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OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION


To: Distribution

From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, February 16, 1996

Subject: Bill Tracking Update



Highlights This Week: Legislative committees went into full action this week, working toward the February 22 deadline to get bills out of committee in their house of origin. Similar heavy committee activity is expected next week.

Teachers Retirement Update: As most in higher education are well aware, the financial health of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS) remains a major concern. Current law will require the employer contribution to increase by at least 1% of total employee compensation in FY'97. However, declining natural gas revenues, which offset this employer contribution, could potentially double the increase. The Governor's proposed budget anticipates that the additional OTRS cost to higher education in FY'97 could be $11.5 million, and a total of over $55 million for all education entities. In response to this situation, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 42 was introduced this week by legislative leaders of both parties to create the "Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force." The 16-member task force, which would be made up of twelve House and Senate members appointed by from both parties, plus four gubernatorial appointees, would be charged with reviewing the current financial condition of OTRS, investigating the system's long-term financial prognosis, exploring funding alternatives, considering the system's structure and design, and examining current and future benefit levels of retirees. The resolution calls for immediate appointment of the task force members, with an intial meeting by February 23, and submission of findings and recommendations by May 1. The resolution has already passed the Senate and will be acted upon by the House early next week.


Legislative Deadlines:

February 22, Thursday Pass Bills from Committee in House of Origin

March 14, Thursday Pass Bills from Floor of House of Origin


Actions This Week:

Bills Passed on the Senate Floor:


Bills Passed from Senate Committees:


Bills Passed on the House Floor:


Bills Passed from House Committees:


New Bills Added to List:


Upcoming Events

Meetings Next Week:

Monday, February 19, 9:00 a.m., room 432-A at the Capitol: Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee (Chair - Jack Begley, Vice Chair - Larry Adair, Calvin Anthony, Betty Boyd, John Bryant, Larry Ferguson, James Hager, Jim Reese, Mike Tyler)

Agenda: Seven bills are on the agenda including three we are tracking:

* HB 1663 (Frank Davis) - OKLAHOMA TUITION TRUST ACT. (Carryover bill from the 1995 legislative session.)

* HB 2993 (Leonard Sullivan) - ENDOWMENT TRUST. Prohibits the Legislature from appropriating or transferring monies to the State Regents' Endowment Trust Fund; states legislative intent that the State Regents not transfer into the trust fund any state monies appropriated or transferred to the Regents.

* HCR 1059 (Kirby) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University to construct a student union.


Monday, February 19, 9:30 a.m., room 534 at the Capitol: Senate Education Committee (Chair - Ed Long, Vice Chair - Penny Williams, Bernest Cain, Larry Dickerson, Charles Ford, Bill Gustafson, Kelly Haney, J. Berry Harrison, Howard Hendrick, Brad Henry, Cal Hobson, Carol Martin, Darryl Roberts, Ben Robinson, Don Rubottom, Bernice Shedrick, Don Williams)

Agenda: 1. Three bills are on the agenda including two we are tracking:

* SB 1100 (Don Williams) - EDUCATION REFORM. An education reform initiative; Sections 39 and 40 create the Advanced Placement Incentive Program.

* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Transfers supervision of the University Center at Tulsa (UCT) and Rogers State College from their current boards to the Board of Regents of University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College.

2. 11:30 - 12:00 The Senate and House Education Committees will visit Banking "Working-Site Learning" with Shawntel Smith (Miss America) at the ESEO Federal Credit Union.



If you need copies of any of the bills, please contact Carolyn McCoy at (405) 225-9200 or e-mail her at "cmccoy@osrhe.edu".



OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session

Feb. 16, 1996



Academic forgiveness

HB 2191


Academic Scholars

SB 792


Accountability

SB 1129

HB 2477


Ad valorem

SJR 36

SB 1003

HJR 1080

HJR 1086

HJR 1088

HJR 1089

HJR 1091


Administrative procedures

SB 703

HB 2337


Agency closings

HB 2633


Appropriations

SB 800

SB 810

SB 814

SB 836

SB 837

HB 2819

HB 2820

HB 2821

HB 2841

HJR 1061

HJR 1062

HJR 1063


Athletic trainers

HB 2065


Audits

HB 2471


Benefits

SB 698

SB 850

SB 887

SB 910

SB 965

HB 2188

HB 2254

HB 2478


Bombing victims

HB 2807


Budget

SB 801

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 869

HB 2819


Cabinet organization

SB 1129


Cameron University

HCR 1059

HCR 1060


Carl Albert Public Internship Program

SB 1127


Children/youth services

SB 1237

HB 2231


Claims

SB 1149





Connors State College

SCR 38

HCR 1061


Contracts

SB 1077

SB 1312

HB 2258

HB 2890


Credits, transfer of

SB 796

HB 2635


Dentistry

SB 737

SB 851

HB 2967


Disabilities

HB 3030


Drug/alcohol testing

HB 2211

HB 2370

HB 2681


Eastern Oklahoma State College at

McAlester

SB 1319


Economic development

HB 2146

HB 2147

HB 2148

HB 2976


Education reform

HB 2488


Education, secretary of

HB 2477


Employee rights

HB 2608


Employee safety

HB 2366

HB 2652



Employment security

SB 2377

HB 2728


Endowment trust funds

HB 2993

HB 3019


English language

HB 2054


Environment

SB 1094


Equine activities

SB 784

SB 1046

HB 2400


Ethics

HB 2614


Fees, student

HB 2051

HB 2164

HB 2187


Fee waivers

SB 900

SB 908

HB 2127

HB 2196


Flags

HB 2104


GED courses

HB 2440

HB 1964


Genetic privacy

HB 2478


Gift reporting

HB 2987


Government reform

HB 2809



Guaranteed Student Loans

HB 2776

HB 2887


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

SR 29

SR 31

HR 1045

HR 1046


Insurance, health

SB 684

SB 697

SB 799

SB 850

SB 866

SB 888

SB 890

SB 896

SB 910

SB 922

SB 935

SB 936

SB 945

SB 958

SB 960

SB 969

SB 970

SB 1040

SB 1068

SB 1078

SB 1096

SB 1106

SB 1108

SB 1144

SB 1166

SB 1176

SB 1216

SB 1238

SB 1288

SB 1289

HB 2071

HB 2088

HB 2165

HB 2180

HB 2188

HB 2189

HB 2218

Insurance, health (cont'd)

HB 2235

HB 2254

HB 2261

HB 2302

HB 2330

HB 2348

HB 2355

HB 2396

HB 2478

HB 2502

HB 2533

HB 2655

HB 2756

HB 2934

HB 2955

HB 3021

HB 3034


International trade

HB 2899


Job training

SB 1159

HB 2581


Jury duty

SB 1022

HB 2083

HB 2285


Labor relations

HB 2621


Leave sharing

SB 948

HB 2850


Legal representation

HB 2534


License plates, special

HB 2336


Lobbying

HB 3022


Maternity benefits

SB 684

HB 2302

HB 2330

Maternity benefits (cont'd)

HB 2348

HB 2655


Medical technology/research

SB 1001


Mill levy

HJR 1090


Nurses aides

HB 2758


Oklahoma Education Television Auth.

SB 881


Oklahoma Futures

SB 1188


Oklahoma Higher Learning Access

SB 708

SB 1164


Oklahoma School of Science/Math

HB 2754


Oklahoma State University

SB 1030

SCR 40

HB 2976


Open Meetings

HB 2246

HB 2248

HB 2747


Open Records

SB 719


Perfusionists

SB 788


Physician Manpower Training

HB 2973


Plumbing

HB 2219


Privatization of government functions

SB 935

SB 936

Privatization of gov. functions (cont'd)

SB 964

HB 2690


Psychologist license

SB 1221


Purchasing

SB 964

SB 1312

HB 2176

HB 2394

HB 2470

HB 2510

HB 2579

HB 2977

HB 2999


Quality jobs

HCR 1066


Remedial courses

HB 2634


Retirement

SB 941

SB 1228

SJR 33

SCR 42

HB 2087

HB 2088

HB 2093

HB 2109

HB 2326

HB 2422

HB 2475

HB 2532

HB 2583

HB 2626

HB 2721

HB 2789

HB 2792

HB 2794

HB 2795

HB 2797

HB 2861

HJR 1071

HJR 1076

HJR 1085



Risk management

HB 2447

HB 2732


School lands

SB 954

SB 1229

SB 1241

HB 2367

HB 2368

HB 2952


Social worker license

HB 2640


Special agency accounts

SB 877

HB 2139

HB 2373


State Insurance Fund

HB 2533


Tax, income

HB 2275

HB 2409

HB 2748

HB 2875


Teacher certification

SB 1206

HB 2563


Teacher preparation

SB 801

HB 2751

HB 2753


Teachers, temporary

HB 2309


Technology

HB 2286

HB 2629


Telecommunications

SB 782

SB 1315

HB 2503

HB 2511


Tests, norm- and criterion-referenced

HB 2105

HB 2526


Tort claims

HB 2927


Travel

SB 832

HB 2384

HB 2474

HB 2481


Tuition/fees

HB 2060

HB 2127

HB 2164

HB 2196

HB 2275

HB 2748

HB 2875


Tuition reimbursement

HB 2761


Tuition savings

HB 1663

HB 2059

HB 2639


Tulsa Junior College

SCR 36

HCR 1058


Unified university system

HB 2525


University Center at Tulsa

SB 1162

HB 2717


University funds

HB 3019


University Hospitals

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 1130

HB 2538

HB 2759

University Hospitals (cont'd)

HB 2841


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SB 852


University of Oklahoma Law Center

HB 2995


University of Oklahoma Managed Care Plan

SB 890

HB 2677

HB 2801


Valedictorian scholarships

HB 2276


Violence prevention

HB 2859


Vocational/technical

SCR 43

HB 2316


Volunteers

HB 2512

HB 2513


Wages, minimum

HB 2052


Wages, prevailing

HB 2731


Waste disposal

SB 715

SB 883


Wildlife

HB 2404


Workers' compensation

SB 1042

SB 1308

SB 1310

SB 1316

HB 2256

HB 2430

HB 2441

Workers' compensation (cont'd)

HB 2469

HB 2673

HB 2846

HB 2906

HB 2948

HB 3017


Youth apprenticeship

HB 2190

HB 2192


OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session - 1996

Reported Status as of 2/15/96



SENATE BILLS


* SB 684 (Gustafson) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires a health benefit plan that provides maternity coverage to provide coverage for inpatient care for a mother and the newborn child for a minimum of 48 hours after vaginal delivery and minimum of 96 hours after delivery by cesarean section. (36 § 6060.1) (See HBs 2302, 2330, 2348, 2655)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 697 (Fisher/Weese) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires a health benefit plan which includes eye or vision care coverage to ensure direct access to primary eye care providers and not discriminate between or recommend certain individual providers or classes of providers, ensure inclusion of all primary providers to be selected by persons covered by a plan are included on the list of participating providers and make the list available to covered persons. The committee substitute requires health benefit plans which include eye or vision care coverage to ensure direct access to a primary eye care provider who has contracted with the plan for coverage of all eye or vision care benefits provided by the plan, to ensure that plans using a gatekeeper system require that the enrollee be allowed to designate the primary eye care provider from a list of providers as the gatekeeper for basic eye care and to coordinate diagnostic testing, indicated treatment and specialty referral, to not discriminate between individual providers or classes of providers in the amount of compensation for the same or essentially similar covered services, to include an adequate number of primary eye care providers to ensure reasonable accessibility, timeliness of care, convenience and continuity of care and to not promote or recommend an individual provider or class of primary providers. (36 § 6052.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/13/96


* SB 698 (Weedn/Roberts) - BENEFITS. Increases the membership of the State Employees Benefits Council from five members to six, to include the chief operating officer or designee of the largest statewide organization of state employees. (74 § 1364)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

