. Scott Martin, creates
the nine-member Health Information Technology Advisory Board to provide
guidance related to health information technology and act in an advisory
capacity to the Chief Information Officer and to advise in the development
of a long-range plan for health information technology including, but
not limited to, the use of electronic health records, statewide data sharing
interchanges among health information exchanges, health information service
providers and other methods of incorporating and monitoring information
technology in pursuit of protecting the privacy of patient personal and
-SB 1071, by Sen. Dan Newberry and Katie Henke, exempts a rental residence occupant who has no rental agreement with the landlord and with whom the landlord has not consented to creating a tenancy from the provisions of the Oklahoma Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The bill grants a landlord the right to demand that such an occupant vacate the dwelling unit or the premises or both and provides the landlord will not be required to commence eviction proceedings. It provides that if the occupant wrongfully fails to comply within a reasonable time, the occupant will, upon conviction, be guilty of a trespass and may be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by confinement in the county jail for a period not to exceed 30 days or by both fine and imprisonment. The bill passed 45 to 0.
-SB 1083, by Sen. Dan Newberry and Rep. Jon Echols, modifies the use of the affidavit of exemption relating to workers' compensation insurance under the Roofing Contractor Registration Act. The bill requires the exemption to be used only for residential construction projects, while all commercial projects are required to cover all individuals performing work to be covered by workers' compensation insurance as employees of the person registered under the Roofing Contractor registration Act. The bill allows any day laborer with proof of workers' compensation insurance under a temporary labor agency to provide an affidavit from the agency. The bill prohibits any homeowner from being held liable for injury or death to any person who performs work under a contract with a person required by law to be registered under the Roofing Contractor Registration Act. The bill passed 44 to 2.
-SB 1297, by Sen. Josh Brecheen and Rep. Mark McCullough, adds the definition of a private school under the Oklahoma Campus Security Act, which allows them to set up their own police department. The bill passed 45 to 0.
-SB 1371, with title restored, by Sen. Kimberly David and Rep. Pat Ownbey, removes language that sets the rate of reimbursement from the Office of Juvenile Affairs to counties to renovate existing juvenile detention facilities, to construct new juvenile detention facilities, to operate juvenile detention facilities and otherwise provide for secure juvenile detention services and alternatives to secure detention. The bill removes outdated language. The bill also removes language that required a certain number of beds to be located in particular places. The bill requires OJA to promulgate necessary rules. The bill passed 39 to 0.
-SB 1386, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Glen Mulready, authorizes
the creation and submission of a State Innovation Waiver for the purpose
of creating Oklahoma health insurance products that improve health and
health care quality while controlling costs. It provides that the State
Innovation Waiver may include multiple waiver submissions under federal
waiver authorities. It requires the waiver to be created consistent with
the innovation design plan developed through the Oklahoma Health Improvement
Plan. It requires it be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature along with
-SB 1424, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Pat Ownbey, requires
the Office of Juvenile Affairs to require national criminal history records
searches for operators making a request to establish a detention center
municipal juvenile facility, community intervention center or secure facility
licensed or certified by the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The bill also
requires national criminal history records searches for employee or applicant
of a secure detention center, municipal juvenile facility, community intervention
center or secure facility licensed or certified by the Office of
-SB 1506, by Sen. Kim David, allows a residential care home, upon written request to the State Department of Health, to participate in an informal dispute resolution panel or an alternate dispute resolution panel. The bill defines terms and requires the Department to appoint the panel according to certain criteria. The bill passed 42 to 0.
-SB 1507, with title restored, by Sen. Kim David, authorizes the Director of the Office of Disability Concerns to purchase cards for invoices relating to telecommunication services. The bill passed 43 to 1.
-SJR 65, with title restored, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep.
Elise Hall, proposes a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment
that directs the Governor to appoint the Commissioner
-SB 1179, by Sen. Jason Smalley and Rep. Doug Cox, expands definitions used in the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment Program to include health center and teaching health center. The amendment permits the Physician Manpower Training Commission to accept donations of public or private funds to assist in funding the Medical Loan Repayment Program. It also permits the commission to contract with other public entities and non-profit corporations for the endowment, management and administration of such funds
-SB 1388, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Doug Cox, allows the
Grand River Dam Authority to make reasonable regulations governing, and
in the interest of defraying costs associated with the
-FS for SB 1431, by Sen. Jason Smalley and Rep. Dennis Ray
Casey, requires the State Board of Education to establish a process to
identify schools in the state that are persistently listed as low performing
in accordance with federal law. It requires that a district board of education
for a school identified as being among the schools in the state that are
persistently in low performing to implement a locally developed, evidence-based
intervention model for the school. It requires the district board of education
of such school to seek state support from the State Department of Education
if the school is identified for improvement by the State Board for four
consecutive years. It specifics what constitutes state support and how
long the school is allowed to receive it. It authorizes the State Board
to assume control over schools. It requires the State Department
-SB 16, with title restored, by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep.
