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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

Friday, May 23, 1997

 

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

State Capitol Complex

 

 


From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

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

 

Legislature Approves $57 Million Increase for Higher Education: Today the House and Senate voted, by near unanimous margins, to increase state appropriations to higher education by $57 million. The bill containing the appropriations, SB 110, passed the Senate 44-0 and the House 96-3. The bill now goes to the Governor, who has until Thursday, May 29 (five days, excluding Sundays) to act on the bill.

 

If SB 110 is approved by the Governor, the total state appropriation for higher education in FY'98 will be a record level of $693.1 million, an increase of nearly 9% over the FY'97 appropriation of $636.2 million.

 

The State Regents for Higher Education are scheduled to meet Friday, May 30, the last day of the legislative session, to allocate appropriated funds to institutions and programs.

 

 

House Discusses Tuition Increase, Bill Returned to Committee: On Thursday evening, Rep. Dwayne Steidley (D - Claremore) presented a tuition increase bill (HB 1921) on the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill provided for increases of 5% at the two-year colleges, 7% at the regional universities, and 9% at the comprehensive universities. In addition, the bill would have increased the limit on tuition for professional programs (medical, dental, law, veterinary, etc.) by 15%.

 

However, after Rep. Steidley fielded numerous questions from a dozen legislators, consideration of the bill was halted as the House went into recess from its floor activities. When the House reconvened later that evening, no further action on the bill was taken.

 

On Friday, the House approved a motion by Rep. Steidley to send the bill back to the General Conference Committee on Appropriations. The conference committee can make changes to the bill before it is possibly returned to the House floor to be considered again.

 

 

Senate Confirms Twelve Appointments: This week the Senate confirmed twelve gubernatorial appointments to higher education boards. The nominees were considered in the Senate Education Committee on Monday morning and most were approved by the full Senate later the same day. The appointments confirmed included:

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

 

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

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:

 

 

 

HOUSE ACTIONS

Bills Passed on House Floor:

 

Bills Failed on the House Floor:

 

Bills Passed in House Committee:

 

GOVERNOR’S ACTIONS

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

May 23, 1997
  

 

 

 

Academies

SB 13

 

Administrative procedures

HB 2111

HB 2120

 

Ad valorem taxes

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2071

 

Advanced placement

HB 2017

 

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1019

 

Allen, Walter

SR 4

 

Alternative education

SB 13

 

Alternative placement

HB 1342

HB 1348

 

Appropriations

SB 103

SB 110

SB 160

HB 1854

HB 1872

HB 1878

HB 1880

HB 1883

HB 1885

HB 1887

HB 1894

Asbestos abatement

HB 1987

 

Bond oversight

HB 1895

HB 1992

 

Brisch, Chancellor Hans

SR 27

HR 1016

 

Budgeting

HB 1907

 

Campus police

SB 523

HB 1701

 

Capital improvement

SB 541

 

Charitable fiduciary

HB 1660

 

Charity games

SB 459

 

Child care facilities

SB 569

HB 2133

 

Child support

SB 693

SB 706

 

College savings

HCR 1029

 

Computer conversions

HB 1434

 

Construction

SB 389

 

Contracts

SB 389

HB 1897

 

Cooperative Extension Week

SR 33

 

Credits, transfer of

HB 1561

 

Ebonics

HB 1810

 

Education Oversight Board

SB 416

 

Educational expense

HB 1561

 

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

 

Employee associations

SB 218

 

Employee benefits

SB 174

 

Employee reduction in force

HB 1224

 

Employment Security

SB 43

HB 1130

 

Employment, temporary

HB 1222

 

Equalization Board

HB 1990

 

Fee, supplemental

SB 746

 

Flags

HCR 1028

 

4-H Day

HCR 1039

 

Health/safety

SB 249

 

Henson, Ray

SR 30

 

Insurance, health

SB 48

SB 87

SB 193

SB 248

SB 277

SB 280

SB 552

SB 642

HB 1077

HB 1085

HB 1091

HB 1134

HB 1221

HB 1222

HB 1416

HB 1532

HB 1562

HB 1598

International Student Awareness Day

HCR 1030

 

