Text Box:  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

                                                                                                           

                                   

From:  Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Wednesday, January 26, 2000

First Bill-Tracking Report

Following is our first bill-tracking report for the 2000 legislative session.  All House bills have been introduced.  However, Senate bills may continue to be introduced until January 31.  We encourage you to review the entire list for those bills most important to you.  Among the notable higher education bills are:

·         SB 824 – requiring primary phone numbers to be answered by a person

·         SB 893 – authorizing a tuition waiver for members of the armed forces

·         SB 1021 – campus security; removal of disruptive persons

·         SB 1043 – authorizing tuition discount for state employees and dependents

·         HB 2503 – income tax credit for donations to colleges

·         HB 2504 – income tax credit for college research and development projects

·         HB 2532 – EPSCoR Advisory Committee

·         HB 2586 – instructional materials for college students with disabilities

·         HB 2728 – amendments to HB 1759 from last session (high school graduation requirements, Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Program)

In addition, there are numerous other bills related to teacher preparation and amendments to HB 1759 from last session.

New Feature:  We have added a new feature to our bill-tracking list this session.  In the description of many of the bills, we have added an Internet link to the actual text of the bill.  This will allow you view and print a copy of the bill over the Internet.

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

January 14, Friday................................................................... Deadline for Introduction of Bills (House)

January 31, Monday................................................................ Deadline for Introduction of Bills (Senate)

February 7, Monday............................................................................... First Day of Legislative Session

                                                                                                    Governor’s State of the State Address

February 24, Thursday.............................................................. Bills from Committee of House of Origin

March 16, Thursday.......................................................................... Bills from Floor of House of Origin

March 30, Thursday.................................................................. Bills from Committee of Opposite House

April 20, Thursday............................................................................. Bills from Floor of Opposite House

April 27, Thursday................................................. Deadline for Requesting Joint Conference Committee

May 26, Friday.................................................................................................... Sine Die Adjournment

                                                                                                                                                                                               

If you are unable to print copies of the bills in this report, please contact Carolyn McCoy at (405) 225-9165 or e-mail her at “cmccoy@osrhe.edu”.


INDEX

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Administrative Hearings, HB 2495

Administrative Procedures, HB 2172

Advanced Placement, HB 2406

Affirmative action, HB 2583

Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program, HB 2032

Agriculture Seed Banks, SB 888

Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission agent’s education requirements, SB 1014, HB 1969

Alternative teacher certification, HB 2685

Answering machines, SB 824

Appropriations

      Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), SB 954, HB 2220, HB 2222, HB 2260, HB 2261

      Physician Manpower Training Commission, SB 954, HB 2249, HB 2251, HB 2260, HB 2261

      State Regents, SB 954, SB 984, HB 2249, HB 2250, HB 2260, HB 2261, HB 2263, HB 2278, HB 2283

      Teacher Preparation Commission, SB 900, SB 905, SB 954, HB 2260, HB 2261, HB 2277

      Teachers' Retirement System, HB 2491

      University Hospitals, SB 913, SB 918, SB 954, HB 2260, HB 2261

Art in Public Places, HB 2493

Bidding, public, HB 2323

Budgeting, HB 2290

Cabinet system, abolishment of, HB 2352

Cameron University campus in Duncan, HB 2624

Campus security, SB 1021

Capital Improvement Authority, SB 979

Capital projects, SB 974, SB 975, SB 979, SB 981

Carbon monoxide detectors, HB 2003

Certification of distinction, HB 2128

Charitable auctions, HB 1970

County Government Personnel Education and Training Comm., HB 1857

Curriculum, SB 1020, HB 2017, HB 2622, HB 2661, HB 2728

Deferred savings, SB 970

Dental hygienists, SB 1013

Diploma of honor, HB 2012, HB 2128, HB 2685

Disabled, HB 2356, HB 2586

Doctor, definition of, HB 2090

Dormitory carbon monoxide detectors, HB 2003

Educational Indicators Program, HB 1907, HB 2528

Electronic commerce, HB 2310, HB 2508

Employee, SB 897, HB 1928

      Benefits, SB 996

      Contract, HB 1879

      Information, HB 1945

      Recognition, SB 1001

Fee

      Review, HB 2060

      Waiver, SB 893, SB 1043

Fire Marshal agents, HB 2354

Flexible benefit allowance, HB 2489

Graduation requirements, HB 1977, HB 2685

Great Expectations Summer Institutes for Teachers, SB 843

Higher Education Revolving Fund, HB 2438

Insurance, disability, HB 2454

Insurance, health, SB 997, HB 2187

      Claims, HB 2385, HB 2582

      Emergency coverage, HB 2072

Internal review, HB 2647

      Mental illness, HB 2613

      Prescription coverage, HB 2625

      Portability, HB 2048

      Retirees' benefits, SB 990

      Vision care, HB 2183, HB 2599

      Wigs, coverage for, HB 1976

International baccalaureate, HB 2406

Inventory, HB 2093

Jury duty, HB 2631

Laser safety, HB 1859, HB 1987

Leave, SB 1044, HB 2053

Legal representation, HB 1900

License plates, HB 2438

Licensed professional counselors, HB 2135

Literacy, Center for Study of, HB 2117

Literacy Initiatives Commission, SB 863, HB 1850

Lotteries/raffles, SB 811, HB 2719

Meeting notices, HB 2612

Northeastern State University, HB 2117

Oklahoma State University, SB 888, HB 2468

OneNet, HB 2600, HB 2661

Open Records, HB 2428

Planning, SB 972

Postage, HB 2093

Prepaid tuition, HB 2142

Privatization, SB 1004

Purchasing, HB 2134

Raffles/lotteries, SB 811, HB 2719

Reduction-in-Force, HB 1943

Remedial courses, HB 2685

Research, HB 2532

Retirement, SB 991, SB 996, HB 1939

      Benefit increase, HB 2507

      Earnings limit, SB 817

      Funding, HB 2438

      Health insurance, SB 990

      Portability, SB 896

      Tax exemption, HB 1867

Safety, SB 1021, HB 2608

Sanders, Jason, Rhodes Scholar, SR 44

Scholarships, tuition, SB 982, SB 1047

Sexual battery, HB 2121

Smoking in public places, HB 2372, HB 2529

Space program, HB 1937, HB 1938

State Regents powers and duties, HB 2174, HB 2384

Student teachers, HB 2476

Sunset legislation, HB 1923

Surplus computers, SB 1023

Tax

      Credit for college donations, HB 2503

      Credit for college research, HB 2504

      Exemption for retirement benefits, HB 1867

      Reform, HB 2547

Teacher

      Certification, SB 849, HB 1911, HB 2016, HB 2026

      Forgivable loans, HB 2685

      Mentors, HB 1912

      Preparation, HB 2119, HB 2120, HB 2476

Telecommunications, HB 2523

Telemedicine, HB 1918, HB 1947

Testing, school, SB 875, HB 2118, HB 2620

Tobacco Settlement, SB 974, HB 1941, HB 2022, HB 2291, HB 2423, HB 2707, HJR 1031, HJR 1039

