Vetoed Bills


HB 1004 (Deutschendorf/Helton): Would have exempted purchases of materials and services to be used by the State Prison Industries from the Central Purchasing Act. Veto message states that creating exemptions to the Central Purchasing Act is simply perpetrating a system in need of major reform and that the proper way to address deficiencies in the purchasing procedures is to develop a modern system.

HB 1019 (Ervin/Rozell): Would have created districts from which appointments to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission would have to be selected. Veto message states that restricting appointments inhibits Governor's ability to recruit interested and knowledgeable persons to serve.

HB 1071 (Voskuhl/Easley): Would have created a Rural Telephone Rule Advisory Council to guide the Corporation Commission in modifying its rules relating to extended area service (EAS) or wide area calling plans (WACP). In his veto message both years, the Governor cited a preference for leaving the matter in the hands of the Corporation Commission.

HB 1077 (Seikel/Monson): Would have required any group health insurance or health benefit plan to offer coverage for severe mental illness equal to that for treatment of all other physical diseases and disorders. Provided certain exceptions to the equal treatment requirement. Defined types of mental illnesses covered by the legislation. Veto message states that the measure would be extremely costly for many employers and could cause cancellation of medical coverage.

HB 1091 (Roberts/Monson) Would have exempted contracts for claims processing services, managed care program support services and accounting system services bids solicited by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from the Central Purchasing Act. Veto message states that creating exemptions to the purchasing system perpetuates a system in need of reform and that the way to make reforms is to create a modern system.

HB 1270 (Hilliard/Weedn): Would have required the Merit Protection Commission to develop and implement training and certification for people who conduct administrative investigations for state agencies. Veto message states that the bill would have authorized duplicative and overlapping duties between the Merit Protection Commission and the Office of Personnel Management.

HB 1396 (Roach/Easley): Would have codified requirements to keep pipeline easements free of landscaping which would impair aerial observation of the pipeline. Veto message states the bill would dictate terms for inclusion in contracts between private parties that could result in an unfair advantage to one of the parties.

HB 1601 (Roach/Henry): Would have modified the civil penalties on employers for failure to carry Workers' Compensation coverage. Veto message states the bill was in conflict with Senate Bill 730 which was the result of the Fallin Commission on Workers' Compensation.

HB 1757 (Ross/Horner): Would have expanded contract provisions under the Oklahoma Medicaid Healthcare Options System to include a requirement that a participating provider contract with essential community and special needs providers of medical services, defined as Federally Qualified Health Centers and community health centers, Title 10 family planning providers, and providers identified by the Health Care Authority as of June, 1995, as traditional providers. Veto message states the bill would impose too restrictive requirements on the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

HB 1862 (Hamilton/Haney): Would have allowed State Arts Council to establish a citizen-supported foundation to support the Arts Council. Veto message states creating a foundation by statute would create a state bureaucracy and that the arts would be better served by allowing private citizens to form their own support organization.

HB 1870 (Hamilton/Haney): Would have allowed Department of Corrections to spend $950,000 to build a building for the State Prison Industries. Veto message states that the building would be premature in the absence of a long term comprehensive plan for expansion of Industries facilities.

HB 1920 (Hutchison/Easley): Would have added a member to the Board of Directors of the Grand River Dam Authority who would have to be a member serving on the Grand Lakes Advisory Commission and be a resident of Craig, Delaware, Mayes or Ottawa counties. Veto message states that the bill inappropriately delegated power to the Grand River Dam Authority Lakes Advisory Commission.

HB 1995 (Hamilton/Rozell): Would have exempted from sales tax the transfer of personal property by the University Hospitals Trust. Veto message states the bill is duplicative of House Bill 2140.

HB 2138 (Paulk/Herbert): Would have required that people who call state offices during normal business hours be able to reach an employee of the agency without listening to a lengthy menu of automated answering options. Veto message states the measure would increase administrative costs for state agencies.

SB 79 (Dickerson/Askins): Would have made a number of changes to the Merit System of Personnel Administration, classifying the Health Care Authority, and classifying or making unclassified various positions in a number of other agencies. Agencies would have been allowed to temporarily place people working on the "Millennium 2000" problem in unclassified status. Veto message states that the bill creates new unclassified jobs and classifies many presently unclassified jobs without sufficient study and coordination with proper agencies.

SB 159 (Haney/Hamilton): Would have authorized Department of Corrections to lease private prison space from Cushing Municipal Authority. Veto message states the bill would interfere with flexible negotiations and would make the State the guarantor of financial obligations issued by a municipality.

SB 267 (Shurden/Stanley): Would have allowed the Wildlife Conservation Commission to assist in the creation of a citizen-supported organization to support Department programs and projects and would have allowed the Department to issue up to 5 special permits each year for designated species. Veto message states the bill embraces more than one subject and that the Commission would be better served by a private foundation.

SB 286 (Shurden/Leist): Would have placed the State Capitol Patrol under the Department of Public Safety and set salary requirements for Capitol Patrol employees. Also would have made certain seasonal employees eligible for continued state insurance coverage upon separation from state employment. Veto message states the bill violates the one-subject rule.

SB 328 (Herbert/Dunegan): Would have expanded authority of Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department related to construction projects. The bill also would have exempted from the Central Purchasing Act contracts for purchases by the Department related to construction projects. Veto message states that exemptions to the Central Purchasing Act merely perpetuate an archaic system and that the proper way to address the system's deficiencies is to develop a modern useful system.

SB 461 (Fisher/Deutschendorf): Would have required the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency to develop a statewide affordable housing strategy to identify needs for affordable housing particularly in non metropolitan areas and in areas experiencing growth. Veto message states the bill exceeds Governor's request for assistance to increase rural low and moderate income housing.

SB 482 (Henry/Weaver): Would have provided sovereign immunity of federally recognized Indian tribes with exceptions. Veto message states the bill would have a chilling effect on potential economic development partnerships between Tribes and non-tribal businesses.

SB 614 (Wilkerson/Smith (Dale)): Would have required Tax Commission to set up procedures by which a buyer of a vehicle could obtain a title for a vehicle for which a clear title may not be available as a result of the salvage title laws. Veto message states that the bill does not accomplish its intended purpose.

SB 698 (Dickerson/Paulk): Would have authorized state employees who hold elected positions with a job-related professional organization to take 5 days leave with pay to take care of duties required by the elected position. Veto message states the bill would create an inequitable advantage for a limited number of state employees.

SB 699 (Dunlap/Bryant): Was the Oklahoma Privatization of State Functions Act that would have established procedures to ensure that privatization will be cost effective and in the best interest of the citizenry. Veto message states that present law provides guidelines and procedures for contracts with private entities and the bill would only chill private interests in contracting with state agencies.


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