John Enns, permits the Oklahoma
-SB0735, with title restored, by Sen. Kimberly David and
Rep. David Derby, allows a person 21
-SB 955, with title restored, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski,
removes the requirement that certain
-SB 1016, by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Gary Banz, requires
a voter registration applicant to affirmatively consent to the use of
his or her driver license or identification card record and signature
for voter registration purposes. The bill requires the State Election
Board Secretary to compare the information in the record of the applicant's
driver license or identification card of the Department of Public Safety
with the information submitted on the application and ensures that the
information on the application substantially matches the information in
the driver license or identification card record. It requires that the
digital signature contained in the driver license or identification card
record of the applicant be obtained from the Department of Public Safety
-SB 1059, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Leslie Osborn, modifies revenue apportionment of overweight fees and fines for motor vehicles. The bill modifies operational hours of the operation of weigh stations from 24 hours a day to 18 to 20 hours a day. The bill passed 38 to 1.
-SB 1060, by Sen. Mark Allen and Rep. George Faught, authorizes circuit engineering districts to establish a financing and lease purchase agreement program for road machinery and equipment to be utilized by participating counties. It allows the circuit engineering district to promulgate rules to assist in developing cooperative and affordable financing and coordinating participating counties with eligible financial solutions. The bill passed 42 to 0.
-SB 1240, by Sen. Mike Mazzei and Rep. Weldon Watson, creates
the Oklahoma Public Safety
-SB 1340, by Sen. A J Griffin and Rep. David Derby, authorizes the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to develop and implement a premium assistance plan to assist eligible Oklahomans in purchasing a health savings account plan under the Oklahoma Medicaid Program Reform Act of 2003. It also requires the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to conduct a wage audit for employers participating in the Insure Oklahoma program to ensure that wages for participants are comparable to prevailing wages. The bill requires the Department of Commerce to prepare an annual report to be presented to the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the House Speaker. The bill passed 37 to 0.
-SB 1448, by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Sean Roberts, changes
the name of the Home Bakery Act of 2013 to the Right to Commerce Act.
The bill clarifies language related to ability of a producer of eggs to
sale eggs. It exempts Oklahoma producers of eggs from certain provisions
of Title 2 and provides that the statute does not prohibit the sale of
eggs produced on the farm or property and sold directly to the consumer.
It requires that the eggs sold be produced by hens maintained on the farm
or property from which the eggs are sold. It limits the size of a flock
-SB 1477, with title stricken, by Sen. Ervin Yen and Rep. Doug Cox, modifies definitions and references to specific organizations under the Oklahoma Sleep Diagnostic Testing Regulation Act and restores stricken language. The bill passed 40 to 0.
-HB 2337, by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft and Sen. Robert Standridge,
creates the Oklahoma
-HB 2262, by Rep. Chuck Hoskin and Sen. Randy Bass, creates
the Freedom to Display the
-HB 2599, by Rep. Justin Wood, defines critical infrastructure
facilities and other terms. The bill
-HB 2616, as amended, by Rep. Todd Thomsen, modifies language
related to the Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997. The bill updates
language related to the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund (OUSF). The bill
modifies the procedure for eligible providers to seek and obtain funding
and allows the OUSF administrator to issue a determination within 60 days
of the receipt of a request. The bill allows 15 days to file a request
for reconsideration. The bill adds and modifies definitions relating to
the measure. The bill deletes language relating to services declared to
be Special Universal Services and redefines terms and conditions. The
-HB 2658, by Rep. Casey Murdock and Sen. Bryce Marlatt,
requires the Commissioners of
-HB 2720, as amended, by Rep. Emily Virgin, requires all
votes by the board of education of a school district relating to converting
all or part of a traditional public school site to a conversion charter
school be held in an open public session. The bill requires a conversion
charter school to comply with all accountability measures that are required
of the traditional public schools in the school district according to
state and federal law. It adds that a conversion charter school be effective
for five years from the first day of operation or for less than five years
if determined by a vote of the board of education of the school district.
It allows a conversion charter school to
-HB 2801, as amended, by Rep. Scooter Park, modifies qualifications for correctional officers. The bill allows officers who have been reinstated within three years to repeat the pre-service training requirement. The bill passed by a vote of 92 to 0.