Travel, HB 1942

Tuition

      Plan, HB 2142, HB 2496

      Scholarship, SB 982, SB 1047

      Waiver, SB 893, SB 1043

Tulsa Race Riot memorial park, HB 2468

University of Oklahoma

      Climatological Survey, SB 863, HB 1849

      College of Public Health, HB 2125

      Student, Jason Sanders, SR 44

Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION), HB 2662

Voice mail, SB 824

Workers' Compensation, HB 1868, HB 2064, HB 2084, HB 2498, HB 2565, HB 2617, HB 2637, HB 2638, HB 2723

World War II memorial, HB 1863, HB 2108



BILL SUMMARIES

Status Reported as of January 25, 2000

SENATE BILLS

SB 811 (Shurden/Leist) - RAFFLES.  Provides an exemption from lottery and gambling laws for raffles conducted by a church, an elementary or secondary school, a student group or parent-teacher organization affiliated with an elementary or secondary school or a religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, veteran, firefighter, law enforcement, educational or other type of nonprofit organization.  (21 § 1051)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB811_int.rtf

SB 817 (Milacek) - RETIREMENT.  Increases to $18,000 the earnings limit for certain retired members of the Teachers’ Retirement System.  (70 § 17-116.10)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB817_int.rtf

SB 824 (Maddox) - ANSWERING MACHINES/VOICE MAIL.  Requires that the primary telephone number at state agencies, including State System higher education institutions, centers and other constituent agencies, be answered by an agency employee during normal business hours; prohibits the use of an answering device on the primary telephone designated to receive calls from the public during normal business hours or forwarded to a telephone that is not answered by an employee; provides an exception to allow agencies to use answering devices to answer calls during other than normal business hours and calls to other numbers the agency maintains.  (74 § 3306)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB824_int.rtf

SB 843 (Helton) - GREAT EXPECTATIONS.  Removes the first-come-first-served criteria for awarding scholarships for teachers and administrators to attend the Great Expectations Summer Institutes for teachers; authorizes the State Board of Education to develop criteria for scholarship awards.  (70 § 6-194.2)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB843_int.rtf

SB 849 (Crutchfield) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION.  Modifies criteria for certification in early childhood education to allow certification of a person who has a child Development Associate credential and has at least five years’ experience as an early childhood educator with a Head Start program or with a public school in the state working in an early childhood education program for children four years of age and younger.  (70 § 11-103.7)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB849_int.rtf

SB 863 (Harrison/Easley) - CLIMATOLOGICAL/LITERACY INITIATIVES.  Re-creates various boards including the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and the Literacy Initiatives Commission.  (74 § 3907)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB863_int.rtf

SB 875 (Williams/Staggs) - SCHOOL TESTING.  Modifies from the 2001-02 school year to the 1999-2000 school year the date for implementation of a norm-referenced test to be administered to fourth-grade students.  (70 § 1210.508)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB875_int.rtf

SB 888 (Muegge) - AGRICULTURE SEED BANKS.  Creates a 13-member Task Force on Agriculture Seed Banks, the membership of which includes the dean of Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agriculture or a designee.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB888_int.rtf

SB 893 (Milacek) - FEE WAIVER.  Requires a fee waiver for members of the Armed Forces whose tuition is not being satisfied by another government agency.  (70 § 328.15)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB893_int.rtf

SB 896 (Morgan) - RETIREMENT.  Provides for transfer of service credit between the Teachers’ Retirement System (OTRS) and the Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).  (70 § 17-116.2) Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB896_int.rtf

SB 897 (Morgan) - STATE EMPLOYEES.  Modifies the time limit for an employer to pay wages to an employee to allow the state an additional seven working days after the end of a pay period; authorizes the administrator of the Office of Personnel Management to purchase awards for presentation to state employees as part of employee recognition activities sponsored by OPM; authorizes performance-based salary adjustments; modifies other sections relating to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.  (62 § 7.10; 74 §§ 840-1.6A, 840-3.5, 840-5.5) Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB897_int.rtf

SB 900 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to various education entities including the Teacher Preparation Commission.  (70 § 18.103.1)

SB 905 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Provides budgetary limitations for the Teacher Preparation Commission.

SB 913 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the University Hospitals Authority.

SB 918 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for the University Hospitals Authority.

SB 954 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS/STATE REGENTS/PMTC/OCAST/TEACHER PREP/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS.  This is a general appropriations bill which appropriates to the State Regents, the Physician Manpower Training Commission, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Teacher Preparation Commission and the University Hospitals Authority.

SB 970 (Haney/Settle) - DEFERRED SAVINGS.  Merges provisions of duplicate sections relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Deferred Savings Incentive Plan.  (74 § 1707)

SB 972 (Haney/Settle) - STRATEGIC PLANNING.  Clarifies language relating to agency strategic plans.  (62 § 45.3)

SB 974 (Haney/Settle) - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT/TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Authorizes the Department of Central Services to expend certain monies in the Capital Improvement Revolving Fund for site location, design and architectural work for projects funded by the Tobacco Settlement Revolving Fund as approved by the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission and the Contingency Review Board. Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB974_int.rtf

SB 975 (Haney/Settle) - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT/STATE REGENTS.  Authorizes the Department of Central Services to expend certain monies in the Capital Improvement Revolving Fund for site location, design and architectural work for projects of the State Regents as approved by the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission and the Contingency Review Board.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB975_int.rtf

SB 977 (Haney/Settle) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Creates a Tobacco Settlement Revolving Fund comprising monies received by the state in settlement of claims against tobacco manufacturers; requires legislative appropriation for expenditure of such funds. (62 § 277.3)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB977_int.rtf

SB 978 (Haney/Settle) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Creates a Tobacco Settlement Revolving Fund comprising monies received by the state in settlement of claims against tobacco manufacturers; requires legislative appropriation for expenditure of such funds. (62 § 277.3)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB978_int.rtf

SB 979 (Haney/Settle) - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT.  Clarifies language relating to the Capital Improvement Authority.  (73 § 301)

SB 981 (Haney/Settle) - CAPITAL FUND.  Clarifies language relating to the Higher Education Capital Fund and to gross production tax apportionment. (62 § 41.29d, 68 § 1004)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB981_int.rtf

SB 982 (Haney/Settle) - TUITION SCHOLARSHIP.  Clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Fund and to gross production tax apportionment. (62 § 41.29e, 68 § 1004)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB982_int.rtf

SB 984 (Haney/Settle) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents.

