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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, June 7, 1996

Subject: Bill Tracking Update


The following document consists of three sections. Section I provides a brief narrative of legislative highlights from the week. Section II is an index of the bills we are tracking. Section III contains short descriptions of each bill and the latest action on the bill.


Note: This report includes all bills that have either been signed by the Governor or are still pending action by the Governor. Bills we were tracking which did not get passed by the Legislature last week, a total of about thirty, have been removed from the list. We will distribute one final update following the June 15 deadline for action by the Governor.


Highlights This Week:

Bills Still Await Governor's Action: Of the approximately twenty bills we are tracking which were sent to the Governor last week, only one has so far been signed. HB 2466, which relates to accreditation of private colleges, was signed on Wednesday.


Retirement Bill: The bill making changes to higher education's participation in the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, SB 832, remains on the Governor's desk. The main provisions of the bill include the following:


Audit Filing Deadline Included in Bill: A provision added to HB 1788 (a bill we were not tracking earlier) would require that all state agencies and higher education institutions file a copy of their required annual financial audits with the Director of State Finance no later than four months after the end of each fiscal year (October 31). The bill passed the Legislature on May 30, and is now awaiting action by the Governor.


Advanced Placement Courses Promoted: SB 1100, a bill containing numerous provisions related to common education, would establish the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program. Advanced placement (AP) courses in high school prepare students to take college advanced placement exams at the end of the course. The exams are administered by the College Board and Educational Testing Service (the SAT folks), and students who achieve a passing score on the exam are eligible to receive college credit at most institutions.

The bill sets up financial incentives for high schools to participate in the advanced placement program. Schools can receive $100 for each student passing the exam and these funds are to be used for academic purposes or sending teachers to Advanced Placement Summer Institutes. The school will also receive an additional $100 for each successful student to be placed in a salary bonus pool and distributed equally among teachers who taught the students in advanced placement courses. And finally, the school may receive $72 to reimburse each successful student for exam fees.

Funding of $2,000,000 for the incentive program is designated in SB 800 which has already been signed by the Governor. SB 1100 is still awaiting action by the Governor.




Legislative Deadlines:

June 15, Saturday -- Last Day for Governor to Act on Bills

(Note: The Governor has 15 days after the end of the legislative session, until June 15, to act on all bills which he received during the last 5 days of session. Bills he does not sign are automatically disapproved, or "pocket vetoed".)



Actions This Week:

Bills Signed by the Governor:


Bills Vetoed by the Governor:



Bills Sent to the Governor (subject to June 15 signing deadline):


Bills Deleted from the list (died or are no longer relevant to higher education)



New Bills Added to List:




Note: Our weekly legislative updates are available on the internet homepage of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at: http://www.osrhe.edu. Each week's update should be posted on the homepage by late Friday afternoon.



If you need copies of any of the bills, please contact Carolyn McCoy at (405) 225-9200 or e-mail her at "cmccoy@osrhe.edu".




OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session

June 6, 1996




Abernathy, Earl

SCR 69


Academic Scholars

SR 51


Accreditation

HB 2466


Ad valorem taxes

HB 2102

HB 2198


Administrative procedures

SB 703

HCR 1115


Advanced Placement Incentive Program

SB 1100


Alcohol/drugs

HB 2278


Appropriations

SB 800

SB 810

SB 814

SB 837

SB 849

HB 1780

HB 1782

HB 1809

HB 1810

HB 1811

HB 2822


Asbestos abatement

SB 814


Athletic trainers

HB 2065

Audits

HB 1788


Bombing victims

HB 2807

HJR 1100


Branch campuses

HB 2164


Cameron University

SR 63

HCR 1059


Campus police

HB 1185


Carl Albert State College

HB 2164


Child abuse

SB 810


Computer conversions

HCR 1108


Connors State College

SCR 38


Contracts

SB 1077


County assessors

SB 723


Dentistry

HB 1880


Eastern Oklahoma State College

SCR 66

HB 2164

Educational Indicators

HB 2193


Elks/scholarships

SCR 58

SR 49

HR 1066


Enid Higher Education Program

HB 2164


Falcone, Dr. David

SCR 76


Fees, student

HB 2164


Fee waivers

SB 908

HB 1809


Flags

HB 2104


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

HR 1045


Insurance, health

SB 1040

SB 1106

SB 1166

SCR 71

HB 2188

HB 2189

HB 2261

HB 2348

HB 2934

HB 3021


International students

HCR 1077


International trade

HB 2899


Jury duty

SB 425

Juvenile records

SB 1053

HB 2053


Kirkpatrick, John E.

HR 1051


Labor relations

HB 2621


Langston University

HCR 1117


License plates, special

HB 2063


Maternity benefits

HB 2348


National Guard Fee Waiver Program

HB 1809


Northeastern State University

SB 800

SB 1100

HCR 1070


Northwestern Oklahoma State

University

HB 2164


Nurses

SB 537

SB 587


Obscene materials

HB 2506

HCR 1097


OCAST

HB 1782


Oklahoma Education Television Auth.