-HB 2803, by Rep. David Derby, increases the age from 23 to 26 and adds enrollment at a technology center as qualifying characteristics of the waiver the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is required to apply for to extend health care benefits. The bill passed by a vote of 84 to 6.
-HB 2929, by Rep. Jason Dunnington and Sen. Kyle Loveless,
clarifies language related to discriminatory wages. It makes it unlawful
for an employer to discharge or in any other manner
-HB 2957, as amended, by Rep. Michael Rogers, removes references
to quantitative components
-HB 3120, by Rep. Scott Martin, authorizes the Department of Securities to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food, lodging, meeting facility, facilitator fees and travel expenses, exhibitor fees and other authorized expenses as may be necessary to host, conduct, sponsor or participate in conferences, meetings, training sessions or initiatives promoting or otherwise relating to investor education. The bill passed by a vote 59 to 36. The emergency clause failed 40 to 37.
HB 2585, by Rep. Mark Lepak and Sen. Wayne Shaw, prohibits any person from being disqualified from pursing, practicing or engaging in any occupation for which a license is required solely or in part because of a prior conviction, unless it is a conviction directly related to the occupation for which the license is sought. The measure was approved 59 to 31.
-HB 2387, by Rep. Claudia Griffith and Sen. A J Griffin,
authorizes the Oklahoma Health Care
-HB 1553, as amended, by Rep. Earl Sears and Sen. Mike Mazzei, creates the Heavy Equipment Rental Tax Act. The bill levies a rental tax of 1% on the rental price of all qualified heavy equipment rented by a qualified renter or individual, and requires that such tax be in lieu of ad valorem taxes upon such equipment. The amendment takes out language regarding exemptions for tax for government entities. The bill passed by a vote of 55 to 30.
-HB 2391, by Rep. Ben Sherrer and Sen. Patrick Anderson, exempting preplacement home study for child living with grandparent for not less than one year as of the date the petition for adoption is filed. It also waives the requirement that a home study report be made if the child to be adopted is the biological or adopted child of the spouse of the petitioner or the grandchild of either of the petitioners.
-HB 2427, by Rep. Sally Kern and Sen. Nathan Dahm, updates
and modifies definition to "handguns" and "concealed handgun"
in relation to the Oklahoma Firearms Act of 1971 and the
-HB 2614, by Rep. Todd Thomsen, adds an exclusion for public schools to not provide education services in the regular school setting for a student who has been removed from a public or private school in the state or another state by administrative or judicial process for an act of using electronic communication with intent to terrify, intimidate or harass, or threaten to inflict injury or physical harm to faculty or other students. The bill and its emergency clause passed by a vote of 83 to 1.
-HB 3156, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, allows a school district that has received an average grade of C or above on the annual school reports prepared by the State Board of Education to elect to be exempt from all statutory requirements and State Board rules that charter schools are exempt from by adoption of a resolution by the board of education of the school district. It directs that prior to adoption of a resolution, the board will give notice of the proposed action which includes a list of the statutory requirements or mandates and State Board rules from which the board is proposing to be exempt and will also provide for a period of public review and comment. The bill passed by a vote of 81 to 13.
-HB 3159, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, provides that once a person has served 85 percent of the sentence imposed, the person shall be placed on the first available parole docket of the Pardon and Parole Board immediately following the date upon which the person has served the required term of imprisonment. It adds that in no instance shall the number of earned credits accumulated by a person exceed 5 percent of the total number of days of the prison sentence of the person. It allows the Department of Corrections to apply the accumulated credits after 85 percent of the sentence imposed has been served provided; however, in no instance will the application of earned credits result in the immediate discharge of the person from custody. It requires the granting of earned credits to be at the discretion of the Director based on certain criteria. The bill passed by a vote of 96 to 1.
-HB 3167, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, eliminates designated maximum and minimum speed limits and requires the Department of Transportation to determine maximum speed limits based on engineering and traffic investigations used to determine the speed that is reasonable and safe under the conditions found to exist on the highway or part of the highway. The bill passed by a vote of 86 to 8.
-HJR 1038, by Rep. Doug Cox and Sen. Robert Standridge, requires all services provided to Medicaid recipients admitted as inpatients in a hospital be considered as acute, inpatient hospital services, regardless of the level of Medicaid reimbursement provided for such services. The measure passed by a vote of 88 to 0.
