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OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

State Capitol Complex

From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, March 28, 1997

Subject: Legislative Bill Tracking Update


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


SECTION I

Highlights This Week:

Second Committee Deadline Passes: A number of bills on our tracking list did not survive Thursday's deadline for committee action on bills in the opposite house of their origin. However, due to the fact that the Senate was not in session on Thursday, not all committee action has been officially recorded. Next week we will have a complete listing of all bills which were not passed out of committee, and are thus dead for the remainder of the 1997 session. Those bills passed out of committee this week are shown in the "Actions on Bills This Week" section below.

Retirement Costs to Remain Level in FY'98: The Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS) board voted Wednesday to leave the required retirement contribution level paid by institutions at its current level for the coming fiscal year, saving the state system an estimated $5.3 million. The OTRS "employer contribution rate" is actually made up of a combination of two components: (1) revenue received directly by OTRS from natural gas gross production taxes, and (2) payments to OTRS from employers. By law, the required contribution rate from the combined sources is scheduled to increase from 9.5% of employee compensation for the current fiscal year (FY"97), to 10.5% for FY'98, which begins July 1, 1997.

For FY'97, natural gas revenue accounted for 4.7% of the required 9.5% contribution rate while institutions paid the remaining 4.8%. For FY'98, natural gas revenue is projected to be higher than was originally estimated for FY'97. Therefore, institutions will continue to pay 4.8% while the natural gas revenue will account for 5.7% of the required 10.5% contribution level. (Actually, the natural gas revenue is projected to bring in the equivalent of 6.9% of members compensation in FY'98, but the law prohibits a reduction in the rate paid directly by employers.)

Library Fee Bill Narrowly Passes Committee: On Tuesday, the House Education Committee narrowly approved SB 746 (authored by Sen. Penny Williams and Rep. Dwayne Steidley), a bill which would increase the statutory cap on the student fee for library automation and materials. The change would raise the limit from $1.50 to $2.50 per semester credit hour. Rep. Laura Boyd (D - Norman), who presented the bill, told the committee that the bill had been requested by Oklahoma State University to enhance its current library computer system and increase resources available to students.

Although there were very few questions and no debate on the bill, a voice vote on the bill demonstrated substantial opposition. At the request of a committee member, the committee chair, Rep. James Hager, called for a show of hands which counted 16 ayes and 13 nays.

Senate Republicans Oppose Rainy Day Bills: Repeating a similar action taken earlier this session by their House counterparts, Senate Republicans voted in unison against four "shell" appropriation bills - HB's 1879, 1880, 1881, and 1882 -- which would allocate unspecified amounts from the state's Constitutional Reserve Fund. Votes on the four bills split along party lines but are largely symbolic at this point since each bill will likely end up in the General Conference Committee on Appropriations (GCCA) for final consideration. The votes, however, do demonstrate that no agreement has been reached about the utilization of the fund. The Constitutional Reserve Fund currently has a balance of $114 million, half of which ($57 million) is available for "emergency" appropriations this session.




Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

April 17, Thursday -- Pass Bills from Floor in the Opposite House

April 30, Wednesday -- Deadline for filing of initial conference committee reports

May 30, Friday -- Sine Die Adjournment by 5:00 p.m.




Legislative Meetings Next Week:

Actions on Bills This Week:

SENATE ACTIONS

Bills Passed on Senate Floor:

Bills Failed on Senate Floor:

Bills Passed in Senate Committees:

Bills Failed in Senate Committees:

HOUSE ACTIONS

Bills Passed on House Floor:

Bills Failed on the House Floor:

Bills Passed in House Committees:

Bills Failed in House Committee:

GOVERNOR'S ACTION

Bills Sent to Governor

Bills Signed by the Governor:

ADDITIONS & DELETIONS TO LIST

Bills Added to the List:

Bills Deleted from the List:

If you need copies of any of the bills, please contact Carolyn McCoy at (405) 225-9165 or e-mail her at "cmccoy@osrhe.edu".



SECTION II

INDEX
BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session

March 28, 1997


Academies

SB 13

Administrative procedures

SB 216

SB 217

HB 2111

HB 2120

Ad valorem taxes

SB 348

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2071

HB 2075

HB 2077

HB 2190

Advanced placement

SB 35

HB 2017

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1019

HB 1915

Allen, Walter

SR 4

Alternative placement

HB 1342

HB 1348

Anatomical gifts

SB 436

Appropriations

SB 103

SB 110

SB 160

Appropriations (cont'd)

HB 1854

HB 1872

HB 1878

HB 1880

HB 1883

HB 1885

HB 1887

HB 1894

Asbestos abatement

SB 38

HB 1987

Benefits

SB 174

Bidding

SB 703

Bond oversight

HB 1895

HB 1992

Bribery

HB 1642

Budgeting

HB 1907

Campus police

SB 523

HB 1701

HB 2197

Capital improvement

SB 541

Charitable fiduciary

HB 1660

Child care facilities

SB 569

HB 2133

Child support

SB 693

SB 706

Chiropractic examiners

HB 2103

Computer conversions

HB 1434

Condoms

HB 2095

HB 2196

Construction

SB 389

HB 1991

Contracts

SB 389

SB 703

HB 1897

HB 1991

Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)

SB 556

Credits, transfer of

HB 1561

Dentistry

SB 448

SB 514

HB 2155

Ebonics

HB 1810

Economic development

SB 571

Education Oversight Board

SB 416

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

Employee associations

SB 218

Employee benefits

SB 174

SB 247

Employee reduction in force

SB 539

HB 1224

Employment Security

SB 43

HB 1130

Employment, temporary

SB 36

HB 1222

English as common language

HB 1231

Equalization Board

HB 1990

Fee, supplemental

SB 746

Fee waiver

SB 199

Forgery

HB 1642

Funding plan

SB 35

Government Tort Claims

HB 2031

Health/safety

SB 249

HB 2095

Income tax credit

SB 571

Innovation in education

SB 35

Insurance, disability

SB 451

Insurance, health

SB 48

SB 87

SB 193

SB 248

SB 274

SB 277

SB 280

SB 552

SB 642

HB 1077

HB 1085

HB 1086

HB 1091

HB 1134

HB 1221

HB 1222

HB 1416

HB 1532

HB 1562

HB 1598

HB 1702

HB 1916

Inventory

HB 1694

HB 1991

Kerr, Robert S., Museum

SB 101

Langston University

SR 8

HCR 1018

Lead-based paint

SB 315

Leave

SB 698

HB 1145

Leave, military

HB 1210

Legislation on Internet

HB 1315

Maternity benefits

HB 1598

Medical licensure

HB 1023

Medical school faculty/students

HB 2012

Military service

HB 1210

National Assessment of Educational Progress

SB 760

Northeastern State University

HB 2105

Northwestern Oklahoma State

University

HCR 1020

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)

SB 103

SB 122

Oklahoma Education Television Auth. (OETA)

SB 73

HB 1024

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)

SB 273

Oklahoma State University

SB 420

Payroll

SB 218

SB 706

Physical therapists

HB 1248

Physician Manpower Training Comm.

SB 144

Poison control center

HB 1362

Prepaid tuition

HB 1561

Privatization functions

SB 699

Professional development

HB 1467

Purchasing

SB 78

Residential Care Administrative Training Certification

HB 1540

Retirement

SB 182

SB 183

SB 354

SB 473

SB 736

HB 1085

HB 1094

HB 1100

HB 1102

HJR 1034

Science/Math

SB 1

Science/Technology

HCR 1016

Securities

HB 1817

Small Business Development Act

SB 571

Smoke detectors

HB 1531

Smoking

SB 60

Soil scientist

SB 71

Sole source

HB 1897

Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ.

SR 13

State-owned vehicles

HB 1008

State Regents

SB 143

Student advisory boards

SB 684

Surplus

SB 362

Swimming pools

HB 1980

Swine Industry Task Force

SB 559

Taxation

HJR 1024

Tax, sales

SJR 3

Teacher certification

SB 202

HB 1342

Teacher education/training

SB 398

Teacher preparation

SB 202

SB 398

HB 1342

HB 1559

HB 1872

HB 1877

Teacher preparation (cont'd)

HB 2017

Technicians

HB 1607

Technology

SB 336

SB 398

HB 1921

Telecommunications

SB 336

HB 1815

Telemedicine

SB 48

Telephone system, automated

SB 298

HB 2138

Testing, school

HB 1455

HB 1560

Trailblazer schools

SB 592

Travel

SB 90

SB 360

Tuition/fees

SB 199

SB 746

Tuition prepayment program

HB 1561

Tuition savings

HB 2102

Unemployment

SB 40

University Hospitals

HB 1362

HB 1644

HB 1854

University Hospitals (cont'd)