GENERAL GOVERNMENT

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/96


* SB 703 (Hendrick) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that, if an agency has interpreted a statute or rule pursuant to written internal policy, letter of understanding, memorandum or other written document, then no different interpretation may be given to such rule or statute, unless a new statute or judicial interpretation requires a different interpretation or unless a new rule is promulgated by the agency as required by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA); requires that agency rules state a prospective effective date; provides that, in the absence of a stated prospective effective date, rules will be effective only on and after the date of adoption. (75 § 308.2)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

DEREGULATION


* SB 708 (Horner/McCorkell) - OKLAHOMA HIGHER LEARNING ACCESS PROGRAM (OHLAP). Modifies state income tax forms to allow a donation for OHLAP; provides for a refund of the donation to a taxpayer who submits a request within three years from the due date of the tax return. (68 § 2368.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

FINANCE

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* SB 715 (Muegge) - HAZARDOUS WASTE. Modifies fees for disposal of hazardous waste. (27A § 2-7-121)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ENERGY, ENV. RES. & REG AFFAIR


* SB 719 (Weedn/Rice) - OPEN RECORDS. Modifies the term "record" in the Open Records Act to include data files created by or used with computer software; authorizes a public body, for purposes of the Open Records Act, to respond to a request for a record using a computer system; prescribes procedures for use by public bodies to respond to requests through use of computer systems; authorizes fees and provides for procedures for charging fees; authorizes a fee for public bodies which, without making a payment to any other entity, develops software in order to respond to a request for a record, if such software is required or reasonably necessary in order to respond to the request. (51 § 24A.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SMALL BUSINESS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/15/96


* SB 737 (Robinson/Wells) - BOARD OF DENTISTRY. Creates the Board of Dentistry to replace the Board of Governors of the Registered Dentists of Oklahoma; changes terms throughout statutes; outlines powers and duties; authorizes the Board to, without examination, issue a dental intern permit to a graduate of an approved dental school or college who is otherwise qualified, upon request of the governing body of any public or private institution for the graduate to serve as a dental intern or resident in the institution, with limited duties as defined in the permit. (59 § 328.26) (See HB 2967)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SMALL BUSINESS


* SB 782 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Act; requires state agencies which use telecommunications to develop a telecommunications plan and receive prior written authorization from the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority before entering into any agreement to acquire, develop or enhance a telecommunications system; requires the State Regents to establish and maintain a statewide telecommunications system to be known as OneNet; creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority Board; provides for membership; creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority with a director appointed by the Authority; creates the Telecommunications Revolving Fund; provides that the authority board and the Office of State Finance shall prepare a proposed plan for the transfer in whole or in part of the Information Services Division of the finance office to the Authority; provides that all telecommunications networks operated by educational or government entities shall be considered to be part of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN); modifies membership of the State Data Processing and Telecommunications Advisory Committee. (74 § 8201) (See HBs 2503, 2511)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SCIENCE, TECH. & TELECOMM

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/13/96


* SB 784 (Wilkerson) - EQUINE ACTIVITIES. Creates the Oklahoma Equine Activities Liability Limitation Act; provides equine activity sponsors and professionals with immunity from liability for injuries suffered by participants in equine activities resulting from inherent risks, with certain exceptions; requires posting of notice regarding law. (2 § 3031)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 788 (Hendrick/Laura Boyd) - LICENSED PERFUSIONISTS. Creates the Licensed Perfusionists Act; provides that a student currently enrolled in an approved perfusion education program may receive a provisional license; makes provisions of the act not applicable to certain students enrolled in an accredited perfusion education program. (59 § 2062)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* SB 792 (Campbell) - ACADEMIC SCHOLARS. Deletes the Academic Scholars' requirement that SAT score percentile levels be referenced to the student population as a whole and separately for male, female, Black non-Hispanic, Native American, Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander and White non-Hispanic subdivisions of the population. (70 § 2403)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/07/96


* SB 796 (Wright) - TRANSFER OF CREDITS. States legislative intent that a unified system of class credit transfer be created within the State System to allow students of all state higher education institutions be able to transfer full credit earned between community colleges and four-year institutions. (70 § 3103.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* SB 799 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires health insurance plans to include coverage for sever mental illness equal to benefits for treatment of other physical diseases and disorders; provides an exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited benefit coverage. (36 § 6060.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 800 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various education entities; Section 13 allocates $300,500 to be expended on a competitive application basis to a State System institution for implementing a statewide telecommunications curriculum.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 801 (Haney/ Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for various education entities including the Teacher Preparation Commission.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 810 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the various health-care entities including the University Hospitals Authority; authorizes the average full-time-equivalent-employee limit to be increased by as many as 150 FTE for providing staffing for program expansions or increased census at the authority, provided that such employees are funded with hospital-generated revenues.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 811 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for various health-care entities including the University Hospitals Authority.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 814 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Department of Agriculture; provides that funds shall be spent as necessary to accomplish contractual responsibilities for OSU's extension service for financial management technical assistance for businesses and business students; requires contractors to submit quarterly reports of activities and expenditures to the Agriculture Department; permits the Department to disallow any expenditures for activities not within the scope of approved contractual responsibilities.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 831 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for the University Hospitals Authority.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 836 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates from the cash-flow reserve fund to the State Regents for allocation to institutions for their education and general operating budgets and for other programs, construction, renovation, and repairs administered by the Regents.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 837 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various agencies including the State Regents; Section 9 appropriates funds for the institutions; Section 10 appropriates to the State Regents for administrative offices; Section 11 appropriates to the Academic Scholars Trust Fund; Section 12 appropriates to the Endowment Trust Fund; Section 13 appropriates $13,537,430 to OTAG; Section 14 appropriates $3,507,000 for Section 13 offset funds; Section 15 appropriates funds for summer academies; Sections 18 and 19 appropriate to the Physician Manpower Training Commission; Section 24 appropriates to the Teacher Preparation Commission; Section 75 appropriates to the University Hospitals Authority.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 850 (Haney/Hamilton) - BENEFITS. Shell bill relating to the State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1371)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/15/96


* SB 851 (Monson/Wells) - DENTAL LICENSE. Modifies language relating to a specialist license in dentistry to provide for a "dental specialty" license. (59 § 328.22)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

BUSINESS & LABOR


* SB 852 (Littlefield) - OU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER. Requires that OUHSC health care professionals who set aside a portion of their salaries for travel expenses to be reimbursed from the set-aside monies; requires that such reimbursement be paid only for the actual amount of meal expenses incurred while such persons are in official travel status as indicated on pertinent receipts.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* SB 866 (Stipe/Glover) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Subjects medical practitioners to disciplinary penalties for waiver of a deductible or copayment required to be made to the practitioner by an insured under a policy, contract, or agreement, with certain exceptions. (36 § 6055)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/13/96

LAID OVER - SENATE 02/14/96


* SB 869 (Haney/Steidley) - BUDGET. Requires that notice of budget-work-program revisions be made available electronically to the staff of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget and Program Oversight. (62 § 41.7c)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 877 (Harrison/Taylor) - SPECIAL AGENCY ACCOUNT. Changes the termination date to July 1, 2002, for various sunset entities including the Special Agency Account Board. (74 § 3903)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SUNSET REVIEW

02/13/96: LAID OVER (UNOFFICIAL)


* SB 881 (Harrison/Taylor) - OETA. Re-creates the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority until July 1, 2002 . (70 § 23-105)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SUNSET REVIEW

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* SB 883 (Shurden) - WASTE DISPOSAL. Decreases certain solid waste disposal fees to 50 cents per ton. (63 § 1-2305)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ENERGY, ENV. RES. & REG AFFAIR


* SB 887 (Monson) - BENEFITS. Shell bill relating to the purpose of the State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1362)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 888 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides for the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to authorize payment for Medicare risk-sharing contracts. (74 § 1316.2)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 890 (Monson) - OU MANAGED CARE. Provides that the portion of insurance premium tax assessed on the premiums of Medicaid recipients collected from the OU Managed Care Plan shall be paid by the 30th day of the month to the credit of the Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund. (36 § 631)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 896 (Monson) - HEALTH CARE. Modifies the powers and duties of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; authorizes the State Employee Benefits Council to promulgate rules necessary to carry out the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act; requires the Council to develop state and education employee health care benefit plans. (74 § 1362)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 900 (Muegge) - FEE WAIVER. Extends to July 1, 2006, the date of acceptance of applications for vocational-technical education tuition waivers from qualified farmers and ranchers. (2 § 2002)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 908 (Leftwich/Blackburn) - FEE WAIVER. Provides for a fee waiver at State System institutions for children of state employees who have given their lives in the line of duty. The amendment added new language which provided that "this section shall only apply when all other grants and scholarships available to such children of deceased peace officers, deceased firefighters and deceased state employees have been exhausted." (70 § 3218.7)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/96


* SB 910 (Monson) - HEALTH CARE. Shell bill relating to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act, the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act, and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. (74 § 1303)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 922 (Monson) - HEALTH CARE. Transfers the State Employee Assistance Program from the Office of Personnel Management to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance; requires the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council, in selecting HMOs, to consider plan characteristics, provider network, geographic coverage and access and price; requires that HMO contracts provide for a risk adjustment factor for adverse selection; expands duties of the Council; provides an exemption from certain provisions of the State Employees Benefits Act for employees and officers of the State System for Higher Education; authorizes a State System institution to elect to come under provisions of the act. (74 § 840-2.10)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 935 (Wright) - INSURANCE FUND. Appropriates $200,000 to the Office of State Finance for conducting a detailed study of the State Insurance Fund and to make recommendations concerning the sale or privatization of the fund.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 936 (Wright) - INSURANCE BOARD PRIVATIZATION. Appropriates $200,000 to the Office of State Finance for conducting a detailed study of the State Employees and Educators Group Insurance Board and to make recommendations concerning the sale or privatization of the fund.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 941 (Monson) - RETIREMENT. Shell bill relating to the Teachers' Retirement System. (70 § 17-101)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SEN COM RULES 02/05/96

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT APPROPRIATIONS 02/07/96


* SB 945 (Hendrick) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the Patient Protection Act; requires managed care plans to provide prospective enrollees with a written description of the terms and conditions of the plan; requires description to delineate an enrollee's rights under the plan; provides that if the plan uses a capitation method of compensation, the plan must establish and follow certain procedures; requires plans to provide to the state commissioner of heath an explanation of its provider network configuration; prohibits managed care plans from using a financial incentive program that limits medically necessary and appropriate services; requires each plan to establish a mechanism under which physicians or dentists participating in the plan provide consultation and advice on the plan's medical or dental policy; requires that each physician or dentist under consideration for inclusion in a plan be reviewed by a credentialing committee; prohibits plans from excluding a provider solely because of the anticipated characteristics of the patients of that provider; requires plans to cover certain services; outlines requirements for point-of-service plans; requires the state health commissioner to issue an annual report to consumers on the performance of managed care entities. (63 § 2531)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 948 (Penny Williams) - LEAVE SHARING. This is a shell bill relating to leave-sharing programs. (70 § 6-104.6)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 954 (Hendrick) - SCHOOL LAND FUNDS. Requires that quarterly financial reports of the Commissioners of the Land Office include several relevant measures of investment value, and contain combined and individual rates of return of the investment managers by category of investment. (64 § 51)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 958 (Stipe) - INSURANCE FUND. This is a shell bill referring to the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 131)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SEN. COM. RULES 02/05/96