SB 881


Oklahoma Higher Learning Access

Program (OHLAP)

SB 1164

HB 1809

HB 2193

Oklahoma School of Science/Math

SB 1100

HB 2754


Oklahoma State University

SB 814

SB 1030

SR 61

HB 2822

HCR 1090

HR 1071


Oklahoma State University

College of Osteopathic Medicine

SB 1223


Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City

SCR 40

HR 1051


Open Records

SB 719


OTAG

HB 1809


Payroll deduction

SB 1130


Perfusionists

SB 788


Peters, Roy

SCR 43


Physician Manpower Training

SB 837

HB 1809


Purchasing

SB 1315

HB 2147

HB 2470


Quality jobs

HCR 1066


Regents, Board of, for Oklahoma

Colleges

HB 2164

HCR 1115


Retirement

SB 832

SCR 42

HB 2087


Reynolds, Don

HR 1064


Rogers State College

SB 1162

HB 2164


Rose State College

HR 1064


Salary increase

SB 846

SB 1128


School testing

HB 2193


Science/technology

SCR 55

HCR 1086


Section 13 Offset

HB 1809


Seminole Junior College

SB 836


Smith, Peggy

HCR 1103


Southeastern Oklahoma State

University

HB 1780


Special agency accounts

HB 2139

HB 2373


Student Loans

HB 2887

Teacher certification

HB 2563


Teacher preparation

SB 800

SB 837

SB 1100

HB 2193


Telecommunications

SB 800

SB 1315

HCR 1097


Tuition/fees

HB 2164


Tulsa Junior College

SCR 36

HB 2164


University Center at Tulsa

SB 1162

HB 1780

HB 2164


University Hospitals

SB 810

SB 811

SB 837

HB 2497


University of Oklahoma

SB 923

SCR 64


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SCR 52

SCR 76


Vocational/technical

SCR 43


Volunteerism

HB 2512


Weapons

SB 1050


Western Oklahoma State College

SCR 69


Workers' compensation

SB 1310

HB 2469


OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session - 1996

Reported Status as of 6/6/96




SENATE BILLS


* SB 425 (Henry/Weaver) - JURY DUTY. Prohibits educational institutions from taking any adverse academic action against a student because of the student's service on a jury. (38 § 37)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 537 (Cain/Hastings) - NURSES. For purposes of the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act, defines "advanced unlicensed assistive person" as any person who has successfully completed a training program developed by a working committee composed of representatives of several entities including the State Regents; requires the working committee to submit the certification training program and list of functions to the nursing board for review and approval. (59 § 567.3a)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/01/96


* SB 587 (Monson/Bastin) - NURSES. Allows prescribing authority, under the supervision of a physician, to advanced practice nurses recognized by the Board of Nursing as advanced registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or certified nurse-midwives; requires that beginning July 1, 2002, advanced practice nurses would need a master's degree before they could prescribe drugs; requires the state nursing board to oversee prescription writing among nurses and to promulgate rules; requires the nursing board to establish a Formulary Advisory Council who will decide which drugs may not be prescribed by nurses. (59 § 567.3a)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* SB 703 (Hendrick/Benson) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires impact statements accompanying emergency rules to provide information on cost impacts received by the agency from any private or public entities on the rules; requires that in the rule impact statement the summary of comments relating to testimony at hearings include all comments received about the costs of the adopted rules; requires that, if an agency has interpreted a statute or rule pursuant to written internal policy, letter of understanding, memorandum or other written document, then no different interpretation may be given to such rule or statute, unless a new statute or judicial interpretation requires a different interpretation or unless a new rule is promulgated by the agency as required by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA); requires that agency rules state a prospective effective date; provides that, in the absence of a stated prospective effective date, rules will be effective only on and after the date of promulgation. (75 § 308.2)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* SB 719 (Weedn/Rice) - OPEN RECORDS. Modifies the term "record" in the Open Records Act to include data files created by or used with computer software; provides that the term "record" does not include computer software. (51 § 24A.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* SB 723 (Herbert/Clay Pope) - COUNTY ASSESSORS/CONTINUING EDUCA-TION. Modifies continuing education requirement for county assessors who have completed advanced accreditation. (The OSU Center for Local Government Technology, in cooperation with the Tax Commission and the County Assessors' Association, are required to develop educational requirements, curriculum materials, study resources and examinations for an education program for accreditation purposes.) (68 § 2816)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 788 (Hendrick/Laura Boyd) - LICENSED PERFUSIONISTS. Creates the Licensed Perfusionists Act; defines "perfusion" as functions necessary for the support, treatment, measurement or supplementation of the cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory systems to ensure the safe management of physiologic functions by monitoring the parameters of the systems under an order and under the supervision of a licensed physician; provides that a student currently enrolled in an approved perfusion education program may receive a provisional license; makes provisions of the act not applicable to certain students enrolled in an accredited perfusion education program. (59 § 2062)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* SB 800 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various education entities; Section 9 appropriates $2 million to Advanced Placement Incentives; Section 16 allocates $250,000 for Northeastern State University Great Expectations Summer Institute pursuant to SB 1100; Section 17 allocates $280,344 to be expended on a competitive application basis to a State System institution for implementing a statewide telecommunications curriculum. Section 40 which appropriates $1.5 million to the Commission for Teacher Preparation was vetoed by the Governor.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96

MOTION TO OVERRIDE VETO FAILED - SENATE 05/31/96


* SB 810 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various health service entities; Section 19 states intent that certain appropriations made in SB 837 to the State Department of Health be for establishing pilot family resource programs, to be known as the Children First Program, and requires the Health Department to contract with a university-related program for a performance-based evaluation of the programs; Sections 32 through 39 pertain to the University Hospitals Authority; provides for funding for the Poison Control Center and for additional operational support of the Child Study Center, to be used to strengthen the administrative interaction of the Center with the OU Department of Pediatrics to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities; creates the University Hospitals Trust Revolving Fund and provides for transfer of funds. The Governor vetoed Section 32 which appropriates $1,450,141 to the Universities Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/29/96


* SB 811 (Haney/Hamilton) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AUTHORITY. Modifies the University Hospitals Authority Act; provides for expenditures from certain funds; provides that certain indebtedness not involve the bonding capacity of the Authority; requires certain University Health Trust agreements to include certain provisions; provides for transfer of funds; directs the Health Care Authority to pay certain reimbursement enhancements for certain employees.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* SB 814 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS/ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Section 12 requires the Agriculture Department to budget certain amounts for various divisions and programs including $117,562 for OSU's Statewide Intensive Financial Management Assistance Program, $47,525 for OSU Animal Diagnostic Laboratory Equipment and $100,000 for the OSU Swine Diagnostic Laboratory; Section 19 provides that funds be spent as necessary to accomplish contractual responsibilities for OSU's extension service which benefits businesses and business students; permits the Agriculture Department to disallow any expenditures for activities not within the scope of approved contractual responsibilities; Section 33 requires appropriate agencies, including the State Regents, to provide to the Department of Labor information required for an annual report to the Legislature detailing the amount per agency of all state, federal and local funds received for asbestos abatement, projects completed per agency, number of agency employees used in the programs and the projected needs for the next succeeding fiscal year. Section 4 which appropriates $100,000 to the Agriculture Department for the OSU Swine Diagnostic Laboratory was vetoed by the Governor.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96