HB 1859

HB 1995

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

SB 541

HB 1038

Violence prevention

HCR 1002

Vouchers

HB 1817

Weapons

SB 523

Welfare/work training

SB 743

HB 1246

HB 2170

Wildlife Conservation lands

HB 1662

Workers' compensation

SB 80

SB 674

SB 730

HB 1038

HB 1203

HB 1601


SECTION III

BILL SUMMARIES & STATUS

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session - 1997

Reported Status as of 3/27/97

SENATE BILLS

* SB 1 (Fisher/Tyler) - SCIENCE/MATH CURRICULUM PILOT PROJECT. Requires 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 vo-tech or school sites by distance learning; creates an advisory council to establish student participation criteria in such pilot program, determining the curriculum needs and to work in the recruitment and hiring of faculty for the pilot program, all in conjunction with the School of Science and Mathematics. The committee substitute adds a section requiring the State Board of Education to conduct an annual outreach campaign concerning the Education Deregulation Act. (70 § 1210.404)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 13 (Williams/Roach) - ACADEMIES. Creates the Alternatives Approaches Act; authorizes the State Board of Education to establish an education incentive grants program contingent on funding; authorizes the Board to award one or more competitive grants to establish arts academies in Oklahoma public schools; provides for a competitive award to be made to a public school, a district board of education, an accredited private or public higher education institution, a nonprofit organization, or an entity formed by an interlocal cooperative agreement; outlines eligibility requirements for grants; provides for statewide alternative education grants to be awarded by the State Department of Education. (70 § 1210.583)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/13/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 35 (Williams/Hager) - INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. Creates the "Incentives for Academic Quality and Innovation Act"; authorizes the State Regents, the State Board of Education, the Board of Vocational and Technical Education, and the Commission for Teacher Preparation to prepare a joint funding plan to provide incentives for academic quality and innovation programs such as institutes for professional and academic development of classroom teachers, administrators, and related faculty; directs the State Board of Education to prepare a plan for incentive grants for Advanced Placement opportunities in core curricular areas and other programs that help ensure that every child will perform at their appropriate grade level. (70 § 818)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 03/18/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* SB 36 (Dickerson/Hefner) - TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT. Directs the Office of Personnel Management to establish and operate a temporary employment agency to supply temporary employees to state agencies. (74 § 840-9.1)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

LAID OVER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 38 (Dickerson/Hefner) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Removes authority of the Department of Health and Department of Labor to establish priorities for asbestos abatement in public schools and state-owned buildings. (74 § 61.6)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/27/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* SB 40 (Fisher/Roach) - UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. Provides that, during the period from July 1, 1997, through Dec. 31, 1999, the contribution rate of all employers who qualify for an earned contribution rate shall be reduced by 25 percent after the earned contribution rate is calculated; provides that employers who are given an earned rate of 5.5 percent shall not be eligible for such rate reduction. (40 § 3-109.2)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/19/97

* SB 43 (Long/Roach) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act and a section relating to a certificate of non-coverage under the Worker Compensation Act; Section 13 modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic and Management Research; requires confidentiality; permits OU to release aggregated data, provided such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Employment Security Commission. (40 § 4-508)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 48 (Robinson/Deutschendorf) - TELEMEDICINE. Creates the "Oklahoma Telemedicine Act"; prohibits health care service plans, disability insurer programs, workers' compensation programs and state Medicaid managed care program contracts from requiring person-to-person contact between a health care practitioner and patient for services that a health care practitioner determines to be appropriately provided by means of telemedicine; requires a health care practitioner who is in physical contact with a patient, prior to the delivery of health care via telemedicine, to have the ultimate authority over the care of the patient and to obtain informed consent from the patient; specifies procedure for such consent. (36 § 6801)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/17/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/25/97

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

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/25/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/26/97

* SB 60 (Robinson/Settle) - SMOKING. Adds state- and local-government-owned or operated facilities to the list of facilities in which all smoking may be prohibited. (63 § 1-1523)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* SB 71 (Harrison/Beutler) - SOIL SCIENTIST. Adds the definitions of "soil science" and "soil scientist" to language pertaining to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission; specifies that a "soil scientist" has earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field of soil science from an accredited higher education institution; specifies required courses and number of semester hours. (82 § 1501-103)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/19/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/18/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/24/97

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/25/97

* SB 73 (Harrison/Askins) - OETA. Changes the termination date of several entities, including the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, to July 1, 2002. (74 § 3903)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/18/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/25/97

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/26/97

* SB 78 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - PURCHASING. Clarifies language relating to acquisitions excluded from Central Purchasing; exempts certain expenditures incurred by the Department of Transportation and the Securities Department. (74 § 85.12)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/18/97

* SB 80 (Snyder/Paulk) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Permits an employer to elect not to secure workers' compensation insurance coverage for employees; provides that an employer who elects not to secure workers' compensation shall not be subject to the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act, but is required to provide equivalent benefits for occupational or job-related injuries or occupational diseases. (85 § 61.3)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/27/97

JUDICIARY

* SB 87 (Leftwich/Glover) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies the requirement for comprehensive health services to provide that, with respect to chiropractic services, such covered services shall be provided on a referral basis within the network at the request of an enrollee who has a condition of an orthopedic or neurological nature if a referral is necessitated in the judgment of the primary care physician and treatment for the condition falls within the licensed scope of practice of a chiropractic physician. (63 § 2505)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 90 (Dickerson/Stites) - TRAVEL. Permits reimbursement of local transportation expenses for state officers and employees who choose to acquire less expensive lodging at an alternative public lodging place; limits such reimbursement to the difference between the cost of the designated lodging and the cost of the optional lodging. (74 § 500.9)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 101 (Haney/Hamilton) - ROBERT S. KERR MUSEUM. Authorizes the Historical Society to enter into an agreement to operate and manage the Robert S. Kerr Museum on the grounds of the Kerr Conference Center.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* SB 103 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* SB 110 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training Commission; states legislative intent that certain funds be allocated for general operating budgets of the institutions, campus expansion, OHLAP, OTAG, National Guard Fee Waiver program, the Section 13 Offset Program, and the general operating budget of the administrative offices of the State Regents.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* SB 122 (Haney/Hamilton) - OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (OCAST). This is a shell bill specifying budgetary limitations for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* SB 143 (Haney/Hamilton) - STATE REGENTS. This is a shell bill relating to the powers of the State Regents.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/20/97

* SB 144 (Haney/Hamilton) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Specifies budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/20/97

* SB 160 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various entities, including the State Regents, the Physician Manpower Training Commission, OCAST, the Teacher Preparation Commission, and the University Hospitals Authority.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/20/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/20/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/20/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/24/97

* SB 174 (Haney/Hamilton) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1361)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/27/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (96-2) 03/27/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/27/97

* SB 182 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to the OTRS. (70 § 17-102)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 183 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to the OTRS. (70 § 17-101.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/27/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* SB 193 (Hendrick/Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Adds definitions to the Health Insurance High Risk Pool Act; provides for coverage under the High Risk Pool Act for federally defined eligible individuals; modifies the Long-Term Care Insurance Act. The committee substitute provides that when an individual or dependent who was covered by individual or group insurance under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (the federal Kennedy-Kassabaum Act) gains employment with an employer who provides group health insurance, the succeeding carrier must accept the individual or dependents who were covered under the prior coverage; provides that on the denial of coverage, the individual insurance carrier must advise the applicant of how to apply for coverage under the Oklahoma Health Insurance High Risk Pool. (36 § 6532)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 199 (Leftwich/Blackburn) - FEE WAIVER. Authorizes tuition-free attendance at State System institutions for children of state employees who have lost their lives while in the course of employment as a result of the intentional criminal act of another person; requires exhaustion of certain other grants and scholarships. (70 § 3218.7)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/05/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* SB 202 (Roberts/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Provides that, subject to availability of funds, the Teacher Preparation Commission shall have authority to establish a program to assist teachers seeking National Board Certification. (70 § 6-203)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 216 (Maddox/Kinnamon) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; requires that regulations be limited to those demonstrably necessary and carefully tailored to fulfill specific, legitimate public health, safety or other public protection objectives; requires state agencies to review their regulations by Dec. 31, 1998; provides that on or after Sept. 1, 1999, any person may petition any agency to repeal, rescind, amend or otherwise modify any regulation affecting a business or profession within that agency's jurisdiction; provides that within 90 days of the filing of the petition, the agency shall either take the action petitioned for or state the basis for concluding that the regulation is in compliance with this act. (75 § 401)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/24/97

* SB 217 (Hendrick/Vaughn) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that agency rules state a prospective effective date, or in the absence of such, shall only be effective on and after the date of promulgation; requires agencies to notify affected parties of any intent to make a different interpretation, implementation or application of a statute or rule and afford the parties the opportunity to contest the change within 10 days and, if the change is so contested, promulgate a new rule pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to put the change into effect. (75 § 308.2)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/03/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/05/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/24/97

* SB 218 (Dickerson/Paulk) - PAYROLL DEDUCTION/EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATIONS. Authorizes payroll deduction for contributions to its tax-exempt foundation 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. (62 § 7.10)

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/24/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/20/97

* SB 247 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Requires the Employee Benefits Council to act in accordance with the Open Meeting Act and the Open Records Act; authorizes the Council to procure insurance indemnifying Council members from personal loss or accountability from liability resulting from a member's action or inaction as a member of the Council. (74 § 1362)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/20/97

* SB 248 (Monson/Voskuhl) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies duties of the State Employees Benefits Council to require that data provided from the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Plan and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) include the current health plan employer data and information set (HEDIS); modifies procedures for rejection of bids by or restriction of enrollment in participating HMOs. (74 § 1365)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 249 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - HEALTH/SAFETY. Provides that the Oklahoma Wellness Council may provide programs to state agencies for quarterly health and safety training as required by the Department of Labor. (74 § 1367)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 273 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - OKLAHOMA HIGHER LEARNING ACCESS PROGRAM (OHLAP). Authorizes the State Regents to award the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) benefits for courses of post-secondary units taken more than five years after a student's first semester of post-secondary enrollment only in hardship circumstances; provides that no program participant may receive benefits beyond a cumulative time period of five years; authorizes the Regents to establish a maximum limit on the number of courses or other post-secondary units to which program benefits will apply; authorizes the Regents to process student agreements and verify compliance with the agreements. (70 § 2604)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 274 (Monson/Eddins) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires individual and group health insurance and health benefit plans, including the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, to include coverage for severe mental illness equal to coverage for other physical diseases and disorders; provides exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited benefit coverage or groups with 50 or fewer employees. The committee substitute requires insurance companies writing individual or group health benefit plans to offer mental health coverage; subjects such benefits to the same preauthorization and utilization review mechanisms of the policy contract. It no longer mentions the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (36 § 6060.10)

