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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Friday, February 6, 1998

 

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

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. 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 I

Highlights This Week

 

Governor Introduces Budget Proposals: On Monday the Governor released his state budget recommendations, including those for higher education. The Governor proposed a total of $43.1 million in new funding initiatives for higher education, including an increase in state appropriations of about $30.1 million, $7.2 million in additional remedial course fee revenue, and $5.9 million in state income tax credits for individuals.

The table below summarizes the Governor’s proposed funding adjustments.

Agency adjustments for employee benefits/workers comp.

92,000

Technology Transfer Centers ($500K to OU & OSU)

1,000,000

Institutional Budget Priorities

20,970,000

Graduate Research in Tulsa

1,000,000

Other Tulsa Higher Education Needs

2,000,000

Performance & Incentive Funding (Quality Initiative Grants)

1,500,000

Museum of Natural History Operating Expenses

800,000

Endowed Chairs (one-time funds for backlog of requests)

5,500,000

Endowed Chairs (increase in base funding level)

2,500,000

Matching Grants to Establish Library Endowments

1,000,000

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program

400,000

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program

200,000

SREB Doctoral Scholars Program

20,000

OK – EPAS (Educational Planning & Assessment System)

300,000

Education Commission of the States

10,000

Less Add’l Fee Revenue – Remedial Courses at Non-resident rates

(7,200,000)

Total Recommended State Appropriation Increase

$30,092,000

The Governor’s budget also proposes a 5% state income tax credit for individuals who contribute to new Education IRA’s authorized by federal law. The estimated benefit to eligible contributors is projected at $5.9 million per year. When this amount is added to the $37.2 million shown above, the total of new funding initiatives for higher education is $43.1 million.

 

Anti-Tenure Bill Dies Without a Hearing: HB 3128, by Rep. Bill Graves (R – Oklahoma City) called for an end to the practice of granting of tenure on July 1, 1998. The bill would have allowed faculty already holding tenure to retain their tenured status. However, the granting of tenure after that date would have been prohibited.

The bill was on the meeting agenda of the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Education Committee for Tuesday morning. A number of faculty representatives attended the meeting. However, due to a scheduling conflict, Rep. Graves was unable to attend and the bill was not heard.

On Thursday, the Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee, Rep. Barbara Staggs (D – Muskogee) confirmed that HB 3128 would not be rescheduled for hearing at a future date, essentially killing the bill for the 1998 session.

 

 

Upcoming Events:


Legislative Meetings Next Week:

Agenda: 3 bills are on the agenda including 1 that we are tracking:

 

Agenda: 24 bills are on the agenda including the following 5 that we are tracking:

 

Agenda: 14 bills are on the agenda including the following 2 that we are tracking:

 

Agenda: 5 bills are on the agenda including the following 4 that we are tracking:

 

Agenda: 5 bills are on the agenda including the following 3 that we are tracking:

 

Agenda: 11 bills are on the agenda including the following 2 that we are tracking:

 

 

 

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

February 19, Thursday -- Bills from Committee of House of Origin

March 12, Thursday -- Bills from Floor of House of Origin

March 26, Thursday -- Bills from Committee of Opposite House

April 16, Thursday -- Bills from Floor of Opposite House

May 29, Friday -- Sine Die Adjournment

 

 

 


 

 

 

SECTION II

Index to Bills of Interest

 

 

A&M Board of Regents, HB 2802

Administrative procedures, HB 2963, HB 3132, HB 3189

Advanced placement, SB 774, SB 1384, SB 1427

Ad valorem tax oversight, SB 1212, HB 2697

Airplane travel, HB 3226

Anatomical gifts, SB 1109

Appropriations, HJR 1094

Agriculture Dept. for OSU extension services, SB 934

Children First Program, SB 923

Community Education Grants, SB 901

Education Leadership Oklahoma, SB 901

Great Expectations, SB 901

National Assessment of Educational Progress, SB 901

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), SB 960, HB 3010, HB 3012, HB 3050

Physician Manpower Training Commission, SB 960, SB 962, HB 3039, HB 3041, HB 3050