Journeymen

SB 305

HB 1607

 

Kerr, Robert S., Museum

SB 101

 

Langston University

SR 8

SCR 12

HCR 1018

 

Lead-based paint

SB 315

 

Leave

SB 698

Leave, military

HB 1210

Maternity benefits

HB 1598

 

Medical licensure

HB 1023

 

Medical school faculty/students

HB 2012

 

Military service

hb 1210

 

Murrah Federal Building Remembrance Day

HCR 1028

 

National Assessment of Educational Progress

SB 760

 

National Guard Fee Waiver

SB 110

 

Northeastern State University

HB 2105

HCR 1027

Northwestern Oklahoma State

University

HCR 1020

 

Nurses

SB 275

 

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

SB 103

SB 122

SB 160

 

Oklahoma Education Television Auth. (OETA)

SB 73

HB 1024

 

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)

SB 110

SB 273

 

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, North- eastern State University

HCR 1027

 

Oklahoma State University

SB 420

HR 1005

 

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)

SB 110

 

Payroll

SB 218

SB 706

 

Physical therapists

HB 1248

 

Physician Manpower Training Comm.

SB 110

SB 144

SB 160

 

Prepaid tuition

HB 1561

 

Privatization functions

SB 699

 

Professional development

HB 1467

 

Purchasing

SB 78

 

Retirement

SB 182

SB 354

SB 473

SB 736

HB 1085

HB 1094

HB 1100

 

Science/Math

SB 1

 

Science/Technology

HCR 1016

 

Section 13

SB 110

 

Securities

HB 1817

 

Seminole State College

SCR 11

 

Smoke detectors

HB 1531

 

Soil scientist

SB 71

 

Sole source

HB 1897

Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ.

SR 13

 

State Agency Recognition Day

HCR 1031

 

State Regents

SB 143

 

Student advisory boards

SB 684

 

Surplus

SB 362

 

Taxation

HJR 1024

 

Teacher certification

SB 202

HB 1342

 

Teacher education/training

SB 398

 

Teacher preparation

SB 160

SB 202

SB 398

HB 1342

HB 1559

HB 1872

HB 1877

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

 

Travel

SB 90

SB 360

 

Tuition/fees

SB 746

 

Tuition prepayment program

HB 1561

Tuition savings

HB 2102

HCR 1029

 

University Hospitals

SB 160

SB 179

University Hospitals (cont’d)

HB 1644

HB 1854

HB 1859

HB 1883

HB 1995

 

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

SCR 18

HB 1038

HB 1130

 

Violence prevention

HCR 1002

 

Vouchers

HB 1817

 

Weapons

SB 523

 

Welfare/work training

SB 743

HB 1246

HB 2170

 

Wildlife Conservation lands

HB 1662

 

Williams, Larry

SR 29

 

Workers’ compensation

SB 730

HB 1038

HB 1203

HB 1601

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Section III

 Bill Summaries and Status

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session - 1997

Reported Status as of 5/23/97

 

 

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 sites, local colleges or universities, or at local school sites by distance learning; requires that an Advisory Council be established to assist the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in development of the model programs; requires the participating area vo-tech school district to provide transportation for those students attending the program at the area vo-tech school site and the local schools to provided transportation for students attending at college or university sites; requires the State Board of Education to conduct an annual outreach campaign concerning the Education Deregulation Act. (70 § 1210.404)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* SB 13 (Williams/Roach) - ACADEMIES/ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION. Authorizes the State Board of Education, contingent upon funding designated for Oklahoma Arts Academies, 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 Program Grants to be awarded by the State Department of Education. (70 § 1210.583)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/23/97

GCCA

 

* SB 43 (Long/Roach) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY/WORKERS COMPENSATION. Relates to the Plumbing License Law, employer tax rate reduction, a computer fund for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, workers’ compensation non-coverage certification fees, and workers’ compensation exemptions. (40 § 4-508)

CCR-2ND CCS SUBMITTED 05/22/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/19/97

 