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-SB 1423, by Sen. A.J. Griffin and Rep. Bobby Cleveland,
allows students in grades nine through 12 who transfer from public to
private schools, or private to public, to be eligible to participate in
school-related extramural competitions governed by the Oklahoma Secondary
-SB 770, by Sen. Anthony Sykes and Rep. Dennis Johnson,
includes the Judicial Nominating
-SB 1112, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski and Rep. Scott Biggs,
establishes the Land Mobile Radio Public Safety Interoperability Cooperative.
The bill requires the Cooperative to be governed by a
-SB 1200, by Sen. A J Griffin and Rep. John Jordan, modifies language relating to an adjudicated child in need of supervision and who has violated a court order. The bill passed 44 to 0.
-SB 1233, by Sen. A J Griffin and Rep. John Paul Jordan, allows a youthful offender to remain in custody or under the supervision of the Office of Juvenile Affairs until the youthful offender's 19th birthday, at which time the youthful offender must be returned to the court for final disposition of the case. The bill passed 44 to 0.
-SB 1326, with title stricken, by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep.
John Pfeiffer, requires two-thirds approval of the Senate of all compacts
and cooperative agreements, as well as the renewal of any existing compacts
or cooperative agreements. The bill removes the requirement that compacts
and agreements with Native American tribes receive approval by the Joint
Committee on State-Tribal Relations and replaces it with the requirement
of two-thirds approval of the Senate. The bill removes exemptions from
approval by the Joint Committee on State Tribal Relations for agreements
with a tribe to run a juvenile detention facility. It adds a
-SB 1380, with title restored, by Sen. John Ford and Rep.
Jadine Nollan, modifies graduation requirements by amending the description
of laboratory science units or sets of competencies. It
-SB 1496, by Sen. Dan Newberry and Rep. Elise Hall, modifies
definitions related to engineers and clarifies language and adds definitions
related to qualifications of board members, powers of board, expenditures,
annual reports, rosters, qualifications for licensure, applications, examinations
and certificates. It allows the State Board of Licensure for Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors to give scholarships to individuals advancing
toward obtaining an accredited degree in engineering or land surveying.
The bill allows the Board to contract with other state agencies and nonprofit
corporation for the endowment, management and administration of the scholarships.
The bill allows the requirements of the scholarships to be determined
-SB1541, by Sen. A J Griffin and Rep. John Enns, modifies the duties of the State Department of Rehabilitation Services. The bill transfers all powers, duties, employees, functions, administrative rules and responsibilities of the Office of Disability Concerns to the State Department of Rehabilitation Services. It requires the transfer to include all equipment, supplies, records, assets, current and future liabilities, fund balances, encumbrances, obligations, and indebtedness associated with the Office of Disability Concerns, on July 1, 2016. It requires that any monies accruing to or in the name of the Office of Disability Concerns on and after the effective date, or any monies that accrue in any funds or accounts or are maintained for the benefit of the Office on and after the effective date to be transferred to the State Department of Rehabilitation Services. It requires the Department to succeed to any contractual rights and responsibilities incurred by the Office. It requires the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to coordinate the transfer of funds, allotments, purchase orders, and outstanding financial obligations or encumbrances as provided. It requires the Commission on Rehabilitation to promulgate rules. It repeals language relating to the Office of Disability Concerns. The bill passed 44 to 2.
-SB 1556, by Sen. Dan Newberry and Rep. Dan Kirby, modifies the members of the Construction Industries Board making 10 appointed by the Governor and eliminating the member appointed by the board. The bill also modifies the qualification of the Governor's appointee who must be a Certified Building Official (CBO) to allow them to be a CBO or a Master Code Professional (MCP). It adds that one member must have experience in commercial building management who is a member of a statewide organization representing commercial building owners and managers. The bill provides that codes adopted by the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission will be the state minimum. The bill clarifies language related to continuing education offered by private entities. The bill removes outdated language. The bill grants the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission the power to provide continuing education for the residential and commercial construction industry professional. The bill passed 43 to 0.
-SJR 71, by Sen. Josh Brecheen and Rep. Jeff Coody, proposes a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment that would authorize the Legislature to appropriate earnings from the Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund to the Oklahoma Medicaid program. The resolution passed 33 to 11.
-SB 1057, by Sen. Jack Fry and Rep. Kevin Calvey, passed
45 to 1 as amended and with its title restored. The bill prohibits the
holder of an event permit from establishing a policy or rule that has
-FS for SB 1113, by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Randy Grau,
permits the court to order the plaintiff in any civil asset forfeiture
proceeding in which the defendant or claimant prevails to pay from funds
generated by seizure and forfeiture actions: reasonable attorney fees
and other litigation costs reasonably incurred by the defendant or claimant
directly related to the claim on which
-SB 1122, by Sen. A J Griffin and Rep. Kevin Calvey, amended and with its title restored. The amendment changed the focus of the directive in the bill. It now requires the Corporation Commission to work in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy and Environment, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Department of Environmental Quality to encourage industrial use of water produced in oil and natural gas operations rather than to implement recommendations of the Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group.