Professional Development Institutes in Reading, SB 901

Research pool, SB 1410

State Regents, SB 960, HB 3039, HB 3040, HB 3050

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, HB 3011

Teacher Preparation Commission, SB 901, SB 906, SB 960, HB 3050

Technology programs, SB 901

Telecommunications curriculum, SB 901

University Hospitals Authority, SB 923, SB 928, SB 960, HB 3050

University of Oklahoma

College of Medicine, SB 923

Health Sciences Center, SB 923

Asbestos abatement, SB 934

Attorneys, employing, SB 1290

Audits, internal, HB 3086

Bids, HB 2802

Board certification for teachers, SB 780

Bond issue, SB 1428, HB 2760, HJR 1067, HJR 1077

Budget and program oversight, HB 3058

Capital improvements, SJR 30, HJR 1067, HJR 1077

Campaign fundraising, HB 2756

Change orders, HB 2992

Child care facilities, HB 2980, HB 3144

Children First Program, SB 923

College savings plan, SB 1430

Computer software games, HB 2242

Contracts, SB 860, SB 1050, HB 2693, HB 2802, HB 3070

Credit card agreements/merchandising, SB 785, HB 2430

Credits, transfer of, SB 1195, SB 1383, HB 2516

Curriculum standards, HB 3174, HB 3177

Data processing, HB 2228

Dentists/hygienists/assistants, HB 2465

Dual-office holding, SB 1250

Economic development, SB 798, HB 3284

Educational Indicators Program, HB 2897, HB 3100

Education Leadership Oklahoma, SB 780

Employee

benefits, HB 2494

classification, HB 2467, HB 2681

information reports, SJR 19

oaths, HB 3241

protection, HB 2498

Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History, SB 1137

Engineers/land surveyors, professional, SB 1093

English language, HB 2207

Facilities, higher education, for research, HJR 1088

Faculty research, HB 2904

Federal block grants, HB 2469

Fee

increase, HB 2704

special, HB 2562

Fellowships, SB 1414, SB 1415, SB 1418, HB 2761

Financial aid, HB 3263

Fire ant research, HB 2914

Flexible benefits, HB 3168

Foundations, SB 1098

Genetic nondiscrimination, HB 3169

Graduation rate, SB 1000

Higher Education Code, SB 1411

Hiring freeze, HB 3318

Holidays, HB 2607, HB 2822

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Act, SB 1403

Individual retirement accounts, SB 1146

Insurance, health, SB 807, SB 837, SB 873, SB 1059, SB 1089, SB 1130, SB 1161, SB 1211, SB 1301, SB 1316, SB 1319, HB 2280, HB 2313, HB 2431, HB 2528, HB 2590, HB 2684, HB 2758, HB 2789, HB 2790, HB 2803, HB 2808, HB 2947, HB 2981, HB 3168, HB 3171, HB 3175

Insurance, life, HB 2290

Juvenile Sex Offenders, HB 2230

 

Learning communities, SB 1380

Legislative session, HJR 1094

Librarians, HB 3087

Library funding, HB 2759

License plates, SB 1183

Livestock activities liability, SB 795, HB 2356

Long-Range Capital Planning, SB 981

Massage therapy, HB 2241

Medical licensure, SB 1191

Military equipment, HB 2816

Minority Teacher Recruitment, HB 2219, HB 2229, HB 2557

Motor vehicles, state-owned, HB 2781

Nigh, George, SCR 40

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), HB 3012, HJR 1073, HJR 1074, HJR 1087

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), SB 1432, HB 2374, HB 2788

