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FINAL

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Tuesday, June 16, 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

 

Final Higher Education Funding Included in Special Session: At the conclusion of last-minute negotiations in the final hours of the regular legislative session, higher education officials understood that a total of $64.6 million in "new" funding would be appropriated for higher education. However, due to a drafting error in an appropriation bill passed in the last hour of the session on May 29, the amount of "new" money actually appropriated was only $53,362,729-- a difference of $11,237,271. Consequently, the State Regents requested that this additional amount be appropriated to higher education during the special session of the Legislature which began June 15.

In his agenda for the special session, Governor Keating included an item for: "Correction of appropriation to Higher Education not to exceed Eleven Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars". According to information from the Office of State Finance and legislative staff, there are sufficient funds available to make the appropriation.

 

 

Governor Approves Bills on Tulsa, Capital Projects, and College Savings: Since the end of the legislative session, Governor Keating signed into law three bills with significant implications for higher education. SB 1426 makes substantial changes in the structure of higher education in Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma. HB 3066 authorizes up to $45 million in capital bond projects for higher education institutions. And HB 2934 creates a new college savings program to allow tax-deferred savings accounts for college expenses.

 

Vetoes Kill Technology, Tobacco Bills: Among the several bills vetoed by Governor Keating since the end of the regular legislative session were two bills of interest to higher education. HB 3120, the "Technology in the Classroom Act", would have created a new Commission on School Technology while also calling for a state-wide classroom technology plan coordinated between K-12 schools, vocational-technical schools, and higher education.

The other bill vetoed, HB 3113, would have created a tobacco lawsuit settlement trust fund. One-third of any earnings from the trust fund would have been transferred to the financially strapped Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, up to a maximum of $1 billion.

 

 

GOVERNOR'S FINAL ACTIONS: Below is a summary of the Governor's final actions on bills since the end of the regular legislative session.

Bills Signed by the Governor:

 

Bills Vetoed By the Governor:

 

 

 

CHANGES TO THE LIST

Bills Added to the List:

 

Bills Deleted from the List (The following bills failed to pass.):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SECTION II

Index to Bills of Interest

June 16, 1998

 

A&M Board of Regents, SB 1426, HB 2802

A&M Cowpokes, HR 1062

Academic Scholars, HB 2860

Acid mine drainage, SB 1011

Administrative procedures, HB 2963, HB 3189

Advanced placement, SB 970, SB 1406

Agriculture cooperatives task force, HB 2823

Aircraft, state, HB 3226

Albert, Carl, Internship, HB 2860

Animal feeding operations, SB 1175

Appropriations

Advanced Placement Incentives, SB 901

Agriculture Dept. for OSU extension services, SB 934

Children First Program, SB 923, HB 3065

Commerce Department for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, HB 3010