-The FS for SB 1257, by Sen. David Holt, Sen. Gary Stanislawski, and Rep. John Jordan, makes non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images as unlawful. The bill, also identified as the revenge porn bill, defines terms relating to non-consensual dissemination. The bill requires violators of the act to be guilty of a misdemeanor and subsequent violations to be a felony. The floor sub adds language clarifying that the dissemination must be intentional.
–FS for SB1561, by Sen. Ralph Shortey and Rep. Mike
Christian, creates the Unified Law Enforcement Act of 2016, which consolidates
four state law enforcement agencies and establishes that the divisions
of the Oklahoma Department of Law Enforcement will consist of the Department
of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
and Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. The
bill provides the Superintendent of the Oklahoma Department of Law Enforcement
will supervise the department and may, at the time of its formation, transfer
persons and assets as may be necessary for the operation of the department
from any of the initial divisions. The bill creates the seven-member Oklahoma
Law Enforcement Commission. It establishes commission membership requirements.
The bill sets requirements for the commission. The bill establishes the
powers, duties and responsibilities of the commission. The bill creates
the office of and sets the qualifications, duties and authority of the
Superintendent for the Oklahoma Department of Law Enforcement.
-SB 866, with title restored, by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Doug Cox, repeals language that requires the Office of the State Medical Examiner to be located immediately adjacent to or in close proximity to the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Science Institute. The bill adds language that permits the Board of Medicolegal Investigations to determine where the office will be located. The bill and its emergency clause passed 40 to 0.
-SB 952, by Sen. Susan Paddack and Rep. Todd Thomsen clarifies
language related to off-duty peace officers assisting bail enforcers.
The bill specifying only full-time certified and commissioned Oklahoma
peace officers may assist bail enforcers. The bill prohibits officers
engaged in recovery and surrender from wearing any clothing marked "police"
or use any other words or phrases that imply they are associated with
law enforcement or a government
-SB 959, by Sen. Susan Paddack and Rep. Todd Thomsen, modifies the definition of a retired federal, state, county or municipal peace officer to an individual who has served as a peace officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more and has completed any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability before such separation from service with an agency. The bill allows the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) to issue an identification card to eligible federal, state, county and municipal peace officers which authorizes the retired peace officer to carry a firearm anywhere in the State of Oklahoma which expires every 10 years. The bill sets requirements for the renewal of the license. The bill modifies the procedure for application of such license. The bill passed 44 to 0.
-SB 1056, with title restored, by Sen. Jack Fry and Rep. Gary Banz, allows all photographs, videotape or other recorded images for the exclusive use of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to be used in any court in the case of an investigation or prosecution for a criminal violation. It requires that such records be available to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency upon request for law enforcement purposes related to an investigation or prosecution of a criminal violation of the laws of the state upon the issuance of a search warrant, subpoena, or order of the court. The bill passed 42 to 1.
-SB 1117, by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Jason Murphey, requires that a public body that holds a meeting by video conference maintain a quorum of members for the entire duration of the meeting whether using an in-person site, videoconference sites or any combination of such sites to achieve a quorum. The bill passed 37 to 7.
-SB 1123, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Dan Kirby, adds and
modifies definitions to terms
-SB 1202, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Mike Christian, modifies the makeup of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to include one member appointed by the District Attorneys Council. The bill and its emergency clause passed 43 to 2.
-SB 1215, with title restored, by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Earl Sears, excludes the Commissioners of the Land Office from the requirement of using construction manager, consultant and construction contract forms to utilize certain services by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The bill and its emergency clause passed 43-0.
-SB 1220, by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Dennis Ray Casey, modifies the requirements of reimbursement rates from the Department of Corrections to a county. The bill requires a negotiated daily rate to be settled if the amount to retain the inmate exceeds $27 per day. The bill requires the presiding district judge to establish a rate if the Department and the county do not agree upon a rate. The bill passed 44 to 0.