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 277 (Cain/Askins) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires health benefit plans that provide benefits for the dependents of an insured individual to provide coverage for each child of the insured, from birth through the date such child is 18 years of age, for immunizations required for children by the State Board of Health; prohibits such benefits from being subject to a deductible, co-payment or coinsurance requirement. (36 § 6060.4)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 280 (Long/Stanley) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that a health maintenance organization or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance and shall not be relicensed by the State Insurance Department if its application for license renewal, evidence of coverage, standards and procedures for the selection of providers or any other documents filed with the department contain definitions of words or terms that are contrary to or inconsistent with the definitions of words or terms appearing in the department's rules; prohibits such entities form prohibiting or restricting a primary care physician from referring a patient to a specialist within the network if such referral is deemed medically necessary in the judgment of the primary care physician; requires such entities to provide comprehensive health services in a manner that is reasonably geographically convenient to residents of the service area for which it seeks a license. (63 § 2504)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 298 (Maddox/Paulk) - AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Requires that at the central administrative office of every state agency (including higher education institutions) and at every other state agency office normally contacted by the public that is not on the same agency telephone system as the central office, the primary telephone number designated to receive calls from the public shall be answered during normal business hours by an employee of the agency; prohibits answering devices from being used to answer calls to the primary telephone designated to receive calls form the public during normal business hours and prohibits calls to the primary designated telephone from being automatically forwarded to a telephone that is not answered by an employee of the agency; authorizes agencies to use answering devices to answer calls during other hours and calls to other numbers the agency maintains. (74 § 3306)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/20/97

* SB 315 (Easley/Beutler) - LEAD-BASED PAINT. Modifies definition section in the Lead-based Paint Management Act; adds "child-occupied facility" to definitions; requires certification of lead-based paint reduction construction contractors, inspectors and hazard evaluators and specialists performing or offering to perform lead-based paint services on target housing or child-occupied facilities. (27A § 2-12-102)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 336 (Roberts/Begley) - TECHNOLOGY/TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Technology Endowment Fund for the State Board of Education to encourage use of the state's telecommunications network and to aid in the development of cooperative projects between schools and businesses. (70 § 1210.556)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 348 (Ford/Perry) - AD VALOREM TAX. For purposes of exemption from ad valorem taxation, provides that during the first five tax years following expiration of the five-year period during which a manufacturing facility was exempt from ad valorem taxes, the fair cash value of the facility shall be presumed not to have decreased from the fair cash value of the preceding tax year, unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the fair cash value of the facility has decreased. (68 § 2902)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* SB 354 (Stipe/Dunegan) - RETIREMENT. Allows continuation of additional life insurance after retirement for members of the state retirement systems; requires that the rate for additional benefits be paid at an actuarially adjusted rate. (74 § 1316.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/20/97

* SB 360 (Smith/Steidley) - TRAVEL. Authorizes state employees traveling outside the state on official business to use appropriate forms of transportation; prohibits reimbursement from exceeding the normal charge for the type of transportation used, but in no instance shall reimbursement for transportation used in lieu of commercial airplane exceed the cost of coach class air fare. (74 § 500.11)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 362 (Cain/Seikel) - SURPLUS EQUIPMENT. Authorizes state departments, institutions, and agencies to dispose of obsolete or surplus equipment by transfer to a public school district. (62 § 120.1)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/18/97

* SB 389 (Weedn/Steidley) - CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTS. Provides that a purchase order issued by a county or political subdivision to an architect, contractor, engineer or supplier of materials may include notice to the vendor that submission of an invoice or acceptance of payment pursuant to the purchase constitutes a statement by the vendor that the invoice and work meet certain requirements. (74 § 3109)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/18/97

* SB 398 (Roberts/Begley) - TEACHER PREPARATION/TECHNOLOGY TRAINING. Modifies teacher training requirements to require that technology training be included in professional development institutes. (70 § 6-200)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/19/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 416 (Williams/Hager) - EDUCATION OVERSIGHT. Modifies the membership of the Education Oversight Board, authorizing the appointment of two non-legislative members by the Governor, two non-legislative members each appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and one non-legislative member appointed jointly by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House; specifies terms; exempts legislators who serve on the Board from statutory dual office holding prohibitions; provides that the Office of Accountability's budget will be solely under the direction of the Education Oversight Board which shall submit a program budget for the Office to the State Board of Education; transfers certain duties from the State Board of Education to the Education Oversight Board. (70 § 3-116)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 420 (Williams/Steidley) - OSU COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE. Changes the name of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. (70 § 697.3)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 436 (Wright/Vaughn) - ANATOMICAL GIFTS. Creates the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act"; provides for who may become donees and the purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made; allows an accredited medical or dental school, college, or university for education, research, advancement of medical or dental science to become donees. (63 § 2226)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/19/97

JUDICIARY

* SB 448 (Robinson/Stanley) - DENTISTS. Changes the name of the Board of Governors of the Registered Dentists of Oklahoma to the Board of Dentistry; modifies licensure and examination provisions for permanent and temporary licensure of in-state and out-of-state dental hygienist applicants; requires that out-of-state applicants meet certain standards; modifies provisions relating to issuance of faculty permits to certain dentists. (25 § 307.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/13/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/27/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* SB 451 (Weedn/Staggs) - DISABILITY INSURANCE. Expands eligibility for participation in the Disability Insurance Program of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to include education and other eligible participating employees under the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act; requires that education and other eligible employees who elect to participate in the Disability Insurance Program shall make contributions as established by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (74 § 1332)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 473 (Milacek/Reese) - RETIREMENT. Raises the cap on post-retirement earnings for former public school employees from a maximum $10,000 to a maximum $15,000. The committee substitute limits the provision to persons less than 65 years of age. (70 § 17-116.10)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 514 (Long/Voskuhl) - DENTAL HYGIENISTS. Defines practice of dental hygiene; defines "dental hygienist" as an individual who has fulfilled the educational requirements and is a graduate from an institution of higher education whose dental hygiene educational program has a minimum of two academic years of dental hygiene curriculum and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; authorizes dental hygienists to practice in dental offices, health service facilities and public or private schools with the authorization of a licensed dentist. (59 § 328.3)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* SB 523 (Helton/Askins) - CAMPUS POLICE. Authorizes peace officers making contact with a person who possesses a weapon to take the weapon if there is probable cause to believe the person who has possession of the weapon is a convicted felon or an adjudicated delinquent, is under the influenced of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substance, is mentally or emotionally unbalanced or disturbed, is suicidal or is involved in an act of or attempt of domestic abuse. (21 § 1289.12)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 539 (Monson/Steidley) - REDUCTION IN FORCE. Provides that if an agency has posted a reduction-in-force (RIF) implementation schedule, all employees in positions covered in the plan and any within the displacement limits established by the plan shall be eligible for priority reemployment consideration, with certain exceptions; requires all state entities to certify whether or not a reduction-in-force is due to reduced funding, and if so, to offer a severance package to persons scheduled to be terminated by RIF due to a reduced funding that causes a substantial reduction in services; outlines requirements for severance packages; requires review of severance package plans by the director of the Office of State Finance; provides that employees who receive the severance pay shall not be eligible for reemployment with any state entity for two years, unless the costs of the severance payments are repaid; exempts the University Hospitals Authority from this section; provides that if an appointing authority does not certify that a RIF is due to reduced funding, any person terminated may appeal on the grounds that the RIF was due to reduced funding and that the entity should have offered a severance package. (74 § 840-2.27)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/05/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/10/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* SB 541 (Hobson/Laura Boyd) - OU/CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. Authorizes the Regents of the University of Oklahoma to establish a capital improvement program consisting of improvement plans associated with campus expansion, construction or other capital improvements as specified by the OU Regents. The committee substitute authorizes each State System higher education institution to establish a capital improvement program for that institution. (70 § 3305.1)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 552 (Herbert/Bastin) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Increases from $500 to $5,000 the maximum fine for the crime of fraud as it relates to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program. The committee substitute adds language authorizing the penalty to include both the fine and imprisonment. (74 § 1323)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/20/97

* SB 556 (Wilkerson/Plunk) - COUNCIL ON LAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATION AND TRAINING (CLEET). Increases the education requirement for full-time salaried police or peace officers from 300 hours to 450 hours.

