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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, May 10, 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 legislative action.


Section I, Highlights This Week:

Weapons Bill Modified before Passage by Senate: Senate Bill 1050, which amends the concealed weapons law, was modified to address concerns of the higher education community before being passed by the Senate on Wednesday. Legislative authors of the bill, Sen. Frank Shurden and Rep. Fred Stanley, agreed to send the bill back to a conference committee on Monday and redraft the section of the bill dealing with colleges and universities.

The version of the bill approved by the conference committee last week would have allowed persons with a valid license to carry a concealed weapon in parking areas, whether on the person or in a car. In addition, a licensed person would have been authorized to carry a concealed weapon on campus property between buildings or facilities.

The version of the bill approved by the conference committee this week only allows licensed persons to carry or store a concealed weapon in their vehicle in a parking area, and prohibits the removal of the weapon from the vehicle. However, the bill allows institutions and college presidents discretion to authorize exceptions to the law.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 46 aye, 2 nay, and is now pending action in the House of Representatives.


Fee Waiver Bill Progresses: Senate Bill 908, which provides tuition waivers to children of state employees who are killed on the job as the result of an intentional criminal act, was passed by the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 43 aye, 0 nay. Earlier this session, the bill had been amended on the floor of the House to include the children of any Oklahoman killed on the job, not just state employees. However, this amendment was removed in the conference committee. The bill now moves to the House for final action.


Appropriation Negotiations Continue: The House and Senate members of the Education Subcommittee of the General Conference Committee on Appropriations (GCCA) continued their deliberations this week over the allocation of funds to all education agencies. No agreements were announced and negotiations will resume next week.


Meetings Next Week:

Monday, May 13, 1996, 9:00 a.m., room 534, State Capitol Building, the Senate Education Committee will meet to address the following executive nominations:


Legislative Deadlines:

May 24, Friday -- Final Passage of Appropriation Bills

May 31, Friday -- Sine Die Adjournment by 5:00 p.m.


Actions This Week:

Bills Signed by the Governor:


Bills Vetoed by the Governor:


Bills Sent to the Governor:


Bills Passed on the Senate Floor:


Bills Failed on the Senate Floor


Bills Passed on the House Floor:


Bills Failed on the House Floor


New Bills Added to List:


Bills Deleted from the 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

May 10, 1996




Academic Scholars

SR 51


Accountability

SB 1129


Ad valorem taxes

HB 2102


Administrative procedures

SB 703


Advanced Placement Incentive Program

SB 1100


Appropriations

SB 800

SB 810

SB 814

SB 837

SB 846

HB 1809

HB 2819

HB 2820

HB 2821

HB 2822

HB 2841


Athletic trainers

HB 2065


Benefits

SB 850

SB 896

SB 910

HB 2188


Bombing victims

HB 2807

HJR 1100


Budget

SB 801

SB 811

SB 831

HB 2819


Cameron University

HCR 1059

HCR 1060


Campus police

HB 1185


Charter schools

HB 2268


Child care facilities

HB 2986


Children/youth services

SB 1237

HB 2231


Claims

HB 1672


Computer conversions

HCR 1108


Connors State College

SCR 38

HCR 1061


Contracts

SB 1077

SB 1312

HB 2890


County assessors

SB 723


Dentistry

HB 1880


Drug/alcohol

HB 1672

HB 2278


Educational Indicators

SB 1163

HB 2193

HB 2317


Elks/scholarships

SCR 58

SR 49

HR 1066


Fees, student

HB 2164


Fee waivers

SB 908


Flags

HB 2104


Government reform

HB 2809


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

SR 29

SR 31

HR 1045

HR 1046


Insurance, health

SB 850

SB 896

SB 910

SB 1040

SB 1106

SB 1166

HB 2088

HB 2188

HB 2189

HB 2254

HB 2261

HB 2348

Insurance, health (cont'd)

HB 2497

HB 2655

HB 2934

HB 3021


International students

HCR 1077


International trade

SB 931

HB 2899


Jury duty

SB 425


Juvenile records

SB 1053


Kirkpatrick, John E.