VETO OVERRIDDEN - SENATE 05/31/96

MOTION TO OVERRIDE VETO FAILED - HOUSE 05/31/96


* SB 832 (Haney/Hamilton) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Modifies provisions related to contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System (OTRS); changes the maximum compensation levels on which member contributions and benefits will be calculated beginning July 1, 1996; permits members to make retroactive contributions on new compensation levels for the period July 1, 1995, through June 30, 1996.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 836 (Haney/Ervin) - SEMINOLE JUNIOR COLLEGE. Changes the name of Seminole Junior College to Seminole State College.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* SB 837 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates a total of $3.8 billion to various state agencies including $564,806,579 to the State Regents; Section 11 appropriates $511,301,201 from the '97 General Revenue Fund to the State Regents for general purposes; Section 12 appropriates $3,505,378 from the '97 General Revenue Fund for the administrative offices of the State Regents; Section 13 appropriates $50,000,000 from the "095" fund (a cash fund) to the State Regents for general purposes; Sections 16 and 17 appropriate to the Physician Manpower Training Commission; Section 22 appropriates to the Teacher Preparation Commission; Section 71 appropriates to the University Hospitals Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/19/96


* SB 846 (Haney/Hamilton) - SALARY INCREASE. Modifies salary increases in SB 1128; includes certain state employees in the salary increase and excludes certain others; modifies the date of service rating used to determine eligibility for such pay increase; modifies the effective date of SB 1128 to July 1, 1996.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 849 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Switches the source of funding as appropriated to the State Regents in HB 1809. Section 10 changes the appropriation from the General Revenue fund from $39.9 million to $35,080,393. Section 11 appropriates $4,819,607 to the State Regents from the 1992 Building Bonds Fund. Appropriations in both sections are for the education and general operating budgets of the institutions and for other programs, construction, renovation or repairs.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* SB 881 (Harrison/Taylor) - OETA. Re-creates the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority until July 1, 2002 . (70 § 23-105)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* SB 908 (Leftwich/Blackburn) - FEE WAIVER. Provides a fee waiver to the children of state employees who have lost their lives as a result of the intentional criminal acts of another while in the course of their employment. The provisions apply only when all other grants and scholarships available to such children have been exhausted. (70 § 3218.7)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* SB 923 (Monson/Roberts) - OU MANAGED CARE PLAN. Clarifies the portion of premium tax available for allocation to the Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund from taxes assessed on the premiums of Medicaid recipients collected from the OU Managed Care Plan.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* SB 1030 (Price/Leist) - OSU FOOD/AG RESEARCH. Creates a 16-member Industry Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center located at OSU, with the Dean of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources an ex officio non-voting member; requires the Dean to call the first meeting. (2 § 5-60)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/96


* SB 1040 (Hendrick/Dunlap) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires HMOs, self-insured plans, and prepaid plans when contracting with educational entities, for plan years beginning July 1, 1997, in setting health insurance premiums for active employees and for retirees under 65 years of age, to set the monthly premium for active employees at $90 less than the monthly premium for such retirees. (74 § 1371)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/01/96


* SB 1050 (Shurden/Stanley) - WEAPONS. Prohibits concealed handguns from being carried into or upon any college or university property except in a vehicle in a parking area; prohibits removal of the weapon from the vehicle without prior consent of the college or university president; allows university and college presidents discretion to authorize exceptions to the law; provides penalty for violation. (21 § 1277)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* SB 1053 (Herbert/Seikel) - JUVENILE RECORDS. Section 8 prohibits employers, educational institutions, state and local government agencies, officials, and employees from requiring an applicant to disclose information contained in expunged juvenile records; provides that an applicant need not, in answer to any questions concerning arrest, juvenile and criminal records, provide information that has been expunged, including any reference to or information concerning expungement and may state that no such action has ever occurred; prohibits the denial of an application solely because of the applicant's refusal to disclose information that has been expunged. (10 § 7307-1.8)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* SB 1077 (Ed Long/Wells) - CONTRACTS. Modifies the definition of "public construction contract" for competitive bidding purposes to change the contract amount from $7,500 to $12,500; requires that each bidder on a public construction contract exceeding $15,000 accompany the bid with a certified check or irrevocable letter of credit; increases from $100 to $500 the monetary amount of certain items required to be included in the Department of Central Services inventory. (61 § 102)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/28/96


* SB 1100 (Don Williams/Anthony) - COMMON EDUCATION REFORM INITIATIVE. Provides for professional development programs approved by the Teacher Preparation Commission and a stipend to be paid to teachers who complete such programs; requires the State Board of Education to award grants for professional development programs approved by the Commission in the areas of arts and humanities, and to award scholarships to public school districts who wish to have teachers and administrators attend the Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institute for Teachers [see SB 800]; provides for, contingent upon availability of funds, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics to solicit proposals and award grants for pilot projects that develop and establish model programs implementing advanced science and math curriculum at local vocational-technical school sites or at local school sites via distance learning; requires establishment of an advisory council for the program; requires the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to establish the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program; provides for financial incentives to schools based upon student placement on a college advanced placement exam [funding provided in SB 800]; repeals sections relating to authorization for boxing in physical education, requirement for wearing industrial quality eye protective devices, the Economic Education Act of 1974, the Developmental Research School Act, and Task Force 2000.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* SB 1106 (Herbert/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Prohibits the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from offering a health plan which is owned or operated by the state and which uses a capitated payment plan for providers which uses a primary care physician as a gatekeeper to any specialty care provided by physician-specialists, unless specifically authorized by the Legislature. (74 § 1306)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/96