-SB 1221, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Pam Peterson, creates
Kari's Law. The bill requires a business owner or operator that owns a
telephone enabled service to configure the system to allow a person initiating
a 9-1-1 call on the system to directly access 9-1-1 without an additional
codes, prefix or postfix. The bill requires Telephone service providers
and Interconnected VoIP Service providers to annually provide written
notification detailing the provisions of this act to any current commercial
customers operating in this state who may be affected by this act. The
-SB 1275, with title restored, by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Charles McCall, creates the 11-member Task Force for the Study of the Oklahoma Sales Tax Code and establishes it purpose. It establishes membership requirements. The bill establishes meeting requirements. The bill provides the task force will be subject to the Open Meetings Act and the Open Records Act. The bill requires staff assistance to be provided by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the House and the Senate. The bill requires the task force to submit a report to the Governor, the Senate President Pro Tempore and the House Speaker by Dec. 1, 2017. The bill requires the task force report and recommendations to include a draft of a state question to be sent to a vote of the people at the general election which occurs in 2018. The bill passed 46 to 0.
-SB 1282, with title restored, by Sen Clark Jolley, directs
the Oklahoma Tax Commission to enhance its efforts to discover and reduce
fraud and abuse of sales tax exemptions. The bill exempts from the sales
tax the sale, use or consumption of paper stock and other raw materials
which are manufactured into commercial printed material in this state
primarily for use and delivery outside this state. The bill states that
for the purposes of this section "commercial
-SB 1291, by Sen. John Sparks and Rep. Scott Inman, requires
the Department of Environmental Quality to seek and include any response
submitted to them by any of Oklahoma's federally
-SB 1316, with title stricken, by Sen. John Sparks and Rep.
Scott Martin, creates the Oklahoma Public and Private Facilities and Infrastructure
Act, due to a need for public infrastructure and government facilities
in this state that serve a public need and purpose. The bill provides
for the purpose of the Act. The bill defines terms. The bill requires
a contracting entity to obtain the approval of and contract with the responsible
governmental entity under the Act in order to develop or operate a qualifying
project. The bill provides for procedure and requirements for
-SB 1499, as amended, by Sen. Rob Standridge and Rep Doug Cox, requires the Oklahoma Insurance Department to analyze discrepancies between coverage for prescription drugs with abuse-deterrent properties and coverage for prescription opioids without abuse-deterrent properties. It requires such information to be submitted in a report to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives on or before December 31, 2017. The amendment makes the Insurance Department's analysis subject to the availability of funding. The bill passed 43 to 1.
-SJR 45, with title restored, by Sen. John Ford and Sen.
Mike Schulz, proposes a vote of
-SJR 62, by Sen. John Sparks and Rep. Scott Martin, states legislative intent for the State of Oklahoma to immediately levy, collect and enforce such taxes on all vendors if the Courts or Congress act to compel all out-of-state sellers to collect sales and use taxes on nonexempt sales in the various states. The resolution passed 26 to 18.
-FS for SB 1362, by Sen. Corey Brooks, Sen. David Holt and
Rep. Mike Christian, clarifies language related to driver licenses. The
bill defines applicable terms. The bill also establishes the
• The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget gave its approval Wednesday afternoon to the two bills that implement the three-part agreement for providing funding to the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. Chair Clark Jolley said the committee substitutes for SB1571 and SB1572 represent an agreement he, House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Gov. Mary Fallin had announced just moments before the meeting to provide a total of $77.6 million to the two agencies. The CS for SB1571 appropriates $27.6 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the Department of Corrections. The CS for SB1572 appropriates $51.0 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Department of Education.
• The following bills were approved in the House on Wednesday:
-HB 1538, by Rep. Todd Thomsen and Sen. Don Barrington,
contains provision for members of
-HB 1711, by Rep. Glen Mulready, modifies requirements for the insurance monthly premium rates for retired state employees under 65 at a rate that is between $100 less than the monthly premium for active employees and up to $100 more than the monthly premium for active employees. The bill passed by a vote of 73 to 5.
-HB 2254, by Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, amends to the
Administrative Procedures Act. It modifies definition and modifies that
the governor approves or disapproves rules. It allows the governor 45
calendar days from receipt of a rule to approve or disapprove it and directs
him or her to notify the corresponding agency in writing of the approval;
if disapproved, the governor must also notify the agency with reasons
in writing for the disapproval. The bill requires the governor to notify
the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate as well.
It adds that failure of the governor to approve a rule within the specified
period shall constitute disapproval of the rule. The bill states that
a transmission of a rule for legislative review on or before April 1 of
each year will result in the approval of such rule by the Legislature
if it is in regular session and it has failed to disapprove such rule
before the last day of session unless such rule establishes or increases
a fee or fees or is a rule by an agency, board of commission
-HB 2260, as amended, by Rep. Chuck Hoskin and Sen. Susan Paddack, requires any persons 17 years of age or younger seeking a motorcycle driver license to successfully complete a certified basic rider course approved by the Department of Public Safety. The bill passed by a vote of 56 to 35. The emergency clause failed 43 to 38.