HR 1051


Labor relations

HB 2621


Legal representation

HB 2534

HB 2938


License plates, special

HB 2336


Maternity benefits

HB 2348


Minority teacher aides

HB 2720


Northeastern State University

HCR 1070


Nurses

SB 537

SB 587


Obscene materials

HB 2506


Oklahoma Education Television Auth.

SB 881


Oklahoma Higher Learning Access

SB 1164


Oklahoma School of Science/Math

HB 2754


Oklahoma State University

SB 814

SB 1030

SCR 40

HB 2976

HCR 1090

HR 1051


Oklahoma State University

College of Osteopathic Medicine

SB 1223


Open Records

SB 719


Payroll deduction

SB 1130


Perfusionists

SB 788


Peters, Roy

SCR 43


Physician Manpower Training

SB 837

HB 1809

HB 1811


Privatization of government functions

HB 2690


Purchasing

HB 2147

HB 2470


Quality jobs

HCR 1066


Retirement

SB 941

SB 1100

SCR 42

HB 2087

HB 2088

Retirement (cont'd)

HB 2422

HB 2475

HB 2861


Reynolds, Don

HR 1064


Rogers State College

SB 1162


Rose State College

HR 1064


Salary increase

SB 1128


School testing

SB 1163

HB 2193

HB 2317


Science/technology

SCR 55

HCR 1086


Seminole Junior College

SB 836


Smith, Peggy

HCR 1103


Special agency accounts

HB 2139

HB 2373


State Regents

HB 1810


Student Loans

HB 2887


Tax, income

HB 2748


Teacher certification

HB 2563


Teacher preparation

SB 801

SB 837

Technology training

SB 1100


Telecommunications

SB 782

SB 1315

HB 1434

HCR 1097


Trailblazer schools

HB 2720


Travel

SB 742

HB 2890


Tuition/fees

HB 2164

HB 2748


Tuition savings

HB 2059


Tulsa Junior College

SCR 36

HB 2164

HCR 1058


University Center at Tulsa

SB 1162


University Hospitals

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 837

HB 2841


University of Oklahoma

HB 1672

HCR 1091


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SB 852

SCR 52


Vocational/technical

SCR 43


Volunteers

HB 2512


Wage, minimum

HB 1672


Weapons

SB 1050


Workers' compensation

SB 1310

HB 2469


Youth apprenticeship

HB 2192


OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session - 1996

Reported Status as of 5/9/96




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 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)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/07/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/07/96

(44 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/96


* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/09/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/09/96

(39 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 8 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/09/96


* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 04/30/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/30/96

(40 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 8 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96


* 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 742 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - TRAVEL. The conference committee report authorizes state agencies to enter into contracts and agreements for payment of classroom space, food and lodging expenses for employees attending official conferences, meetings or training sessions; lists forms of transportation that may be used by authorized persons traveling out-of-state on state business; limits reimbursement for certain forms of transportation; transfers the Employee Assistance Program and makes provisions for the transfer.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/08/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/08/96

(48 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/96


* SB 782 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates an Oklahoma Telecommunications Commission comprising five voting members, one of whom would be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the State Regents, and the chair of the State Data Processing Telecommunications Advisory Committee as an ex officio member; requires the Commission to oversee the work of the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance as it carries out its responsibilities for the operation, maintenance and development of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN), to establish policies for the secure and efficient interoperation of the networks comprising OGTN and to provide a forum for the discussion of telecommunications policies; authorizes the Commission to promulgate rules, to enter into contracts and agreements for services, and to fix and revise user charges; creates a Telecommunications Commission Revolving Fund; requires annual independent audits; requires state and education entities responsible for the operation of wide area networks that are components of the OGTN to submit certain proposed changes to the Telecommunications Commission for approval; prohibits state and education entities responsible for a wide-area network utilized by users that are not otherwise subject to the authority of the entity from selling or otherwise conveying any unit or units of its network or making a contract or other agreement for the operation or management of the network without approval by the Commission; increases membership of the advisory committee from 26 members to 28 members by removing the representatives of the Department of Education, the State Regents, and the Department of Public Safety and adding representatives of the Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Administrative Office of the Judiciary; provides that, after the advisory committee fulfills certain obligations, the ex officio nonvoting members shall become full voting members. (74 § 8201)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/06/96