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS FAILED 03/17/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/17/97

* SB 559 (Laughlin/Davis) - SWINE INDUSTRY. Creates a 15-member Citizens Advisory Task Force on the Swine Industry consisting of five members appointed by the Governor and five each from the House and Senate; provides that the task force will contract with the State Regents to do a study using the best scientific information available.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 569 (Monson/Seikel) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Prohibits employers who provide services to children from knowingly or willfully employing or contracting with any person required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act. The committee substitute authorizes the Department of Human Services to request from a child care facility a consent agreement for compliance with rules promulgated by the department prior to license denial, revocation or refusal to renew, in order to avoid such action; requires the department to notify parents of children attending the facility of the consent agreement; provides that violation of the terms of the consent agreement shall be additional grounds that may be used for a license denial, revocation or refusal to renew; provides that the facility shall not be entitled to appeal the terms of the consent agreement. (10 § 407.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 571 (Gustafson/Ramsey) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Creates the "Small Business Development Act of 1997"; allows an income tax credit for amounts paid by a small business for training of eligible employees; sets credit at 50 percent of the amount paid to an accredited educational provider. (68 § 2357.33)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/03/97

SMALL BUSINESS

* SB 592 (Williams/Bryant) - TRAILBLAZER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Trailblazer Schools Act"; defines "trailblazer school" as a public school established by contract with a school board, a higher education institution or the State Board of Education to provide learning that will improve student achievement; authorizes a public school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organization to contract with a sponsor to establish a trailblazer school; provides that a sponsor may be a board of education of a school district, a municipality, a vo-tech institution, a higher education institution or the State Board of Education; authorizes school boards to sponsor one or more trailblazer schools; provides application procedure; provides for contracts; requires schools to keep a record of all applicants and all students accepted in order to assure nondiscrimination. (70 § 3-130)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/13/97

EDUCATION

* SB 642 (Taylor/Benson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides legislative intent to ensure that state citizens have access to quality health care and to adequate information for making informed decisions when choosing managed health care plans; defines managed care plans, preferred provider organizations and provider service networks; requires HMOs, prepaid health plans, preferred provider organizations, provider service networks, and managed health care plans to be licensed by the State Health Department; requires the State Board of Health to promulgate rules pertaining to managed health care plans including information regarding coverage, benefits, limitations and any exclusion by category of service, provider or physician, prior authorization or other utilization review requirements, financial responsibility of enrollees with regard to coinsurance or non-covered or out-of-plan services and, as applicable, other areas of financial responsibility of the enrollee; prohibits untrue or misleading advertising. (63 § 2508.2)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/20/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/13/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 674 (Leftwich/Glover) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Requires written notice of an employee election to participate in a certified workplace medical plan be given the employer on forms prescribed by the administrator; requires that the election be made available to the employee prior to the annual open enrollment period; requires forms to be prescribed by the administrator and be made available to the employee at least 30 days prior to the date of election; requires that the form include information on employee rights. (85 § 3)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 684 (Williams/Laura Boyd) - STUDENT ADVISORY BOARDS. Establishes student advisory boards for the A&M Board of Regents, the OU Board of Regents, the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges and the Board of Regents of Rogers University; sets membership of student boards; designates a member of the student board to attend each meeting of the respective governing board with privileges to speak. (70 § 3205.7)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 693 (Cain/Blackburn) - CHILD SUPPORT. Establishes procedures for tribunals to determine which child support becomes enforceable if more than one order has been issued concerning the same parent and child; continues exclusive jurisdiction; provides for enforcement of child support orders between states; states procedures pertaining to contesting the validity of certain income-withholding orders; states procedure for receipt of multi-income withholding orders; states conditions of modification of certain child support orders; requires filing of documents and provides penalty for failure to do so.

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 698 (Dickerson/Paulk) - LEAVE. Allows a state employee who is an elected official of a job-related professional organization to take up to five additional days of leave per year with pay to perform the work required by that official position. (74 § 840-2.25)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/24/97

* SB 699 (Dunlap/Bryant) - PRIVATIZATION FUNCTIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Privatization Functions Act; states purpose to set guidelines for privatization of state services and contracts and to ensure that, if approved, privatization is cost-effective and in the best interests of the citizens of the state. (74 § 595.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/20/97

* SB 703 (Snyder/Wells) - CONTRACTORS. Prohibits the awarding of a public construction contract to a bidder unless the bid lists each subcontractor who will perform services under the contract; prohibits a successful bidder on a public construction contract from changing any subcontractor without written consent of the governing body of the awarding public agency. (61 § 120.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/20/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* SB 706 (Cain/Seikel) - CHILD SUPPORT/PAYROLL. Requires employers to report to the Child Support Enforcement Division the employment of any person to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. (40 § 2-802)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/11/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/17/97

* SB 730 (Maddox/Askins) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive bill reforming the Workers' Compensation Act; adds language including cumulative trauma in the definitions of injury and personal injury; provides that no injury which requires surgery will be considered a strain or sprain injury; authorizes the Workers' Compensation Court to waive a penalty of $500 per week for untimely payment of benefits; prohibits a claim for legal services in contested temporary disability cases from exceeding 10 percent of the amount of the award; permits doctors, hospitals and others providing services to sue workers' compensation insurers, rather than the injured employee, when their bills are not paid in a timely manner; increases from 15 days to 30 days the time allowed for an employee to give an employer notification of injury. The committee substitute adds language creating a 15-member Special Commission to Study Privatization of the State Insurance Fund; allows state agencies and institutions to obtain workers' compensation insurance from carriers other than the State Insurance Fund, or to provide funds to cover their own risk; requires that workplace medical plans approved by the state health commissioner establish services in a geographically convenient manner, with a travel time of 30 minutes or less, with exceptions for situation in which health care providers are not available in the area, are available but not properly credentialed, or are unwilling or unable to enter into a contract with a particular plan. (85 § 1.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/27/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/27/97

* SB 736 (Long/Roach) - RETIREMENT. Provides that any person who is an active contributing member of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma, who also was employed by a public school in a part-time or other position where employee contributions were not made to the system may receive credit for the earnings for such employment by paying a sum equal to the balance of employee contributions that should have been paid into the system over what was actually paid by the employee; provides for payment of 10-percent interest on employee contributions. (70 § 17-116.2)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 743 (Brown/Toure) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Temporary Assistance to Promote Self-sufficiency (TAPS) Program Act"; provides that in order to establish a coordinated approach to restoring to families who receive public assistance the sense of self worth and dignity that comes with meaningful employment, and to provide such families with supportive services that enhance their ability to obtain and retain such employment, the Legislature shall establish a managed system of employment and related support services which include employment and training activities; removes certain requirements placed on the Department of Human Services (DHS) in respect to applying for and expediting receiving federal waivers; requires a copy of the annual report to the DHS on the work rate of participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program be sent to the Legislature and Governor; authorizes DHS to eliminate the limit on the number of hours a recipient may work and be considered unemployed for eligibility purposes; changes reference to Aid to Families with Dependent Children to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; requires that a participant in the TANF program be involved in a work, education or training activity pursuant to federal law from the time the individual is determined eligible through the 60-month period. The committee substitute transfers from the Department of Human Services to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority the responsibility to revise applicable standards and rules which will allow a recipient of assistance under the Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, who becomes employed, to continue to receive transitional Medicaid for 24 months following the initial date of employment. (56 § 229.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/26/97

* SB 746 (Williams/Steidley) - SUPPLEMENTAL FEES. Increases from $1.50 to $2.50 the cap on the per-semester-credit-hour library automation and materials fee at State System institutions. (70 § 3218.11)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

* SB 760 (Williams/Hager) - NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS. Requires the State Board of Education to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the board to make the application for participation of this state by the first deadline after the passage of this act; requires the State Board of Education to promulgate rules requiring schools and school districts to allow students to test out of a course previously taken, regardless of the grade in which it was taken and to promulgate rules prohibiting schools or school districts from requiring transfer students to retake any or all of a course that the student has successfully completed, including a course taken on a block schedule. The committee substitute requires the State Board of Education to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but does not require the Board to promulgate rules that require schools and school districts to allow students to test out of a course or rules that prohibit schools or districts from requiring transfer students to retake any or all of a course that a student has successfully completed, including a course taken on a block schedule. (70 § 1210.514)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 03/25/97

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

* SJR 3 (Stipe/Mass) - SALES TAX. Calls for a vote of the people to increase the sales tax from 4.5 to 5 percent; requires that extra revenue would go to a Corrections Reform Revolving Fund to be used either for corrections or for education and early childhood development, as determined by a vote of the people.

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

* SR 4 (Price) - SEN. WALTER ALLEN. Praises the life and public career of the late State Senator Walter Allen, who formerly served on the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/05/97

* SR 8 (Horner) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY CENTENNIAL. Commemorates Langston University on its Centennial.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/04/97

* SR 13 (Capps) - SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Commends Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs football team and coach for winning the 1996 NAIA Division I championship.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/18/97

HOUSE BILLS

* HB 1008 (Stanley) - STATE VEHICLES/DAMAGE CLAIMS. Modifies exemptions from liability under the Governmental Tort Claims Act relating to work release programs ordered by a court or the Dept. of Corrections; makes such exemption not apply to property damage claims made by individuals not in custody of the department based on accidents involving motor vehicles owned or operated by the state or any state agency. (51 § 155)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

RULES

* HB 1009 (Roach/Herbert) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Creates the "State Aircraft Regulation Act"; states purpose of act is to provide guidelines for the purchase and use of state aircraft. (74 § 500.71) (See HB 1019)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1019 (Hamilton/Rozell) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Creates the "State Aircraft Regulation Act"; states purpose of act is to provide guidelines for the purchase and use of state aircraft. 74 § 500.71) (See HB 1009)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1023 (Askins/Harrison) - MEDICAL LICENSURE. Re-creates the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision until July 1, 2003. (59 § 481)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1024 (Askins/Harrison) - OETA. Changes the termination date of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to July 1, 2002. (74 § 3903)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/25/97

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/26/97

* HB 1038 (Settle/Monson) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION/OU. Relates to the Workers' Compensation Act, making numerous reforms; Section 23 requires the University of Oklahoma Business Research College to conduct a comparative study of injured workers' benefits; requires the study to include a comparison among the states of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas; requires the study to reflect a national comparative ratio and to be based on workers' compensation benefit data for the year 1998. (85 § 2.5)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1077 (Seikel/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that individual and group health insurance and health benefit plans include coverage for severe mental illness equal to coverage for other physical diseases and disorders when medically necessary and subject to the terms and conditions of the health benefit plan, agreement, contract or policy; provides an exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage. The committee substitute requires that individual and group health insurance and health benefit plans offer benefits for severe mental illness and all Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM)-IV diagnoses for a child or adolescent dependent; requires that such benefits be equal to benefits for treatment of all other physical diseases and disorders; provides an exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage or groups with 50 or fewer employees. (36 § 6060.10)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

* HB 1085 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT/LIFE INSURANCE. Increases from three-fourths to the full basic life insurance coverage the amount certain members of state retirement systems may elect to continue after severance from state employment. (74 § 1316.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/18/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1086 (Roberts/Monson) - INSURANCE BOARD. Increases membership of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from eight members to nine by adding the executive director, or a designee, of an employee organization representing the largest number of state employees. (74 § 1304)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1091 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board approve the amount of premiums for insurance plans no later than the bid submission date for HMO plans as set annually by the Employees Benefits Council for the previous fiscal year; provides that if the solvency of a benefit plan is in jeopardy based on negative claims experience, the board may approve a mid-year adjustment provided need is substantiated by an actuarial determination which includes a review of negative claims experience and the plan reserves. (74 § 1306)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/25/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1094 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to the state retirement systems, including OTRS. (70 § 17-102)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1100 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill creating the Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1102 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Increases, over a period of five years, the proportion of the gross production tax which goes to the OTRS, which also reduces the amount of the tax now going to the General Revenue Fund (from which most appropriations are made). (68 § 1004a)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SUBCOMMITTEE - COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE 03/25/97

SUBCOMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/25/97

* HB 1130 - (Fields/Long) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic and Management Research; requires confidentiality; permits OU to release aggregated data, provided such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Employment Security Commission. (40 § 4-508)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1134 - (Fields/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the nine-member Public Health Insurance Plan Reserves Task Force to study and review the financial reserves and retained earnings of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and to advise the Legislature on the nature and amounts of the reserves and retained earnings.