* SB 960 (Stipe) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that when contracting with educational entities in setting health insurance premiums for active employees and retirees under 65 years of age, health care plans shall set the monthly premium for active employees at $72 less than the monthly premium for retirees under 65 years of age; outlines same requirement for plans under the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and the State Employee Benefits Council. (74 § 1306)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 964 (Wright) - PURCHASING. Appropriates $200,000 to the Office of State Finance for conducting a detailed study of the Central Purchasing Division system and to make recommendation for improvement, enhancement, or privatization of the system.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 965 (Hendrick) - BENEFITS. Modifies the authority of the State Employee Benefits Council; provides that a benefit price shall be excessive if, for two consecutive years, it is more than 140 percent of the average benefit price for the particular benefit level with which the benefit price competes. (74 § 1371)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 969 (Littlefield) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires health insurance policies to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization procedures, subject to certain conditions. (36 § 6060.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 970 (Helton) - HEALTH CARE. Creates a 24-member Oklahoma Health Care Advisory Commission until June 30, 2000, to study any administrative directives or rules which affect the delivery of health care in Oklahoma. (63 § 5001.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 1001 (Robinson) - MEDICAL RESEARCH. This is a shell bill relating to the Medical Technology and Research Authority. (74 § 7050)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1003 (Price) - AD VALOREM. This is a shell bill relating to Ad Valorem taxes. (68 § 2802)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1022 (Henry) - JURY DUTY. Prohibits an educational institution from taking or permitting to be taken any adverse academic action against a student because of the student's jury service. (38 § 37)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1030 (Price) - OSU FOOD/AG RESEARCH. Creates a 10-member Industry Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center located at OSU; requires the committee to assist and advise the center in prioritizing projects so that the center may meet the needs of the state's value-added processing entities; requires the center director to call the first meeting of the committee by Nov. 1, 1996. (2 § 5-60)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DVLPMNT


* SB 1040 (Hendrick) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires HMOs, self-insured plans, and prepaid plans when contracting with educational entities, for plan years beginning July 1, 1997, in setting health insurance premiums for active employees and for retirees under 65 years of age, to set the monthly premium for active employees at $90 less than the monthly premium for such retirees. (74 § 1306)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1042 (Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. For workers' compensation purposes, provides for six weeks of compensation for soft tissue injuries requiring surgery, 13 weeks of temporary total compensation if the surgery involves the spinal cord or any of its nerves, discs or vertebrae; increases penalties for employers who fail to secure workers' compensation for employees. (85 § 22)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1046 (Don Williams) - EQUINE ACTIVITIES. Provides that any person participating in equestrian activities shall assume the risk and legal responsibility for any negligent injury to the person or property of the participant caused by hazards inherent in recreational equestrian activities, unless the injury was proximately caused by the negligence of the person providing the recreational equestrian activities to the participant or the failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity by the person providing the recreational equestrian activities or the person's agents or employees. (23 § 12.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1068 (Leftwich) - HEALTH CARE. Requires that comprehensive health services provided by HMOs and prepaid health plans, with respect to chiropractic services, be provided on a referral basis at the request of an enrollee who has a condition which is orthopedic or neurological in nature, if a referral is necessary in the judgment of the primary care physician and treatment for the condition falls within the scope of practice of a licensed chiropractic physician. (63 § 2505)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 1077 (Ed Long) - CONTRACTS. Modifies the definition of "public construction contract" for competitive bidding purposes to change the contract amount from $7,500 to $15,000; increases from $100 to $500 the monetary amount of certain items required to be included in the Department of Central Services inventory. (61 § 102)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT


* SB 1078 (Maddox) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the Consumer Choice Act of 1996; states legislative intent to allow providers to participate in health benefit plans; prohibits a health care insurer from imposing a monetary advantage or penalty under a health benefit plan that would affect a beneficiary's choice of a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy when such physician is a participant in the health benefit plan; prohibits such insurers from imposing upon a beneficiary any co-payment, fee or condition that is not equally imposed upon all beneficiaries in the same benefit category, class, or co-payment level under such plan when the beneficiary is receiving services from a participating M.D. or D.O. pursuant to such plan. (63 § 5030.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 1094 (Henry) - ENVIRONMENT. Makes it unlawful to apply pesticides in a public building without first posting warning signs at least 24 hours prior to the application; requires that warning signs be left in place for 14 days following the application; requires that such signs include information as to the type of chemicals and the active ingredients being applied. (2 § 3-62.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DVLPMNT


* SB 1096 (Maddox) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Fairness in Managed Care Act; requires the State Board of Health to establish a process for certification of qualified managed care plans and of qualified use overview programs; requires the board to promulgate rules identifying procedures for periodic review and recertification of such plans and programs; requires the Commissioner of Health to terminate the certification of a previously qualified plan or program which no longer meets requirements for certification; specifies requirements for qualified plans; authorizes qualified managed care plans that limit coverage for out-of-network services to offer to all eligible enrollees coverage for such services through a "point-of-service" plan; authorizes such plans to charge an alternative premium for point-of-service coverage that takes into account the actuarial value of such coverage. (63 § 2530.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 1100 (Don Williams) - EDUCATION REFORM. An education reform initiative; Sections 39 and 40 create the Advanced Placement Incentive Program. (70 § 1210.702)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* SB 1106 (Herbert) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires legislative authorization of any insurance deemed necessary by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board; gives the State Employees Benefits Council the exclusive responsibility and authority to select and contract with health maintenance organizations for consideration by participants as an alternative to health plans offered by the board. (74 § 1306)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1108 (Mickle) - HEALTH INSURANCE. This is a shell bill relating to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (74 § 1303)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1127 (Herbert) - CARL ALBERT INTERNSHIP. This is a shell bill referring to the Carl Albert Public Internship Program. (74 § 840-3.7)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1129 (Wright) - CABINET ORGANIZATION. Changes the name of the Executive Branch Reform Act of 1986 to the Cabinet Organization Act; deletes the time limit for each Governor to create a cabinet system for the executive branch of government; allows cabinet secretaries' salaries to be paid from funds available to an agency within the cabinet area; requires that each cabinet secretary be entitled to an office and secretary or administrative assistant, to be paid out of funds available to the Governor's office or an agency within the respective cabinet area; expands duties of cabinet secretaries to include implementation of policies of the Governor which are consistent with the Constitution and statutes; authorizes cabinet secretaries to enforce state and federal laws in the event a state agency fails to enforce such laws which would cause federal sanctions against the state or an agency or political subdivision of the state; changes the name of the Education Oversight Board to the Education Oversight Advisory Board; makes the Secretary of Education the chief executive officer of the Office of Accountability; requires that the Governor create a cabinet area for education; repeals section relating to the Office of the Secretary of Education. (70 § 3-116)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1130 (Dickerson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Requires that a plan be provided when a reduction-in-force occurs in a state agency, whether subject to the Merit System of Personnel Administration or the unclassified service; makes such plan subject to approval of the Office of Personnel Management; provides for eligibility for priority reemployment consideration for certain employees of the University Hospitals Authority who are terminated after Feb. 1, 1996; provides a severance package for state employees who are separated from employment as a result of the privatization of their positions in order to effectuate the orderly transfer of services provided at the University Hospitals; requires the authority, prior to any official action, to notify the University Hospitals Advisory Committee of any reduction-in-force of employees which shall be approved or disapproved within 10 working days by the administrator of the Office of Personnel Management; provides minimum guidelines to be followed during internal agency investigations of state employees, when such investigations are conducted by or initiated at the request of the employing agency, with exceptions; authorizes payroll deductions for membership dues or contributions to the Oklahoma Public Employees Association or any other statewide association limited to state employee membership with a minimum membership of 1,000 dues-paying members. (62 § 7.10)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1134 (Kerr) - STATE REGENTS. Shell bill relating to the State Regents for Higher Education. (70 § 3203)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/12/96

EDUCATION

* SB 1144 (Shedrick) - HEALTH CARE. Shell bill relating to the Health Care Information System Act. (63 § 1-121)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1149 (Wright) - CLAIMS. Modifies the required minimum balance for the canceled warrant fund; authorizes the Director of State Finance to establish alternative procedures for the settlement of claims through the Office of State Finance when deemed more advantageous, deletes the requirement for pre-auditing of certain claims; requires certain government entities which are included in the state comprehensive annual finance report and receive public funds to file an audit with the Director of State Finance no later than four months after the end of the entity's fiscal year; increases the amount of in-state travel reimbursement for a portion of a day under the State Travel Reimbursement Act. (62 § 7.2)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1159 (Rubottom) - JOB TRAINING. Creates the Oklahoma Youth Training Employment Freedom Act; provides an exemption from certain limitations on working hours for persons employed under the act; states purpose to advance school-to-work efforts by expanding job opportunities for persons 14 to 18 years of age; provides for certified youth training employment agreements; allows school districts to receive full average daily membership on student participating in such an agreement; authorizes academic credit for participants; authorizes the Secretary of Education, the Department of Education, the Department of Vocational and Technical Education or an area vocational-technical school or school district to publish a model of the contractual agreement for the convenience of youth, educators, families and employers; requires employers entering into such agreements to provide insurance coverage for youth training employees; provides for alternative coverage. (40 § 76)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

EDUCATION


* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Transfers supervision of the University Center at Tulsa (UCT) and Rogers State College from their current boards to the Board of Regents of University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College. (70 § 4651)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

EDUCATION


* SB 1164 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - OHLAP. Adds that students eligible for OHLAP may have graduated from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; authorizes the State Regents to develop criteria for determining students' award eligibility for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) upon completion of seven semesters of high school coursework; modifies criteria under which 10th-grade students shall be eligible to begin participating in the program; requires student to provide their social security numbers to the State Regents, who shall keep the numbers confidential and use them only for administrative purposes. (70 § 2603)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/07/96

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1166 (Ed Long) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires insurance plans which require payment of a copayment to disclose to the insured whether copayments are based on discounted or nondiscounted charges; requires disclosure of the exact amount paid to the practitioner, hospital or other health care provider and the method for calculating the copayment. (36 § 6055)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES

02/15/96: DO PASS (UNOFFICIAL)


* SB 1176 (Robinson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Shell bill relating to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (74 § 1303)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1188 (Penny Williams) - OKLAHOMA FUTURES. Shell bill relating Oklahoma Futures. (74 § 5002.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 02/14/96

INFRASTRUCTURE & STRAT. PLANN


* SB 1206 (Shedrick) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Shell bill relating to renewal of standard teaching certificates. (70 § 6-154.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1216 (Cain) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Shell bill relating to the Health Care Information System Act. (63 § 1-116)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1221 (Brown) - PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSE. In the Psychologists Licensing Act, adds a "master's psychologist"; requires the completion of a master's program in psychology. (59 § 1352)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

BUSINESS & LABOR


* SB 1228 (Price) - RETIREMENT. Authorizes current contributing OTRS members, who as former members, withdrew their accumulated contributions to amortize the cost of returning the withdrawn contributions or unremitted contributions over a maximum period of 60 months. (70 § 17-116.8)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1229 (Herbert) - SCHOOL LANDS. Provides for the termination on July 1, 2001, of the authority of the Commissioners of the Land Office to institute projects to develop and improve state school lands categorized as commercial lands. (64 § 1.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SB 1237 (Penny Williams/Voskuhl) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Creates the Family Centered and Community Designed Services Act; states legislative intent that the act provide the framework for implementation and establishment of locally designed service delivery systems for children and families. (10 § 601.7)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES

HOUSE COMMITTEE DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/15/96


* SB 1238 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Managed Care Plan Quality Assurance Act; requires managed care plans to establish and operate processes to assess the quality of health provided; requires plans to maintain an internal quality management and improvement system. (63 § 2531)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SB 1241 (Herbert) - SCHOOL LANDS. Shell bill relating to certain lands administered by the Commissioners of the Land Office. (64 §76)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1266 (Robinson) - MEDICAL RECORDS. Authorizes physicians, hospitals and other medical professionals and institutions to charge a maximum $15 fee for searching, retrieving, reviewing and preparing medical records in order to determine which medical records are to be copied. (76 § 19)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1288 (Brown) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Shell bill relating to the Health Care Authority Act. (63 § 5006)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