(46 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO HOUSE 05/06/96

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/06/96


* SB 800 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various education entities; Section 13 allocates $300,500 to be expended on a competitive application basis to a State System institution for implementing a statewide telecommunications curriculum.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 801 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for various education entities including the Teacher Preparation Commission.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 810 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the various health-care entities including the University Hospitals Authority; authorizes the average full-time-equivalent-employee limit to be increased by as many as 150 FTE for providing staffing for program expansions or increased census at the authority, provided that such employees are funded with hospital-generated revenues.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 811 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for various health-care entities including the University Hospitals Authority.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 814 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Department of Agriculture; provides that funds shall be spent as necessary to accomplish contractual responsibilities for OSU's extension service for financial management technical assistance for businesses and business students; requires contractors to submit quarterly reports of activities and expenditures to the Agriculture Department; permits the Department to disallow any expenditures for activities not within the scope of approved contractual responsibilities.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 831 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for the University Hospitals Authority.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


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

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/01/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/01/96

(46 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/08/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/08/96

(94 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

ENROLLED - SENATE 05/08/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/09/96


* 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) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various agencies. Section 5 appropriates $160,205 from the General Revenue Fund to the State Regents for their administrative offices; Section 8 appropriates $8,568 for the Physician Manpower Training Commission; Section 13 appropriates $2,523 for the Teacher Preparation Commission; Section 41 appropriates $3.4 million to the University Hospitals Authority.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 850 (Haney/Hamilton) - BENEFITS. Shell bill relating to the State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1371)

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 852 (Littlefield/Miller) - OU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER. Provides that members of a professional practice plan who are employed at the OUHSC may be reimbursed for actual and necessary meal expenses while in official travel status from monies within the professional practice plan within which they practice. The conference committee substitute requires reimbursement from set-aside monies for doctors, dentists and other health care professionals employed at the OUHSC who set aside a portion of their salaries for certain travel expenses; requires that such reimbursement be paid only for the actual amount of meal expenses incurred while such persons are in official travel status as indicated on pertinent receipts.

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* 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 896 (Monson/Roberts) - HEALTH CARE. Modifies the powers and duties of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; authorizes the State Employee Benefits Council to promulgate rules necessary to carry out the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act, to purchase health care benefits for state and education employees, to develop state and education employee health care benefit plans, to enter into contracts for delivery of state-purchased health care and establish standards and criteria which must be met by entities to be eligible to contract with the Council for the delivery of state-purchased health care, to develop a proposed standard basic health care benefits package, and to study all matters connected with the purchase of health care benefits for state and education employees. (74 § 1364)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


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

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/08/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/08/96

(43 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/96


* SB 910 (Monson/Fields) - HEALTH CARE. Shell bill relating to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act, and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. The conference committee substitute specifies the portion of the premium tax to be allocated to the Medicaid contingency fund. (74 § 1303)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 931 (Penny Williams/Taylor) - INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Requires the Department of Commerce to provide clearinghouse services for the coordination of the state's efforts to promote economic development through international trade; requires all state institutions and agencies to cooperate with the Department in establishing and maintaining a referral service; requires the Department to establish an International Trade Clearinghouse Council consisting of representatives of all agencies interested in promoting economic development through international trade. (74 § 5017.20)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 941 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Shell bill relating to the Teachers' Retirement System. (70 § 17-101)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* 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 structures, buildings, or office space owned or leased by colleges or universities for purposes of instruction, student activities, or sports events; requires written permission for exception; excludes from prohibition property set aside for the use of any vehicle by any college or university; provides that for the purposes of participating in hunting, safety, or firearms training courses, a school administrator may authorize firearms or other weapons to be brought onto school property and used in such training course. (21 § 1277)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/08/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/08/96

(46 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/96


* SB 1053 (Herbert/Seikel) - JUVENILE RECORDS. Section 8 prohibits employers, educational institutions, state and local government agencies, officials, and employees, in any application or interview or otherwise, 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. (10 § 7307-1.8)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/06/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/06/96

(45 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/06/96


* 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; requires that any insurance coverage obtained by public institutions in this state, except for coverage obtained by or through the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program or other state-administered insurance program, be competitively bid at least every three years. (61 § 102)

