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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, March 01, 1996

Subject: Bill Tracking Update


This document consists of three sections. Section I provides a narrative of legislative highlights for the past week. Section II is a subject index of the bills we are tracking. Section III contains a brief description of each bill and its current status.


Section I, Highlights This Week:

The House and Senate spent long days on their respective floors this week as they began work on the hundreds of bills passed out of committee earlier. The House and Senate have two weeks, until March 14, to pass bills from the house of origin.

UCT/Rogers State College Merger Bill Continues to Advance: The House Education Committee met twice this week on SB 1162, which provides for the merging of the governing boards of the University Center at Tulsa (UCT) and Rogers State College (RSC) into a single governing board. Normally, a bill going to the House Education Committee is assigned to one of three subcommittees which make recommendations on the bill to the full committee. However, the chair of the committee, Rep. James Hager, decided that, due the precedence of this bill, a public hearing would be held and the subcommittee assignment would be by-passed.

The public hearing on the bill was held on Wednesday, at which the House author of the bill, Rep. Dwayne Steidley (D - Claremore), explained the bill and answered questions from other committee members. In addition, seventeen individuals made public comments to the committee in support of the legislation. Those speaking included regents from the current UCT and RSC governing boards, RSC faculty members, one student each from UCT and RSC, members of the UCT foundation, RSC administrators, the superintendent of the Claremore school system, the acting president of RSC - Dr. Dannette Boyle, and President Roger Randle of UCT. There were no speakers in opposition to the bill.

The bill has an effective date of April 1, 1996. Several speakers indicated that this early effective date was important so that scheduling of courses for the fall semester and possibly the summer semester could proceed.

The following day, Thursday, the House Education Committee reconvened and passed the bill on a voice vote with only one dissenting vote (Rep. Bob Ed Culver, D - Tahlequah). Prior to the final committee vote, Rep. Laura Boyd offered an amendment which stated:

After the effective date of this act, the Legislature, before authorizing any legislative action which would merge, transfer the governance of, or terminate a state education institution which is a member of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, shall conduct a study of the proposed legislative action. The education committees of the House of Representatives and the State Senate shall conduct the study of the proposed legislative action. Sufficient time shall be taken during the study and before final action to allow notice and a full public hearing. In addition, any and all institutions affected shall be given an opportunity to make presentations to each committee concerning the proposed action.

The amendment was defeated by a narrow margin.

The bill is expected to be considered on the House floor early next week. The version of SB 1162 passed by the House Education Committee makes slight changes from the version adopted by the Senate. Therefore, if the bill is passed on the House floor, it will have to go back to the Senate for consideration of House amendments. If the Senate votes to accept the House amendments, the bill would then be sent to the Governor.

Teachers Retirement System Update: On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee met to discuss the current funding needs of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS). Senate staff presented information outlining the projected cost increases for employers of OTRS members. Currently, statutes require that the FY'97 total employer contribution rate to OTRS increase 1%, from 8.5% to 9.5%. However, this rate is offset by natural gas gross production taxes which are allocated directly to OTRS; in FY'96 higher education institutions actually only paid 2.5% of the required 8.5%. If the natural gas tax offset stayed the same for FY'97, higher education institutions would be required to pay 3.5% of the required 9.5% contribution. Due to declining natural gas tax revenue, though, the offset is projected to be less, requiring institutions to pay 4.82% of the 9.5% required.

The bottom line of all this is that the OTRS cost to higher education institutions is expected to double in FY'97, increasing nearly $12 million from $11.8 million to $23.6 million. The projected impact on other education entities is equally dramatic-- common education - $42.4 million; vo-tech - $2.6 million; other state education agencies - $1.3 million.

Legislative staff report that several members of the OTRS Fiscal Health Task Force, created by SCR 40, have been appointed. Senators appointed to the Task Force include Angela Monson, Don Williams, Ted Fisher, Darryl Roberts, and Howard Hendrick. House members will include Loyd Benson, Larry Roberts, Don Kinnamon, and James Hamilton. The remaining seven members of the Task Force should be named soon and the first meeting could be as early as next week.

Bill Tracking List Reduced: The number of bills we are tracking was reduced significantly by last week's committee action deadline. Nearly half of the 300 bills we have been tracking did not survive the deadline and have been removed from the list. The deleted bills are listed in one of the sections below.


Legislative Deadlines:

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

March 28, Thursday Pass Bills from Committee in the Opposite House


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:


Bills Deleted from the List:



Upcoming Meetings/Events/Activities

Monday, March 4, 10:00 a.m., room 419-A, State Capitol, Senate Subcommittee on Education of the Appropriations Committee (Chair - Don Williams, Charles Ford, Brad Henry, Ed Long, Bernice Shedrick, Mark Snyder, Penny Williams)

Agenda: Budget hearing on Common Education and State Department of Education; Secretary of Education - Floyd Coppedge; Superintendent of Public Instruction - Sandy Garrett.


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".