RULES


* SB 1289 (Cain) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Deletes the requirement that certain savings by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority be used to increase health care benefits. (63 § 5011)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES

02/15/96: DO PASS (UNOFFICIAL)


* SB 1308 (Snyder) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Allows employers to secure workers' compensation for employees through a certified alternate equivalent coverage program. (36 § 707)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1310 (Shedrick) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Prohibits the Commissioner of Health from certifying workplace medical plans unless they meet or exceed medical treatment guidelines and protocols and utilization controls established for use by medical service providers and physicians contracting under a plan recommended by the Physician Advisory Committee. (85 § 14.3)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY


* SB 1312 (Rozell) - PURCHASING. Authorizes the central purchasing director to approve change orders to decrease the amount of goods and services; prohibits any increase from exceeding 10 percent of the original bid amount for all phases or deliveries; increases from $2,500 to $10,000 the amount for contracts exempt from competitive bidding procedures; provides procedures for competitive sealed proposals; provides procedures upon protest of a contract award; authorizes a stay of such award and prescribes circumstances under which a stay is not granted; modifies the authority of the state purchasing director to exempt certain purchases from competitive bidding requirements. (74 § 85.2)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

DEREGULATION


* SB 1315 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Requires the Department of Central Services to recognize as a statewide contract an unencumbered contract consummated on behalf of the OneNet telecommunications network by the State Regents or any other state entity assigned responsibility for OneNet by the Legislature; mandates that such recognition require recommendation by the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance; requires that purchases of computer software maintenance and hardware maintenance contracts for OneNet be coordinated with the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance. (62 § 41.5e)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

SCIENCE, TECH. & TELECOMM

02/13/96: DO PASS (UNOFFICIAL)


* SB 1316 (Wright) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Modifies workers' compensation provisions to delete language prohibiting the discharge of an employee during a period of temporary total disability solely on the basis of absence from work; prohibits an employer from receiving permanent partial disability benefits covering the same period of time as Social Security benefits. (85 § 3)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

JUDICIARY:


* SB 1319 (Stipe) - EOSC/MCALESTER. Requires the State Regents to provide college credit courses and programs in McAlester through a branch campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. (70 § 3511.1)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

EDUCATION



SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS


* SJR 33 (Campbell) - RETIREMENT. Requires that the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board return to the OTRS $39.6 million, plus interest.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SJR 36 (Penny Williams) - PROPERTY TAX. Proposes a constitutional amendment to modify the procedure for valuation of the homestead and household personal property for heads of households who are 65 years of age and older.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

FINANCE



SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* SCR 36 (Smith) - TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Tulsa Junior College to issue $12 million in revenue bonds for constructing, remodeling, and expanding the student centers on the Metro Campus and Northeast Campus of Tulsa Junior College.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SCR 38 (Robinson) - CONNORS STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of Connors State College to issue $2.5 million in revenue bonds for construction, renovation, and expansion of certain dormitories.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SCR 40 (Cain/Gray) - OSU-OKC/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of OSU-OKC to issue $3 million in revenue bonds for construction of an emergency vehicle operating course and classroom facility.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/08/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/12/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* SCR 42 (Taylor/Johnson) - RETIREMENT. Creates a 16-member OTRS Fiscal Health Task Force to study the current and long-term financial condition of the system and to advise the executive and legislative branches on alternatives to solving funding problems; specifies scope of study; requires that appointments be made by Feb. 16, 1996, and the first meeting be held by Feb. 23; requires the task force to submit a report of findings and recommendations by May 1, 1996, to the Legislature and the Governor.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/13/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/15/96

RULES


* SCR 43 (Shedrick/Anthony) - ROY PETERS. Commends Dr. Roy Peters, Jr., State Director of Vocational and Technical Education, for receiving the Outstanding Vocational Educator of the Year award at the 1995 American Vocational Association Convention.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/14/96



SENATE RESOLUTIONS


* SR 29 (Campbell) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Opposes the position of the National Education Association that public schools should celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* SR 31 (Campbell) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Expresses the position of the Senate that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality should not be taught as a natural lifestyle in the public schools.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES



HOUSE BILLS


* HB 1663 (Davis) - TUITION TRUST. Requires the State Regents to designate the state treasurer as the agent of the Oklahoma Tuition Trust; empowers the state treasurer to invest the monies in the Oklahoma College Tuition Trust Fund; requires the State Regents to adopt rules regarding penalties for procedures relating to default of an advance tuition payment contract; authorizes the State Regents to provide for the transfer of benefits of an advance tuition payment contract from one beneficiary to another and from one institution to another; modifies lump-sum and periodic contribution provisions; outlines alternative higher education programs which may be provided for beneficiaries; prohibits the State Regents, the state, and its agencies from borrowing from the trust fund. (70 § 6001)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/07/95

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 06/13/95

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2051 (Laura Boyd) - STUDENT FEES. Changes student health care fee from $46 per semester to "direct cost of service." (70 § 3218.12) (See HB 2187)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2052 (Toure) - MINIMUM WAGE. Increases minimum wage to $5 an hour or the current federal minimum wage, whichever wage is greater. (40 § 197.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2054 (Kirby) - ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Recognizes English as the common language of the state; designates English as the language of official public documents and records and official public meetings; provides exceptions; requires that any authorization of the use of other languages in printing informational materials or publications for general distribution be approved in open public meeting by the governing board of the relevant public entity; prohibits the denial of employment by the state or a political subdivision based solely upon a person's lack of facility in a foreign language, except where related to certain bona fide job needs; excludes the private sector from restrictions or requirements regarding language usage other than official documents, forms, submissions or communications directed to government agencies and officers. (25 § 300)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2059 (Laura Boyd) - TUITION SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Repeals the Tuition Trust Act and enacts the Oklahoma Tuition Savings Account Act which states legislative intent to encourage post-secondary education and the means by which education be paid; allows state residents to deposit a maximum $5,000 during each taxable year into a tuition savings account; provides an income tax exemption for such contributions and interest thereon; requires accounts to be established as trusts and placed with an account trustee; provides for distribution of funds for eligible tuition expenses. (70 §§ 6020) (See HB 2639)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2060 (Laura Boyd) - TUITION/FEES. This is a shell bill relating to higher education general enrollment fees and nonresident tuition. (70 § 3218.8)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2065 (Cox) - ATHLETIC TRAINERS. Modifies definition of "athletic trainer" so that the term no longer specifies someone who is employed by an educational institution or organized amateur athletic association. The committee substitute deletes outdated language. (59 § 526)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2071 (Hager) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires the advisory committee to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to develop and monitor statistical measurements relating to all aspects of the plans offered by the board; requires the board, upon request of the advisory committee, to provide any information available to a member of the board. (74 § 1304)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2083 (Settle) - JURY DUTY. Requires employers to pay the full regular salary of employees during jury service, unless the employer can show by clear and convincing evidence that such payment would create an undue hardship on the employer; allows an employer to reduce such salary by the amount the employee receives as payment for jury service. (38 § 37)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2087 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to various retirement systems, including the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System (OTRS). The committee substitute authorizes the State Auditor, the Director of Public Affairs, and the State Treasurer to name designees to serve on the Oklahoma State Pension Commission. (74 § 941)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2088 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT/INSURANCE BENEFITS. Deletes the restriction on the life insurance benefit amount for state retirees. The committee substitute adds language providing that, if the basic life insurance amount is increased, a retiree shall have 30 days in which to make an election to continue the increased basic life insurance amount by paying the full cost of the life insurance at the rate and under such terms and conditions as established by the State and Education Employees Group Life Insurance Board; provides that, if the retiree does not make an election, the person shall retain the ability to make payment for the life insurance amount in effect prior to any increase in coverage. (74 § 1316.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2093 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill pertaining to the OTRS. (70 § 17-102)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2104 (Greenwood) - FLAGS. Encourages that flags commemorating the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building be flown throughout the state the week of each year in which April 19 falls, beginning on Sunday through the following Saturday; authorizes the Governor to choose which commemorative flag may be flown on state property each year; adds a Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building commemorative flag to flags authorized to be displayed on publicly owned premises. (25 § 93.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

02/15/96: DO PASS (UNOFFICIAL


* HB 2105 (Greenwood) - STUDENT TESTING. Provides that the term "perform satisfactorily" for purposes of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced testing of students shall mean that the student obtained a score of 80 percent or above on the test. (70 § 1210.508)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2109 (Erwin) - RETIREMENT. Returns the calculation for acquisition of military service credit in OTRS to the method used before Jan. 1, 1991; authorizes a member to make up the 5-percent contributions for a maximum five years of military service by electing to pay the contributions on the basis of the rate of pay in his contract as a teacher at the time the military service commenced or, in the case of a teacher who was not teaching prior to entering the military, on the basis of the salary of the first year of teaching after being honorably discharged. (70 § 17-116.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2127 (Mitchell) - FEE WAIVER. Provides for a waiver of general enrollment fees and nonresident tuition for a maximum five years for children of state employees who have given their lives in the line of duty. (70 § 3218.7a)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2139 (Taylor/Harrison) - SPECIAL AGENCY ACCOUNT. Re-creates the Special Agency Account Board until July 1, 2002. (62 § 7.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SUNSET REVIEW:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/06/96

(89 AYE / 5 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 7 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/12/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/14/96

SUNSET REVIEW


* HB 2146 (McCorkell) - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. This is a shell bill enacting the Economic Development Reform Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* HB 2147 (McCorkell) - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. This is a shell bill enacting the Economic Development Reform Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* HB 2148 (McCorkell) - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. This is a shell bill enacting the Economic Development Reform Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* HB 2164 (Steidley) - STUDENT FEES. Requires each State System institution to annually publish all tuition and fees charged at that institution; requires that the publication be provided free of charge to any person requesting any information relating to tuition or fees at that institution. (70 § 3219.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2165 (Steidley) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that all contracts between hospitals and the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board provide that payment by the board for medical services and treatment be the lesser of 80 percent of the fee schedule allowable or the billed charges. (74 § 3104)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2176 (McCorkell) - PURCHASING. This is a shell bill relating to the Central Purchasing Act. (74 § 85.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2180 (Thomas) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Shell bill relating to the Health and Dental Insurance Reserve Fund. (74 § 1312)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2187 (Greenwood) - STUDENT FEES. Directs the State Regents to promulgate rules providing guidelines for institutions to determine that students with adequate health care coverage do not have to pay a student health care fee. (70 § 3218.12) (See HB 2051)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2188 (Greenwood) - HEALTH PLANS. Requires any funds remaining in a medical savings account at the end of a tax year after all medical expenses have been paid, unless withdrawn, to remain in the account to be used by the account holder for payment of future medical expenses; provides for the transfer of a medical savings account of any employee who is no longer employed by an employer participating in a medical savings account program; modifies the State Employees Benefits Act to expand expenses included in an employee's salary adjustment agreement pursuant to a flexible benefits plan to include premiums for a high-deductible health benefit plan; requires the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to offer a high-deductible health benefit plan with the same co-payments, coinsurance and benefit limits as the basic benefit level but with a higher deductible amount; authorizes an employee participating in a deferred compensation plan to transfer any or all of the amount in an investment option to a medical savings account. (74 § 1371)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2189 (Begley) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires the State and Education Group Insurance Board, unless it has otherwise contracted with an out-of-state hospital, to pay for medical services and treatment rendered by an out-of-state hospital at the same level paid to an in-state hospital if the insured employee was referred to the out-of-state hospital by a physician and the out-of-state hospital is the closest hospital in proximity to the place of residence of the employee. (74 § 1304)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2190 (Begley) - YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP. Shell bill pertaining to the youth apprenticeship program guidelines. (70 § 14-127)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2191 (Hager) - ACADEMIC FORGIVENESS. States legislative intent to authorize an academic forgiveness program in which credits earned more than 10 years ago will not be considered for admission purposes. (70 § 3207.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COM EDUCATION 02/06/96