CCR READ - SENATE 04/30/96


* SB 1100 (Don Williams/Anthony) - COMMON EDUCATION REFORM INITIATIVE. Pertains to ad valorem taxes paid under protest and several common education issues; Section 26 authorizes the State Board of Education to award four competitive grants of up to $100,000 each to either an institution of higher education, a school district or other entity with expertise to provide technology training for teachers of public school grades K-12. The grants are to be awarded to one institution in each quadrant of the state. Section 29 states Legislative intent to explore the means of providing a reliable source of funding for the OTRS and guaranteeing the future stability of the System and to find means of assisting school districts in meeting their current and future employer contribution obligation; repeals sections relating to authorization for boxing in physical education, requirement for wearing industrial quality eye protective devices, the Developmental Research School Act, and Task Force 2000.

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1106 (Herbert/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that the State and Education Employees Group Insurance shall not offer 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. The conference committee report returns the bill to the form in which it passed the Senate. Language has been deleted which was added in the House to require the Board to allow legislators to opt out of state insurance coverage. (74 § 1306)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1128 (Dickerson/Steidley) - SALARIES. Provides for annualized salary increase of $1,200 for certain state officers and employees and certain county employees.

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. The conference committee substitute adds a section of new law outlining procedures to be followed regarding employees who are subject to an internal agency investigation; outlines certain notice provisions. (62 § 7.10)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Declares that UCT and Rogers State College constitute a single institution within the State System; 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). (70 § 4651)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/96


* SB 1163 (Penny Williams/McCorkell) - SCHOOL TESTING/EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Prohibits school districts from developing and implementing educational improvement plans which would exempt the district from certain regulations including those related to core curriculum standards, the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program. (70 § 3-124)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1164 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - OHLAP. Adds that students eligible for OHLAP may have graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; authorizes the State Regents to develop criteria for determining students' award eligibility for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (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 insurance plans which require payment of a copayment to disclose to the insured the calculation for the copayment; requires that in no case shall the payment for services and the co-payment be more than the actual amount paid to the provider of health care services; provides that in no case shall the co-payment be based on a higher figure than either the amount billed or the amount paid, whichever is less; provides that health care providers who bill for services shall credit discounted prices for services to an individual's account; provides for penalties for violations; authorizes the promulgation of rules; defines "discounted price." The conference committee substitute no longer adds new law which required health care insurers, hospitals and licensed health care providers offering or providing health care services and billing for such services to credit any discounted prices for services to an individual's account and provided penalties for violation. (36 § 6055)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


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

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/06/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/06/96

(47 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/06/96


* SB 1237 (Penny Williams/Voskuhl) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Creates the Family Centered and Community Designed Services Act; states legislative intent that the act provide the framework for implementation and establishment of locally designed service delivery systems for children and families. (10 § 601.7)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1310 (Shedrick/Steidley) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. The conference committee substitute provides that, if certain insurers fail to contract with or provide access to a certified workplace medical plan by Nov. 1, 1996, 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; prohibits the Commissioner of Health from certifying a plan that does not utilize the medical treatment guidelines and protocols established for use by medical service providers, which have been recommended by the Physician Advisory Committee and adopted by the administrator of the Workers' Compensation Court; excludes certain claim amounts paid under the medical benefits deductible from the calculation of an employer's experience modifier; creates a 10-member task force, until Jan. 1, 1998, to study and develop recommendations to the Legislature for the cost-effective implementation of a voluntary 24-hour coverage plan for Oklahoma employees; requires the task force to present a report of its activities, findings and recommendations relative to the 24-hour coverage by Jan. 1, 1998; 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; requires the Insurance Commissioner to rotate the actuaries used to perform examinations on a company; authorizes workers' compensation carriers and the State Insurance Fund to use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for disability and death claims; exempts the State Insurance Fund from hiring freezes by the Governor in response to a financial emergency. (85 § 14.3)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* 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 OneNet telecommunications network 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; provides that for purchases that require review of the purchase requisition by the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance 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 the Information Services Division, 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. (62 § 41.5e)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/01/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/01/96

(42 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96



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.

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/01/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96


* 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 certain dormitories.

REFERRED TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 05/01/96

CONFEREES NAMED - SENATE 04/30/96


* 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 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.

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.