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1145 - (Dunegan/Dickerson) - LEAVE. Provides that, under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, employees, for authorized absences, may take one or a combination of leave without pay, annual and sick leave accumulated by the employee, and annual and sick leave donated by other state employees. (74 § 840-2.22)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/10/97

APPROPRIATIONS

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/19/97

SUBCOMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/19/97

* HB 1203 (Kinnamon/Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive reform bill for the Workers' Compensation Act. (360 § 924.2)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1210 (Wells/Wright) - MILITARY SERVICE. Provides that the federal Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 and the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) shall be adopted as state law and applied to National Guard members when they are ordered to state active duty. (44 § 208.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

ENROLLED - HOUSE 03/26/97

* HB 1221 (Steidley/Dickerson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that insurance policies offering coverage for adopted children include the actual and documented medical costs associated with the birth of the adopted child who is 18 months old or younger. (36 § 6059)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

(94 AYE / 5 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1222 (Steidley/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that a temporary or seasonal employee who works full-time shall be considered an employee for purposes of the State and Education Employee's Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1303)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1224 (Steidley/Monson) - REDUCTION IN FORCE. Provides that if an agency has posted a reduction-in-force implementation schedule, all employees in positions covered in the plan and any within the displacement limits established by the plan shall be eligible for priority reemployment consideration, with certain exceptions; outlines the type of severance package to be offered employees if the reduction in force is due to a reduction in funding. (74 § 840-2.27)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1231 (Kirby) - ENGLISH AS COMMON LANGUAGE. Recognizes English as the common language of this state, with certain exceptions; prohibits the restriction of the right of Native Americans to express themselves through the use of Native American languages in any public proceeding, including publicly supported education programs. (25 § 300)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 03/13/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* HB 1246 (Roach) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Workforce Training Incentive Act"; provides for an income tax credit equal to 50 percent of the cost of a qualified employee training expense incurred by an employer eligible for incentive payments under the Quality Jobs Program Act; "qualified employee training expense" includes payments to entities within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education for training services; provides that the credit may be carried forward for a period not to exceed four years; creates the Job Training Partnership Committee within the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in accordance with the purposes of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1248 (Roach/Fisher) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS. Increases membership of the Physical Therapy Committee from three to five members; adds a licensed physical therapist assistant and a lay person as members; provides that the committee is established to advise the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on all matters pertaining to the licensure, education, and continuing education of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants; outlines licensing requirements for physical therapist applicants educated outside the United States; provides for continuing education requirements for license renewal. (59 § 887.4)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/17/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/18/97

* HB 1315 (Deutschendorf) - LEGISLATION ON INTERNET. Requires the Legislative Service Bureau, by Jan. 1, 1998, to make available on-line through the Internet all proposed legislation, including all versions of a measure and the status history of each measure; requires the bureau to work with other agencies and entities to make the service available. (74 § 450.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 03/19/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

* HB 1337 (Begley/Weedn) - AD VALOREM TAX. Creates a 23-member Task Force on Centrally Assessed Property to review state laws and rules relating to the Court of Tax Review, the definition of public service corporation, determining the values of public service corporations and values of business personal property; requires the task force to make recommendations for changes relating to centrally assessed property and submit a report by Dec. 1, 1997. The amendment expands the task force to 25 members, adding the chairs of the House and Senate education committees. (68 § 2946.4)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1338 (Begley/Roberts) - AD VALOREM TAX. The committee substitute extends from 20 days to 30 days the time allowed for submitting a complaint after which a railroad, air carrier or public service corporation is notified of ad valorem tax assessments by the secretary of the State Board of Equalization; provides that, if the taxpayer fails to file a written complaint within the 30-day period, then the assessed valuation stated in the notice, without further action of the equalization board, shall become final; extends from 15 days to 30 days the time allowed for the equalization board to file an answer; requires the board to notify the Attorney General and all affected school districts and other recipients of ad valorem tax revenue of the complaint within 10 days of the filing of the complaint; authorizes the Attorney General to appear in all actions to enforce the valuation and assessment of property by the Board and the collection of ad valorem tax which is the subject of a complaint; places the burden on the equalization board to show that the board followed applicable constitutional and statutory law and applicable rules regarding the valuation and assessment of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations; provides that, upon such showing, the taxpayer must then bear the burden to show in what respect the action is incorrect; reconstitutes the Court of Tax Review to consist of three judges of the Court of Civil Appeals, to be selected by the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court; provides that, if the Supreme Court assigns the appeal to the Court of Civil Appeals, the civil appeals court must give precedence to the appeal and affirm the decision of the tax commission if supported by competent evidence; requires that, if the taxpayer fails to file a written complaint within the 30-day period, the assessed valuation stated in the notice, without further action of the equalization board, will become final and absolute at the expiration of the 30 days from the date the notice is mailed to the taxpayer; requires that taxes paid under protest by railroads, air carriers and public service corporations be remitted to the tax commission; requires that taxes paid under protest by other property owners and public service corporations be remitted to the appropriate county treasurer; requires the tax commission to deposit taxes paid under protest by railroads, air carriers and public service corporations to a Protested Ad Valorem Tax Escrow Fund; requires that any portion of such taxes not paid under protest be apportioned as provided by law; requires that the commission, as soon as practicable after determination of the total amount of ad valorem taxes of railroads, air carriers or public service corporations paid under protest, determine the amount of such taxes that would have been apportioned to each school district and vocational-technical school district if the protest had not been made and to reimburse such amount to each district from monies in the Education Cash Flow Fund; provides for proportional distribution of such monies if such fund does not contain sufficient revenues; prohibits the commission from reimbursing such amount if the ad valorem taxes being protested, which are directly attributable to an affected district, do not exceed $2,000; creates a Protested Ad Valorem Tax Escrow Fund and an Education Cash Flow Fund for the Commission; requires that the first $135,000 accruing to the Education Cash Flow Fund, unless otherwise appropriated by the Legislature, be used for administering and hearing complaints and appeals. (68 § 2881)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/20/97