SB 990 (Morgan) - RETIREMENT.  Provides an additional opportunity to certain retired or vested members of OTRS to elect to again be covered under the health, dental and all other insurance benefits authorized by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, if his or her spouse loses coverage for any reason.  (74 §§ 1316.2, 1316.3)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB990_int.rtf

SB 991 (Morgan) - RETIREMENT.  Changes the effective date of a 1999 measure relating to retirement to July 1, 2001.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB991_int.rtf

SB 995 (Morgan) - EMPLOYEES BENEFITS.  This is a shell bill relating to the Employee Benefits Council.  (74 § 1365)

SB 996 (Morgan) - RETIREMENT.  This is a shell bill relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System.  (70 § 17-108.1)

SB 997 (Morgan) - INSURANCE.  This is a shell bill relating to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board.  (74 § 1308.1)

SB 1001 (Morgan) - EMPLOYEES RECOGNITION.  States legislative intent that the promotion of excellence in the workplace is a legitimate public purpose; authorizes state agencies, in order to establish a state government quality program, to establish employee recognition and incentive programs; authorizes expenditure of state-appropriated monies for employee recognition ceremonies and the purchase of recognition awards for presentation to members of work units or individual employees.  (74 § 840-7.1)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1001_int.rtf

SB 1004 (Leftwich) - PRIVATIZATION OF STATE FUNCTIONS.  Requires agencies, before contracting to privatize a function, to determine the fully allocated cost of the current service delivery system and the existence of an adequate number of vendors to assure the presence of a competitive market; requires an agency to provide its employees with a consultant to help prepare an employee proposal or training on proposal preparation; requires that proposals submitted by agency employees be considered simultaneously in the bid or proposal process with non-employee bids and proposals; requires the agency, when evaluating bids and proposals from private vendors and employees, to consider the full cost of privatizing, including the cost of contract implementation and monitoring and transitional costs; requires the agency to certify that the privatization is at least 10 percent below the cost of state operation and that it maintains quality services.  (74 § 589)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1004_int.rtf

SB 1013 (Long) - DENTAL HYGIENISTS.  Authorizes the Board of Dentistry to prescribe services dental hygienists can perform; specifies that organized health services that may employ registered hygienists may include educational facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, group homes serving the elderly, handicapped or juveniles, state-operated institutions, federal, state or local public health facilities and other facilities deemed appropriate by the board.  (59 § 328-34)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1013_int.rtf

SB 1014 (Wilkerson) - ABLE AGENTS/EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.  Requires that Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission agents appointed beginning July 1, 2000, be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  (37 § 570)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1014_int.rtf

SB 1015 (Williams/Roberts) - DIPLOMA OF HONOR.  Clarifies language relating to the diploma of honor and curriculum standards for high-school graduation.  (70 § 11-103.2c)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1015_int.rtf

SB 1020 (Leftwich) - CURRICULUM.  Expands math electives in high-school-graduation curriculum requirements to include economics.  (70 § 11-103.6)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1020_int.rtf

SB 1021 (Maddox) - CAMPUS SECURITY.  Authorizes the governing board of an institution of learning to order disruptive persons to leave the premises; increases from 30 days to one year the period of prohibition after being ordered removed from an institution; provides for a grievance or appeal procedure.  (21 § 1376)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1021_int.rtf

SB 1023 (Shurden) - SURPLUS COMPUTERS.  Requires that local school districts be given an opportunity to request state-agency surplus computers and computer equipment.  (74 § 62.4)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1023_int.rtf

SB 1043 (Dunlap) - TUITION.  Requires State System institutions to provide a 25-percent tuition reduction for state employees and their dependents. (70 § 3218.15)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1043_int.rtf

SB 1044 (Dunlap) - LEAVE.  Requires that state employees, upon termination of employment in state service be paid $1 for every $2 of the balance of the terminating employee’s accumulated sick leave. (74 § 840-2.20)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1044_int.rtf

SB 1047 (Shurden) - Tuition Scholarship.  Amendments to HB 1759; high school graduation requirements, eligibility for Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Program; Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SB1047_int.rtf

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

SR 44 (Ford) - JASON SANDERS.  Congratulates Jason Sanders upon his selection as a Rhodes Scholar.  Jason is a University of Oklahoma student and won a Regents’ Award for outstanding juniors.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00SB/SR44_int.rtf

HOUSE BILLS

HB 1849 (Easley/Harrison) - CLIMATOLOGICAL SURVEY.  Re-creates the Oklahoma Climatological Survey until July 1, 2006.

HB 1850 (Easley/Harrison) - LITERACY INITIATIVES COMMISSION.  Re-creates the Literacy Initiatives Commission until July 1, 2006.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1850_int.rtf

HB 1857 (Easley/Harrison) - COUNTY GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMISSION.  Re-creates the Commission on County Government Personnel Education and Training until July 1, 2006; includes on the commission the president of Oklahoma State University.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1857_int.rtf

HB 1859 (Graves) - LASER SAFETY.  Creates the “Laser Safety Act”; prohibits projection of laser on or at a participant, including an animal, in a parade, sporting event, public musical performance, or rodeo.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1859_int.rtf

HB 1863 (Easley) - WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL.  States legislative intent to commit to contribute at least $265,000 to the Washington D.C. World War II memorial; permits the Department of Veteran Affairs to request contributions from the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the State Regents, the Department of Human Services, and any other appropriate state agency.  (74 § 8301)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1863_int.rtf

HB 1867 (Dank) - RETIREMENT/INCOME TAX EXEMPTION.  Eliminates age and income requirements for the income tax exemption for retirement benefits; eliminates the phase-in of retirement benefits.  (68 § 2358)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1867_int.rtf

HB 1868 (Sellers) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Gives employers or their insurance carriers the right of subrogation to recover money paid by the employer or the insurance carrier for workers’ compensation death claims or benefits from third persons.  (85 § 44)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1868_int.rtf

HB 1879 (Dunegan) - CONTRACT EMPLOYEES.  Requires that state agencies give preference to companies with headquarters located in Oklahoma when attempting to obtain contract employees.  (74 § 85.47k)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1879_int.rtf

HB 1900 (Easley) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION.  This is a shell bill relating to the legal representation of state officers and employees in actions brought against them for acts done or omitted in good faith in the course of employment.  (74 § 20f)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1900_int.rtf

HB 1907 (Mass) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS.  Prohibits the use by a state officer or employee of data gathered and published pursuant to the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program or any information gathered from other sources that also is contained in the reports required pursuant to the program unless the data or information is presented in context with the socioeconomic status and the finances of the school district; prohibits the use of such data or information by a state officer or employee for their own personal gain or benefit or solely for the purpose of harassing, embarrassing, denigrating or demeaning a school district or school site.  (70 § 1210.531)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1907_int.rtf

HB 1911 (Dank) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION.  Allows a teacher seeking intermediate or secondary level certification in mathematics, who has taught in a public school as a mathematics teacher for three or more years, to take the subject area competency examination one time free of charge; allows reimbursement of the examination fee to a teacher who has taught in a public school as a math teacher for three or more years and who took the subject area competency examination between July 1, 1990, and July 1, 2000.  (70 § 6-189.1)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1911_int.rtf

HB 1912 (Dank) - MENTOR TEACHERS.  Modifies the method of selection of mentor teachers to require that such teachers be selected by the principal from a list of teachers in the district who have submitted their names for such purpose; makes any classroom teacher employed by the school district eligible to serve on a local professional development committee; requires that such members be selected from a list of applicants who have submitted their names to the local board of education.  (70 §§ 6-182, 6-194)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1912_int.rtf