* SB 1128 (Dickerson/Steidley) - SALARIES. Provides for annualized salary increase of $1,200 for certain state officers and employees and certain county employees. [This bill was amended by SB 846]

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* SB 1130 (Dickerson/Paulk) - PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS. Provides for a payroll deduction for membership dues or contributions to its foundation organized in the Oklahoma Public Employees Association or any other statewide association limited to state-employee membership with a minimum membership of 1,000 dues-paying members; provides minimum guidelines to be followed during internal agency investigations of state employees, when such investigations are conducted by or initiated at the request of the employing agency, with exceptions. (62 § 7.10)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/28/96


* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Combines UCT and Rogers State College into a single institution; transfers governance, supervision, management and control from separate governing boards to the Board of Regents of University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College; provides a five-year window within which a resident or student may file a civil action for a declaration that the Board has not governed the facilities in a proper manner; allows Board members who currently serve on either board to continue to serve on the new board until their terms expire; allows the Governor's pending nominations to the existing boards that have not yet been confirmed by the Senate to be part of the new single board and will allow the Governor to appoint one new member annually to the new board (otherwise the Governor would not have been allowed to appoint any members of the new board until the new board's total membership had decreased by attrition from 18 to nine). This bill was amended by HB 2164. (70 § 4651)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/96


* SB 1164 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - OHLAP. Makes students who have graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics eligible for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP); authorizes the State Regents to develop criteria for determining students' award eligibility for OHLAP upon completion of seven semesters of high school coursework; modifies criteria under which 10th-grade students shall be eligible to begin participating in the program; requires students to provide their social security numbers or high school student identification numbers to the State Regents, who shall keep the numbers confidential and use them only for administrative purposes. (70 § 2603)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 1166 (Ed Long/Voskuhl) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires policies, contracts or agreements issued or renewed for a preferred provider or other provider arrangement or managed care plan, which requires the insured or enrollee to make a copayment when benefits are provided, to disclose to the insured or enrollee the calculation for the copayment; prohibits the copayment from being based on a higher figure than either the amount billed or the amount paid, whichever is less; specifies that the requirement applies to any health insurance plan offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act; provides that any insurer, hospital or licensed health care provider determined to be in violation of such requirement by the Insurance Commissioner, the Board of Health, or the appropriate health care professional licensing entity, after notice, shall be subject to an administrative fine of from $1,000 to $5,000 for each violation. (36 § 6052)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 1223 (Robinson/Anthony) - MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATIONS/OSUCOM. Adds the dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine or a designee to the membership of the Board of Medicolegal Investigations. (63 § 931)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* SB 1310 (Shedrick/Steidley) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Provides that, if any insurer except the State Insurance Fund fails to contract with or provide access to a certified workplace medical plan, an insured may contract independently with a plan of his or her choice for a year to provide medical care under the Workers' Compensation Act; authorizes an insured to contract for additional one-year periods if his or her insurer has not contracted with or provided access to a certified workplace medical plan; provides that an employer is not required to provide compensation for an injury resulting directly from use or abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs or chemicals, or abuse of prescription drugs, with certain exceptions; prohibits the Commissioner of Health from certifying a plan that does not use medical treatment guidelines and protocols substantially similar to those established for use by medical service providers which have been recommended by the Physician Advisory Committee and adopted by the Administrator of workers' compensation; excludes certain claim amounts paid under the medical benefits deductible from the calculation of the insured employer's experience modifier; provides that the Board of Mangers of the State Insurance Fund may use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for computing reserves; makes it a felony to fail to keep certain records or to misrepresent certain facts; increases from 3 percent to 5 percent of the amount of compensation awards for permanent total disability or permanent partial disability the amount a political or municipal subdivision of the state must include in its annual estimate of needs for the use and purpose of the Special Indemnity Fund; authorizes workers' compensation carriers to use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for disability and death claims; allows any person not required to be covered under a workers' compensation insurance policy or other plan for payment of workers' compensation to apply to the Labor Commissioner for a "Certificate of Non-Coverage Under the Workers' Compensation Act." (85 § 14.3)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 1315 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Requires the Department of Central Services to recognize as a statewide contract an unencumbered contract consummated in behalf of the telecommunications network known as OneNet by the State Regents or any other state entity assigned responsibility for OneNet; mandates that such recognition require recommendation by the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance; prohibits Central Services from subjecting purchases pursuant to said contracts to any quantity limit; provides that for purchases that require review of the purchase requisition by Information Services and that are not available on a statewide contract but are available from a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule or contract, or are available from a GSA schedule or contract at a lesser price than from a state contract, state agencies may, with the approval of Information Services, purchase from the vendor or vendors on the GSA schedule or contract; authorizes the State Regents and any other state entity assigned responsibility for OneNet to negotiate for education or government discounts from published price listings and to make contracts at such prices subject to adjustment for price increases nationally published; adds the State System institutions, State Regents, University Centers, and OneNet to entities exempt from the provisions of the Central Purchasing Act; requires that purchases of computer software maintenance and hardware maintenance contracts for OneNet be coordinated with the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance. (74 § 85.9E)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96



SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* SCR 36 (Smith/Hastings) - TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Tulsa Junior College to issue $12 million in revenue bonds for constructing, remodeling, and expanding the student centers on the Metro Campus and Northeast Campus of Tulsa Junior College.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/14/96


* SCR 38 (Robinson/Settle) - CONNORS STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of Connors State College to issue $2.5 million in revenue bonds for construction, renovation, and expansion of dormitories.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/96


* SCR 40 (Cain/Gray) - OSU-OKC/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of OSU-OKC to issue $3 million in revenue bonds for construction of an emergency-vehicle-operating course and classroom facility.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/02/96


* SCR 42 (Taylor/Johnson) - RETIREMENT. Creates a 16-member OTRS Fiscal Health Task Force to study the current and long-term financial condition of the retirement system and to advise the executive and legislative branches on alternatives to solving funding problems; specifies scope of study; requires that appointments be made by Feb. 16, 1996, and the first meeting be held by Feb. 23; requires the task force to submit a report of findings and recommendations by May 1, 1996, to the Legislature and the Governor. [SB 903 extends the report deadline.]