* HB 2192 (Hager) - YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP. Shell bill pertaining to the Youth Apprenticeship Committee. (70 § 14-128)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2196 (Wells) - NATIONAL GUARD FEE WAIVER. Provides statutory authorization for waiving general enrollment fees and nonresident tuition for Oklahoma National Guard members. (70 § 3218.7a)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2211 (Hutchison) - DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. This is a shell bill pertaining to definitions in the Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act. (40 § 552) (See HB 2370)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2218 (Fields) - HEALTH INSURANCE Requires the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and HMOs under contract with the board, in setting health insurance premiums for active employees and retirees under 65 years of age and effective beginning with the plan year beginning July 1, 1997, to start the monthly premium for active employees at $72 less than the monthly premium for retirees under age 65. (74 § 1306)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2219 (Fields) - PLUMBING CODE. Requires state and political subdivisions, upon official publication of an international plumbing code, to adopt such code. (59 § 1002)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2231 (Voskuhl) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Modifies the membership of the Oklahoma Planning and Coordinating Council for Services to Children and Youth, which includes a member from the State Regents. (10 § 601.7)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILY SVCS


* HB 2235 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. This is a shell bill pertaining to the Life Insurance Reserve Fund of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Plan. (74 § 1312.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2246 (Weese) - OPEN MEETING. Modifies the circumstances regarding permissible use of executive sessions under the Open Meeting Act; prohibits a presentation to the public body from being considered an individual proceeding for purposes of conducting an executive session if a person has requested that a public body consider an action that does not directly affect the person; requires that such meetings be conducted as open meetings. (25 § 307)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/13/96


* HB 2248 (Weese) - OPEN MEETING. This is a shell bill relating to executive sessions authorized by the Open Meeting Act. (25 § 307)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2254 (McCorkell) - BENEFITS. Creates a task force to study and recommend to the legislature for implementation a benefit system to provide 24-hour health and disability coverage; requires that the system function as an alternative to workers' compensation coverage for employers who would opt to cover their employees in said system. (85 § 114)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* HB 2256 (Askins) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Requires any person entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits to report in writing to the employer or the employer's insurance carrier any change in a material fact, improvement in the person's physical condition or income earned or received from any type of employment and the names and addresses of any employer. (85 § 22.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY

02/06/96: DO PASS (UNOFFICIAL)


* HB 2258 (Paulk) - CONTRACTS. Requires a maximum 5-percent preference in the award of public contracts for contractors domiciled in the state; provides for factors to be considered for determination of domicile. (61 § 14)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2261 (Laura Boyd) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, and individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation which provides coverage for a female at least 35 years of age, except for policies that provide coverage for specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage, to include coverage for a routine bone-density test to certain qualified insureds; prohibits such test from being subject to policy deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance limits of he plan. (36 § 6060.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

INSURANCE


* HB 2275 (Ramsey) - INCOME TAX DEDUCTION/TUITION. Provides an income tax deduction for the amount of tuition, fees, books, if purchased at a retail facility owned and operated by the school, and housing costs, including meals if the housing and meals are provided by the school, paid to a public college, university or vocational and technical education institution in the state; prohibits a deduction for amounts paid by or through a grant, scholarship, stipend, employer reimbursement or payment, or any amount subject to a tuition waiver; limits the deduction to those taxable years in which the student maintains an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better. (68 § 2358) (See HB 2748)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2276 (Ramsey) - VALEDICTORIAN SCHOLARSHIPS. States legislative intent that institutions that award scholarships to high-school valedictorians require a certain ACT score to qualify. (70 § 2283)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2285 (Bastin) - JURY DUTY. Provides an exemption from jury duty for persons who have legal custody of a child under the age of 10 who would have to leave the child without adequate supervision. The amended version adds an exemption for "a full-time college student as determined by the respective college or university."` (70 § 14-140)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

AMENDED AND PASSED HOUSE 93-5 02/14/96


* HB 2286 (Bastin) - TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER. Authorizes the Board of Vocational and Technical Education, subject to the availability of funds and in conjunction with the Department of Commerce, to develop a Computer Assisted Technology Transfer (CATT) Program; requires the emphasis of the program to be to assist in the development of unique public/private manufacturing partnerships, to build an electronic network for the exchange of information and manufacturing technologies between the public and private sectors and to offer training and education. (70 § 14-140)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


* HB 2302 (Leist) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires individual and group health insurance policies, HMOs, and pre-paid health plans that provide coverage on an expense-incurred basis, and individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation which provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care following a vaginal delivery and a minimum of 96 hours of inpatient care following a cesarean section for a mother and the newborn child; authorizes the method to elect to be discharged earlier without coverage being affected; provides an exception for policies or contracts that provide coverage for post-delivery care in the home; provides requirements for post-delivery home care. (36 § 6060.1) (See SB 684, HBs 2330, 2348, 2655)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2309 (Deutschendorf) - TEMPORARY TEACHERS. Authorizes a school district to employ a teacher or allow a teacher under contract to teach a grade level or curricular area in which the teacher is not licensed on a temporary basis to accommodate increases or decreases in student population; limits such placement to one semester; allows teacher assistants to monitor interactive video instructional programs or classes taught through distance learning technology; requires the State Board of Education to establish personnel requirements for interactive video programs or classes taught through distance learning technology which allow non-certified persons or teacher assistants to monitor certain distance learning classrooms. (70 § 6-108)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2316 (Hager) - AREA VO-TECH DISTRICTS. Requires the board of education of an area vocational-technical school district, within 30 days after an election to make or change the amount of a levy for such district, to notify the county clerk of each county in which the district is located of the results of the election, the amount of the levy, if approved, and the local school districts in the county which will be affected by the levy. (70 § 14-108)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2326 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Accelerates increases in employer contribution rates for OTRS. (70 § 17-108.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2330 (Betty Boyd) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires HMOs and pre-paid health plan agreements or contracts and individual and group health insurance policies that provide coverage on an expense incurred basis, and individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation which provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hour of inpatient care following a vaginal delivery and a minimum of 96 hours of inpatient care following a cesarean section for a mother and the newborn child; authorizes the method to elect to be discharged earlier without coverage being affected; provides an exception for policies or contracts that provide coverage for post-delivery care in the home; provides requirements for post-delivery home care. (36 § 6060.1) (See SB 684, HBs 2302, 2348, 2655)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2336 (Betty Boyd) - LICENSE PLATES. Modifies the university and college supporter license plates to include private universities and colleges. The committee substitute requires that $20 of the additional $25 fee for each plate designating a particular state university or college be apportioned to the appropriate institution and $20 for each plate designating a private university or college be credited to the State Regents for support of the Regents' scholarship program. (47 § 1136)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC SAFETY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/13/96


* HB 2337 (Gray) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires cabinet secretaries, by Jan. 1, 1997, to review administrative rules, including those that are not part of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, which should be modified or repealed because they are obsolete, unenforceable, unnecessarily burdensome, duplicative or of no administrative benefit, and to report such rules to the Governor, speaker of the House and Senate president pro tempore; requires cabinet secretaries by Jan. 1, 1997, to review statutes to determine if administrative rules should be adopted and to report such statutes to the Governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tempore; requires that, if an emergency rule is superseded by another emergency rule prior to enactment of a permanent rule, the latter emergency rule shall retain the same expiration date as the superseded emergency rule, unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature; requires the Governor, rather than the agency, to provide notification to legislative leaders and The Oklahoma Register of rules approved or disapproved by the Governor; states that the standard of proof required in individual proceedings to be a preponderance of the evidence. (75 § 250.6)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW


* HB 2348 (Roach/Penny Williams) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires health benefit plan contracts issued, amended, renewed or delivered on or after Jan. 1, 1997, that provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care following a vaginal delivery, a minimum of 96 hours of inpatient care following a cesarean section for a mother and newborn child and for postpartum home care following a vaginal delivery if childbirth occurs at home; authorizes a plan to provide coverage for a shorter length of hospital inpatient stay for services related to maternity and newborn care under certain conditions; provides that, if coverage would be provided under a contract subject to a capitated or per-discharge rate, the plan must provide supplementary reimbursement to providers for the additional services required by that coverage. (36 § 6060.1) (See SB 684, HBs 2302, 2330, 2655)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2355 (Weaver) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that a retired OTRS member who qualifies to continue participation in a state insurance plan may continue participation even if the education employer from which the person retired or terminated service with a vested benefit subsequently obtains health and dental insurance coverage from another carrier. (74 § 1316.3)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 2366 (Staggs) - ASSAULT ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEE. Makes it a felony to knowingly commit an assault, battery, or assault and battery, without justifiable or excusable cause, upon a public employee who is in the performance of any duties as a public employee; defines "public employee" as any elected or appointed officer or any employee of the state, a county, or a city. (21 § 650.9)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

CRIMINAL JUSTICE


* HB 2367 (Staggs) - SECTION THIRTEEN LANDS. This is a shell bill relating to the Section Thirteen Fund State Educational Institutions. (70 § 619) (See HB 2368)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2368 (Staggs) - SECTION THIRTEEN LANDS. This is a shell bill relating to the Section Thirteen lands. (70 § 3904) (See HB 2367)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2370 (Staggs) - DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. This is a shell bill relating to the Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act. (40 § 557) (See HB 2211)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2373 (Askins) - AGENCY CLEARING ACCOUNTS. Authorizes the use of certain agency special accounts as clearing accounts; authorizes the treasurer to accept checks deposited directly into State Treasury funds if the depositing state agency maintains sufficient balances in its agency clearing account to cover return items; authorizes agencies to maintain sufficient balances in agency clearing accounts to cover returned checks, credit card adjustments, credit card returns and other debit items; makes such balances subject to approval by the treasurer; eliminates fees charged by the treasurer for issuing copies of warrants, court-ordered account maintenance and administration of credit card programs. (62 § 89.6)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2377 (Thornbrugh) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. This is a shell bill relating to contributions under the Employment Security Act. (40 § 3-102)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2384 (Seikel) - TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. Authorizes reimbursement to state officers and employees for local transportation costs incurred traveling between optional lodging and a designated hotel, motel or other public lodging if the combined total costs for the optional lodging and transportation is equal to or less than the rate charged by the designated lodging place. (74 § 500.9)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2394 (Seikel) - PURCHASING. Requires agencies subject to the Central Purchasing Act to acquire all supplies, material, and equipment from statewide contracts; exempts individual offices, divisions or entities of the Tourism and Recreation Department and the Department of Human Services, for single purchases of less than $750, if certain conditions are met. (74 § 85.7b)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2396 (Seikel) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that a health insurance plan, policy or HMO shall not prohibit or limit in this state any person who is a participant or beneficiary of the policy or plan from selecting a pharmacy or pharmacist of his choice who has agreed to participate in the plan according to the terms offered by the insurer, or deny a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate as a contract provider under the policy or plan if the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to provide pharmacy services that meet the terms and requirements set forth by the insurer under the policy or plan and agrees to the terms of reimbursement set forth by the insurer; provides that it constitutes unprofessional conduct for a pharmacy or pharmacist to waive, discount, rebate or in any way distort the designated copayment of any insurer plan or patient's co-insurance portion of a prescription medication coverage plan; prohibits insurers from imposing upon a beneficiary any copayment, fee or condition that is not equally imposed upon all beneficiaries in the plan. (36 § 3634.3)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2400 (Clay Pope) - EQUINE ACTIVITIES. Creates the Oklahoma Equine Activities Liability Limitation Act; defines terms; provides equine activity sponsors and professionals with immunity from liability for injuries suffered by participants in equine activities resulting from inherent risks, with certain exceptions; requires posting of notice regarding law. (76 § 50.1) (See SB 784, SB 1046)