* SB 71 (Harrison/Beutler) - SOIL SCIENTIST. Adds the definitions of "soil science" and "soil scientist" to language pertaining to the Conservation District Act; 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 § 3-1-103)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/31/97

 

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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/01/97

 

* SB 78 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - PURCHASING. Modifies section relating to acquisitions excluded from Central Purchasing; clarifies language relating to contracts for construction of new buildings and for the repair, maintenance or modernization of old buildings by State System institutions. (74 § 85.12)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/05/97

 

* SB 87 (Leftwich/Glover) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that an HMO or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance if certain forms contain definition of words or terms that are contrary to or inconsistent with words or terms in certain statutes; 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 § 2504)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/29/97

 

* SB 90 (Dickerson/Stites) - TRAVEL. Permits the Commission for Teacher Preparation to enter into contracts and agreements for the payment of food and other expenses incidental to the hosting of conferences and in-service training sessions; 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)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* 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.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97.

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

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

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97.

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

* 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.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97.

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

* 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).

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/13/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/13/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/13/97

GCCA

 

* SB 160 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a general appropriations bill for various agencies including the State Regents (Section 11 - $582,220,224 for the education and general operating budgets; Section 12 - $3,849,014 for operation of the administrative offices; Section 13 - $50 million from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund for the education and general operating budgets and for other programs); the Physician Manpower Training Commission (Section 16 - $4,790,508 from the General Revenue Fund; Section 17 - $400,000 from the Cash Flow Reserve Fund); OCAST (Section 20 - $6,050,851); the Teacher Preparation Commission (Section 22 - $146,715); and the University Hospitals Authority (Section 75 - $26,576,556 from the General Revenue Fund).

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/97

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/13/97

GCCA

 

* SB 179 (Monson/Roberts) – UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS AUTHORITY. Provides that if an agency, including the University Hospitals Authority, 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 beginning with the date the schedule is posted; requires the authority to conduct a reduction-in-force to terminate employees, regardless of status, whose positions are eliminated because of a contract with a private nongovernmental entity for the lease and operations of the University Hospitals pursuant to the University Hospitals Authority Act; provides that a member of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System who has six or more years of full-time-equivalent employment with a participating employer, and who is terminated by a state agency or other state governmental entity because the member’s position is eliminated through a reduction-in-force because of a contract between a participating employer and a private nongovernmental entity and is within a certain number of years of a normal retirement date, may purchase termination credit of the lesser of three years or the number of years or months required to reach normal retirement date in the same period of time and with the same service credit which otherwise would have accrued if the termination had not occurred. (74 § 840-2.27)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/20/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/21/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/22/97

 

* SB 182 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Modifies apportionment of 2/7 of the gross production tax to the Teachers’ Retirement System (OTRS) for the following years in the following amounts: FY99 - 40 percent, FY00 - 60 percent, FY01 - 80 percent, FY02 and each fiscal year thereafter - 100 percent; provides that the remainder of the 2/7 of the gross production would go to the General Revenue Fund. (68 § 1004a

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/28/97

GCCA

 

* SB 193 (Hendrick/Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/12/97

 

* SB 202 (Roberts/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION/CERTIFICATION. Authorizes the Teacher Preparation Commission and the State Board of Education, subject to availability of funds, to establish the Education Leadership Oklahoma Program to assist teachers seeking National Board Certification; states Legislative intent that the Commission work with Oklahoma colleges and universities to establish Education Leadership Oklahoma training programs in higher education teacher preparation programs in the state. (70 § 6-203)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/12/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/97

 

* SB 249 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - HEALTH/SAFETY. Provides that the Wellness Council may provide programs to state agencies for quarterly health and safety training as required by the Department of Labor. (74 § 1383)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

 

* SB 275 (Monson/Paulk) - NURSES. Relates to regulation of prescriptive authority for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists; requires a certified registered nurse anesthetist who applies for authorization to order, select, obtain and administer drugs to provide evidence of completion, within the two-year period immediately preceding the date of application, of a minimum of 15 units of continuing education in advanced pharmacology related to the administration of anesthesia as recognized by the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists; requires a biennial application renewal and reauthorization requiring a minimum of eight units of continuing education, completed during the previous two years, in advanced pharmacology relating to the administration of anesthesia.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/14/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/14/97