Community Education Grants, SB 901

Education Leadership Oklahoma, SB 901

General, HB 3050

Great Expectations, SB 901

Langston University endowment, SB 965

National Assessment of Educational Progress, SB 901

National Board Certification Revolving Fund, SB 901

Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, SB 901

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

OneNet, SB 963

Physician Manpower Training Commission, SB 971, HB 3039, HB 3050

Professional Development Institutes in Reading, SB 901

From Rainy Day Fund, SB 965

State Regents, HB 3039, HB 3048, HB 3050, HB 3065

Teacher Preparation Commission, SB 901, SB 903, SB 971, HB 3050

Telecommunications curriculum, SB 901

Tulsa higher education, SB 965

University Hospitals Authority, SB 923, HB 3050

University of Oklahoma

College of Medicine, SB 923

Health Sciences Center, SB 923

Asbestos abatement, SB 934

Atkinson, H. B., SR 49

Audits, internal, HB 3086

Bids, HB 1822, HB 2802, HB 2909, HB 3070

Biennial report, HB 2802

Breast cancer research, HB 2578

Brisch, Hans, HR 1043

Cameron Aggie Club, HR 1062

Capital projects, HB 3066

Cate, Byron Lee, SCR 78

Certified Public Accountants’ education requirements, SB 1310

Child abuse prevention, SB 924, HCR 1087

Child care facilities, HB 3144

Children First Program, SB 923, SB 924

College savings plan, HB 2934

Complaint form, HCR 1081

Connors State College, SR 78

Contracts, HB 2909, HB 3070

Credit card agreements/merchandising, HB 2430

Crozier, Leroy, SR 91

Data processing, HB 2219, HB 2228

Dental Board, SB 448

Diploma of distinction, SB 1406

Driver education teacher certification, SB 1429

East Central University distinguished alumnus, SR 75, HR 1055

Economic development, HB 1162, HB 2823

Education Leadership Oklahoma, SB 770

Electronic signature technology, HB 3287

Employee

benefits, SB 1089, SB 1198

classification, HB 2737

information, SB 1342, SJR 19, HB 2860

oaths, HB 3241

unclassified, HB 2737

Family Savings Initiative, SB 1350

Fees, HB 3189

Fire ant research, HB 2914

Garnishment, HB 2568

Genetic nondiscrimination, HB 3169

Governmental Tort Claims, SB 420, SB 1250

Hauptman, Herbert, SR 52

Holidays, HB 2607, HB 2822

Howard, Gene C., SR 80

Income assignment, SB 1342

Insurance, health, HB 2290

Anesthesia for dental care, HB 2313

Appropriation, SB 973, SB 1089

Authority, SB 973, SB 1088, SB 1089

Bids for, SB 973, SB 1088, SB 1089, SB 1198

Claim reimbursement, HB 2841, HB 3171

Coverage for children, SB 1342

Genetic nondiscrimination, HB 3169

Mandated health benefits, SB 1210

Mental illness, SB 1059

Out-of-state providers, SB 1198

Portability, HB 2843

Preferred provider organization, SB 973, SB 1088

Pricing, SB 973, SB 1088, SB 1089

For prostate cancer, SB 873

Rate review, SB 1198

Reduction in force, for people affected by, HB 2855

Report, HB 2290

Risk adjustment factor, SB 973, SB 1198

Insurance, life, HB 2290

Inventors assistance program, SB 1355

Inventory, reusable, HB 2909

Juvenile Sex Offenders, HB 2219, HB 2230

Landscape architects, HB 2405

Langston University, SB 1426, HB 3213

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

National Board certification, SB 770

Northeastern State University, SB 1426

Northwestern Oklahoma State University diving program, SCR 66

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), SB 1355, HB 2578, HB 2863, HB 3010

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, SR 76

Oklahoma Native American Day, HB 2822

Oklahoma State University

Aerospace and mechanical engineering program, SCR 72

A&M Cowpokes, HR 1062

College of Osteopathic Medicine, HB 2230

College of Veterinary Medicine, SR 56, HR 1036

Cooperative Extension Service, SB 1170, SB 1175, HB 2277

diving program, SCR 66

fire ant research, HB 2914

Leadership Legacy, Claudia Tarrington, SR 90

poultry operators, educational training for, SB 1170

revenue bonds, SCR 49

Section 13, HB 3213

Telemedicine Center, HB 2868

Truman Scholar, SR 68

Tulsa, SB 1426

Open Meeting, SB 996

Open Records, SB 996

Optometry, SB 1192

Payroll reports, SJR 19

Poultry feeding operations and waste transfer, SB 1170

Privatization of state functions, HB 1720

Professional development institutes, HB 2878

Publications, HB 2802

Public

construction, HB 2909

safety officers, HB 3160

Service Recognition Week, SR 69

Purchasing, HB 1822, HB 2802, HR 1043

Reading proficiency tests, HB 2889

Real estate courses, HB 2563

Recycling, HB 2802, HB 2952

Redlands Community College, SB 1270

Reduction in force, HB 2855

Reports, SJR 19, HB 2802

Research (see also Technology transfer)