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SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2404 (Hutchison/Weedn) - WILDLIFE. Prohibits certain persons from possessing any bear or cat that will grow to reach the weight of 50 lbs. or more; prohibits the sale, purchase, barter, trade, ownership or possession of any wildlife deemed potentially dangerous to humans, except as otherwise provided by law; provides an exception for State System institutions and medical research facilities. (29 § 5-414)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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WILDLIFE


* HB 2409 (Adkins) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Provides for a $500 state income tax credit to eligible employers for employing or hiring an Oklahoma resident who has graduated from a four-year public or private Oklahoma college or university within one year prior to employment and has worked at least one full year for the eligible employer. (68 § 2357.25)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2422 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to calculation of retirement benefits for OTRS. (70 § 17-116.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2430 (Settle) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to workers' compensation equivalent insurance products. (85 § 65)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2440 (O'Neal) - GED COURSES. Authorizes school districts to offer GED courses and equivalent testing programs at high schools, vocational-technical schools and community colleges within the district. (70 § 11-111)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2441 (O'Neal) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to workers' compensation coverage for public employees. (85 § 2b)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2447 (Maddux) - RISK MANAGEMENT. Requires the Department of Central Services' risk management administrator to approve an agency request for the purchase of a policy, upon certification of need to justify the purchase of a policy covering a risk not adequately insured through the policy which otherwise would be purchased on behalf of the agency; authorizes an agency to submit a request for arbitration of a claim, in the event an agency covered by a policy purchased through the risk management program disputes the determination of an adjuster with respect to coverage, exclusions or the nature or extent of damage; prescribes arbitration procedures; provides for alternative legal means to resolve issues. (74 § 85.34)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2469 (McCorkell) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to certified workplace medical plans for workers' compensation insurance. (85 § 14.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2470 (Deutschendorf) - PURCHASING. Relates to purchasing prison industries goods. The committee substitute creates an Oklahoma Prison Industry Marketing Development Advisory Task Force to research, plan and inform the Legislature and cooperative marketing associations desiring to invest in and create and design joint ventures for the production, processing, handling and marketing of products grown, made or manufactured within correctional settings; requires one member be well-versed in the areas of agricultural economics, marketing, production and business and finance. (57 § 549.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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CORRECTIONS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2471 (Cozort) - AUDITS. Creates the Legislative Review of State Audits Act; requires an agency, upon completion of a final audit report, to deliver three copies to the speaker of the House and three to the Senate president pro tempore; provides for confidential material; provides for committee review and requires agency cooperation; requires agencies, upon receipt of final audit reports from the auditor, to implement the recommendations, unless implementation would result in a substantial additional cost to the agency or state, require statutory changes, be against state policy or legislative intent for the agency or program or be otherwise disadvantageous to the agency or state; requires the agency, if unable to implement the recommendations, to include with copies of the final audit report written statements for each recommendation explaining in detail the reasons for not implementing such recommendations. (74 § 452.10)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2474 (Cozort) - TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. Makes the State Travel Reimbursement Act mandatory for all agencies, deletes the University Hospitals from the list of agencies authorized certain exceptions and or exemptions from the act; authorizes state agencies to enter into contracts and agreements for payment of classroom space, food and lodging expenses for employees attending official conferences, meetings or training sessions conducted or sponsored by the agencies; prohibits the cost for food and lodging for each employee from exceeding the total daily rate provided in the State Travel Reimbursement Act; permits reimbursement for emergency travel by commercial airplane on a first-class basis, if coach class space is not available within a reasonable time and if such travel is authorized by the Department of Central Services; requires that claims for reimbursement for transportation by commercial airline be accompanied by an airline receipt which includes information as to class of accommodation for which reimbursement is claimed; provides limitations on in-state and out-of-state travel reimbursements; requires all agencies to submit biannual travel expenditure reports to the speaker of the House, the Senate president pro tempore, the chair of the House Committee on Appropriations and Budget, the chair of the Senate Joint Committee on Budget and Program Oversight and the Department of Central Services; requires committee chairs to provide for committee review of such reports; requires that claims or invoices submitted to the director of state finance for payment of purchase or commercial airline tickets include the airline identifying ticket number, the name of the airline, total cost of each ticket purchased, class of accommodation, Social Security number and name of the employee for whom the ticket was purchased; requires that such claims be filed on claim forms prescribed by the finance director; requires an affidavit stating that the employee used any direct purchase commercial airline ticket received for the employee's approved out-of-state travel. (74 § 456.3) (See HB 2481)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2475 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Provides for the transfer, on July 1, 1996, of $25 million to OTRS from the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board reserve fund. (74 § 1312)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2477 (McCorkell) - ACCOUNTABILITY/SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Shell bill relating to the Office of Accountability and the Secretary of Education. (70 § 3-117)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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EDUCATION


* HB 2478 (Betty Boyd) - GENETIC PRIVACY. Creates the Genetic Privacy and Nondiscrimination Act; prohibits the disclosure of genetic information about an individual, unless such disclosure is specifically authorized by the individual involved or the legal representative of the individual through a written authorization; prohibits an employer from seeking to obtain, obtaining or using the genetic information of an employee or prospective employee or requiring a genetic test of an employee or prospective employee to distinguish between or discriminate against or restrict any right or benefit otherwise due or available to such person; prohibits an insurer offering health insurance from using genetic information to reject, deny, limit, cancel, refuse to renew, increase the rates of, or otherwise affect health insurance of an applicant for insurance or an insured, with exceptions. The committee substitute creates the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act; prohibits an insurer offering health insurance from using certain genetic information to establish premiums, limit, renew or terminate coverage or any other underwriting decision in connection with the offer, sale or renewal or continuation of a life or accident and health insurance policy, except to the extent and in the same fashion an insurer limits coverage or increases premiums for loss caused or contributed to by other medical conditions presenting an increased degree of risk; authorizes insurers to request genetic information or a genetic test for certain purposes if the cost of the test and any prior genetic counseling is paid by the insurer, the test or information is not a condition for coverage and the insurer obtains the individual's written informed consent for the test; requires the insurance commissioner to develop standardized language for an informed consent disclosure form to be given to an applicant for life insurance who takes a genetic test or provides genetic information to an insurer. (36 § 3614.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2480 (Rice) - HOLIDAYS. Adds and clarifies state holidays; modifies the list of holidays to include Saturday and the day after Thanksgiving Day; requires that, if holidays fall on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be a holiday that year; authorizes the governor to issue an executive order each year specifying the dates on which the holidays other than Saturdays and Sundays occur; authorizes state employees to observe such holidays without loss of pay. (25 § 82.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2481 (Rice) - TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. This is a shell bill relating to travel and lodging expenses under the State Travel Reimbursement Act. (74 § 500.9) (See HB 2474)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2488 (Bryant) - EDUCATION REFORM. Creates the 1996 Education Reform Act. (70 § 1-130)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2502 (Anthony) - HEALTH CARE. Requires hospitals, insurers and other entities offering or providing health care services or insurance to figure into billing to the individual any discounted price for services which has been contracted for with an insurer who is responsible for payment of the services under a health benefit plan, so that any payment obligation of the individual is based on the discounted price of the services. (63 § 1-744)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2503 (Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Act; requires state agencies which use telecommunications to develop a telecommunications plan and receive prior written authorization from the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority before entering into any agreement to acquire, develop or enhance a telecommunications system; requires the State Regents to establish and maintain a statewide telecommunications system to be known as OneNet; creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority Board; provides for membership; creates the Oklahoma Telecommunications Authority with a director appointed by the Authority; creates the Telecommunications Revolving Fund; provides that the authority board and the Office of State Finance shall prepare a proposed plan for the transfer in whole or in part of the Information Services Division of the finance office to the Authority; provides that all telecommunications networks operated by educational or government entities shall be considered to be part of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN); modifies membership of the State Data Processing and Telecommunications Advisory Committee. (74 § 8201) (See SB 782, HB 2511)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


* HB 2510 (Perry) - PURCHASING. This is a shell bill relating to definitions in the Central Purchasing Act. (74 § 85.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2511 (Perry) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN). (62 § 41.5m) (See SB 782, HB 2503)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


* HB 2512 (Bryant) - VOLUNTEERISM. Transfers the Office of Volunteerism from the Office of the Secretary of State to the Department of Civil Emergency Management; creates a 15-member Oklahoma Commission on Volunteerism which includes a representative of a college or university active in volunteerism. (63 § 683.29)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2513 (Bryant) - VOLUNTEERISM. Creates a 15-member Oklahoma Commission on Volunteerism which includes a representative of a college or university active in volunteerism. (74 § 8004.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2525 (Dank) - UNIFIED UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. States legislative intent that a unified university system be created which would allow all State System institutions to function as a team; that all four-year universities be aligned with OU, OSU, UCO, or UCT; that the Secretary of Education be a member of the State Regents, the State Board of Education, and the State Board of Vocational-Technical Education. (70 § 3103.1)

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EDUCATION


* HB 2526 (Dank) - SCHOOL TESTING. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma School Testing Program Act. (70 § 1210.507)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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EDUCATION


* HB 2532 (Hamilton) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to OTRS. (70 § 17-102)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2533 (Hamilton) - STATE INSURANCE FUND. This is a shell bill relating to the creation and purpose of the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 131)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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JUDICIARY


* HB 2534 (Hamilton) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Provides methods for political subdivisions to obtain legal representation. (74 § 20i)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2538 (Toure) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. This is a shell bill relating to the employees of the University Hospitals. (63 § 3211)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2563 (Hager) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Allows for alternative teacher certification standards for teachers of students in a residential or treatment facility. (70 § 1210.567)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2581 (Pettigrew) - JOB TRAINING. Creates the Oklahoma Block Grant Job Training, Job Placement and Education Act; states purpose to provide a self-sufficiency program that is concentrated on moving welfare recipients along the continuum from dependence on society through independence to the opportunity to contribute to society; provides that the program would focus on employment, job training, job placement, and education. (56 § 230.19) (See SB 1159)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2583 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Prescribes procedures for notification to members and beneficiaries of various retirement systems, including OTRS, providing information regarding the total assets, liabilities and unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the system; requires an explanation of such information, to include an estimate of the dollar amount of returned contributions or the dollar amount of estimated future benefits. (70 § 17-102.4)

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RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2608 (Paulk) - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS. Prohibits state agencies from barring employees from distributing materials for a job-related organization on agency-controlled property during nonworking time, unless there are special circumstances making such ban necessary in order to maintain services; provides that no one shall prevent representatives of such groups from distributing membership materials in public areas of buildings occupied by state agencies; requires state agencies to distribute membership materials for job-related organizations to employees with paychecks, or notices of deposit, at least once annually, provided such materials do not require additional postage. (74 § 840-2.28)

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RULES


* HB 2614 (Claunch) - ETHICS. Deletes language limiting contributor-statement requirement to contributions exceeding $50. (74 O.S. Supp. 1995, Ch. 62)

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RULES


* HB 2621 (Paulk) - LABOR RELATIONS. Creates the State Employees Fair Labor Relations Act; states legislative findings that it is desirable to set forth policies which will allow an equal partnership with the representative groups of state employees who have met requirements as established by law. (74 § 842.1)

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COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2626 (Stites) - RETIREMENT. Provides that in lieu of terminating employment and accepting a retirement allowance as provided by law, any member of OTRS with not less than 20 years of creditable service and who is eligible to receive a service retirement pension may elect to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System Deferred Option Plan; provides that duration of participation in such plan for a member shall not exceed five years; provides that at the conclusion of a member's participation in the deferred option plan, the member shall terminate employment with all participating employers and shall start receiving the member's accrued monthly retirement benefit from the system; provides that when a member begins participation in the deferred option plan, the contribution of the employee shall cease, but employer contributions shall continue and be credited equally to the teachers' retirement system and the deferred option plan; provides for cost of living increases and the earning of interest; provides for optional methods of payment of benefits. (70 § 17-116.2A)