(38 AYE / 4 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/14/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/19/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/20/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

* 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 from 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/28/97

GCCA

 

* SB 305 (Long/Fields) – JOURNEYMMAN LICENSES. Relates to licensure of the plumbing, electrical, and mechanical trades; provides requirements for a temporary electrical journeyman license; prohibits anyone from installing, replacing, or repairing floor furnaces of wall heaters unless the person is licensed under the Mechanical Licensing Act.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/08/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/08/97

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

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/97

CCR REJECTED - HOUSE 05/20/97

 

 

* 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 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

* 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)

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/19/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/19/97

 

 

* 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. The conference committee substitute adds back that the surplus equipment may be transferred to a public school district "without compensation". (62 § 120.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/19/97

 

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/15/97

 

* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* SB 459 (Helton/Voskuhl) - CHARITY GAMES. Modifies the Charity Games Act; includes "educational" association in the definition of "charitable organization". (3A § 402)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/20/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/21/97

 

 

 

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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/12/97

 

* 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. The conference committee substitute authorizes a peach officer making contact with a person in possession of a weapon to take possession and hold the weapon for safekeeping if there is probable cause to believe that the person who has possession of such weapon is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substance, is mental or emotionally disturbed, is suicidal, or is involved in an act or a threatened act of domestic abuse; provides an exemption from certain firearm regulations for the transporting of unloaded firearms for sporting purposes. (21 § 1289.12)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/07/97

 

* SB 541 (Hobson/Laura Boyd) - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. Authorizes each State System higher education institution to establish a capital improvement program for that institution. (70 § 3305.1)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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; authorizes the penalty to include both the fine and imprisonment. (74 § 1323)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/25/97

 

* SB 569 (Monson/Seikel) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Modifies definitions in the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act; provides that the act shall not apply to a program of specialized activity or instruction for children that is not designed or intended for child care purposes, or other programs not designed or intended for child care purposes that have been granted a waiver by the Department of Human Services; requires the Commission for Human Services to promulgate rules for establishing guidelines and criteria for granting such waivers; expands requirements for criminal history investigations regarding child care facilities which contract for foster family services or other services for the care and supervision of children, and individuals residing in child care facilities or in private residences with which such facilities contract for child care services; 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; outlines action the department may take upon violation of this and other provisions; 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; requires certain immunizations for children two months of age or older who attend child care centers. (10 § 407.1)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/97

 

 

* 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 Rogers University Board of Regents; 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)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/07/97

 

* 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.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/23/97

 

 

 

* 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)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/13/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 05/13/97

(32 AYE / 11 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/15/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (60-37) 05/15/97

ENROLLED - SENATE 05/15/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/19/97

 

 

* SB 699 (Dunlap/Bryant) - PRIVATIZATION FUNCTIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Privatization Functions Act for the purpose of setting 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/08/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* 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; requires the report to be made within 20 days of hiring, or twice monthly. (40 § 2-802)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/23/97

GCCA

 

* SB 730 (Maddox/Askins) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to the Workers’ Compensation Act. (85 § 1.1)

CCR REJECTED 05/07/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/07/97

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/08/97

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/08/97

 

* SB 736 (Long/Roach) - RETIREMENT. Allows lump sum or installment payments into the OTRS. (70 § 17-116.2)

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/12/97

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO HOUSE 05/12/97

POINT OF ORDER 05/14/97

LAID OVER - HOUSE 05/14/97

 

* 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, social service referral, child care services, and health care services; requires the Department of Human Services to administer the program who will contract with public and private entities to fulfill the requirements of the act; 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. (56 § 229.1)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/30/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - SENATE 05/07/97

 

* 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. (70 § 1210.514)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/23/97

GCCA

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

 

* SCR 11 (Haney/Ervin) - SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Seminole State College, on behalf of the college, to issue revenue bonds in the amount of $1.2 million for construction of a residential facility.