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/10/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 04/15/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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



SENATE RESOLUTIONS


* SR 29 (Campbell) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Opposes the position of the National Education Association that public schools should celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SR 31 (Campbell) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Expresses the position of the Senate that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality should not be taught as a natural lifestyle in the public schools.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* 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



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; proceeds from sale of items could be used for materials or supplies or for education, training, or programming. (22 § 1325)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 1434 (Erwin/Shurden) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Rural Economic Action Plan of 1996; includes in the purposes of economic development the construction or improvement of telecommunication facilities or systems. The conference committee substitute adds new law that establishes 10 separate accounts by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to provide funding for rural economic development. (62 § 2004)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 1672 (Toure/Lewis Long) - CLAIMS/OU ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT RESEARCH/MINIMUM WAGE/DRUG TESTING. Specifies that filing of claims with the Employment Security Commission may be done by hand delivery, telefax or mail; provides for ineligibility for benefits for persons determined to have committed claimant fraud; requires the Commission to notify an employer of a determination that the employer's application should be denied or for termination of coverage under employment security laws; provides a procedure for protests of initial determinations; modifies confidentiality requirements to authorize the release of information required to identify economic trends to officials, employees and agents of OU's Center for Economic and Management Research; requires that the information obtained to be held confidential by the University and its agents and not disclosed or be open to public inspection; authorizes OU to release aggregated date, provided that such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Commission; provides for an "Oklahoma Youth Training Employment Freedom Act;" states purpose to advance school-to-work efforts of educators and employers by expanding job opportunities for youth 14 to 18 years of age; requires a contractual agreement between employer and employed youth; specifies requirements for agreement; authorizes academic credit, subject to approval, for participation in agreement; authorizes the Secretary of Education, the Department of Education, the Department of Vocational and Technical education or any area vo-tech school or school district to publish a model of the contractual agreement; specifies insurance requirements. The conference committee substitute adds language providing for a 25-percent reduction during 1997 in the contribution rate of all employers who qualify for an earned contribution rate after calculation of said rate, with certain exceptions; provides for a 12.5 percent contribution rate reduction for tax years 1997 and 1998 as long as certain assessments are made by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, with certain exceptions; deletes provisions relating to school-to-work and the "Oklahoma Youth Training Employment Freedom Act;" increases minimum wage to $4.70 for calendar year 1997 and $5.15 for calendar year 1998, or the current federal minimum wage, whichever is greater; outlines conditions for hair-sample testing for the presence of drugs; establishes felony penalties for wrongful release of test information. (70 § 14-131)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/01/96


* HB 1809 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training commission.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 1810 (Hamilton/Haney) - STATE REGENTS. Shell bill relating to certain powers and duties of the State Regents.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 1811 (Hamilton/Haney) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Sets budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* 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 2059 (Laura Boyd/Ed Long) - TUITION SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Enacts the Oklahoma Tuition Savings Account Act; allows state residents to deposit during each taxable year into one or more tuition savings accounts; deposits may not exceed $5,000 for each separate account; provides an income tax exemption for such contributions and interest thereon; requires accounts to be established as trusts and placed with an account trustee; authorizes trustees to receive certain fees; provides for distribution of funds for eligible tuition expenses; requires the account beneficiary to submit documentation of eligible expenses; allows an account purchaser to request an unqualified disbursement from the tuition savings account at any time; at the purchaser's request all or part of the balance of one account may be transferred to one or more other accounts established for another beneficiary; provides that if the money is transferred directly from one account into another account the amount transferred will be exempt from taxation and not subject to penalty. (70 § 6020)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/07/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/07/96