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/27/96


* SCR 43 (Shedrick/Anthony) - ROY PETERS. Commends Dr. Roy Peters, Jr., State Director of Vocational and Technical Education, for receiving the Outstanding Vocational Educator of the Year award at the 1995 American Vocational Association Convention.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/22/96


* SCR 52 (Monson/Toure) - OU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $10.4 million in revenue bonds for constructing, renovating, remodeling, and expanding the Steam and Chilled Water Plant on the OUHSC campus.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96


* SCR 55 (Don Williams/Anthony) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1996 as Oklahoma Science and Technology Month.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/10/96


* SCR 58 (Wilkerson/Plunk) - TED BIRD/ELKS. Recognizes the contributions of Ted Bird and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks whose members raised $226,000 for the Murrah Building bombing victims.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/07/96


* SCR 64 (Hobson/Benson) - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $4 million in revenue bonds to improve and renovate various athletic department facilities.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96


* SCR 66 (Stipe/Mass) - EASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Eastern Oklahoma State College to issue $2 million in revenue bonds for campus construction and repairs.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/31/96


* SCR 69 (Kerr/Cotner) - EARL ABERNATHY/WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE. Recognizes the 25 years Earl Abernathy has served as a member of the Board of Regents of Western Oklahoma State College; commends Abernathy for his public service to Oklahoma higher education.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/24/96


* SCR 71 (Monson/Anthony) - MENTAL ILLNESS INSURANCE. Creates a 22-member Legislative Task Force on Parity for Mental Illness Insurance Coverage to study the issue of health insurance coverage for mental illness resulting from biologically based chemical disorders.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/31/96


* SCR 76 (Monson/Boyd) - DR. DAVID FALCONE. Praises the life and career of the late Dr. David Falcone. Dr. Falcone came to the OU Health Sciences Center in 1992 as professor and chair of the Dept. of Health Administration and Policy and associated director of the Oklahoma Center on Aging.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/31/96



SENATE RESOLUTIONS


* SR 49 (Gustafson) - ELKS/SCHOLARSHIPS. Commends the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for its donation of $226,000 for relief and scholarship efforts in the wake of the Murrah Building bombing.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/18/96


* SR 51 (Campbell) - ACADEMIC SCHOLARS. Directs the State Regents to conduct a study of the Academic Scholars Program consisting of a review of the goals, qualifying criteria, including the merits of removing subpopulation requirements, attrition, revenue needed to fund all categories of qualified students and the follow-up on graduates; directs the State Regents to report their findings to the Senate by Oct. 1, 1996.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/07/96


* SR 61 (Snyder) - SPECIAL OLYMPICS/OSU. Praises Oklahoma's Special Olympics which is held at Oklahoma State University.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/96


* SR 63 (Maddox) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY GOLF. Congratulates the Cameron University golf team for winning third place at the NCAA Men's Division II golf championship.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96



HOUSE BILLS


* HB 1185 (Thornbrugh/Lewis Long) - CAMPUS POLICE. Authorizes a campus police agency to dispose of unclaimed personal property in the same manner as a sheriff; authorizes property to be sold, destroyed, discarded, donated or transferred; provides procedure for application, hearing, and notice for disposition of personal property; authorizes proceeds from sale of items to be used for equipment, materials or supplies or for education, training, or programming. (22 § 1325)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* HB 1780 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/SEOSU/UCT. Appropriates to the Department of Commerce; Section 12 provides for the Commerce Department to contract with Southeastern Oklahoma State University for the Small Business Development Centers Network; Section 21 requires the Department, in conjunction with the University Center at Tulsa and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, to contract for development of a comprehensive urban economic development model. The Governor vetoed Section 31, a $3,003,112 appropriation to OCAST.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96


* HB 1782 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/OCAST. Provides that OCAST allocate $300,000 to support qualified research and development partnership projects involving State System institutions with persons, entities, cooperative programs or with industry, as long as the OCAST appropriation does not fall below $9 million.

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 05/30/96


* HB 1788 (Hamilton/Haney) - AUDITS. Requires that for years ending after Dec. 31, 1995, all government entities receiving public funds that are included in the reporting entity of the State of Oklahoma must file a copy of the audit with the Director of State Finance no later than four months after the end of the fiscal year.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 1809 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Section 1 appropriates $39,900,000 to the State Regents for the education and general operating budgets of the State System institutions; Section 2 states legislative intent that $11.3 million be expended for the purpose of funding the new start-up and operation costs associated with the 1992 Bond Issue; Section 3 states legislative intent that $1.5 million provide funding for OHLAP; Section 4 states legislative intent that $16.3 million be expended for OTAG; Section 5 states legislative intent that $1 million be expended for the National Guard Fee Waiver Program; Section 6 states legislative intent that $5,540,000 be allocated for the Section 13 Offset Program; Section 7 states legislative intent that $343,636 be expended for the general operating budget of the administrative offices of the State Regents. The Governor vetoed Section 8 which appropriates $114,921 to the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/29/96


* HB 1810 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Provides that the first $31,500,000 received by the State Employees Group Insurance Clearing Fund after Sept. 1, 1996, during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996, shall be distributed to the State Regents.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/30/96