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/16/97

REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 04/21/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DO PASS HOUSE COMMITTEE 05/20/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

 

 

* SCR 12 (Morgan/Wells) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents, on behalf of Langston University, to issue $3.5 million in revenue bonds for renovation of physical education and athletic facilities.

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/21/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 04/23/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DO PASS AS AMENDED HOUSE COMMITTEE 05/20/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/21/97

ADOPTED AS AMENDED - SENATE 05/22/97

TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/23/97

 

 

* SCR 18 (Hobson/Benson) – UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. Authorizes the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma to issue $27.5 million in revenue bonds for refinancing the current Student Facilities System Revenue Bonds, Series 1979, and for construction, renovation, remodeling and expanding various other revenue-producing facilities on the Norman campus.

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 05/14/97

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/19/97

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/20/97

 

 

* SCR 28 (Taylor/Benson) – GEORGE NIGH. Praises the career of George Nigh; wishes him well upon his retirement.

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97

 

 

 

 

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

 

* SR 27 (Taylor) - CHANCELLOR HANS BRISCH. Commends Chancellor Brisch, expressing appreciation to him for his leadership and the progress of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education during his 10-year term as Chancellor; celebrates April 23, 1997, as the 40th anniversary of Brisch’s immigration to America.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/23/97

 

* SR 29 (Mickle) - DR. LARRY WILLIAMS. Thanks Larry Williams for a decade of leadership at Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Durant and wishes him well as the new president of Northeastern State University at Tahlequah.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/24/97

 

* SR 30 (Dickerson) - RAY HENSON. Congratulates Ray Henson upon his selection as national chair of the North Central Association which is the largest of six regional institutional accrediting associations.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/24/97

 

* SR 33 (Muegge) – COOPERATIVE EXTENSION. Declares the week of May 11-17, 1997, as Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Week; recognizes the educational programs of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, operating through and on behalf of Oklahoma State University and the agricultural research from the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, Oklahoma State University and other land-grant universities.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/97

 

 

HOUSE BILLS

 

* 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)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* 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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/08/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/97

 

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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

 

* 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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/26/97

RECALLED 03/31/97

RETURNED BY GOVERNOR FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION 04/01/97

 

* HB 1038 (Settle/Monson) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION/OU. Relates to the Workers’ Compensation Act, making numerous reforms; allows the state and all its higher education institutions except comprehensive universities, departments, instrumentalities, institutions and public trusts of which they are beneficiaries, if it can be demonstrated that the policy will result in a lower cost than one with the State Insurance Fund, to insure through a combination of self insurance or with other insurance carriers licensed in Oklahoma. (85 § 2b)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/01/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/01/97

 

* HB 1077 (Seikel/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that individual and group health insurance and health benefit plans provide benefits for treatment of adults, children and adolescents with severe mental illness equal to coverage for other physical diseases and disorders and subject to the same preauthorization and utilization review mechanisms and other terms and conditions as 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)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/12/97

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/13/97

CCR REJECTED 05/14/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/14/97

 

* 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* HB 1091 (Roberts/Monson) - 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 forth annually by the State 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)

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97

 

 

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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* HB 1130 - (Fields/Long) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; Section 20 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/04/97

 

* 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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

 

* HB 1203 (Askins/Maddox) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION. Requires the Oklahoma Department of Insurance to promulgate administrative regulations authorizing the establishment by July 1, 1998, of pilot projects for 24-hour health coverage; limits total number of participants to no more than 5 percent of all insured persons who are covered both by workers’ compensation insurance and general health insurance. (360 § 924.2)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/30/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/28/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/22/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/23/97

 

 

* HB 1246 (Roach/Fisher) - 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 expenses include payments of up to $3,000 per employee per calendar year to entities within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, private higher education institutions, Department of Vocational and Technical Education facilities, private vocational schools, or certain other entities; requires that the expenditure would have to be made on behalf of a new employee who earns at least $7 per hour after completion of the education or training or an existing employee who receives at least a 10-percent increase in wages from the employer within one year after the training is provided; 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.