(99 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/07/96


* 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 2088 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT/INSURANCE BENEFITS. Provides that, if the basic life insurance amount is increased, a retiree shall have 30 days in which to make an election to continue the increased basic life insurance amount by paying the full cost of the life insurance at the rate and under such terms and conditions as established by the State and Education Employees Group Life Insurance Board; provides that, if the retiree does not make an election, the person shall retain the ability to make payment for the life insurance amount in effect prior to any increase in coverage. The committee substitute provides that any person electing to continue in force the basic life insurance benefits shall pay the full cost of such life insurance at the rate and under such terms and conditions as established by the board. (74 § 1316.1)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2102 (Begley/Don Williams) - AD VALOREM TAXES. Relates to the appeals based upon the illegality of the ad valorem tax; creates an education cash flow revolving 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; requires the Commission to reimburse school districts and vocational-technical school districts for revenues lost due to taxes paid under protest. (68 § 2884)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* 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. The conference committee substitute is a shell bill pertaining to the "Procurement Procedures Act." (74 § 85.100)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2164 (Steidley/Penny Williams) - STUDENT FEES/TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE. 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. The conference committee substitute adds language providing that students with adequate health insurance do not have to pay a student health fee; requires the State Regents to provide guidelines for determining the eligibility of a student to qualify as having adequate health care insurance; changes the name of Tulsa Junior College to Tulsa Community College. (70 § 3219.1)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* HB 2189 (Begley/Don Williams) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that unless the State and Education Group Insurance Board has otherwise contracted with an 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 network 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 offered the type of health care services needed. (74 § 1304)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* HB 2192 (Hager/Ed Long) - YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP. Shell bill pertaining to the Youth Apprenticeship Committee. (70 § 14-128)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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 and the Educational Indicators Program. (70 § 3-126)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2231 (Voskuhl/Penny Williams) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Creates the Family Centered and Community Designed Services Act to engage businesses, service providers, volunteers, educators and families in planning, policy and priority setting, community development and serving families in their own community and, through community partnerships, assure that there is a coordinated effort among agencies, groups and organizations within the community to identify and fill service gaps within their community, provide for a collaborative system of community services and provide for the delivery of wrap-around services to children and families that require such services; creates a State Management Team for planning and implementing local service systems; modifies the membership of the Oklahoma Planning and Coordinating Council for Services to Children and Youth. (10 § 601.71)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* 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 2268 (Bryant/Wright) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Charter Schools Act;" defines "charter school" as a public school established by contract with a board of education of a school district to provide learning that will improve student achievement; allows public schools, public bodies, public or private colleges or universities, private persons and private organizations to contract with a sponsor to establish a charter school. (36 § 6060.1)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* 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. (43A § 3-453)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/06/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/06/96

(98 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/07/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/07/96

(37 AYE / 9 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/08/96


* HB 2317 (Hager/Ed Long) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS/SCHOOL TESTING. Pertains to residence of child and school transfers; Section 3 modifies the Educational Indicators Program, allowing for separate reporting and depiction of test scores for certain students; Section 4 modifies the School Testing Program, requiring allocation of a certain percentage of State Aid to high challenge schools; Section 5 requires the development of an electronic tracking system for public school students to be used for the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program; provides that social security account numbers or alternative student data numbers shall be used; requires the State Vo-Tech Board to adopt rules to ensure the provision of vocational offering in area vocational-technical school districts to transferred students. The Senate amendment provides that anyone can inspect, make notes concerning, and receive a copy of his or her personal records maintained by a state education agency; limits inspection of materials that include information on more than one person; requires education agencies to establish procedures for receiving and complying with requests to inspect personal records; provides that access to the records shall be afforded not more than 45 days from the receipt of a request; provides for opportunity to challenge the contents of the records; prohibits education agencies from releasing any personal information, other than directory information, without written consent of the person; requires documentation for every occasion on which another person not employed by the maintaining agency has been given access to said records. (70 § 1210.531)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2336 (Betty Boyd/Kerr) - 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 credited to the State Regents for support of the Regents' scholarship program. The conference committee substitute 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)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/30/96

(91 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 9 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/01/96

CCR REJECTED 05/01/96

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96


* HB 2348 (Roach/Penny Williams) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires health benefit plan contracts issued, amended, renewed or delivered on or after Jan. 1, 1997, that provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care 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 birthing center; authorizes a plan to provide coverage for a shorter length of hospital inpatient stay for services related to maternity and newborn care under certain conditions; provides that, if coverage would be provided under a contract subject to a capitated or per-discharge rate, the plan must provide supplementary reimbursement to providers for the additional services required by that coverage. The conference committee substitute adds sections entitled the "Genetic Nondiscrimination Act;" requires any person who submits to testing, prior to testing, to give informed consent to such procedure; prohibits certain acts by insurers for purposes of determining eligibility for coverage, establishing premiums, limiting, renewing or terminating coverage or making any other underwriting decision in connection with the offer, sale, renewal or continuation of a policy for life or accident and health insurance, except to the extent and in the same fashion as an insurer limits coverage or increases premiums for loss caused or contributed to by other medical conditions representing an increased degree of risk; provides penalties for damages resulting from violations. (36 § 6060.1)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/08/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/08/96