HB 1918 (Boyd) - TELEMEDICINE NETWORK RULES.  Directs the State Board of Health to promulgate rules for implementation of the Oklahoma Telemedicine Network for the delivery of medical and other health-care services through a telehealth system; requires that such rules be based on the American College of Radiology Standards for Teleradiology.  (63 § 1-2702)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1918_int.rtf

HB 1923 (Easley) - SUNSET LEGISLATION.  Removes language which established the Selection Committee to review proposals for an ambulatory care clinic for the University Hospitals Trust, the Advisory Committee on School Curriculum Standards, the Joint Legislative Task Force on Expansion of Health Insurance Coverage, the Oklahoma Task Force on Statewide Provision of Assistive Technology, the Oklahoma Census Full Count 2000 Select Committee, the Task Force on Electronic Commerce, the Oklahoma Futures Review Committee, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the Oklahoma Quality Improvement Task Force, the Joint Committee to Investigate the Financial Condition of the State Insurance Fund and the Special Indemnity Fund, the Task Force on Speech-Language Pathologists in the Public Schools, Task Force 2000: Creating Twenty-First Century Schools, the Citizens’ Task Force on Taxation, the Task Force on State Plan Options for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program, the Trucking Industry Self-Funded Research and Development (TISRAD) Committee, the Oklahoma Task Force on Qualified State Tuition Plans and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Commission.  (61 § 103.3, 70 §§ 1210.801/1210.803)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1923_int.rtf

HB 1928 (Dunegan) - STATE EMPLOYEES.  Modifies the time limit for an employer to pay wages to an employee to allow the state an additional seven working days after the end of a pay period; authorizes the administrator of the Office of Personnel Management to purchase awards for presentation to state employees as part of employee recognition activities sponsored by OPM; authorizes performance-based salary adjustments; modifies other sections relating to the Oklahoma Personnel Act.  (62 § 7.10; 74 §§ 840-1.6A, 840-3.5, 840-5.5)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1928_int.rtf

HB 1937 (Bonny) - SPACE PROGRAM.  Enacts the “Oklahoma Space Programs Development Act of 2000.”

HB 1938 (Bonny) - SPACE PROGRAM.  Enacts the “Oklahoma Spaceport Development Act of 2000.”

HB 1939 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Enacts the “Public Pension Systems Technical Corrections Act of 2000.”

HB 1941 (Claunch) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Enacts the “Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000”; requires that payments received by the state pursuant to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between Oklahoma and leading U.S. tobacco product manufactures be equally divided and deposited in a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund and the Tobacco Settlement Special Cash Fund; requires the State Treasurer, by Feb. 1 of each year, to determine the annual net income of the Trust Fund for the previous 12-month period ending Dec. 31; allows appropriation of a maximum 95 percent of the annual net income, less reasonable expenses for administration from the year, plus 5 percent of payments to the Fund; allows appropriation of such funds upon a declaration by the Governor for the appropriation with a two-thirds vote of each house or a three-fourths vote of each house if the Governor has not issued a declaration.  (37 §§ 600.13/600.17)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1941_int.rtf

HB 1942 (Mitchell) - TRAVEL.  Modifies the rate for reimbursement of expenses in lieu of meal expenses while in official travel status; removes authorization for additional reimbursement for travel to high-rate geographical areas.  (74 §§ 500.8, 500.9)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1942_int.rtf

HB 1943 (Ervin) - REDUCTION-IN-FORCE.  Makes provisions of the State Government Reduction-in-Force and Severance Benefits Act apply to reductions due to reorganization, privatization or any other action by an agency that results in affected positions being abolished and affected employees being severed from state service.  (74 §§ 840-2.27B, 840-2.27D)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1943_int.rtf

HB 1945 (Boyd) - EMPLOYEE INFORMATION.  Provides civil liability for any employer that, upon request by a prospective employer or current or former employee, provides accurate information about a current or former employee’s job performance or reasons for separation, unless lack of good faith is shown by a preponderance of the evidence; provides immunity for any prospective employer who relies upon such information in making a hiring decision.  (70 § 5-125.5)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1945_int.rtf

HB 1947 (Ervin) - TELEMEDICINE.  Creates the Oklahoma Center for Telemedicine.  (63 § 2704)

HB 1969 (Ingmire) - ABLE AGENTS/EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.  Requires that Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission agents appointed beginning July 1, 2000, be at least 21 years of age and have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  (37 § 570)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1969_int.rtf

HB 1970 (Ingmire) - CHARITABLE AUCTION LICENSES.  Authorizes the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission to issue charitable auction licenses; authorizes charitable organizations to auction purchased wine or gifts of wine for charitable purposes.  (37 §§ 518, 521)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1970_int.rtf

HB 1976 (Boyd) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires any health insurance plan that provides medical and surgical benefits for cancer treatment or other conditions treated by chemotherapy or radiation therapy to provide coverage for wigs or other scalp prostheses necessary for the comfort and dignity of the covered person.  (36 § 6060.9)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1976_int.rtf

HB 1977 (Boyd) - GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.  Exempts students with individualized education plans (IEPs) from high-school graduation requirements unless the IEP for the student provides for such requirements.  (70 § 103.6)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1977_int.rtf

HB 1987 (Kirby) - LASER SAFETY.  Creates the “Laser Safety Act”; makes it a misdemeanor to project a laser at a law enforcement officer or a participant, including an animal, in a parade, sporting event, public musical performance, or rodeo.  (21 § 1992)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB1987_int.rtf

HB 2003 (Covey) - DORMITORY/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS.  Requires installation of carbon monoxide detectors in various buildings, including dormitories, that have a gas supply.  (74 § 324.11c)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2003_int.rtf

HB 2012 (Wells) - DIPLOMA OF HONOR.  Expands course options to qualify for a high school graduation diploma of honor to include applied mathematics and science courses that have been approved by the State Regents for college admission.  (70 § 11-103.2c)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2012_int.rtf

HB 2016 (Begley) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION.  This is a shell bill relating to certification of mathematics teachers in public schools.  (70 § 6-189.1)

HB 2017 (Begley) - CURRICULUM STANDARDS.  This is a shell bill relating to competencies in core curriculum.  (70 § 11-103.6)

HB 2022 (Benson) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Creates the Tobacco Settlement Fund as a depository for monies received in settlement of claims by the state against tobacco manufacturers; requires legislative appropriation for expenditure of such funds.  (62 § 50)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2022_int.rtf

HB 2026 (Turner) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION.  Removes the requirement that sixth-grade mathematics teachers be certified at the intermediate or secondary level in math; permits seventh- or eighth-grade mathematics teachers required to be certified at the intermediate or secondary level in math to obtain such certification by successfully completing a professional development institute in intermediate or secondary math developed and administered by the Teacher Preparation Commission or by successfully completing the appropriate subject-area competency examinations.  (70 § 6-189.1)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2026_int.rtf