fire ant, HB 2914

for Tourism and Recreation Department, HB 2754

Residential care home administrator certification, SB 1013

Retirement

benefit increase, SB 1037

employee contribution, SB 1037, HB 2695

funding from tobacco settlement, HB 3113

garnishment, HB 2568

options, HB 2287

purchase of credit, HB 2855

wellhead gas tax revenue for, SB 1037

Revenue bonds, SCR 49, SCR 63, SCR 75, SCR 76, SCR 77

Roberts, Sen. Darryl F., SR 86

Rogers University, SB 1426

Roland, 2nd Lt. Harold D., SR 78

Rose State College, SR 49

School testing, SB 1406, HB 2889

Section 13 lands, HB 3213

Shipley, Betty Lou, SCR 69

Smoke detectors, HB 3213

Sole source contracts, HB 1822

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, SB 770, SR 86

Southwestern Oklahoma State University, SCR 66, HR 1060

Spaceport, SCR 72

Speech pathologists/audiologists education requirements, HB 3244

State Regents, HR 1043

Stephens, Chris M., SR 68

Stokes, Marvin, SR 75, HR 1055

Tarrington, Claudia, SR 90

Teacher preparation, SB 770, HB 2219, HB 2878

Technology

in the classroom, HB 2651, HB 3120

transfer, HB 2863, HJR 1073

Telecommunications, HB 2219, HB 2228

Telemedicine, SB 832, HB 2868

Temporary personnel, HCR 1104

Therapists, marital and family, HB 2279

Thistle eradication, HB 2277

Thompson, Frank Best, SCR 66

Tourism

management internship, SB 940

research, HB 2754

Travel, SB 1246

Trust institutions, HB 2894

Tulsa Community College, SB 1426

Tulsa higher education, SB 1426

Unemployment, HB 2792

University of Central Oklahoma, SR 52, SR 91

University of Oklahoma

Aerospace and mechanical engineering program, SCR 72

Associate Professor Betty Lou Shipley, SCR 69

College of Continuing Education Center for Child and Family Development, HCR 1087

College of Medicine, HB 2230

Diving program, SCR 66

Graduate center at Tulsa, SB 1426

Graduate, Gene C. Howard, SR 80

Inventory report, HB 2802

Revenue bonds, SCR 75, SCR 76, SCR 77

Telemedicine pilot program, HB 2868

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma revenue bonds, SCR 63

Veterinary college/university, SB 1236

Vietnam Veterans Day, HB 2255

Violence prevention, SJR 16

Weatherford’s anniversary, HR 1060

Website complaint form, HCR 1081

Workers’ Compensation, SB 1185

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

SECTION III

Descriptions of Bills and Current Status

Status Reported as of June 15, 1998

 

SENATE BILLS

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/04/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/05/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/20/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/12/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/2/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 04/29/98

VETO OVERRIDDEN - SENATE 05/04/98

VETO PREVAILED - HOUSE 05/06/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/05/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/13/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 04/22/98

VETO OVERRIDDEN - SENATE (35-13) 05/05/98

VETO PREVAILED - HOUSE (54-42) 05/13/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 02/25/98

VETO PREVAILED - SENATE 02/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/20/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/05/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/16/98.

SB 1198 (Monson/Askins) – HEALTH INSURANCE. Prohibits the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, in order to provide health care services for persons living more than 50 miles from the Oklahoma border or who need emergency services or are hospitalized while traveling outside the state, from contracting exclusively with an out-of-state provider for specialized services; requires the Board to also contract with an in-state provider as a network provider for specialized services; requires that benefit plan contracts with the Board, HMOs and other third-party insurance vendors provide for a risk adjustment factor for adverse selection that may occur against the employer-sponsored plan; requires that the risk adjustment factor include all participating members in such plans; changes the composition of the Joint Liaison Committee on State and Education Employees Group Insurance Benefits; describes duties of the Committee; requires the creation of a nine-member payment rate review task force on all payments made to providers of medical care by OSEEGIB; requires the task force to annually review applicable changes in payment rates that will affect hospital inpatient discharges and outpatient payment methodologies; requires the Board, by Dec. 1, 1998, and with the assistance and approval of the Joint Liaison Committee on State and Education Employees Group Insurance Benefits, to design an additional health benefit plan, which shall be a preferred provider organization-designed plan; requires that the additional PPO plan be made available as an option beginning with the FY’00 plan year; prohibits the Council from establishing excessive benefit pricing as bidding criteria; authorizes the Council to negotiate with an HMO that submits a bid the Council determines exceeds industry claims expense trends and the benefit price does not reflect acceptable loss ratios; authorizes the Council, if the HMO does not revise the bid to lower the benefit price, to reject the bid, restrict enrollment in that HMO or to prepare and distribute information in the annual enrollment guide and by other means that communicates to participants that the benefit price exceeds acceptable criteria; requires all HMOs offering a plan to participants to submit to the Council by Sept. 1, 1998, information regarding utilization data and loss ratios on the state plan business. (74 § 1304)

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/12/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/03/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/11/98

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/98

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/10/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/19/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/21/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/21/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/03/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/16/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/24/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/05/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/19/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/21/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/26/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/29/98

 

HOUSE BILLS

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/13/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/01/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/01/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/20/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/21/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/98.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/18/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/29/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/8/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/01/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/18/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/04/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/04/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/13/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/16/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/27/98

 

 

 

 

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/27/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/13/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 06/12/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/09/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/10/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/30/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 06/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/05/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 06/04/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/22/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/26/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/29/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/11/98

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/98

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/12/98

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/21/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/29/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/27/98

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/03/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/23/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/19/98

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/26/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/27/98

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/98

 

 

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