* HB 1811 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates $120,000 to the State Regents for the education and general operating budgets of the institutions.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* HB 1880 (Gray/Robinson) - DENTISTRY. Creates the State Dental Act; creates a Board of Dentistry; gives the Board the power to establish guidelines for courses of study necessary for expanded duties and to establish continuing education requirements for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who hold expanded duty permits; allows the Board to issue a dental specialty license to certain qualified persons; allows the Board to issue a dental intern permit to a graduate of an accredited dental college, who is otherwise qualified, upon request of the governing board of any institution for the graduate to serve as a dental intern or resident in the institution.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/06/96


* HB 2053 (Laura Boyd/Brown) - JUVENILE RECORDS. Deletes sections permitting individuals or agencies engaged in legitimate research for education, scientific or public purposes to inspect juvenile court records without a court order.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* HB 2063 (Sadler/Robinson) - LICENSE PLATES. Pertains to various special license plates; modifies the university and college supporter license plates to include private universities and colleges; requires that $20 of the additional $25 fee for each plate designating a particular state university or college be apportioned to the appropriate institution and $20 for each plate designating a private university or college be apportioned to the designated university or college as compensation for use of the symbols, words, or letters authorized by the private university or college for use on the license plate; decreases from $8 to $3 the amount apportioned to the Adaptive Grant Program for Oklahomans with Mental Retardation Revolving Fund, to be used for educational purposes. (47 § 1136)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* HB 2065 (Cox/Hobson) - ATHLETIC TRAINERS. Modifies definition of "athletic trainer" so that the term no longer specifies someone who is employed by an educational institution or organized amateur athletic association. (59 § 526)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* HB 2087 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Authorizes the State Auditor, the Director of Public Affairs, and the State Treasurer to name designees to serve on the Oklahoma State Pension Commission. (74 § 941)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2102 (Begley/Don Williams) - AD VALOREM TAXES. Relates to the appeals based upon the illegality of the ad valorem tax; creates the Protested Ad Valorem Tax Escrow Fund; creates the Education Cash Flow Fund for the Tax Commission, to consist of appropriated monies, for making payments to school districts or vocational-technical school districts in the event of protests of ad valorem taxes by railroads or public service corporations. (68 § 2884)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2104 (Greenwood/Hendrick) - FLAGS. Encourages that flags commemorating the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building be flown throughout the state the week of each year in which April 19 falls, beginning on Sunday through the following Saturday; authorizes the Governor to choose which commemorative flag may be flown on state property each year; adds a Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building commemorative flag to flags authorized to be displayed on publicly owned premises. (25 § 93.2)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/12/96


* HB 2139 (Taylor/Harrison) - SPECIAL AGENCY ACCOUNT. Re-creates the Special Agency Account Board until July 1, 2002. (62 § 7.2)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2147 (McCorkell/Dickerson) - PURCHASING. Amends certain sections of SB 1315 relating to the Central Purchasing Act; modifies definitions; modifies powers and authority of the Central Purchasing Director and requires certain initiatives to be undertaken by the Director. (74 § 85.2)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2164 (Steidley/Penny Williams) - STUDENT FEES/BRANCH CAMPUSES. Requires each State System institution to annually publish all tuition and fees charged at that institution; requires that the publication be provided free of charge to any person requesting any information relating to tuition or fees at that institution; requires the State Regents to establish a branch campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester and a campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Woodward; transfers the governance of the Enid Higher Education Program to the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges; makes the Enid Higher Education Program the Enid Campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University; requires the State Regents to establish a branch campus of Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw; changes the name of Tulsa Junior College to Tulsa Community College; combines the University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College into "Rogers University;" changes the name of the Board of Regents of the University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College to the Board of Regents of Rogers University. (70 § 3219.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/30/96


* HB 2188 (Greenwood/Hendrick) - HEALTH PLANS. Requires any funds remaining in a medical savings account at the end of a tax year after all medical expenses have been paid, unless withdrawn, to remain in the account to be used by the account holder for payment of future medical expenses; provides for the transfer of a medical savings account of any employee who is no longer employed by an employer participating in a medical savings account program; requires the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to offer a high-deductible health benefit plan with the same co-payments, coinsurance and benefit limits as the basic benefit level but with a higher deductible amount. (74 § 1371)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* HB 2189 (Begley/Don Williams) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that unless the State and Education Group Insurance Board has otherwise contracted with the out-of-state health care provider, the Board shall reimburse for medical services and treatment rendered and charged by an out-of-state health care provider at the same percentage level as the network percentage level of the fee schedule established by the State Employees and Education Group Insurance Board if the insured employee was referred to the out-of-state health care provider by a physician or it was an emergency situation and the out-of-state provider was the closest in proximity to the place of residence of the employee which offers the type of health care services needed. (74 § 1304)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2193 (Hager/Ed Long) - SCHOOL TESTING/EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Pertains to educational deregulation; provides that a school district may not request an exemption from rules related to certain programs including the School Testing Program, the Educational Indicators Program, and the teacher preparation system; requires the State Board of Education to submit proposal for expansion of certain criteria relating to low-achieving and high challenge schools, including performance on norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests, secondary student participation in and completion of the OHLAP when applicable, student college entrance and preparatory test-taking rates, and indicators reported through the Educational Indicators Program; modifies standard for low-performing and high challenge schools. (70 § 3-126)

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 05/30/96


* HB 2198 (Steidley/Don Williams) - AD VALOREM TAX. Proposes constitutional amendments to modify the percentage used to assess property, to limit the fair cash value of real property, and to limit the fair cash value on a homestead.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/24/96