HB 2032 (Leist) - AGRICULTURE ENHANCEMENT & DIVERSIFICATION.  Requires confidentiality of proprietary information submitted to or compiled by the Department of Agriculture pursuant to the Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program, except to the extent that the person or entity that provided such information or is the subject of such information consents to disclosure; includes information of institutions of higher education; allows discussion of such materials in executive session.  (2 § 5-3.4)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2032_int.rtf

HB 2048 (Hefner) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires approval of accident and health insurance rates by the State Insurance Commissioner; expands associations eligible for group accident and health policies; provides that, when an individual employee who was covered under a group health insurance plan terminates employment and gains employment with another employer who provides for health insurance through a group plan, the carrier of the succeeding employer may not apply preexisting conditions limitations or exclusions of preexisting conditions or apply waiting period requirements for the employee or dependents covered under the group plan of the previous employer beyond the time when any surviving exclusion or waiting period with the prior carrier would have been fulfilled, provided the individual applies for a the new coverage within 31 days from the date of eligibility for participation in the plan in accordance with the employment or personnel policies of the employer for such participation.  (36 §§ 4402, 4501, 4509.2)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2048_int.rtf

HB 2053 (Miller) - ANNUAL LEAVE/SICK LEAVE.  Increases from 25 days to 30 days the accrual rate for annual leave for state employees with more than 30 years of service; requires agencies that deny employees’ requests for leave to pay the employee for all annual leave they otherwise would lose; makes state employees who terminate their employment beginning July 1, 2000, eligible to use any unused sick leave for payment of insurance premiums when they retire or become eligible for benefits pursuant to the State Government Reduction-in-Force and Severance Benefits Act; allows state employees to donate any amount of unused sick leave they have not otherwise used at the time of termination or retirement from the state service.  (74 §§ 840-2.20, 840-2.23)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2053_int.rtf

HB 2060 (Clay Pope) - FEES.  Requires agencies charging and collecting any fee or assessment to review the fees and assessments to determine whether the amount charged and collected adequately reflects the demonstrated reasonable costs of operating a program or other purpose for which they are collected; requires the refund of any fees or assessments collected each fiscal year in excess of the amounts required by the demonstrated reasonable costs of the purpose for which collected.  (62 § 41.48)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2060_int.rtf

HB 2064 (Nance) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  This is a shell bill relating to the basis of compensation, determining weekly wages and time of service pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Act.  (85 § 21)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2064_int.rtf

HB 2072 (Morgan) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Provides that decisions by a managed care plan to authorize or deny coverage for an emergency service shall be based on the patient presenting symptoms of sufficient severity that a reasonable and prudent layperson could expect the absence of medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to health, impairment to bodily functions or dysfunction of any bodily organ or part; prohibits plans from denying an otherwise covered emergency service based solely upon lack of notification to the plan; requires plans to compensate a provider for patient screening, evaluation and examination services reasonably calculated to assist the provider in determining whether the condition of the patient requires emergency service.  (63 §§ 2525.2, 2525.3)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2072_int.rtf

HB 2084 (Fields) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  This is a shell bill relating to inapplicability of the Workers’ Compensation Act to certain occupational diseases.  (85 § 1.1)

HB 2090 (Hilliard) - DEFINITION OF “DOCTOR”.  Expands the definition of “Doctor” to include individuals with doctoral degrees who are licensed as physical therapists, speech and language pathologists and audiologists.  (59 §§ 725.2, 731.2, 731.5, 492)

HB 2093 (Braddock) - POSTAGE/INVENTORY.  Increases from $1,000 to $10,000 the amount state agencies may expend on postage stamps during a fiscal year, instead of using a postage meter machine; increases from $500 to $5,000 the minimum limit on the value of machinery and implements the Department of Central Services may have in inventory for State System institutions and the University Hospitals.  (74 §§ 90.1, 110.1)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2093_int.rtf

HB 2108 (Phillips) - WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL.  States legislative intent to commit to contribute to the construction of a World War II memorial in Washington, DC; authorizes the Department of Veteran Affairs to request contributions from various state agencies including the State Regents.  (74 § 8301)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2108_int.rtf

HB 2117 (Coleman) - NORTHEASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY/LITERACY SERVICES.  States legislative intent that the Center for the Study of Literacy at Northeastern State University be responsible for establishment and operation of a toll-free statewide literacy services referral system, as funds become available; creates a 15-member Adult Literacy Services Advisory Committee to foster coordination and collaboration between state and local entities regarding literacy services provided to adults across the state, develop strategies for conducting effective outreach programs that target adults most in need of literacy remediation and for recruiting and training additional volunteer tutors and to develop a comprehensive statewide literacy awareness campaign  to inform functionally illiterate adults about the availability of literacy and adult basic education services across the state; requires the committee to submit a report by Jan. 1 of each year to the Governor and the legislature summarizing activities and accomplishments of the committee during the past year and including recommendations for implementing outreach strategies developed by the Committee; requires the Department of Education, if funds are available, to participate in the National Assessment of Adult Literacy to be conducted in the year 2002 by the National Center for Education Statistics; states that the purpose of the state’s participation is to allow researchers to define the extent of adult literacy in Oklahoma and better describe the population of adults who are functionally illiterate and to enable researchers to develop baseline data regarding adult literacy that will be comparable to other states that participate in the survey; repeals a section relating to re-creation, purpose and composition of the Literacy Initiatives Commission.  (70 §§ 8003/8005, 8001)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2117_int.rtf

HB 2118 (Coleman/Wilcoxson) - NORM-REFERENCED TESTING.  Modifies the implementation date for certain norm-referenced testing.  (70 § 1210.508)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2118_int.rtf

HB 2119 (Coleman/Wilcoxson) - TEACHER PREPARATION.  Requires the Teacher Preparation Commission to adopt a series of performance levels for teacher competency examinations, labeled advanced, proficient, acceptable and unacceptable; requires that the percentage of students meeting each performance level be included in the Commission’s annual report.  (70 § 6-186)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2119_int.rtf

HB 2120 (Case) - STUDENT TEACHER/TEACHER PREPARATION.  Modifies definitions relating to administration of school districts; updates statutory references; requires a student teacher to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning approved by the Teacher Preparation Commission rather than by the State Board of Education.  (70 § 1-116)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2120_int.rtf

HB 2121 (Culver) - SEXUAL BATTERY.  Expands the circumstances constituting forcible sodomy and sexual battery to include such action committed by a state, county, municipal or political subdivision employee or an employee or a contractor of the state, a county, a municipal or political subdivision upon a person under the legal custody, supervision or authority of a state agency, a county, a municipality or a political subdivision.  (21 §§ 888, 1123)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2121_int.rtf

HB 2125 (Eddins) - COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH.  Creates a Center for Addictive Behaviors and a 13-member Addictive Disorders Council to assist the Center; includes in the membership of the Council the chief executive officer or designee of the College of Public Health.  (63 §§ 1-275, 1-276)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2125_int.rtf