* HB 1342 (Begley/Williams) - ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT TEACHER CERTIFICATION/TEACHER PREPARTATION. Allows the State Board of Education to issue a standard teaching certificate to a person who has made application to the Teacher Preparation Commission for admission into an Alternative Preparation Program; has a minimum of two years post-baccalaureate teaching experience or subject matter work experience which corresponds directly to the area of specialization for the Elementary-Secondary Certificate, Secondary Certificate or vocational-technical certificate; has passed the general education competency exam and subject matter examinations; takes the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination and develops an Individual Residency Plan; has successfully completed a teaching portfolio in collaboration with the residency committee which documents the candidate's competency in both the general and full teacher competencies approved by the State Board of Education; has successfully presented the portfolio to the Competency Review Panel; and has paid required fees; prohibits approval of license until notification has been received from the Teacher Preparation Commission that the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for admissions into the program; requires promulgation of rules and filing of an annual report; requires the Office of Accountability to collaborate and coordinate with the Teacher Preparation Commission, the State Department of Education, the State Regents, and the State Department of Vo-Tech Education when determining what information shall be contained in the annual report; after June 30, 1997, the Teacher Preparation Commission shall not accredit, renew the accreditation of, or otherwise approve the teacher education program of a state higher education institution that has not worked collaboratively with a local school district in the development and implementation of Alternative Preparation Programs; requires that persons enrolled in an Alternative Preparation Program shall have never been denied admittance to a teacher education program approved by the State Regents, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission for Teacher Preparation to offer teacher education programs, nor have enrolled in and subsequently failed courses necessary to successfully meet the minimum requirements of such program, except those persons who hold a certificate; specifies other requirements of the program. The committee substitute requires the State Board of Education to grant a standard teaching certificate to certain persons who have applied for alternative certification; provides exceptions; requires teacher education institutions with alternative preparation program participants and school districts employing a participant in an alternative preparation program, by June 30 of each year, to provide to the Office of Accountability information regarding the program in which the institution or school district is involved; prohibits the Commission for Teacher Preparation, beginning Jan. 1, 1998, from accrediting, renewing the accreditation of or otherwise approving any teacher education program of an institution of higher education that has not submitted an alternative placement plan for approval to the Commission by Nov. 1 of each year; requires that the alternative preparation system be implemented by the commission by Jan. 1, 1998; requires the State Board to promulgate rules authorizing adjunct teachers; exempts adjunct teachers from standard certification requirements; prohibits adjunct teachers from being allowed to teach more than 180 clock hours per semester; authorizes the State Regents, in conjunction with the Teacher Preparation Commission, to establish in any of its teacher preparation programs at institutions for higher education model mid-career teaching programs specifically designed for mid-career persons seeking teacher certification in their field of specialization; requires that the curriculum of the model mid-career teaching programs be comprised of intensive comprehensive study of teacher theory, methodology and innovations in classroom learning; provides for mid-career teachers grants, subject to availability of funds. (70 § 6-122.3)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1362 (Laura Boyd/Leftwich) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS/POISON CONTROL. Directs the University Hospitals Authority to ensure that funding for the Poison Control Center be no less than $690,000 for fiscal year 1998.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/10/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* HB 1416 (Betty Boyd/Henry) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the "Fairness in Managed Care Act"; provides for the certification process and requirements for managed care plans. The committee substitute requires the State Board of Health to promulgate rules for certification of certain managed care plans and utilization review programs and for identifying procedures for periodic review and recertification of qualified managed care plans and utilization review programs; requires the health department to terminate the certification of previously qualified managed care plan or a qualified utilization review program if the Commissioner of Health determines that such plan or program no longer meets the applicable requirements for certification; specifies eligibility requirements. (63 § 2525.2)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1434 (Deutschendorf/Robinson) - COMPUTER SYSTEMS. Requires all state agencies of the executive branch that use date-dependent computer systems, such as legacy systems, programs, databases and security systems, to have completed work on converting the systems for the year 2000 by Jan. 1, 1999; requires agencies to report by July 1, 1999, on operations of the system after the conversion and outlining any system problems the agency may still be experiencing and plans the agency has to address any continuing problems; prohibits agencies from purchasing additional hardware or software or add additional personnel to convert and prepare the computer systems for the millennium unless the purchase has been included in the long-range plan of the agency submitted to the Information Services Division of the Office State Finance. (62 § 41.5o)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/26/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1455 (Staggs/Robinson) - CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTS. Requires that the results of criterion-referenced tests be returned to school districts prior to May 1 of each year. (70 § 1210.508)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1467 (Staggs/Robinson) - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Adds school counselors to local professional development committees; provides that each adopted professional development program shall allow school counselors to receive at least one-third of the hours or credit required each year through programs or courses specifically designed for school counselors. (A local professional development committee shall consult with a higher education faculty, and programs adopted by the committee may include higher education courses.) (70 § 6-194)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/11/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1531 (Blackburn/Cain) - SMOKE DETECTORS. Requires all new construction or remodeling of residential dwellings which require a building permit to include installation of smoke detectors or the electrical wiring necessary for installation of electrical smoke detectors. (74 § 324.11a)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1532 (Blackburn/Weedn) - HEALTH INSURANCE/BREAST CANCER. Creates the "Oklahoma Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act"; requires health insurance plans that provide medical and surgical benefits with respect to the treatment of breast cancer and other breast conditions to ensure that coverage is provided for not fewer than 48 hours of inpatient care following a mastectomy and not fewer than 24 hours of inpatient care following a lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer, with certain exceptions. The committee substitute requires that such plans also provide coverage for reconstructive breast surgery performed as a result of a partial or total mastectomy, except as prohibited by federal laws or regulations pertaining to Medicaid. (36 § 6060.4)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1540 (Erwin/Brown) - RESIDENTIAL CARE/EDUCATION TRAINING. Provides that an individual applying for administrator training certification pursuant to the Residential Care Act may at any time make the institution of higher learning aware of past educational courses taken and work experiences; provides that the institution can then make a determination of possible credit hours towards certification for that individual; authorizes an existing certified administrator to request that the Health Department place the administrator's certification on inactive status for up to five subsequent calendar years; provides that all existing certified administrators who have taken the 50-hour course shall be eligible to take 16 hours of continuing education to become active or ask the department to place their certificate on inactive status. (36 § 6060.4)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1559 (Hager/Williams) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Modifies teacher preparation competencies for administrators to include skills necessary to be an effective leader of a school or school district; requires that competency examinations include subject areas for licensure or certification as an administrator; provides that professional development institutes automatically qualify for professional development purposes and be defined as continuing education experiences which consist of a minimum of 30 clock hours; designates the Commission for Teacher Preparation as the lead agency responsible for coordinating the preparation of a joint funding plan for the teacher education, assessment, licensure and certification, residency and professional development system. (70 § 6-182)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1560 (Hager/Williams) - NORM-REFERENCED TESTS. Provides that each school with a student average score in the lowest quartile of Oklahoma students and whose student average score falls below the national average score on any norm-referenced test administered in grades three and seven and each school in which at least 50 percent of first-time test takers did not achieve a satisfactory performance on all four content areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science on the criterion-referenced test administered in grades five, eight, and eleven pursuant to the School Testing Program Act shall cooperate with the State Department of Education to develop a program to address low achievement and implement such program by the beginning of the fall semester of the school year following the school year for which such low achievement is reported. (70 § 1210.541)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1561 (Wells/Morgan) - PREPAYMENT PROGRAM. Extends to Jan. 1, 1998, the date by which the State Regents must submit to the chairs of the respective legislative education subcommittees a report on the progress made in ensuring that students move smoothly from one level of education to another; allows colleges and universities to establish a prepayment program where students can establish short-term savings accounts with the institution of their choice for the purpose of prepaying educational expenses. (70 § 3207.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1562 (Deutschendorf/Rozell) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the "Preferred Provider Organizations Act"; states purpose to encourage health care cost containment while preserving quality of care by allowing health care insurers to create preferred provider organizations and by establishing minimum standards for preferred provider organizations and their insurance policies; outlines requirements for the organizations. The committee substitute permits any health care insurer or non-risk-assuming entity to create a preferred provider organization or organizations; provides requirements for such preferred provider organizations and contracts; requires annual reporting; provides a premium tax exemption for non-risk-assuming entities that enter into contracts providing covered health care services but are not engaged in activities which would require licensure as health care insurers; permits health care insurers to issue accident and health insurance policies which provide for incentive for covered persons to use the health care services of preferred providers; specifies minimum requirements for such policies; provides that, if an accident and health insurance policy provides differences in benefit levels payable to preferred providers compared to other providers, such differences may not unfairly deny payment for covered services and may be no greater than necessary to provide a reasonable incentive for covered persons to use the preferred provider; prohibits contracts that discriminate against health care providers on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex or marital status; sets administrative penalties for violations. (36 § 6057.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/27/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1598 (Roach/Brown) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Provides that the attending physician may determine that a mother and newborn infant meet medical criteria contained in current treatment standards that determine the appropriate length of hospital stay based on certain factors. (36 § 6060.3)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/18/97

* HB 1601 (Roach/Henry) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Provides that if an employer secures workers' compensation insurance within 30 days after receiving notice of a violation for failure to provide such insurance, the employer shall be liable for a civil penalty of $50 per employee; provides that an employer who knowingly and willfully requires an employee or subcontractor to obtain a certificate of non-coverage for which the individual is not eligible, shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $500 for a first offense, and not more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. (85 § 63.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/25/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1607 (Fields/Long) - TECHNICIANS. Provides for journeyman plumber technicians, journeyman electrical technicians and mechanical journeyman technicians and establishes requirements for licensing. (59 § 1002)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1642 (Settle) - FORGERY/BRIBERY. Redefines the term "writing" to include typewriting, laser printing, printing, impression, seal, photostatting, photographing, magnetic impulse, mechanical or electronic recording, or other form of data compilation; provides that forgery occurs when a person makes a false writing which has apparent legal significance and which is made with the intent to defraud; provides punishment for forgery; prohibits bribery of sports officials or participants; prohibits bribery of pubic servants and prohibits public servants from accepting bribes. (21 § 101)

PASSED HOUSE

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 03/12/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 1644 (Ervin/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Changes certain references to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital to University Hospitals. (63 § 3204)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/20/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1660 (Benson/Taylor) - CHARITABLE FIDUCIARY. Creates the "Oklahoma Charitable Fiduciary Act," the purpose of which is to authorize charitable, religious, educational, and eleemosynary organizations to act as a fiduciary and to clarify the powers of such organizations when acting in a permitted fiduciary capacity; provides that governing boards must require fidelity bonds on officers and employees who are involved in the funding and administration of a charitable trust; permits a charitable organization to establish trust funds for furnishing investments to itself as a fiduciary, to itself and others as co-fiduciaries or to affiliated charitable organizations; authorizes such organizations to invest funds held in trust for investment in common charitable trust funds, with certain exceptions, and to employ investment advisors, counselors and financial institutions; outlines requirements for common charitable trust fund investments; prohibits employees, officers, and governing board members from receiving pecuniary benefits other than reasonable compensation for their employment; outlines reporting requirements; requires an annual audit; provides that charitable organizations shall not be subject to the Open Meeting Act or the Open Records Act, but annual audit reports shall be deemed a record for purposes of the Open Records Act. (60 § 301.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/20/97

* HB 1662 (Erwin/Shurden) - WILDLIFE CONSERVATION LANDS. Provides exemption from requirements for special use permits for use of private lands leased and administered by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for students participating in educational tours or educational activities sponsored or organized by an education institution; requires the educational institution sponsoring or organizing the event or activity to provide notice of the date and number of persons participating in the event or activity to the Department not less than 20 days prior to the date of the event or activity.

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1690 (Perry/Robinson) - ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES. Creates the 22-member Task Force on Electronic Signature Technology to study the technology of and applications for electronic signatures and to prepare recommendations for legislative and other action needed to assure the availability and use of electronic signature technology in the state; provides that one of the members of the Task Force would be the Chancellor; states duties of Task Force; requires submission of report.