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RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2629 (McCorkell) - TECHNOLOGY. Creates the Technology Infrastructure Finance Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2633 (Ferguson) - AGENCY CLOSINGS. Provides for temporary closure of state agencies; provides an exemption for employees of State System institutions. (74 § 840-2.20A)

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RULES


* HB 2634 (Ferguson) - REMEDIAL COURSES. Requires that charges for higher education remedial courses be paid by the public school district from which the student graduated; provides for notification of the district by the institution of the charge for each remedial course and requires payment by the district within 60 days of notification; provides for review of such charge at the request of the district; allows the charge to be waived upon a showing that the negligence of the school district was not the proximate cause of the student requiring the remedial course; requires the State Regents to promulgate rules establishing guidelines for the hearing and determination. (70 § 3218.14)

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SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2635 (Ferguson) - TRANSFER OF CREDITS. This is a shell bill relating to the transfer of credits among higher education institutions. (70 § 3207.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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EDUCATION


* HB 2639 (Greenwood) - SCHOOL SAVINGS. Creates the "School Savings Act; states legislative intent to encourage education and the means by which education can be paid for; allows state residents to deposit a maximum $5,000 during each taxable year into a tuition savings account; provides an income tax exemption for such contributions and interest thereon; requires accounts to be established as trusts and placed with an account trustee; provides for distribution of funds for eligible tuition expenses. (70 §§ 24-160) (See HB 2059)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2640 (O'Neal) - SOCIAL WORKER LICENSE. This is a shell bill relating to the issuance of social worker licenses. (59 § 1261.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

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PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2652 (Mitchell) - EMPLOYEE SAFETY. Establishes penalty for anyone who threats or intimidates any state employee while the employee is performing official duties. (21 § 545.1)

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SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

CRIMINAL JUSTICE


* HB 2655 (Voskuhl/Brown) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Creates the Post-Delivery Care for Mothers and Newborns Act; requires insurers that offer maternity benefits to provide coverage for a mother and the newborn infant for a minimum of 24 hours of inpatient care following an uncomplicated vaginal delivery and a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care following delivery by cesarean section; requires that any decision to shorten the length of inpatient stay must be made by the attending providers after conferring with the mother. The committee substitute requires insurers that offer maternity benefits to provide coverage appropriate for the duration of time to meet guidelines which indicate that it is unlikely that mothers and infants can meet medical criteria and conditions for release in less than 48 hours following a normal vaginal delivery and 96 hours following a cesarean delivery; requires that any decision to shorten the length of inpatient stay be made by the attending providers after conferring with the mother; requires that, if a mother and newborn are discharged after a shorter stay, coverage must provide for a follow-up visit within 48 hours of discharge. (36 § 6060.1) (See SB 684, HBs 2302, 2330, 2348)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILY SVCS:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/08/96


* HB 2673 (Johnson) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to reporting injuries to the Workers' Compensation Court. (85 § 24.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2677 (Seikel) - OU MANAGED CARE. This is a shell bill relating to payments from the OU Managed Care Plan to the Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund. (36 § 631) (See SB 890, HB 2801)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2681 (Roach/Muegge) - DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING. Outlines conditions which shall apply if the State Board of Health authorizes the use of hair as a testing sample for purposes of testing under the Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act; provides penalties for disseminating test results to any person except the employer of the tested employee, or using test results for an unauthorized purpose. (40 § 557)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/08/96


* HB 2690 (Paulk) - PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS. Creates the Oklahoma Privatization Functions Act; prohibits agencies from making privatization contracts unless certain requirements are met; requires competitive bidding; prohibits contract terms from exceeding one year; requires that contracts contain provisions requiring the contractor to offer available employee positions to qualified regular employees of the agency whose state employment is terminated because of the privatization contract and who satisfy the hiring criteria of the contractor; requires submission of comprehensive cost estimate. (74 § 595.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2717 (McCorkell) - UNIVERSITY CENTER AT TULSA. This is a shell bill relating to the University Center at Tulsa. (70 § 4601)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2721 (Erwin) - RETIREMENT. Authorizes a member of the OTRS to receive credit for substitute teaching in any state common school. (70 § 17-116.2A)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2728 (Toure) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. This is a shell bill relating to filing a claim under the Employment Security Act of 1980; authorizes certain agencies, including the OU Center for Economic and Management Research, to have access to certain confidential information. (40 § 4-508)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/08/96


* HB 2731 (Toure) - PREVAILING WAGE. Enacts the Oklahoma Prevailing Wage Act; requires payment of prevailing hourly rate of wages; provides for an annual determination of wage rates; mandates certain findings of the commissioner of labor be final; provides act will not be construed as limiting wages paid or hours worked; authorizes certain investigations and audits; declares certain contractors ineligible to bid on public works contracts. (40 § 196.20)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* HB 2732 (Toure) - RISK MANAGEMENT. Requires the Risk Management Administrator to provide for the reimbursement of personal property casualty losses sustained by state employees if the loss to personal property was a result of the performance of an authorized duty or responsibility of the employee sustained while the employee was in the course of employment. (74 § 85.34H)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2747 (Phillips) - OPEN MEETING. This is a shell bill referring to the Open Meeting Act. (25 § 301)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2748 (Anthony) - TUITION/TAX DEDUCTION. Allows an income tax deduction in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1995, for the amount of tuition paid by a taxpayer to a public or private college or university located in this state; limits the deduction to $500; no deduction shall be allowed for any amount of tuition paid by or through a grant, scholarship, stipend, employer reimbursement or payment, or any amount subject to a tuition waiver. (68 § 2358) (See HB 2275)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

REVENUE & TAXATION


* HB 2751 (Coleman) - TEACHER EDUCATION. States legislative intent that teacher education programs incorporate a curriculum that prepares teacher candidates to teach reading skills that include phonics, decoding skills, and strong literature and language comprehension; provides information about the teaching strategy and assessment that ensures accountability; provides an intensive early intervention program that provides tutoring to prevent reading failure. (70 § 6-185)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2753 (Coleman) - TEACHER EDUCATION. Requires teacher candidates to be prepared to instruct students in a balanced and comprehensive reading program that includes phonics, decoding skills, language comprehension, ongoing evaluation that ensures accountability, and tutoring for children at risk of reading failure. (70 § 6-185)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2754 (Anthony) - OKLAHOMA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE/MATH. Modifies membership qualifications of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; requires a graduate degree and current practice in an occupation related to math and science for certain members. (70 § 1210.401)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2756 (Anthony) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Fairness in Managed Care Act. (63 § 1-3000.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2758 (Coleman) - NURSES AIDES. Creates a Certified Nursing Aides Advisory Council which shall have the power and duty to determine qualifications of applicants for nursing aide certification. (63 § 1-1950.4)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2759 (Anthony) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Requires the University Hospitals to comply with certain provisions of the Personnel Act and the Central Purchasing Act under certain circumstances. (63 § 3213.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2761 (Coleman) - TEACHER EDUCATION/REIMBURSEMENT. Requires a school district to reimburse teachers and administrators for enrollment fees when they have completed a course or program in intensive systematic phonics instruction. (70 § 6-194)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2776 (Steidley) - GUARANTEED STUDENT LOANS. Expands the authorization of the State Regents to administer the student guaranteed loan program under the federal Higher Education Act of 1965; permits the State Regents to notify each licensing board in the state of the default of payment; authorizes the State Regents to establish and implement any program to collect on defaulted student loans as are prescribed by federal law, including administrative garnishment and wage withholding. (70 § 623) (See HB 2887)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2789 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the Teachers' Retirement System Defined Contribution Plan Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2792 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the Comprehensive Public Retirement Systems Contribution Adjustment Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2794 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the Cost of Living Adjustment Modification Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2795 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the Public Retirement System Unfunded Liability Reform Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2797 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the Public Retirement Systems Reform Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2801 (Seikel) - OU MANAGED CARE. Modifies requirements for payment and deposit of the premium tax deposited to the credit of the Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund. (36 § 631) (See SB 890, HB 2677)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

REVENUE & TAXATION


* HB 2807 (Blackburn) - BOMBING REMEMBRANCE. Establishes April 19 of each year as "Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Day" and requires that the sacrifices of persons who lost their lives or were injured in the bombing and their loved ones be commemorated on that day; requests that teachers and students observe the day with appropriate exercises. (25 § 90.9)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2809 (Hamilton) - STATE AGENCY REFORM. Creates the State Agency Reform and Improvement Act.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2819 (Steidley/Haney) - BUDGET/PROGRAM OVERSIGHT. Modifies the duties of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget and Program Oversight to delete the requirement that the panel oversee executive branch compliance with the legislative intent of appropriation measures. (62 § 41.47)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2820 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a shell bill for general appropriations.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2821 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a shell bill for general appropriations.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2841 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the University Hospitals Authority.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2846 (Ramsey) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2850 (Laura Boyd) - LEAVE SHARING. Deletes the requirement that, for purposes of using shared leave, a medical certificate to be submitted by a state employee to the chief executive officer of his or her employer verify the "severe or extraordinary nature" of the employee's condition; requires that the said certificate verify the need for the leave and expected duration of the condition. (74 § 840-2.23)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2859 (Laura Boyd) - VIOLENCE PREVENTION. Creates the Oklahoma Project for Violence Prevention within the State Department of Health; states purpose of project to address various forms of violence by providing information, technical assistance, support and facilitation to local communities and to public and private agencies in order to develop and implement community-based plans and programs for violence prevention. (63 § 1-250)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2861 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT FUNDS. Provides that statutes limiting use of state pension funds to benefit-related purposes and exempting such funds from attachment, garnishment, and other legal actions shall not apply to actions for child support or qualified domestic orders requiring payment of child support or payment of marital property. (70 § 17-109)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* HB 2875 (Adkins) - TUITION/INCOME TAX CREDIT. Provides an income tax credit for tuition paid to a state college or university by certified teachers seeking advanced degrees and for municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers in pursuit of a degree in law enforcement. (68 § 2357)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

REVENUE & TAXATION


* HB 2887 (Settle) - GUARANTEED STUDENT LOANS. Authorizes the State Regents to establish and implement programs to collect on defaulted student loans as are prescribed by federal law, including administrative garnishment and wage withholding; specifies procedures for licensing boards to suspend or not renew licenses, including driver licenses, of individuals in default on a student loan; provides for reinstatement or renewal of licenses. The committee substitute adds language providing for exceptions in hardship cases. (70 § 623) (See HB 2776)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2890 (Settle) - CONTRACTS. Authorizes state agencies to enter into contracts and agreements for payment of classroom space, food and lodging expenses for employees attending official conferences, meetings or training sessions conducted or sponsored by the agencies. (74 § 500.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/09/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: GEN'L GOV & JUDICIARY


* HB 2899 (Leist) - INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Modifies the mission of the Oklahoma International Trade Development Council to include promotion of marketing strategies and policies at the request of economic development entities. (2 § 3002)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

AGRICULTURE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/96


* HB 2906 (Kinnamon) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. The committee substitute authorizes government entities, higher education institutions and public trusts to insure, for workers' compensation purposes, through any combination of self-insurance or insurance with licensed insurance carriers other than the State Insurance Fund, if it can be demonstrated that such policy will result in a lower cost than one with the fund; deletes the fund commissioner's authority to reinsure risks; requires the State Insurance Commissioner to rotate actuaries used to perform examinations on insurance companies; exempts the fund from a provisions relating to state financial emergencies and hiring freezes. (74 § 840-2.14)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE COM SUB DO PASS 02/15/96