Oklahoma Hope Scholarship, HJR 1084

Oklahoma State University

College of Osteopathic Medicine, HB 2320

Cooperative Extension Service, SB 1170, SB 1175

research, SB 1410

technology transfer, HB 2762

OneNet, SB 820, SB 829, SB 830

Open Meeting, SB 853, SB 996, HB 2777

Open Records, SB 853, SB 996, HB 2339, HB 2776

OU/OSU Tulsa, SB 1426

Pathfinder schools, HB 3179

Payroll reports, SJR 19

Physical education, SB 1315

Privatization of state functions, HB 2532

Professional development, SB 1060

Program review, HB 2824

Publications, HB 2802

Public

construction, SB 860, SB 877, SB 1050

property, HJR 1079

safety officers, HB 3160

Purchasing, HB 2802

Real estate courses, HB 2563

Records, SB 1287

Recycling, HB 2952

Reduction in force, HB 2590, HB 2855

Remedial courses, HB 2854

Reports, HB 2802

Research, HB 2799

facility, HB 3211, HJR 1088

faculty, SB 1060, HB 2904, HB 3237

fire ant, HB 2914

Residential care home administrator certification, SB 1013

Retirement, SB 773, SB 776, SB 1033, SB 1039, SB 1159, SB 1169, SB 1286, HB 2213, HB 2286, HB 2287, HB 2288, HB 2439, HB 2500, HB 2513, HB 2523, HB 2568, HB 2643, HB 2645, HB 2657, HB 2662, HB 2668, HB 2679, HB 2695, HB 2953, HB 3111, HB 3231, HB 3234, HB 3236, HJR 1064, HJR 1090

Rogers University, SB 1426, HB 2399, HB 1426

Savings, deferred, HB 2523

School testing, SB 1373, SB 1399, HB 2329, HB 2897

Smoke detectors, HB 3213

Smoking, HB 3271

Sole source contracts, HB 2693, HB 2912, HB 3070

State agency reform, HB 2740

State Insurance Fund, HB 2719

State Regents, SB 955, SB 1372, HB 2361

Statewide Temporary Assistance Responsibility System (STARS), HB 2469

Student loans, SB 798, SB 1403, HB 3263

Supervisor training programs, HB 2495

Surplus property, SB 1270

Tax

credit for agricultural producers, HB 2512

credit for child care facility investment, HB 2980

credit for education individual retirement accounts, SB 1146

credit/deduction for tuition, SB 821, HB 2376, HB 2425, HB 3272, HB 3276

deduction for college graduates, HB 2955, HB 3256

exemption on research-related sales, HB 2799

Teacher

certification, HB 2479, HB 2653

alternative, SB 1424

development, SB 772

entry-year, SB 1397

phonemic awareness by, HB 2605

preparation, SB 780, SB 862, SB 1432, HB 2219, HB 2479, HB 2605, HB 2652, HB 2678

student, SB 1397

Technology, SJR 25, SJR 29

council, HB 2954

funding, HB 2759

in the classroom, HB 2651, HB 3120

officer, HB 2954

transfer, SB 1240, SB 1405, HB 2762, HB 2805, HB 2863, HB 2881, HB 3210, HB 3237

Telecommunications, HB 2228, HB 3340

Telemedicine, SB 832, HB 2651

Tenure, HB 3128

Therapists, Marital & Family, HB 2279

Travel, SB 1246, HB 2602, HB 2741

Tuition/fees, HB 2244, HB 2376, HB 2425, HB 2562, HB 2951

prepayment, HB 2934

savings, HB 2906

trust, HB 2852, HB 3178

Tulsa State University, SB 1027

Unemployment, SB 793, HB 2792, HB 3141

University Hospitals, HB 2688, HB 2739, HB 2748

University of Oklahoma

College of Medicine - Tulsa, HB 3343

Health Sciences Center, HB 2320

research, SB 1405

technology transfer, HB 2762

Veterinary college/university, SB 1236

Violence prevention, SJR 16

Website complaint form, HB 2682

Workers’ Compensation, SB 1185, SB 1186, SB 1188, HB 2964, HB 3078, HB 3124

 

 

 

 


 

 

SECTION III

Descriptions of Bills

 

 

SENATE BILLS

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

HOUSE BILLS

HB 2207 (Kirby) – ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Requires that English be designated as the language of official public documents and records and official public meetings; provides exceptions; prohibits denial of employment with the state or a political subdivision based solely upon a person’s lack of facility in a foreign language except where related to bona fide job needs; provides that the right of Native Americans to express themselves through the use of Native American languages shall not be restricted in any public supported education programs. (25 §§ 300, 301)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/03/98

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/03/98

HB 2213 (Gray) – RETIREMENT BENEFITS. This a shell bill cited as the "Retired Employee Benefit Adjustment Act."

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/03/98

RETIREMENT LAWS

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