(95 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/09/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/09/96

(42 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

ENROLLED - HOUSE 05/09/96


* 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)

CCR REJECTED 05/07/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/07/96

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/08/96


* HB 2422 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to calculation of retirement benefits for OTRS. (70 § 17-116.2)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/06/96

(97 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/08/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/08/96

(44 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/09/96


* HB 2475 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Provides that in FY1997 each state agency participating in the group insurance plans shall appropriate and pay to the State Employees Group Insurance Clearing Fund an amount to be set by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board for each employee other than education employees per month enrolled in the plans, from funds appropriated to said agency or from other funds available to the agency for operational purposes. (74 § 1310)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/01/96


* 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) - HEALTH CARE. Limits the Health Care Authority to approving only actions of the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council regarding selection of and contracts with federally qualified HMOs for consideration as alternatives to health plans offered by the State and Education Employee Group Insurance Board, and purchasing insurance deemed necessary for providing benefits selected by the Council under the flexible benefits plan. It also provides that the Council shall have similar responsibilities, subject to the direction and approval of the Health Care Authority. (63 § 5011)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2534 (Hamilton/Dickerson) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Clarifies language relating to methods for obtaining legal representation. (74 § 20i)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* 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 2690 (Paulk/Leftwich) - PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS. Creates the Oklahoma Ethics in Privatization Functions Act; prohibits agencies from making privatization contracts unless certain requirements are met; requires competitive bidding; prohibits contract terms from exceeding one year; requires that contracts contain provisions requiring the contractor to offer available employee positions to qualified regular employees of the agency whose state employment is terminated because of the privatization contract and who satisfy the hiring criteria of the contractor; requires submission of comprehensive cost estimate; makes provisions for present agency employees to organize and submit a bid to provide the subject services; requires certain disclosures and submission of plans by the contracted entity; provides for an objection by the Governor; prohibits a present or former state employee involved in awarding a contract, for a period of a year from the date state employment is terminated, from becoming an officer or employee of a business organization which is a party to any privatization contract with the agency in which the present or former state employee is or was employed. (74 § 595.1)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/29/96


* HB 2720 (McCorkell/Penny Williams) - MINORITY TEACHER AIDES. Creates the Office of Education Services and Innovation within the State Department of Education; requires that, within five years, school districts develop, submit and implement a plan of services and deregulation to the office; creates the "Trailblazer Schools Act;" allows a public or private college or university to contract with a sponsor to establish a trailblazer school; requires the State Regents to work with the State Board of Education in recruiting minority teacher aides; requires the Office of Education Services and Innovation to work in conjunction with the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center to develop and implement a program to allow minority students who intend to become teachers to work as teacher aides in the public schools; requires the Teacher Preparation Commission to develop and implement a competency-based system of training and certification of teacher aides; authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to provide for funding of equipment and software to enhance the technological capability of public educational entities. The bill also creates the "Education Choice Act." (70 § 4601)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/15/96

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/16/96

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/16/96


* HB 2748 (Plunk/Wilkerson) - TUITION/TAX DEDUCTION. Allows an income tax deduction in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1995, for the amount of tuition paid by a taxpayer to a public college or university located in this state; limits the deduction to $1,000; no deduction shall be allowed for any amount of tuition paid by or through a grant, scholarship, stipend, employer reimbursement or payment, or any amount subject to a tuition waiver. (68 § 2358)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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 2809 (Hamilton/Haney) - STATE AGENCY REFORM. Creates the State Agency Reform and Improvement Act.

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


* HB 2819 (Steidley/Haney) - BUDGET/PROGRAM OVERSIGHT. Modifies the duties of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget and Program Oversight to delete the requirement that the panel oversee executive branch compliance with the legislative intent of appropriation measures. (62 § 41.47)

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 2820 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a shell bill for general appropriations.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 2821 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a shell bill for general appropriations.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* 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. The Governor signed the bill with a line-item veto of a section appropriating funds to the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 04/01/96


* HB 2841 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Shell bill appropriating to the University Hospitals Authority.