* HB 2261 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, and individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation which provides coverage for a female at least 45 years of age, except for policies that provide coverage for specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage, to include coverage for a bone-density test when requested by a primary care or referral physician; requires test to be subject to policy deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance limits of the plan; provides that no policy or contract shall be required to reimburse more than $150 for any bone density test. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* HB 2278 (Bastin/Brown) - ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE COURSES. Sets the fee for alcohol and drug substance abuse courses for second and subsequent offenders at $250; specifies requirements for substance abuse courses. [Alcohol and drug substance abuse courses may be offered only by nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning, governmental or nonprofit organizations.] (43A § 3-453)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* HB 2348 (Roach/Penny Williams) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires health benefit plan contracts issued, amended, renewed or delivered on or after July 1, 1996, that provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care for mother and infant following a vaginal delivery, a minimum of 96 hours of inpatient care following a cesarean section for a mother and newborn child and for postpartum home care following a vaginal delivery if childbirth occurs at home or in a licensed birthing center; authorizes a plan to provide coverage for a shorter length of hospital inpatient stay for services related to maternity and newborn infant care under certain conditions; provides that, if coverage would be provided under a contract subject to a capitated or global rate, the plan must provide supplementary reimbursement to providers for the additional services required by that coverage if it is not included in the capitation or global rate. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* HB 2373 (Askins/Hobson) - AGENCY CLEARING ACCOUNTS. Authorizes the use of certain agency special accounts as clearing accounts; authorizes the treasurer to accept checks deposited directly into State Treasury funds if the depositing state agency maintains sufficient balances in its agency clearing account to cover return items; authorizes agencies to maintain sufficient balances in agency clearing accounts to cover returned checks, credit card adjustments, credit card returns and other debit items; makes such balances subject to approval by the treasurer; eliminates fees charged by the treasurer for issuing copies of warrants, court-ordered account maintenance and administration of credit card programs. (62 § 89.6)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* HB 2466 (Hager/Ed Long) - ACCREDITATION. Requires that a private educational institution be accredited under State Regents' rules unless the institution is accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency which is recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education; authorizes private educational institutions to grant only those degrees authorized by the State Regents unless approved otherwise by a national or regional accrediting agency which is recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/05/96


* HB 2469 (McCorkell/Monson) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. For workers' compensation purposes, adds to the definition of "certified workplace medical plan" an organization of health care providers, certified by the health commissioner that has entered into a contractual agreement with an insured, which shall include any member of an approved group self-insured association, policyholder or public entity, regardless of whether such entity is insured by the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 3)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* HB 2470 (Deutschendorf/Helton) - PURCHASING. Creates an Oklahoma Prison Industry Marketing Development Advisory Task Force to research, plan and inform the Legislature and cooperative marketing associations desiring to invest in and create and design joint ventures for the production, processing, handling and marketing of products grown, made or manufactured within correctional settings; provides that the task force would include representatives from OSU and OU. (57 § 549.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* HB 2480 (Rice/Herbert) - HOLIDAYS. Modifies the list of state holidays to include Saturday and the day after Thanksgiving Day; requires that, if holidays fall on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be a holiday that year; authorizes the Governor to issue an executive order each year specifying the dates on which the holidays other than Saturdays and Sundays occur; authorizes state employees to observe such holidays without loss of pay; entitles state employees to a day off work, without loss of pay on an alternative date or payment in lieu thereof if they are required to work a holiday. (25 § 82.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/23/96


* HB 2497 (Anthony/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AUTHORITY. Provides that all employees of the University Hospitals Authority who are members of the University Hospitals Authority Model Personnel System who become subject to the classified or unclassified service of state government shall be eligible to transfer any unused leave balances; provides that if the Authority enters into a lease for University Hospital and Children's Hospital of Oklahoma with the University Hospitals Trust, and enters into an agreement or contract with another entity for performing services previously provided by the Authority which results in a reduction in the number of Authority employees, certain conditions must be met; creates the University Hospitals Trust Legislative Advisory Task Force; provides for transfer of certain personal property. (63 § 5011)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/31/96


* HB 2506 (Perry/Smith) - OBSCENE MATERIALS. Adds to list of materials to be prohibited from being recorded, written, distributed or sold "any type of obscene material;" adds to the definition of "obscene material" CD-ROM, magnetic disk memory, or magnetic tape memory. (21 § 1024.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2512 (Bryant/Wright) - VOLUNTEERISM. Transfers the Office of Volunteerism from the Office of the Secretary of State to the Department of Civil Emergency Management; creates a 15-member Oklahoma Commission on Volunteerism which includes a representative of a college or university active in volunteerism. (63 § 683.29)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/96


* HB 2563 (Hager/Ed Long) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Allows for alternative teacher certification standards for teachers of students in a residential or treatment facility. (70 § 1210.567)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2621 (Paulk/Dickerson) - LABOR RELATIONS. Creates the State Employees Fair Labor Relations Act; states legislative findings that it is desirable to set forth policies which will allow an equal partnership with the representative groups of state employees who have met requirements as established by law; prohibits state agencies from barring employees from distributing materials for a job-related organization on agency-controlled property during their nonworking time, unless special circumstances make such a ban necessary in order to maintain services; allows representatives of job-related organizations to distribute membership materials in public areas of buildings occupied by state agencies; requires state agencies to permit representatives of job-related organizations reasonable access to meeting rooms under the control of the agency to meet with employees and distribute membership material during employees' nonworking time. (74 § 842.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 05/07/96


* HB 2754 (Anthony/Shedrick) - OKLAHOMA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE/MATH. Modifies membership qualifications of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; requires a graduate degree and current practice in an occupation related to math and science for certain members. (70 § 1210.401)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/96


* HB 2807 (Blackburn/Cain) - BOMBING REMEMBRANCE. Establishes April 19 of each year as "Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Day" and requires that the sacrifices of persons who lost their lives or were injured in the bombing and their loved ones be commemorated on that day; requests that teachers and students observe the day with appropriate exercises. (25 § 90.9)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/04/96


* HB 2822 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a supplemental appropriations bill; Section 20 appropriates $107,128 for debt service on bonds to equip and furnish the OSU Food Processing Center.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 04/01/96