* HB 2927 (Steidley) - GOVERNMENTAL TORT CLAIMS. For purposes of the Governmental Tort Claims Act, provides that, before undertaking the defense of an employee, the state or political subdivision shall make a determination that the employee was acting within the scope of employment; provides that the cost of legal defense which may be considered in meeting a deductible under a policy of insurance shall be the responsibility of the agency. (74 § 20g)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2934 (Glover/Stipe) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Adds definitions to the Health Care Freedom of Choice Act; provides that an accident and health insurance policy may provide for the application of deductibles and copayment provisions; provides that benefits available under such a policy, at the option of the insured, shall be assignable to a practitioner or hospital; provides that a practitioner or hospital shall be compensated directly by an insurer when certain conditions are met. (36 § 6054)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/13/96


* HB 2948 (Paulk) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Modifies the choice of physicians under workplace medical plans; allows employers to obtain comprehensive 24-hour coverage disability compensation, instead of workers' compensation coverage, under a pilot program approved by the insurance commissioner. (85 § 14)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2952 (Glover) - SCHOOL LANDS. Shell bill relating to school lands and the Commissioners of the Land Office. (64 § 181)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

AGRICULTURE


* HB 2955 (Anthony) - HEALTH CARE. Provides for a Managed Health Care Standards Act; states legislative intent to provide for consumer protection and physician, provider and health plan fairness and effective quality assurance and utilization review in the delivery of services provided by managed health care plans; authorizes the organization and management of managed health care plans; directs the commissioner of health to consult and coordinate with the insurance commissioner to ensure that, to the extent reasonable and practical, there is no contradiction or conflict between rules promulgated by the Board of Health for the implementation of the act and the rules of the Insurance Department that apply to health insurers required to be licensed by the department and who offer or provide managed health care plans; requires the Department of Health to establish a system of receiving and investigating complaints made by individuals covered by or enrolled in a managed health care plan or by health care providers. (63 § 2501)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2967 (Wells) - BOARD OF DENTISTRY. Creates the Board of Dentistry to replace the Board of Governors of the Registered Dentists of Oklahoma; changes terms throughout statutes; outlines powers and duties; authorizes the Board to, without examination, issue a dental intern permit to a graduate of an approved dental school or college who is otherwise qualified, upon request of the governing body of any public or private institution for the graduate to serve as a dental intern or resident in the institution, with limited duties as defined in the permit. (59 § 328.26) (See SB 737)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* HB 2973 (Roach) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Requires a hospital or clinical program which acts in cooperation with a state physician training institution to use the institution as the administrative agent for internship and residency programs which are approved for funding by the Physician Manpower Training Commission; broadens the scope of certain programs regarding physician, clinical and hospital costs, criteria and procedure, affiliation agreements, application of certain fund for supplying residents and interns in certain programs and determining specific level of funding; expands the purpose and use of the community preceptor physician training and work experience scholarship fund; expands certain cost-sharing programs. (70 § 625.14)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2976 (Clay Pope) - AGRICULTURE MARKETING. Creates the Oklahoma Marketing Development Advisory Task Force for the purpose of advising and providing information to agricultural cooperative marketing associations desiring to make investments into and create and design joint ventures for the development and advancement of the production, processing, handling and marketing of Oklahoma's agricultural commodities; the Task Force includes a representative from OSU. (2 § 362)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

AGRICULTURE


* HB 2977 (Laura Boyd) - PURCHASING. Authorizes the state purchasing director, subject to the Director of Central Services, to enter into any contract or agreement to implement the provisions of the Central Purchasing Act; excepts from the purview of the act purchases of pharmaceuticals available through a multistate or multigovernmental contract if such pharmaceuticals are on or have been on state contract within the last fiscal year and the terms of such contract are more favorable to the state or agency than the terms of a state contract for the same products as determined by the State Purchasing Director. (74 § 85.5)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/09/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: HUMAN SERVICES


* HB 2987 (Leist) - GIFT REPORTING. Requires gifts to officers, governing boards, state agencies, counties, municipalities, towns and school districts to comply with certain requirements; provides reporting requirements. (60 § 381)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/09/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: GEN'AL GOV & JUDICIARY


* HB 2993 (Leonard Sullivan) - ENDOWMENT TRUST. Prohibits the Legislature from appropriating or transferring monies to the State Regents' Endowment Trust Fund; states legislative intent that the State Regents not transfer into the trust fund any state monies appropriated or transferred to the Regents. (70 § 3951)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 2995 (Leonard Sullivan) - OU LAW CENTER. Abolishes the OU Law Center; removes from the membership of the Domestic Relations Recodification Committee the member who is an OU law professor appointed by the director of the Law Center; modifies the distribution of the Oklahoma Statutes and Session Laws to OU from 55 copies to five copies, to be placed in the OU library. (43 § 700.2)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2999 (Tim Pope) - PURCHASING. Authorizes a state agency to purchase a product or service which is available from the Prison Industries Program from another vendor upon providing documentation to the Department of Central Services that the product or service to be provided by the other vendor is of equal or greater quality than available from Prison Industries and at a cost equal to or less than the cost if provided by the Department of Corrections' program. (57 § 549.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 3017 (Leonard Sullivan) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Provides that charges for medical and related services for workers' compensation purposes shall be the lesser of the usual and customary charges of the health care provider or the usual, customary and reasonable charges as prescribed and limited by a schedule of fees for all medical providers; limits duration of treatment to the usual, customary and reasonable duration as prescribed and limited by a schedule of treatment for all medical providers. (85 § 14)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 3019 (Leonard Sullivan) - UNIVERSITY FUNDS. Adds to the powers of the State Regents making information regarding university funds, including trust and endowment funds, available for public inspection; requires university-related private foundations to disclose records regarding funds. (70 § 3206)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 3021 (Betty Boyd) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance policies and plans provide coverage for certain equipment, supplies and related services for treatment of diabetes, and for self-management training. (36 § 6060.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

INSURANCE


* HB 3022 (Webb) - LOBBYING. Prohibits state-government entities and legal entities who are at least partially government funded from using such funds to support or oppose political candidates or officeholders or for direct lobbying, either state or national; repeals provision relating to use of public funds for certain activities. (74 § 4254.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HB 3030 (Widener) - DISABILITIES. Creates an Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services for Individuals with Disabilities Act; creates a State Department of Rehabilitation Services; provides that the Department may cooperate with the State Department of Education and with the state public postsecondary education system to provide instruction, individual counseling and guidance and related rehabilitation services for eligible students with disabilities; permits the Department to cooperate with school districts, public secondary schools, and the state public postsecondary education system to employ personnel to assist in the vocational orientation of students with disabilities. (7 § 1-2-402)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HB 3034 (Key) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Health Maintenance Organization Act. (36 § 4602)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET



HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS


* HJR 1061 (Webb) - APPROPRIATIONS. Proposes a constitutional amendment that would provide that appropriations for common schools be passed prior to final passage of any other appropriation measure, and be approved by both houses permitting transmittal to the governor at least 30 calendar days prior to sine die adjournment; requires that such measures also receive final passage at least 20 days prior to the date as of which any other appropriation measure receives final approval by either house; provides that this not be construed to prohibit the passage of measures containing increases in common school appropriations subsequent to final passage of such appropriations.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/09/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: EDUCATION


* HJR 1062 (Webb) - APPROPRIATIONS. Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring that appropriations for the state correctional system be passed prior to final approval of other appropriations, except common school appropriations; requires that corrections appropriations be approved by both houses permitting transmittal to the governor at least 25 calendar days prior to sine die adjournment; provides that, with the exception of common schools appropriations, corrections appropriations also receive final passage at least 20 days prior to the date as of which any other appropriation receives final approval; provides that this not be construed to prohibit the passage of measures containing increases in corrections appropriations subsequent to final passage of such appropriations.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HJR 1063 (Webb) - APPROPRIATIONS. Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring that appropriations for the state transportation system be passed prior to final approval of other appropriations, except common school and corrections appropriations; requires that transportation appropriations be approved by both houses permitting transmittal to the governor at least 20 calendar days prior to sine die adjournment; provides that, with the exception of common schools and corrections appropriations, transportation appropriations also receive final passage at least 20 days prior to the date on which any other appropriation receives final approval; provides that this not be construed to prohibit the passage of measures containing increases in transportation appropriations subsequent to final passage of such appropriations.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HJR 1071 (Webb) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Creates a Task Force on Financial Feasibility of Public Asset Sales to analyze the financial feasibility of selling certain state assets and payment of the sale proceeds to OTRS.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

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* HJR 1076 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Requires the Office of State Finance to make a determination as to the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of state retirement systems and report findings to the governor and the legislature; provides that the legislature shall not modify an employer contribution rate, employee contribution rate or divert any other source of income to any such system if modification of the contribution rate or diversion of the income from the system would result in any increase in the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of one of the systems; prohibits the legislature from taking certain actions relating to contribution rates unless accompanied by certification by an enrolled actuary that the proposed modification would either not increase or would decrease unfunded liability; provides that the governor shall not be authorized to take any action upon a measure proposing modifications to one of the retirement systems if the proposed modification is within the scope of the above prohibition, unless the measure is accompanied by a certification by an actuary that the proposed modification would either not increase or would decrease said unfunded liability; provides that a measure accompanied by a certification that a proposed measure would result in an increase in unfunded liability shall either be vetoed or shall not be permitted to become law, depending upon the time as of which the measure is presented to the governor for action.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1080 (McCorkell) - AD VALOREM. This is a shell bill proposing a constitutional amendment pertaining to ad valorem taxation.

INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1085 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill proposing a constitutional amendment relating to use of funds in public retirement systems.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1086 (Leist) - PROPERTY VALUE. Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the assessed value on any real property owned by an individual 65 years of age or older from exceeding the assessed value placed on the property during the year in which the owner attained 65 years of age; provides for addition of the value of any improvements; for any individual who is 65 years of age or older prior to the effective date of this section, the assessed value of the property shall be the assessed value placed on the property in the year this section becomes effective.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1088 (Weese) - AD VALOREM. This is a shell bill proposing a constitutional amendment pertaining to ad valorem taxation.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1089 (Claunch) - AD VALOREM. Proposes a constitutional amendment exempting from ad valorem taxation all improvements to real property in the amount of the assessed value of the improvement, but in no event shall the exemption provided by this section exceed 10 percent of the assessed value of the property.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1090 (Bonny) - MILL LEVY. Proposes a constitutional amendment authorizing an additional local support levy for schools in an amount not to exceed 10 mills, when approved by a majority of the ad valorem taxpaying registered voters voting on the question at an election for each fiscal year called for such purposes.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

RULES


* HJR 1091 (Webb) - PROPERTY VALUE. Proposes a constitutional amendment exempting all real and personal property owned by an individual 65 years of age or older from taxation; provides that said exemption shall not apply to property owned by joint tenants or tenants in common unless they are husband and wife and at least one of the tenants has attained the age of 65 years; provides that this exemption shall not apply to business or commercial property or public service corporation or transmission company property; requires the legislature to adopt necessary laws to implement this section.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/06/96

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* HCR 1058 (Cozort) - TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Tulsa Junior College to issue revenue bonds in a sum not to exceed $12 million.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1059 (Kirby) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University to construct a student union.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1060 (Kirby) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1061 (Staggs) - CONNORS STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents on behalf of Connors State College to issue revenue bonds in a sum not to exceed $2,394,000 for the purpose of renovating an existing dormitory and construction of a new residence hall.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1066 (Benson) - QUALITY JOBS. Recognizes the importance of creating quality jobs for all Oklahomans, including talented, career-minded college students; congratulates "Project 1000" for its efforts in creating job prospects for talented and capable college graduates who might otherwise leave the state; encourages existing businesses to participate in Project 1000, a public-private partnership intended to encourage 1,000 existing businesses each to hire at least one additional state college graduate over the next year.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/14/96



HOUSE RESOLUTIONS


* HR 1045 (Benson) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Expresses the position of the House of Representatives that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality should not be taught as a natural lifestyle in the public schools.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

RULES


* HR 1046 Hamilton) - LESBIAN AND GAY HISTORY MONTH. Opposes the position of the National Education Association that the Oklahoma public schools should celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/05/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/06/96

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