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/29/97

GCCA

 

* HB 1248 (Roach/Fisher) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS. Increases membership of the Physical Therapy Committee from three to five 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/97

 

* 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. (68 § 2946.4)

CCR SUBMITTED 04/29/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 04/29/97

 

* HB 1338 (Begley/Roberts) - AD VALOREM TAX. Modifies process for handling ad valorem tax protests by railroads, air carriers and public service corporations; increases from 20 to 30 days the amount of time such firms have to file a tax protest; requires the Tax Commission to deposit taxes paid under protest to a Protested Ad Valorem Tax Escrow Fund created by the bill; requires that any portion of such taxes not paid under protest be apportioned as provided by law; requires that the Commission would determine the amount of protested taxes that would have otherwise been apportioned to each school and vocational-technical school district and would 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; provides that the assessed property valuation in a school district would not include the property on which taxes have been protested until the year when the district actually receives the tax proceeds. (68 § 2881)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/30/97

CCR SUBMITTED 05/07/97

 

* HB 1342 (Begley/Williams) - ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT TEACHER CERTIFICATION/TEACHER PREPARTATION. 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; authorizes the State Regents, subject to availability of funds, to award Mid-Career Teachers Grants. (70 § 6-122.3)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* HB 1416 (Betty Boyd/Henry) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the "Fairness in Managed Care Act"; 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)

CCR REJECTED 05/12/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/12/97

SECOND CCR REJECTED - HOUSE 05/15/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE REQUESTED 05/15/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/15/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/21/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/23/97

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/24/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

 

* 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; 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/22/97

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/01/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/29/97

GCCA

 

* HB 1561 (Wells/Morgan) - CREDITS/EDUCATIONAL EXPENSE/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; permits state higher education institutions to establish a prepayment program whereby individuals may selectively establish a short-term saving account with the institution of their choice for the purpose of prepaying educational expenses; provides that any indebtedness by an individual to an institution, constituent agency or higher education center in the State System shall be considered an educational expense. (70 § 3207.1)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/06/97

CCR REJECTED SENATE 05/12/97

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/14/97

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/14/97

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/19/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/19/97

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 05/21/97

 

 

* HB 1562 (Deutschendorf/Rozell) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the "Preferred Provider Organizations Act"; 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; requires that the state commissioner of health promulgate rules providing for implementation and administration of this act; sets administrative penalties for violations. (36 § 6057.1)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/25/97

 

* 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)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 04/30/97

 

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

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 05/07/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/07/97

 

* HB 1644 (Ervin/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Changes certain references to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital to University Hospitals; provides for a governing committee for the University Hospitals, to include both state appointees and individuals appointed by the private entity with which the state enters into an agreement to operate the hospitals; requires that the committee approve termination or transfer or material addition or diminution of medical services at the Oklahoma Medical Center related to and part of a teaching program of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and other major decisions as may be agreed upon by the trust and the private entity; requires that the agreement be submitted to the Contingency Review Board; provides that if the board does not disapprove the proposed agreement, within 30 days after time for the board to act has expired, the University Hospitals Authority and the University Hospitals Trust may petition the Oklahoma Supreme Court for a declaratory judgement on the validity of the proposed agreement; provides for a 10-day protest period prior to the hearing on the petition; provides that the Institutional Maintenance and Construction Unit and the Architecture and Engineering Planning Unit of the Department of Human Services shall have authority to submit bids and enter into contracts with and to perform services for the Oklahoma Medical Center for construction and remodeling projects that fall within the scope of services of the unit. (63 § 3204)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/08/97

 

* 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; outlines reporting requirements; prohibits employees, officers, and governing board members from receiving pecuniary benefits other than reasonable compensation for their employment; 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; provides that monies which the State Regents are authorized to invest "shall be invested with the care, skill, prudence, and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims"; deletes certain restrictions on investments by the State Regents as trustees of certain trust funds. (60 § 301.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

* 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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/97

 

* 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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

 

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/11/97

 