* HB 2887 (Settle/Don Williams) - STUDENT LOANS. Authorizes the State Regents to promulgate rules pertaining to agreements with other Federal Family Education Loan Program participants, to notify licensing boards in this state of students who have defaulted on student loans, and to implement programs for administrative garnishment and wage withholding to collect on defaulted student loans; authorizes the State Regents to prescribe rules and procedures to provide an opportunity for a licensee to enter into a satisfactory repayment agreement and an opportunity for a hearing prior to notification of a licensing board; provides for notice and hearing; authorizes the Regents to notify licensing boards of any person who has been determined to be in default on a student loan, provided, the State Regents may consider hardship circumstances in their decision whether to proceed with notification; provides that, upon receipt of the notice, the licensing board shall suspend and not renew the license until further notification by the Regents; provides for license reinstatement when a licensee is no longer in default; states legislative intent that any state college, university or higher education program president, provost, chief executive officer or director who is or has been convicted of, plead guilty to or nolo contendere to a felony offense and a judgment of guilt has been entered, shall be dismissed or not reemployed unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon has been granted. (70 § 623)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/29/96


* HB 2899 (Leist/Fisher) - INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Modifies the mission of the Oklahoma International Trade Development Council to include promotion of marketing strategies and policies at the request of economic development entities. The Council acts as policy advisor to the Department of Agriculture and higher education institutions in their representative capacities for development of agriculture policies and programs for international export sales and markets. (2 § 3002)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/96


* HB 2934 (Glover/Stipe) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Adds definitions to the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act; provides that an accident and health insurance policy may provide for the application of deductibles and copayment provisions; provides that benefits available under such a policy, at the option of the insured, shall be assignable to a practitioner or hospital; provides that a practitioner or hospital shall be compensated directly by an insurer when certain conditions are met. (36 § 6054)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/12/96


* HB 3021 (Betty Boyd/Brown) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance policies and plans issued on and after Nov. 1, 1996, including those issued by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, provide coverage for certain equipment, supplies and related services for treatment of Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes, and for self-management training. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/23/96



HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS


* HJR 1100 (Johnson/Taylor) - BOMBING VICTIMS. Provides that state employees who were in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, when an explosive device was detonated shall, with the approval of the relevant appointing authority, be excused from performance of job-related duties on April 19, 1996; makes similar provision for state employees who are relatives of anyone injured as a result of the bombing.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/96



HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* HCR 1059 (Benson) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $5 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University to construct a student union.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/31/96


* HCR 1066 (Benson/Fisher) - QUALITY JOBS. Recognizes the importance of creating quality jobs for all Oklahomans, including talented, career-minded college students; congratulates "Project 1000" for its efforts in creating job prospects for talented and capable college graduates who might otherwise leave the state; encourages existing businesses to participate in "Project 1000," a public-private partnership intended to encourage 1,000 existing businesses each to hire at least one additional state college graduate over the next year.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/96


* HCR 1070 (Staggs/Robinson) - MUSICAL HALL OF FAME/NORTHEASTERN STATE. Designates the City of Muskogee as the official seat of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame whose facility was founded in cooperation with Northeastern State University.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/96


* HCR 1077 (Taylor/Penny Williams) - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. Declares April 9, 1996, as "International Student Awareness Day."

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/08/96


* HCR 1090 (Anthony/Shedrick) - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents to issue $10 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Oklahoma State University for completing the construction of the Advanced Technology Research Center.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96


* HCR 1097 (Paulk/Weedn) - COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY. Directs all state agencies and State System institutions to adopt policies prohibiting the acquisition, storage or distribution of obscene material, take immediate action to have removed from their computers and computer systems all obscene material and take all reasonable action to block access to obscene material via computers and computer systems.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/23/96


* HCR 1103 (Johnson/Taylor) - PEGGY SMITH. Commends Peggy Smith, executive director of the Small Business Capital Corp., on being selected the 1996 National Financial Services Advocate of the Year. Ms. Smith has served as a small business advocate on an advisory board of Tulsa Junior College.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/96


* HCR 1108 (Perry/Wright) - COMPUTER CONVERSIONS. Directs all state agencies and encourages all higher education institutions, schools and other political subdivisions of the state, if applicable, to begin planning and budgeting for the conversion of legacy systems, programs and databases and to begin the process of preparing state computer systems for the millennium; requires agencies to report their plans to the Legislature through the Office of State Finance by Nov. 1, 1996; requires the colleges and universities to report through the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor or Chief Operating Officer of the State Regents.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96


* HCR 1115 (Hager/Ed Long) - BOARD OF REGENTS OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGES/APA. Waives the 30-day legislative-day review period for certain proposed permanent rules of the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/31/96


* HCR 1117 (Wells/Shedrick) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY/REVENUE BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents to issue $2 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Langston University for acquisition of equipment for existing buildings.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96



HOUSE RESOLUTIONS


* HR 1045 (Benson) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Resolves that traditional family values and traditional lifestyles are an integral part of the heritage of Oklahoma and the United States; expresses the opposition of the House of Representatives to the position of the National Education Association that calls for public schools to celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month; resolves that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality should not be promoted in the public schools.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/21/96


* HR 1051 (Johnson) - JOHN E. KIRKPATRICK. Expresses pride in John E. Kirkpatrick for generosity and for the contributions he has made to his community and the state; wishes him happiness on his 88th birthday. He was honored at the dedication of the "John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center" at OSU Tech - Oklahoma City.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/13/96


* HR 1064 (Bastin) - DON S. REYNOLDS. Praises Don S. Reynolds, long-time member of the Rose State College Board of Regents, for his years of public service to his county, state and community.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/96


* HR 1066 (Weaver) - ELKS/SCHOLARSHIPS. Commends the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and thanks the organization for its donation of $226,000 for relief and scholarship efforts in the wake of the Murrah Building bombing.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/09/96


* HR 1071 (Vaughn) - SPECIAL OLYMPICS/OSU. Praises Oklahoma's Special Olympics which is held at Oklahoma State University.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/30/96



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