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 2861 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT FUNDS. Provides that language prohibiting attachment, garnishment, levy or seizure of public retirement funds shall not apply to qualified domestic orders for child support or payment of marital property; outlines requirements for such orders; provides that such orders shall not attach to or require payment of any amount of benefits related to a deferred option plan until payment of retirement benefits begins pursuant to said plan. (70 § 17-109)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2887 (Settle/Don Williams) - GUARANTEED STUDENT LOANS. Authorizes the State Regents to establish and implement programs to collect on defaulted student loans as are prescribed by federal law, including administrative garnishment and wage withholding; specifies procedures for licensing boards to suspend or not renew licenses, including commercial driver licenses, of individuals in default on a student loan; provides for reinstatement or renewal of licenses. The conference committee substitute revises the measure to authorize 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; 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. There is no hardship provision. (70 § 623)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2890 (Settle/Smith) - CONTRACTS/TRAVEL. Authorizes state agencies to enter into contracts and agreements for payment of classroom space, food and lodging expenses for employees attending official conferences, meetings or training sessions conducted or sponsored by the agencies; permits persons authorized to travel on official state business outside the state to use appropriate forms of transportation, including common carriers, transit system carriers, state- or privately owned motor vehicles or airplanes, contract rental motor vehicles or commuter airplanes; provides that, if commuter airlines are the only airlines available to reach a destination, reimbursement for transportation used in lieu of commuter air fare shall not exceed the cost of the commuter air fare; limits reimbursement for authorized use of privately owned motor vehicles used for out-of-state travel to mileage reimbursement; limits reimbursement for use of rental vehicles for out-of-state travel to the actual cost for such vehicle; prohibits reimbursement for such vehicle from exceeding the cost for commercial class air fare or commuter air fare. (74 § 500.2)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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. (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 2938 (Hamilton/Dickerson) - ATTORNEY GENERAL. Adds to the duties of the Attorney General to represent a state agency or a state higher education institution to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and environmental and natural resources of the state by initiating, or appearing in, any state or federal administrative or judicial proceeding. In any such action in which the Attorney General obtains judgment, the Attorney General shall be entitled to recover costs and expenses of litigation and attorney fees. (74 § 18b)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 2986 (Blackburn) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Provides an exemption from the Child Care Facilities Licensing Act for school-age programs of specialized activity or instruction for children that are not designed or intended for child care purposes; modifies requirements for criminal history investigations; modifies certain immunization requirements and procedures. The committee substitute modifies exemptions from the act. (10 § 401)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 3021 (Betty Boyd/Brown) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance policies and plans issued on and after Nov. 1, 1996, including 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 1058 (Cozort) - TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Tulsa Junior College to issue revenue bonds in a sum not to exceed $12 million.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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.

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HCR 1060 (Kirby) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1061 (Staggs) - CONNORS STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of Connors State College to issue revenue bonds in a sum not to exceed $2,394,000 for the purpose of renovating an existing dormitory and construction of a new residence hall.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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 1086 (Anthony/Don Williams) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1996 as Oklahoma Science and Technology Month.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/25/96


* 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.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 04/01/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1091 (Laura Boyd) - OU/ABILITY THROUGH ARTS. Directs observance of Disability Awareness Week; urges citizens to visit "Abilities through Art" exhibition at the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/02/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 04/16/96


* HCR 1097 (Paulk/Weedn) - COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY. Directs all state agencies and State System institutions to cease distributing, making available and storing obscene and pornographic material and to remove from their computer systems all illegal obscene material and especially child pornography, including material that is a part of USENET newsgroups stored on their local computer systems; directs such agencies and institutions to take necessary steps to maintain computer systems that are free from illegal obscene materials and especially child pornography.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/22/96

REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 04/30/96


* 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 on an advisory board of Tulsa Junior College.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 04/23/96


* 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 Dec. 31, 1996.

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 05/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET



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 1046 Hamilton) - LESBIAN AND GAY HISTORY MONTH. Opposes the position of the National Education Association that the Oklahoma public schools should celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

RULES


* 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.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 04/16/96


* 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.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/08/96

ENROLLED - HOUSE 05/08/96



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