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1694 (Wells/Harrison) - INVENTORY. Increases to $500 the value of equipment which must be inventoried by the Department of Central Services. (74 § 110.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/10/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

SENATE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 03/26/97

* HB 1701 (Culver/Helton) - CAMPUS POLICE. Modifies the definition of "peace officer," giving federal law enforcement officers the same authority as state peace officers; broadens the powers given to a peace officer in the state of Oklahoma; provides for immunity of federal law enforcement officers while serving as a peace officer for Oklahoma and states neither the state or any subdivision shall assume the liability for any federal law enforcement officer. (21 § 91)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/17/97

* HB 1702 (Stanley/Long) - HEALTH CARE. Provides that a health maintenance organization (HMO) or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance and shall not be relicensed by the Health Department if its application for license renewal, evidence of coverage, standards and procedures for the selection of providers or any other document filed with the Department contain definitions of words or terms that are contrary to or inconsistent with statutory definitions; provides that an HMO or prepaid health plan shall not prohibit or restrict a primary care physician from referring a patient to a specialist within the network if such referral is deemed medically necessary in the physician's judgment; requires HMOs and prepaid health plans to provide comprehensive health services in a manner that is reasonably geographically convenient to residents of the service area for which it seeks a license. (63 § 2504)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/05/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* HB 1810 (Cox/Horner) - EBONICS. Provides that Ebonics shall not be recognized as a language art and shall not be taught as a course or class in the pubic schools for which a student receives credit or which is counted towards fulfilling graduation requirements; defines Ebonics as an Africanized form of English reflecting Black Americans' linguistic-cultural ties to their African heritage. (70 § 11-1103.8)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 1815 (Adair/Robinson) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the "Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997"; establishes an alternative regulation format setting deadlines for Corporation Commission review of proposed tariff changes; requires the Commission to make determination that competition exists for a service or within a geographic area, allowing companies providing that service or serving that geographic area to move to market pricing; etc. Section 8 prohibits application of the act to OneNet or other Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network components. (17 § 139.101)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1817 (Askins/Hobson) - VOUCHERS/SECURITIES. Allows vouchers drawn against an agency to be signed and countersigned by the principal financial officer or another person specifically designated by the administrative authority; restricts the types of securities the State Treasurer may accept and authorizes the Treasurer to establish standards which may further limit any types of classes of securities which may be accepted; adds letters of credit of the U.S. government to the list of acceptable securities; adds surety bonds to the list of acceptable securities; adds duplication in a manner acceptable to the Archives and Records Commission to the requirement that certain warrants must be micro-filmed. The bill was amended by rewriting Section 3 to comply with the version appearing in a bill recently signed by the Governor. (62 § 41.21)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 1854 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Appropriates to various health agencies, including the University Hospitals Authority.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1859 (Hamilton/Haney) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Provides budgetary limitations for the University Hospitals Authority.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1872 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/TEACHER PREPARATION. Appropriates to various education entities. Section 7 appropriates to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The amendment requires that beginning with the appropriation for fiscal year 1999, the Legislature shall pass the final appropriations for all education entities by the first Monday in April of each legislative session.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1877 (Hamilton/Haney) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Sets budgetary limitations for the Teacher Preparation Commission.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1878 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes appropriations to various education entities, including the State Regents (Sections 6 and 7), the Teacher Preparation Commission (Section 14), and the University Hospitals Authority (Section 57).

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1880 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/STATE REGENTS. Appropriates to the State Regents for Higher Education from the Rainy Day Fund.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

(35 AYE / 13 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1883 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes supplemental appropriations to various agencies, including $2,800,000 to the University Hospitals Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/97

* HB 1885 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Deletes oversight of executive branch compliance with legislative intent of appropriation measures from the duties of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget and Program Oversight.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1887 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Special Cash Fund from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1894 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes reappropriations to the State Regents for each of the State System institutions and to various other agencies.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1895 (Hamilton/Haney) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Clarifies language relating to the Legislative Bond Oversight Commission. (62 § 695.4)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1897 (Hamilton/Haney) - SOLE SOURCE. This is a shell bill relating to sole source and professional service contracts. (74 § 85.42)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1907 (Hamilton/Rozell) - PROGRAM BUDGETING. Clarifies language relating to the program budgeting initiative. (62 § 41.44)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1915 (Erwin) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Requires the Aeronautics Commission to promulgate rules specifying guidelines for use of state airplanes. (3 § 85.1)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/18/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

RULES

* HB 1916 (Erwin) - HEALTH CARE. Requires the Health Care Authority to submit a plan to the Governor and the Legislature regarding a separate or new contract for delivery of health services to rural Oklahoma and requires the Authority to create a Rural Health Care Advisory Committee. (63 § 5013)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 03/17/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* HB 1921 (Stites/Dickerson) - TECHNOLOGY. Creates the "Training for New Technology Act"; states that the purpose of the act is to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to best use technology for the benefit of student achievement; requires the State Board of Education to work with the State Regents and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education to establish intensive programs designed to train public school teachers in the use of technology for the classroom in student achievement and in classroom applications of technology information; requires that the programs consist of intensive one-week sessions conducted by private or public entities at State System institutions or at area vo-tech school districts; requires the State Board, subject to availability of funds, to award technology training grants by school site to teachers in public school districts who have been designated by their local boards as technology designees for their school to attend the programs; authorizes school sites to have more than one technology designee; requires that grants be awarded on competitive basis beginning Jan. 1, 1998, allows grants to include funding for necessary lodging and per diem. (70 § 1210.581)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

(85 AYE / 14 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1980 (Sadler/Long) - PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS. Creates the "Public Bathing Place Regulation Act"; authorizes the State Health Commissioner to supervise sanitation, healthfulness, safety and design of public bathing places and the licenses of all owners and operators of public bathing places; requires permits issued by the Health Commissioner for public bathing places; provides for inspections; provides for penalties. (63 § 1-1012.1)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/10/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* HB 1987 (Hamilton/Rozell) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Authorizes the Department of Central Services to contract with cities and towns for asbestos abatement services if the Department of Labor certifies a need for the services; requires the Central Services Department to develop criteria and methods to evaluate which entities are capable of paying the cost of asbestos abatement services; requires that any funds appropriated to the Central Services Department for asbestos abatement be restricted to projects involving state-owned and common school facilities. (74 § 61.6)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1990 (Benson/Rozell) - EQUALIZATION BOARD. Clarifies language relating to estimation of funds by the State Board of Equalization and information supplied to the Director of State Finance by state agencies responsible for collection of monies for deposit into the General Revenue Fund.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 1991 (Hamilton/Rozell) - PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION/INVENTORY. Increases dollar amount in definition of "public construction contract" to $12,500; requires that bids on public construction contracts exceeding $15,000 must be accompanied by certain documents and bonds; prohibits contracts involving sums in excess of $12,500 from being split into partial contracts to avoid certain requirements; requires certain notarized statements on invoices submitted to any school district or area vo-tech school district for payment to an architect, contractor, engineer or supplier of materials of $2,000 or more; increases to $500 the value of equipment which must be inventoried by Central Services. (62 § 102)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* HB 1992 (Hamilton/Rozell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Authorizes the Executive and Legislative Bond Oversight Commissions to review proposed issuance of obligations to fund capital additions or expenditures by local entities which are to be retired by certain payments, even though payments are not directly or expressly pledged for payment of principal or interest on the obligations, if the payments are to be made from the appropriation of state funds and such funds represent a significant source of anticipated revenue for repayment of the obligations. The committee substitute prohibits state government entities from entering into leases or other contracts that provide for payments that are directly or indirectly used for the retirement of a local government obligation unless such obligation has satisfied certain requirements; authorizes the Executive and Legislative Bond Oversight Commissions to review proposed issuances of obligations to fund capital additions or expenditures by local governmental entities only when there is a lease, contract or other agreement under which payments from the state are directly or indirectly used for the retirement of such obligations. (62 § 695.7)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/20/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/20/97

* HB 1995 (Hamilton/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to the University Hospitals Authority. (63 § 3207)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2012 (Askins/Monson) - MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY. Provides that when an adult person, because of a medical condition, is treated by a licensed doctor holding a faculty appointment at an accredited medical school, and such person is incapable of giving informed consent for a local-institutional-review-board-approved experimental treatment, test or drug, then such treatment, test or drug may proceed upon obtaining informed consent of a legal guardian, attorney-in-fact or a family member. (63 § 3102A)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 2017 (Betty Boyd/Williams) - TEACHER PREPARATION/ADVANCE PLACEMENT. Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to establish the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program; defines terms; authorizes the State Board, contingent upon available funds, to award schools funds for one-time academic enhancement purposes and for sending teachers to Advanced Placement Summer Institutes sponsored by the College Board, funds for each student who receives a three or higher on an advanced placement test to be divided equally among the schools who taught those students in an advanced placement course to be used in conjunction with the course, funds to reimburse each student who receives a three or higher on an advanced placement test for the test fee, and for those students who demonstrate financial need as defined by the College Board, a share of the advanced placement test fee; requires the State Board of Education to set aside a portion of the funds appropriated annually for professional development for the purpose of funding intensive professional development institutes developed by the Teacher Preparation Commission in reading for elementary school teachers and mathematics for teachers of grades five through nine; requires the State Board of Education to ensure participation of school districts in the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the State Board to submit to the Legislature a proposal for implementing a system of performance standards for public schools; requires the State Board to review mathematics components of the Priority Academic Student Skills and make necessary revisions to ensure a more rigorous and in-depth mathematics curriculum; requires that students found not to be reading at the appropriate grade level to be provided an individual reading instruction plan before the close of the current school year. (70 § 6-200)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2031 (Vaughn/Hendrick) - GOVERNMENTAL TORT CLAIMS. Provides that no judgment against this state or a government subdivision or other entity, inclusive of post-judgment interest, shall exceed the total amount of liability of the governmental entity pursuant to the Governmental Tort Claims Act; outlines procedure for accrual and computation of interest. (12 § 727)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/20/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 2071 (Steidley/Williams) - AD VALOREM. The committee substitute combines HB 2071, HB 2075, HB 2077, and HB 2082 into a single bill dealing with ad valorem; changes from the Oklahoma Tax Commission to the State Auditor and Inspector the entity responsible for promulgating rules for the required statement explaining the ad valorem tax bill.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/25/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/25/97