-HB 2280, with the title stricken, by Rep. Jason Murphey,
requires the Department of Health to develop a classification system of
violations to the Continuum of Care and Assisted Living Act. The bill
requires that the department provide an itemized list containing found
violations which will include each of the fines to be assessed upon the
discovery of one or more violations. It allows the continuum of care facility
or assisted living center to be given an opportunity to correct said violations.
It allows fines to be assessed if the violations are not corrected within
the time limits set forth in the accepted plan of correction. It requires
that the Department develop the system in
-HB 2434, by Rep. Charles Joyner, requires a lender to notify
the insured of each requirement with which the insured must comply for
the lender to release the insurance proceeds not later than 10 days after
the date the lender receives payment of the insurance proceeds if a claim
under an insurance policy for damage to residential real property is paid
to the insured and a lender, and the lender holds all or part of the proceeds
from the insurance claim payment pending completion of all or part of
the repairs to the property. It provides a list of actions after a lender
receives a request for release from the insured of all or part of the
insurance proceeds held by the
-HB 2637, by Rep. Kevin Wallace, creates the Hunting Freedom Act. The bill modifies language relating to means and exemptions by which a person may kill or capture any game mammal or bird, nongame bird or exotic wildlife. The bill passed by a vote of 82 to 10.
-HB 2670, by Rep. Cory T. Williams and Sen. David Holt, requires the agency that is processing a seizure and forfeiture pay from funds generated by seizure and forfeiture actions certain costs when the defendant or claimant prevails in a challenge of the seizure or forfeiture. The amendment mirrors the language in the Senate bill. The bill passed by a vote of 93 to 0.
-HB 2763, by Rep. John Montgomery, creates the Oklahoma
Energy Revenues Stabilization Act, which requires the revenues from the
gross production tax on oil and gas above a moving five-year average,
in addition to revenue from corporate income tax above a five-year average,
be deposited into a revolving fund to be known as the Energy Stabilization
Fund. It requires the fund to be invested in a manner prescribed by the
State Treasurer with the primary intent of generating returns, with all
investment returns from the Energy Stabilization Fund to accrue to the
balance of the fund. It provides that in the event that Energy Stabilization
Fund should grow to a value equal to 75 percent of the February projection
of gross production tax on oil and gas, all monies above the 75 percent
level to be deposited to the credit of the General Revenue Fund for appropriation
in the current fiscal year. The bill outlines legislative findings. It
authorizes the State Treasurer to contract with a third-party firm for
the purpose of consultation and assessment of the State of Oklahoma's
oil and gas tax revenues and determining the best strategy for acquiring
financial positions which may benefit the state. It directs the Treasurer
to create a Revenue Protection
-HB 2962, with the title stricken, as amended, by Rep. Jason
Nelson and Sen. A J Griffin,requires a health benefit plan to provide
coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum
disorder in individuals younger than 18. The bill prohibits coverage from
setting limits on number of visits and requires coverage to be equal to
other health benefit plans used by the individual. The bill sets a limit
of $25,000 per year for applied behavior analysis and allows for inflation
adjustment annually. The bill authorizes the insurer to review treatment
plans and requires the Oklahoma Insurance Department to submit an annual
report. The bill removes language specifying that certain coverage requirement
must not include certain diagnostic and
-HB 3016, as amended, by Rep. Randy Grau and Sen. Nathan Dahm, creates the Parental Rights Immunization Act. The bill requires each health care provider who administers a vaccine set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table, as established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, obtain informed consent from the legal representative of any child or other adult authorized by law to consent on behalf of a minor. It requires the health care provider to provide relevant information regarding benefits and risks of the vaccine as well as information concerning the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The bill passed by a vote of 89 to 6.
-HB 3168, by Rep. Jeff Hickman, creates the Capitol Restoration and Modernization Act of 2016, which provides for a $125 million bond for Capitol repairs. The bill passed by a vote of 51 to 43.
-FS for HJR 1062, by Rep. Randy Grau, proposes a vote of
the people for a constitutional
-HB 2275, by Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Clark Jolley, requiring
the submission of DNA samples
-SB 58 by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Lisa Billy, creates the Impaired Driving Elimination Act (IDEA). The bill establishes an assessment for violation of certain municipal ordinances; remits assessment to the Oklahoma Impaired Driver Database Revolving Fund; requires certain arrest reports be completed and entered into impaired driver database and establishes an assessment for misdemeanor and felony offenses involving driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. The bill passed 43-1
-SB1142, by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep Sean Roberts, requires any game warden investigating a hunter in the field to inform the hunter that it is necessary to obtain the consent of the landowner, lessee or occupant to hunt or take on the particular property. Measure passed 27-18.