HB 2128 (Wells) - CERTIFICATION OF DISTINCTION/DIPLOMA OF HONOR.  Authorizes local boards of education to develop and issue a certificate of distinction that is awarded to students who have met or exceeded certain criteria by the end of their senior year in high school with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; removes authorization for a diploma of honor; makes applicable vocational classes offered by comprehensive high school vocational-technical programs qualify for technology and mathematics units and allows students enrolled in the programs to use one unit of their six concentrated vocational-technical curriculum units for one unit of required mathematics and one unit of their vocational-technical units for one unit of science.  (70 § 11-103.2c)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2128_int.rtf

HB 2134 (McCarter) - PURCHASING/OKLAHOMA PRODUCTS.  Requires that preference be given for Oklahoma-produced, -manufactured or -grown articles.  (74 § 85.32)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2134_int.rtf

HB 2135 (McCarter) - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS.  Modifies language pertaining to licensed professional counselors and specialty designation.  (59 § 1917)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2135_int.rtf

HB 2142 (Davis) - TUITION PLANS.  Extends the termination date of the Task Force on Qualified State Tuition Plans from Feb. 1, 2000, to Feb. 1, 2001.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2142_int.rtf

HB 2172 (Sellers) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES.  Enacts the “Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act”; requires agencies, prior to submitting proposed rules, to determine whether they affect small business and whether less restrictive alternatives could be implemented; specifies other requirements related to Administrative Procedures and the affect on small businesses.  (75 §§ 501/509)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2172_int.rtf

HB 2174 (Sellers) - STATE REGENTS/POWERS/DUTIES.  This is a shell bill pertaining to the powers and duties of the State Regents.  (70 § 3206)

HB 2183 (Adair) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires insurance contracts and health benefit plans, state Medicaid contracts, Medicare risk contracts, managed care contracts and preferred provider contracts that include services for vision care or medical treatment and diagnosis for the eye to allow optometrists to be providers of and to receive equal payment for the same services provided by an optometrist that are within the scope of practice of optometry; requires such health plans to give the patient a choice between ophthalmologists and optometrists; prohibits plans that require optometrists to meet qualifications that are in addition to requirements for licensure; prohibits a construction that prevents a determination of adequacy of network or would limit or expand the practice of optometry; requires extensions and renewals of such plans to comply with requirements.  (36 § 3634.11; 56 § 199a; 63 §§ 2505.1, 5011.1; 74 § 1327)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2183_int.rtf

HB 2187 (Gray) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires education employees, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the State Regents, political subdivisions, local service agencies and public trusts to participate in the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program and to be informed about health maintenance organization plans; modifies premium payment options. (74 §§ 1808.l, 1315, 1314.1)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2187_int.rtf

HB 2220 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the Commerce Department and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

HB 2222 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

HB 2249 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

HB 2250 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents.

HB 2251 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Sets budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

HB 2260 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/STATE REGENTS/PMTC/OCAST/TEACHER PREP/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS.  This is a general appropriations bill which appropriates to the State Regents, the Physician Manpower Training Commission, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Teacher Preparation Commission and the University Hospitals Authority.

HB 2261 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/STATE REGENTS/PMTC/OCAST/TEACHER PREP/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS.  This is a general appropriations bill which appropriates to the State Regents, the Physician Manpower Training Commission, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST), Teacher Preparation Commission and the University Hospitals Authority.

HB 2263 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents from the Rainy Day Fund.

HB 2277 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Board of Education, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Teacher Preparation Commission, and the Commissioners of the Land Office.

HB 2278 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents.

HB 2283 (Settle/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Appropriates to the State Regents from proceeds of the sale of bonds for the construction, furnishing equipping of new buildings, for equipping, remodeling, modernizing and repairing of existing buildings and for other capital expenditures.

HB 2290 (Settle/Haney) - BUDGETING.  This is a shell bill relating to program budgeting.  (62 § 41.44)

HB 2291 (Settle/Haney) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Creates the Tobacco Settlement Fund.  (62 § 50)

HB 2310 (Perry) - ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.  Re-creates the Task Force on Electronic Commerce until June 1, 2003.  The Chancellor is a member of the task force.

HB 2323 (Tyler) - PUBLIC BIDDING.  Provides that a penalty for disclosure of the terms of a bid shall not apply to a public agency's engineering estimate which is not considered confidential and is open for public inspection. (61 § 116)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2323_int.rtf

HB 2352 (Corn) - ABOLISHING CABINET SYSTEM.  Abolishes the cabinet system and prohibits further cabinet secretaries from being appointed; repeals sections relating to the Governor’s cabinet system.  (63 § 1-250, 70 § 1012.725)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2352_int.rtf

HB 2354 (Corn) - FIRE MARSHAL AGENTS.  Specifies qualifications for Fire Marshal agents; allows successful completion of a degree in fire protection and fire prevention, investigation or criminal justice or administration from an accredited college or university to be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.  (74 § 324.4a)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2354_int.rtf

HB 2356 (Lindley) - DISABLED/COMPLAINTS.  Establishes a 20-member Complaint Review System Task Force for Persons with Disabilities until June 30, 2001; includes the Chancellor or a designee on the committee; requires the Task Force to meet by Sept. 8, 2000, and issue a report of findings and recommendations by Jan. 15, 2001; requires the Task Force to conduct a systematic review and study of all policies and procedures concerning the client/consumer complaint system for person with disabling conditions.  (74 §§ 169.2a, 169.2b)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2356_int.rtf

HB 2372 (Blackburn) - SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES.  This is a shell bill relating to the Smoking in Public Places Act.  (63 § 1-1523)

HB 2384 (Ross) - STATE REGENTS/POWERS/DUTIES.  This is a shell bill pertaining to the powers and duties of the State Regents.  (70 § 3206)

HB 2385 (Frame) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires an insurer, if a claim is not paid within six months after receipt of proof of loss, to pay interest at the same rate as the average U.S. Treasury Bill rate of the preceding calendar year plus 4 percentage points; requires a health insurer, excluding the state, the State and Education Employees Group Health Insurance Plan, the Health Care Authority and federal Medicare carriers, to which a health care provider submits a clean claim, to pay the claim within 30 calendar days of receipt; defines the term "preferred provider organization" (PPO) for purposes of the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act; removes the State and Education Employees Group Health Insurance Plan from the definition of "insurer" for purposes of the Health Insurance High Risk Pool Act; provides that failure for any reason on the part of a health insurer to pay a clean claim within the time frame shall result in payment of a penalty equal to the Bank of Oklahoma Prime plus two percentage points per month or fraction of a month until the claim is paid.  (36 §§ 1219, 1219.1, 6054, 6055, 6532)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2385_int.rtf

HB 2406 (Nations) - ADVANCED PLACEMENT/INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE.  Modifies the Advanced Placement Incentive Program to provide for test assistance for students taking multiple tests in one year; authorizes the State Board of Education to award certain grants; allows support of pre-advanced placement courses and international baccalaureate courses.  (70 §§ 1210.701/1210.703)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2406_int.rtf