* HB 2075 (Steidley/Williams) - AD VALOREM. Defines "taxable value" for ad valorem purposes to mean the percentage of fair cash value, less applicable exemptions, upon which an ad valorem tax rate is levied under the Oklahoma Constitution. (68 § 2802)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/11/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

FINANCE

* HB 2077 (Steidley/Williams) - AD VALOREM. Provides that, for ad valorem tax purposes, the percentage of fair cash value for real and personal property of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations shall be the percentage at which it was assessed on Jan. 1, 1996; deletes references to an ad valorem system in which less than 100 percent of value is taxable. (68 § 2847)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

FINANCE

* HB 2095 (Tim Pope/Campbell) - CONDOMS. Prohibits state funds from being expended for the purpose of providing condoms for the prevention of human acquired immune deficiency syndrome. (62 § 97)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* HB 2102 (Laura Boyd/Henry) - TUITION SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Enacts the "Oklahoma Tuition Savings Account Act"; allows state residents to deposit up to $5,000 during each taxable year into one or more tuition savings accounts; exempts such contributions from taxation as adjusted gross income; provides for account custodians; authorizes disbursement of funds no more than three times in a calendar year, by check to the beneficiary's higher education institution or vo-tech school; provides for unqualified disbursements with a 10-percent penalty to be paid to the Tax Commission; provides that interest earned on an account during the year in which a withdrawal occurs shall be considered income for tax purposes; provides for qualified expense disbursements of no more than 20 percent of the interest earned from the account during the year; provides that any remaining balance shall be distributed to the beneficiary no later than 30 days after the 30th birthday of the beneficiary or graduation of the beneficiary, whichever occurs first; provides for transfer, upon request by the beneficiary, of balance to one or more accounts established for another beneficiary; outlines procedure for distribution if beneficiary does not attend a higher education institution or vo-tech school; specifies how to claim the tax exemption for contributions made to and interest earned on tuition savings accounts. (70 § 6020)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2103 (Gray/Leftwich) - CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS. Requires the administrative head of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners to conduct an annual survey of the states contiguous to Oklahoma regarding state laws, rules or standards setting, specifying or otherwise providing for continuing education requirements; requires the administrative head to compile such requirements and make a written report to the Board on March 1 of each year detailing the minimum number of mandatory hours required, the courses, areas of study or curriculum necessary and any other prerequisites required for re-licensure relating to continuing education. (59 § 161.11)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* HB 2105 (Gray/Leftwich) - NSU COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY. Requires that continuing education requirements for optometrists be established pursuant to recommendations presented to the Board of Examiners in Optometry by the Oklahoma Optometric Association and the president of Northeastern State University; requires that continuing education be provided in clinical settings. (59 § 604)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HB 2111 (Gray/Leftwich) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that State Regents rules be filed with the Secretary of State; authorizes the Secretary of State to establish and enforce a schedule of compliance for agency submission of rules for publication; requires cabinet secretaries, by Jan. 1, 1998, to review administrative rules within the cabinet department to determine whether administrative rules should be adopted; requires cabinet secretaries to report the statutes and policies determined to require the adoption of administrative rules to the Governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tempore; provides that an emergency rule shall only be applied prospectively from its effective date; requires the Governor, upon disapproval of an emergency rule, to notify within 15 days, in writing, the House speaker, the Senate president pro tempore and the Office of Administrative Rules; prohibits an agency from adopting an emergency rule which establishes or increases fees, except during a legislative session, when specifically mandated by the Legislature or when the failure to do so would have an adverse effect on a federally administered program or conflicts with an order issued by a court; provides that if an emergency rule is superseded by another emergency rule prior to enactment of a permanent rule, the latter emergency rule shall retain the same expiration date as the superseded emergency rule, unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature; authorizes the Secretary of State to publish or authorize the publication of the Administrative Code in part; authorizes the Secretary of State to provide for electronic access to the Administrative Code and "The Oklahoma Register" by subscription or an exclusive or nonexclusive contract for public and private access; permits an agency to charge for the actual cost of mailing a copy of proposed rules to persons who have requested advance notice of rulemaking proceedings; provides that any effective emergency rule which would have been superseded by a disapproved permanent rule shall be deemed null and void on the date the Legislature disapproves the permanent rule. (74 § 324.13)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2120 (Hilliard/Maddox) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; limits regulations to those demonstrably necessary and carefully tailored to fulfill specific legitimate public health, safety or other public protection objectives; requires agencies to review every regulation within their jurisdiction by Dec. 31, 1998; requires agencies to file a report by July 1, 1999 summarizing the actions taken to comply with the act; provides that, on or after Sept. 1, 1999, any person may petition in writing any agency to repeal, rescind, amend or otherwise modify a regulation affecting a business or profession within that agency's jurisdiction; requires that agency, within 90 days of the filing of a petition, to either take the action petitioned for or state the basis for concluding that the regulation is in compliance with stated standards. (75 § 401)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2133 (Seikel/Weedn) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Section 19 directs DHS to require a criminal background investigation for any person making an application for establishment and operation of a child care facility prior to issuance of a license certification or any other authorization for contract to operate a facility. (10 § 404.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/20/97

* HB 2138 (Paulk/Herbert) - AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Prohibits a state agency from using an automated telephone system for answering phone calls during regular hours of operation unless the system provides, in addition to a menu operation allowing a caller to dial a direct number or extension to speak to a specific employee, a menu option that permits a caller to speak directly to an employee without listening to a recorded message, and such menu option is the first option identified for the caller. (62 § 41.5h)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2155 (Gray/Leftwich) - DENTAL EDUCATION. Provides that, upon request by the Board of Dentistry, representatives appointed by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association and the Dean of the OU College of Dentistry or a designee may serve in an advisory capacity to review and recommend continuing education courses and/or requirements for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants; requires the Executive Director of the State Dental Board to conduct an annual survey of states contiguous to Oklahoma regarding state laws, rules or standards setting, specifying or otherwise providing for continuing education requirements; requires the Executive Director to compile such requirements and make a written report to the Board on March 1 of each year detailing the minimum number of mandatory hours required, the courses, areas of study or curriculum necessary and any other prerequisite required for relicensure relating to continuing education. (59 § 328.15)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* HB 2170 (Seikel/Cain) - WELFARE/WORK TRAINING. Enacts the "Oklahoma Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act"; states legislative intent to encourage persons receiving temporary assistance to become responsible, self-sufficient, taxpaying citizens; establishes an integrated and coordinated program titled the "Statewide Temporary Assistance Reintegration System (STARS) program; states legislative intent to establish one-stop career/employment centers to link federal/state resources and programs by encouraging interorganizational collaborative partnerships between certain state governmental agencies, including the State Regents, and private and nonprofit entities; states purpose of such partnerships to assist persons receiving temporary assistance, employed low-income persons and unemployed persons to explore career and employment and job referral opportunities, improve skills through education and training and to obtain information on various services and programs in the state. (56 § 230.21)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/27/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HB 2190 (Mass/Stipe) - AD VALOREM TAX. Transfers duties to adjust, equalize and monitor ad valorem valuations from the Tax Commission to the State Auditor and Inspector. (68 § 2830)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

FINANCE

* HB 2196 (Glover/Helton) - CONDOMS. Prohibits state funds to be used for providing condoms for the prevention of the Human Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). (63 § 1-534.3)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* HB 2197 (Miller) - CAMPUS POLICE/COMPULSARY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. Authorizes any peace officer of this state to issue a state citation for violation of the prohibition against neglect or refusal to compel a child to attend school. (70§ 10-105)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/97

RULES

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

* HJR 1024 (Askins/Wilkerson) - TAXATION. Creates a 30-member Citizens' Task Force on Taxation until Dec. 31, 1998; requires that the task force develop a list of options and recommendations for changes in the tax system and submit a report by Dec. 1, 1998, to the Governor and Legislature.

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/20/97

* HJR 1034 (Roberts/Monson) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring that 35 percent of growth revenue, if any, in income tax, sales tax and motor vehicle registration fees be apportioned to the OTRS to be distributed as determined by the board of trustees, subject to the requirement that the revenue apportioned to the retirement system be used in a manner to decrease the unfunded accrued actuarial liability of the OTRS; limits such diversion to five years. (Art. V, § 62A)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/17/97

APPROPRIATIONS

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

* HCR 1002 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - VIOLENCE PREVENTION. Re-creates the Council on Violence Prevention until Jan. 1, 1998; requires that the council set priorities for all state agencies in combating violence according to those set forth in the report of the Oklahoma Committee on Violence and Public Health; includes the Chancellor of Higher Education on the council; requires that the Council submit a report before the beginning of the 1998 legislative session.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/24/97

* HCR 1016 (Bonny/Robinson) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1997 as "Oklahoma Science and Technology Month"; recognizes the enhancement of the quality of science education by the establishment of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, the summer academics at Oklahoma colleges, stronger science curriculum requirements and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/24/97

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/26/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/26/97

* HCR 1018 (Wells) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY. Congratulates Langston University on the occasion of its Centennial Anniversary.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/13/97

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/19/97

* HCR 1020 (Maddux/Muegge) - NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Congratulates Northwestern Oklahoma State University on its centennial anniversary.

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/26/97

ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/26/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/26/97


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