-SB 1144, by Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. Ken Walker, creates the Automatic License Plate Reader Privacy Act. The bill prohibits certain use of automatic license plate reader systems. 45-0.
-SB1177, by Sen. Bryce Marlatt and Rep. Leslie Osborn, provides weight exemptions for natural gas vehicles.
-SB 1187 by Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Jeff Hickman, removed the requirements from the School District Empowerment Progam, such as deregulation from minimum salary schedule, certification requirements, retirement contributions and evaluations. The bill requires that 75 percent of students enrolled in a participating district or site, demonstrate mastery of the state academic content standards. It adds that a school district may demonstrate mastery if 50 percent of its students demonstrate more than one and one-half years of growth in a measured academic year. The bill requires a district that is unable to demonstrate mastery in this manner, to implement one of four intervention models provided for in state statute. 25-20.
-SB 1379, by Sen. Dan Newberry and Rep. David Brumbaugh, prohibits the Department of Environmental Quality from adopting certain rules pertaining to the federal Clean Power Plan. The measure was approved 34-8.
• The Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director,
Mike Patterson said this week ODOT will likely have to move at least one
of the projects on this year's list from the eight-year plan into next
year after the agency took another cut the program's primary funding source.
The department learned last week that its Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and
Driver Safety (ROADS) Fund would
The legislation was authored by Sen. Clark Jolley, Sen. Greg Treat, Rep. Dennis Ray Casey, and Rep. Earl Sears. The bill did not become a law in the usual manner, as it was filed Feb. 16, nearly a month after the deadline for the introduction of bills and joint resolutions, and routed through the Joint Committees on Appropriations (JCAB). It passed the Senate 40 to 0 on Feb. 25 and the House 85 to 9 on March 2. The bill, which has an emergency clause, takes effect immediately.
In a separate action, the OGCD also expanded the size of
the "Area of Interest" (AOI), bringing more restrictions to
disposal well operations in areas that have not yet seen major earthquake
activity. In January, the commission implemented a reduction in wastewater
injection in the area after two 4-plus magnitude quakes struck near Sooner
and Covell roads in Edmond. Notification of well operators began on Thursday,
March 3. It is important to note that researchers agree that any decrease
in earthquakes that may result from such plans is rarely immediate, and
must be evaluated over the course of several months, the commission noted.
The central Oklahoma volume reduction plan will be phased in over two
months in keeping with recommendations
• More than half a million dollars has been returned
to Oklahomans in just under a year with the Oklahoma Insurance Department's
Lost Life Policy Locator Service. The free tool helps people find a life
insurance policy or annuity contract left by a deceased loved one. The
Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) has received 429 requests to search
for lost policies in the last year. To date, OID has located 29 policies
and recovered $534,483.69 for Oklahomans. The Lost Life Policy Locator
Service requires consumers submit necessary information about the deceased
• The Oklahoma State Department of Health presented
a budget reduction plan Tuesday to the State Board of Health for the remainder
of the current fiscal year and to prepare for reductions in FY2017. State
budget officials announced a 3.0 percent reduction in General Revenue
Fund allocations in late December. That level was increased an additional
4.0 percent beginning this month for a combined annualized reduction of
7.0 percent. For the State Department of Health, that amounts to a $4.2
million loss for FY2016, the current fiscal year. According to the department,
the agency has received a 25 percent reduction in state appropriations
To meet the latest reductions, the department plans to eliminate funding to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to start new clinic sites and pay for care for Oklahomans who are uninsured. In addition, the OSDH has eliminated funding to establish a Cord Blood Bank, eliminated dental health education as a service and reduced funding for colorectal cancer screening for the uninsured by half. In preparation for continued budget cuts in FY2017, the agency is recommending the closure of five to seven county health department sites. For those who are able to travel the distance, regional services will be provided to residents of those areas. OSDH will also notify contractors of Oklahoma Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) services that funding will be discontinued starting FY 2017. The department has also offered an incentive to retirement eligible employees to retire in this year which will result in the elimination of approximately 90 positions, creating savings in the next fiscal year.
• Mary Fallin announced an agreement with legislative leaders Wednesday to tap into the state's Rainy Day Fund to help offset the impact of the budget cuts to common education and corrections. Fallin said $51.0 million would be pulled from the fund for the Department of Education and $27.6 million for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC). The fund contains $385 million in total, with $144.4 million available to address the FY2016 revenue failure.