* HB 1815 (Adair/Robinson) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the "Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997"; relates to local exchange telecommunications service providers and tariffs; Section 8 prohibits application of the act to OneNet or any other component of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network; provides that no provider of an Internet service, including but not limited to any governmental agency or entity using or being eligible to use OneNet facilities or any company providing telecommunications services or its affiliate or subsidiary, may price such Internet service in an anti-competitive, discriminatory or predatory manner or subsidize the price of Internet service with revenues received from other telecommunications services; prohibits governmental agencies or entities using or being eligible to use OneNet facilities from providing Internet access to the public; entitles treble damages to any company or individual damaged by violation of this subsection. (17 § 139.108)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/28/97

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/97

 

* 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 or classes of securities which may be accepted; adds letters of credit of the U.S. government and 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. (62 § 41.21)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/29/97

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

* HB 1872 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/TEACHER PREPARATION. Appropriates to various education entities. Section 7 appropriates to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation; Section 8 requires that beginning with the appropriation for FY99, the Legislature shall pass the final appropriations for all education entities by the first Monday in April of each legislative session.

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

* 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).

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

* 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.

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/20/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/20/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/23/97

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

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

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

 

* HB 1907 (Hamilton/Rozell) - PROGRAM BUDGETING/UNIVERSITY ESCROW FUND. Clarifies language relating to the program budgeting initiative; the conference committee substitute relates to the University Bonds Escrow Fund. (62 § 41.44)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/06/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/22/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/97

 

 

* HB 1921 (Stites/Robinson) - TECHNOLOGY/ TUITION. 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) The conference committee substitute contained language increasing tuition.

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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 Central Services 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 Central Services for asbestos abatement be restricted to projects involving state-owned and public school facilities. (74 § 61.6)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/11/97

 

* 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.

CCR SUBMITTED 05/05/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/05/97

 

* HB 1992 (Hamilton/Rozell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. 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)

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/12/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/12/97

(96 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/12/97

FURTHER CONFERENCE 05/19/97

CCR - 2ND CCS ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/12397

 

 

 

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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/08/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/97

 

* 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 with health care decision authority or a family member. (63 § 3102A)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/16/97

 

* 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 certain financial incentive awards related to advance placement development; 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, in hands-on inquiry-based science for elementary teachers and mathematics for teachers of grades five through nine; requires the State Board of Education to ensure the participation of the Oklahoma public schools in the National Assessment of Education Progress; requires the State Board to submit to the Legislature a proposal for implementing a system of performance standards for public schools; requires performance-based assessment of reading skills for students in first through third grades; 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; authorizes the State Board, contingent upon funding, to establish an education incentive grants program. (70 § 1210.701)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/24/97

GCCA

 

* HB 2071 (Steidley/Williams) - AD VALOREM. Requires that the percentage of fair cash value for real and personal property of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations required by the Oklahoma Constitution to be taxable shall be the percentage at which it was assessed on Jan. 1, 1996; provides that in determining the assessment ratio for air carrier and railroad property, the State Board of Equalization shall be subject to paragraph 3 of subsection A of Section 8 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution; provides that issuance of documentary stamps may be indicated by the use of rubber stamps prescribed by the Tax Commission; adds several definitions; grants in every county which approves an exemption from ad valorem taxes of households goods a supplemental homestead exemption of $200 of assessed valuation to all enlisted and commissioned Armed Forces personnel, whether on active duty or honorably discharged.

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/01/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/22/97

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/97

SENT TO GOVERNOR 05/23/97

 

 

 

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

* 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. The conference committee substitute restores the enacting clause but not the title. (59 § 604)

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/08/97

CCR READ - HOUSE 05/08/97

 