HB 2423 (Askins) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Modifies the mandated apportionment for monies received by the Attorney General on behalf of the state to provide an exemption for awarded or received monies specifically designated as attorney fees; creates a Tobacco Settlement Fund for monies received by the state or any official, agency or department of the state in settlement of claims by the state against tobacco manufacturers; requires legislative appropriation of such funds.  (62 § 50, 74 § 19)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2423_int.rtf

HB 2428 (Braddock) - OPEN RECORDS.  This is a shell bill relating to the Open Records Act.  (51 § 24A.3)

HB 2438 (Newport) - LICENSE PLATES/HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING/RETIREMENT FUNDING.  Provides for Support Education License Plates, for an additional $25 fee; requires that $2 of the additional $25 fee be deposited to the Tax Commission Reimbursement Fund; provides for apportionment of the remaining $23, with 5 percent going to the Education Reform Revolving Fund, 5 percent to the Higher Education Revolving Fund, 5 percent to the State Vocational-Technical Fund and 85 percent to the Teachers’ Retirement Benefit Fund until the Teachers’ Retirement Fund attains a 70-percent-funded ratio on an annual actuarial valuation, after which time the $23 would be apportioned equally among the other education funds.  (47 § 1136)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2438_int.rtf

HB 2454 (Seikel) - DISABILITY INSURANCE.  Decreases from six months to one month the duration-of-employment requirement for a state employee to participate in a long- or short-term disability plan; prohibits assessment of a preexisting condition of receiving benefits for short- or long-term disability coverage under the Disability Insurance Program.  (74 § 1332)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2454_int.rtf

HB 2468 (Ross) - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LAND TRANSFER.  Provides for the transfer of certain land in Tulsa from OSU to the Oklahoma Historical Society to be held and used by the Society as a memorial park for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.  (53 § 4.13, 74 § 8203) Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2468_int.rtf

HB 2476 (Ferguson) - STUDENT TEACHERS/TEACHER PREPARATION. Modifies definitions relating to administration of school districts; updates statutory references; requires a student teacher to be enrolled in an institution of higher learning approved by the Teacher Preparation Commission rather than by the State Board of Education.  (70 § 1-116)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2476_int.rtf

HB 2489 (Sweeden) - FLEXIBLE BENEFITS.  This is a shell bill relating to flexible benefit allowance; repeals section relating to the allowance.  (74 § 1370)

HB 2491 (Leist) - APPROPRIATIONS.  Section 6 appropriates $25 million to the State Board of Education to provide a direct contribution to the Teachers' Retirement System.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2491_int.rtf

HB 2493 (Gilbert) - ART IN PUBLIC PLACES.  Enacts the “Art In Public Places Act;” states legislative intent to establish a program that administers that portion of appropriations for capital expenditures or bond issues that is set aside for the acquisition of works of art used for public buildings or on public lands; requires state agencies to allocate a certain amount of capital project appropriations or bond issues to acquire works of art and a certain amount for maintenance/repair of the art works.  (61 §§ 7.1/7.6)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2493_int.rtf

HB 2495 (Covey) - ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS.  Enacts the “Administrative Hearings Act;” creates a State Office of Administrative Hearings within the Executive Department to serve as an independent forum for the conduct of adjudicative hearings and to separate the adjudicative function from the investigative, prosecutorial and policy-making functions in the Executive Department.  (75 §§ 351/369, 323)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2495_int.rtf

HB 2496 (Davis) - TUITION TRUST.  This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Tuition Trust.  (70 § 6003)

HB 2498 (Hiett) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION.  Modifies death benefit requirements in the Workers' Compensation Act; modifies maximum income benefits for a death under certain circumstances; eliminates immediate lump-sum payments of death benefits under certain circumstances.  (85 § 22)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2498_int.rtf

HB 2503 (Ingmire) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/COLLEGE DONATION.  Establishes a 50-percent income tax credit for donations to colleges and universities; limits amount of donation to athletics to 12.5 percent. (68 § 2357.34) Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2503_int.rtf   

HB 2504 (Ingmire) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/COLLEGE RESEARCH.  Establishes a 30-percent income tax credit for investment in research and development projects to any accredited Oklahoma college or university; authorizes transfer, sale or assignment of credit to another taxpayer if proceeds are invested in the research and development project; provides for a five-year carryforward of any unused tax credit; establishes an income tax credit for investments in qualified depreciable research equipment; limits credit to 5 percent of the cost of research equipment which is not recaptured through depreciation in the first two years the research equipment is placed in service in this state; provides for a five-year carryforward of any unused credit. (68 §§ 2357.34, 2357.35) Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2504_int.rtf  

HB 2507 (Mass) - RETIREMENT.  Increases additional increment for calculating final average salary for members of the Teachers' Retirement System; requires system executive secretary to report on the system's investment earnings; requires the legislature, during the second session of each biennium in which the report indicates that earnings average 10 percent or more on assets, to give consideration to an appropriate benefit increase to retirees.  (70 §§ 17-106.1A, 17-116.13)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2507_int.rtf

HB 2508 (Mass) - ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.  Creates the "Uniform Electronic Transaction Act"; provides that the act applies only to transactions between parties which have agreed to conduct transactions by electronic means; provides that if a law requires a record to be in writing an electronic record satisfies the law; provides that if a law requires a signature, an electronic signature satisfies the law; outlines the applicability of act to certain types of transactions; provides for evidentiary admissibility of electronic records and signatures; outlines exceptions; provides that a contract may be formed by interaction of electronic agents of the parties; provides that an electronic record is sent if certain conditions are met; designates procedures to be followed regarding transferable records; requires state agencies to determine whether and the extent to which they will create and retain electronic records and convert written records to electronic records; repeals sections which relate to legal effect, validity, enforceability and retention of electronic records.  (15 §§ 960/964, 966, 968, 963.1, 963.2, 964.1/964.4, 969/974)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2508_int.rtf

HB 2523 (Sellers) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS.  Creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Trust Authority.  (62 § 41.50)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2523_int.rtf  

HB 2528 (Coleman/Wilcoxson) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS.  Requires that the Educational Indicators Program present information on the total amount of educational and related services expenditures for special education programs by all school districts and the statewide average expenditure per student in a special education program.  (70 § 1210.531)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2528_int.rtf

HB 2529 (Coleman) - SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES.  Deletes language allowing educational facilities to designate smoking areas; requires educational facilities which offer early childhood education programs or grades K-12 to prohibit smoking and other types of tobacco use between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. or when class or any program established for students is in session; authorizes educational facilities to designate smoking areas outside the building for use of adults during certain activities or functions; allows educational facilities to have more restrictive policies.  (63 § 1-1523)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2529_int.rtf

HB 2532 (Deutschendorf) - RESEARCH/EPSCoR.  Creates the Oklahoma EPSCoR Advisory Committee; authorizes the committee to recommend to the Regents research projects requiring matching funds and other research and systemic initiatives consistent with the goals of the committee.  (70 §§ 3230.1/ 3230.4)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2532_int.rtf   