* HB 2111 (Gray/Leftwich) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires agencies exempt from all or part of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to maintain and make available for public inspection its exempt rules at its principal place of business; requires certain agencies to review their rules by Dec. 31, 1998, and to delete obsolete rules or rules that do not meet the definition of a rule pursuant to APA; requires each agency, except higher education institutions, by Dec. 31, 1998, to review its rules and report to the Governor and the Legislature rules which should be modified or repealed because they are obsolete, unenforceable, unnecessarily burdensome, duplicative, or of no administrative benefit and which statutes and policies should be adopted as administrative rules; 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; requires that an agency that determines in the rule impact statement that the proposed rules will have an economic impact on any political subdivisions or require their cooperation in implementing or enforcing a proposed permanent rule, must file a copy of the proposed rule and rule report within 10 days after adoption with the Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations for review; provides that any effective emergency rule which would have been superseded by a disapproved permanent rule will be deemed null and void on the date the Governor disapproves the permanent rule. (74 § 324.13)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/19/97

 

* HB 2120 (Hilliard/Maddox) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; requires agencies to review every regulation within their jurisdiction by Dec. 31, 1998; requires an agency finding unnecessary regulations to repeal, rescind, amend, or modify the regulation, if taking such action is within the agency’s authority, or to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature that such action be accomplished; requires agencies to file a report by July 1, 1999 summarizing the actions taken to comply with the act. (75 § 401)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/22/97

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 05/01/97

GCCA

 

* 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 option 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; prohibits state employees from using an automated phone answering system to screen telephone calls for the purpose of refusing to communicate with any person if the subject matter of the telephone message or the identity of the caller relates to a duty or responsibility of the entity for which the employee performs services or relates to a duty or responsibility of the employee. (62 § 41.5h)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/28/97

GCCA

 

* 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)

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/22/97

GCCA

 

 

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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

 

 

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.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/08/97

 

* 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).

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/15/97

 

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

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/22/97

 

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

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/09/97

 

* HCR 1027 (Staggs/Robinson) - MUSIC HALL OF FAME/NORTHEASTERN. Designates April 18, 1997, as "Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Day"; states that funds raised will be used to fund the building on the Northeastern State University campus.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/17/97

 

* HCR 1028 (Betty Boyd/Dunlap) - MURRAH BLDG. REMEMBRANCE/FLAG. Designates April 19 of each year as "Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Remembrance Day"; urges that the Oklahoma State Flag and the American Flag be flown at half-staff on April 19 of each year; provides for alternative designations; authorizes the Governor to issue a proclamation annually.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/16/97

 

* HCR 1029 (Matlock) - COLLEGE SAVINGS. Creates the College Savings Task Force.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 04/10/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

 

* HCR 1030 (Taylor/Muegge) - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. Declares Monday, April 21, 1997, as "International Student Awareness Day"; recognizes international students and commends all persons involved in international student programs.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/21/97

 

* HCR 1031 (Benson) - STATE AGENCY RECOGNITION. Declares that the Legislature joins with the Governor in proclaiming the week of May 5-11, 1997, as Public Service Recognition Week; extends welcome to state employees who will be participating in State Agency Recognition Day at the State Capitol; recognizes all state employees who were directly impacted by the bombing.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/08/97

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/15/97

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO HOUSE 05/15/97

ENROLLED - HOUSE 05/15/97

 

* HCR 1039 (Leist/Muegge) – 4-H DAY. Declares April 30, 1997, as 4-H Day at the Legislature; recognizes that the establishment of 4-H can be traced back to the Smith-Lever Act which established the Cooperative Extension System within the state land-grant universities.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/01/97

 

* HCR 1046 (Coleman/Horner) – READING IMPROVEMENT. Creates the Task Force on Reading Improvement; the Chancellor of Higher Education or designee is a member.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/21/97

 

* HCR 1050 (Hager) – BOARD OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGES. Waives the 30-legislative-day review period for certain rules of the Board of Oklahoma Colleges.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/23/97

 

 

 

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

 

* HR 1005 (McCarter) - OSU EXTENSION. Congratulates Claypool, Oklahoma, on its recent incorporation; recognizes Claypool for laying claim to a premiere wheat test plot of the Oklahoma State University Extension Service.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

 

* HR 1016 (Benson) - CHANCELLOR HANS BRISCH. Commends and expresses appreciation to Chancellor Brisch on the 40th anniversary of his coming to America.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 04/22/97

 

 

 

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