HB 2547 (Webb) - TAX REFORM.  Enacts the “Oklahoma Tax Code Revision Act”; eliminates all existing state taxes; levies a 4-percent-gross-receipts tax on all transactions occurring in the state.  (68 § 7000)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2547_int.rtf

HB 2559 (Frame) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Clarifies language relating to the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act. (36 § 6055)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2559_int.rtf

HB 2565 (Nance) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Makes it a felony to submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits using a Social Security number different than the number used by the individual in a prior claim.  (85 § 3.4)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2565_int.rtf

HB 2582 (Frame) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires that all clean claims on accident and health insurance policies be reimbursed within 60 days after receipt of such claims; requires that in the case of claims determined defective, the portion of a claim determined to be accurate be paid within 60 days of receipt; requires that, upon receipt of additional information or corrections which led to the claim being delayed, and a determination that the information is accurate, the insurer shall either pay or deny the claim or portion of the claim within 90 days; except as otherwise provided, requiring that overdue payments bear simple interest at the rate of 10 percent per year; requires that, if a claim is not paid within six months after receipt, the insurer shall pay interest at the same rate as the average U.S. Treasury Bill rate of the preceding calendar year plus 4 percentage points.  (36 §§ 1219, 1250.7)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2582_int.rtf

HB 2583 (Ross) - AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.  This is a shell bill relating to affirmative action.  (74 § 840-2.1)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2583_int.rtf

HB 2586 (Hilliard) - DISABLED STUDENTS.  Expresses legislative intent that students with disabilities in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education be afforded the opportunity to succeed; requires the State Regents to encourage institutions to communicate to manufacturers and publishers of instructional materials to provide instructional materials in digital electronic format.  (70 § 3241)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2586_int.rtf

HB 2597 (Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Clarifies language relating to the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act. (36 § 6053)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2597_int.rtf

HB 2599 (Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Clarifies language relating to visual care coverage. (36 § 6051)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2599_int.rtf

HB 2600 (Deutschendorf) - OneNet.  Authorizes OneNet to establish peering arrangements with other networks to allow internetworking.  (62 § 688.2, 688.7)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2600_int.rtf

HB 2608 (Calvey) - SAFETY.  Establishes an incentive in the form of additional appropriations for agencies which comply with the requirement of employers with 25 or more employees to designate a safety coordinator and provide safety training for employees.  (85 §§ 300/307)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2608_int.rtf

HB 2612 (Calvey) - open meetings.  Requires posting of agendas on web sites.  (25 § 311)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2612_int.rtf

HB 2613 (Calvey) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for severe mental illness, including outpatient services for not less than five hours per month or the limit for other covered illnesses whichever is greater.  (36 § 6060.11)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2613_int.rtf

HB 2617 (Phillips) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Provides that an employer shall not be required to provide worker’s compensation if the employer provides health, disability and life insurance for employees; specifies coverage of insurance.  (85 §§ 2.8, 10)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2617_int.rtf

HB 2620 (Staggs) - School Testing.  Revises the Oklahoma School Testing Program (K-12).  (70 §§ 1210.508, 1210.508-1)  Bill text:    http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2620_int.rtf

HB 2622 (Askins) - curriculum.   Modifies high school graduation curriculum requirements (in HB 1759); modifies requirements for Diploma of Honor; modifies requirements for eligibility for the Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Program (created in HB 1759).  (70 §§ 11-103.6, 11-103.2c, 11-103.2d, 2612)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2622_int.rtf

HB 2624 (Askins) - Cameron University in Duncan.  Provides for the establishment of a branch campus of Cameron University in Duncan.  (70 § 3317)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2624_int.rtf

HB 2625 (Mitchell) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  States legislative intent to improve prescription dispensing covered by third-party payers; requires health benefit plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs or devices to issue to persons covered by such plan a card or other technology containing uniform prescription drug information.  (36 § 3634.4)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2625_int.rtf

HB 2631 (Calvey) - JURY DUTY.  Expands exemptions from jury duty for students enrolled at public or private secondary schools, colleges or universities.  (38 § 28)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2531_int.rtf

HB 2637 (Settle) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Clarifies language relating to commencement of workers’ compensation claims and procedures.  (85 § 3.4)

HB 2638 (Settle) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Clarifies language relating to appellate procedures in workers’ compensation cases.  (85 § 3.6)

HB 2647 (Morgan) - HEALTH INSURANCE.  Requires health benefit plans to establish an internal review procedure by which an insured may appeal an adverse decision.  (36 § 6052.1; 63 §§ 2528.1, 2528.2, 2528.4)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2647_int.rtf

HB 2661 (Deutschendorf) - OneNet.  Authorizes OneNet to develop a model for a private-sector OneNet.  (62 § 41.5q)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2661_int.rtf

HB 2662 (Deutschendorf/Robinson) - Virtual Internet School.  Clarifies language relating to the Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION) Act.  (70 § 1210.723)

HB 2685 (Bryant) - LearnPower 2000.  Creates the LearnPower 2000 Act.  This extensive bill addresses many issues including alternative teacher certification, middle school curricular standards, a financial incentive for a "4 X 4" curriculum, the teacher forgivable loan program, Advanced Placement courses, legislative intent language on the elimination of remedial courses at comprehensive and four-year universities, amending the high school graduation requirements and the diploma of honor.  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2685_int.rtf

HB 2707 (Phillips) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Enacts the “Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000”.  (37 § 600.13)

HB 2719 (Roach) - RAFFLES.  Proposed constitutional amendment to allow raffles to be held by certain religious, charitable, labor, fraternal, veteran, firefighter, law enforcement, and educational entities.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2719_int.rtf

HB 2723 (Nance) - WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.  Modifies the schedule of compensation for strain or sprain injuries in the Workers’ Compensation Act.  (85 §§ 22, 22.1; 22 § 1402)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2723_int.rtf

HB 2728 (Benson/Taylor) - CORE CURRICULUM.  Modifies certain curriculum requirements of HB 1759; modifies the Education Open Transfer Act.  (70 §§ 11-103.6, 11-103.2c, 6-189.1, 3-136, 8-101.2, 8-103, 6-114)  Bill text:  http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HB2728_int.rtf

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

HJR 1031 (Askins) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Proposed constitutional amendment creating a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund.  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HJR1031_int.rtf

HJR 1039 (Pettigrew) - TOBACCO SETTLEMENT.  Creates the "Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000"; provides for a vote of the people to establish a Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund and a Tobacco Settlement Special Cash Fund; provides that moneys collected under the tobacco settlement be divided equally between the two funds; requires the State Treasurer to administer the Trust Fund; allows the Legislature to appropriate the net income and 5 percent of the principal of the fund for health-related programs; authorizes the Legislature to appropriate from the cash fund for any purpose.  (37 §§ 600.13/600.17)  Bill text: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/1999-00HB/HJR1039_int.rtf

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