Section II


OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session

March 1, 1996



Academic Scholars

SB 792


Accountability

SB 1129


Administrative procedures

SB 703

HB 2337


Agency closings

HB 2633


Appropriations

SB 800

SB 810

SB 814

SB 836

SB 837

HB 1809

HB 2819

HB 2820

HB 2821

HB 2841


Athletic trainers

HB 2065


Audits

HB 2471


Benefits

SB 698

SB 850

SB 910

SB 965

HB 2188

HB 2254

HB 2478


Bombing victims

HB 2807


Bond oversight

HB 2149


Budget

SB 801

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 869

HB 2819


Cabinet organization

SB 1129


Cameron University

HCR 1059

HCR 1060


Children/youth services

SB 1237

HB 2231


Claims

SB 1149


Connors State College

SCR 38

HCR 1061


Contracts

SB 1077

SB 1312

HB 2890


Dentistry

SB 737

SB 851

HB 1880


Drug/alcohol testing

HB 2681



Economic development

HB 2147

HB 2148

HB 2976


Education, secretary of

HB 2477


Educational Indicators

HB 2317


Employment security

HB 2728


Endowment trust funds

HB 3019


English language

HB 2054


Fees, student

HB 2164


Fee waivers

SB 900

SB 908


Flags

HB 2104


GED courses

HB 1964


Genetic privacy

HB 2478


Gift reporting

HB 2987


Government reform

HB 2809


Guaranteed Student Loans

HB 2887


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

SR 29

SR 31

Homosexual lifestyles (cont'd)

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 1040

SB 1106

SB 1166

SB 1238

SB 1289

HB 2088

HB 2165

HB 2188

HB 2189

HB 2254

HB 2261

HB 2302

HB 2330

HB 2348

HB 2478

HB 2497

HB 2502

HB 2655

HB 3021


International trade

HB 2899


Job training

HB 2978


Jury duty

SB 425

HB 2285


Labor relations

HB 2621


Legal representation

HB 2534

HB 2938


License plates, special

HB 2336


Maternity benefits

HB 2348

HB 2655


Mill levy

HJR 1090


Minority teacher aides

HB 2720


Northeastern State University

HCR 1070


Nurses

SB 537


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

Oklahoma State University (cont'd) HB 2976


Open Meetings

HB 2246


Open Records

SB 719


Perfusionists

SB 788


Physician Manpower Training

HB 1809

HB 1811


Privatization of government functions

SB 935

SB 936

SB 964

HB 2690


Psychologist license

SB 1221


Purchasing

SB 1312

HB 2470

HB 2579

HB 2977


Quality jobs

HCR 1066


Retirement

SB 941

SB 1228

SCR 42

HB 2087

HB 2088

HB 2422

HB 2475

HB 2583

HB 2861


School lands

SB 954

HB 2954


School testing

HB 2317


Smoke detectors

HB 1991


Special agency accounts

HB 2139

HB 2373


State Regents

HB 1810


Tax, income

HB 2409

HB 2748


Teacher certification

HB 2563


Teacher preparation

SB 801


Teachers, temporary

HB 2309


Telecommunications

SB 782

SB 1315

HB 1434


Travel

SB 832

HB 2474


Tuition/fees

HB 2127

HB 2164

HB 2196

HB 2275

HB 2748


Tuition savings

HB 2059


Tulsa Junior College

SCR 36

HCR 1058


University Center at Tulsa

SB 1162


University Hospitals

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 1130

SCR 44

HB 2759

HB 2841


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SB 852


University of Oklahoma Managed Care Plan

SB 890

Vocational/technical

SCR 43


Volunteers

HB 2512


Wages, minimum

HB 2052


Waste disposal

SB 883


Workers' compensation

SB 1310

HB 2430

HB 2469

HB 2576

HB 2906


Youth apprenticeship

HB 2190

HB 2192



Section III

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session - 1996

Reported Status as of 2/29/96



SENATE BILLS


* SB 425 (Henry/Weaver) - JURY DUTY. Prohibits educational institutions from taking any adverse academic action against a student because of the student's service on a jury. (38 § 37)

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

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

JUDICIARY:

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

(43 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)


* SB 537 (Robinson/Anthony) - NURSES. For purposes of the Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act, defines "advanced unlicensed assistive person" as any person who has successfully completed a training program approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is certified by the Board to function in an assistive role to the licensed nurse in the providing of patient or client care activities; provides for disciplinary action against such persons. (59 § 567.3a)

CONFEREES DISAGREE 05/26/95

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT SUBMITTED 02/19/96


* SB 697 (Fisher/Weese) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Primary Eye Care Provider Act; 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 not promote or recommend an individual provider or class of primary providers, to include an adequate number of primary eye care providers to ensure reasonable accessibility, timeliness of care, convenience and continuity of care, and to make available to covered persons a list of all primary eye care providers who have contracted with the health benefit plan. (36 § 6052.1)

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)

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

GENERAL GOVERNMENT

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/21/96

(33 AYE / 11 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/26/96

RULES


* SB 703 (Hendrick/Benson) - 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)

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

DEREGULATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/29/96

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW


* 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)

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

FINANCE

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

REVENUE & TAXATION


* 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)

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)

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

SMALL BUSINESS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/22/96


* SB 782 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates an Oklahoma Telecommunications Commission comprising five voting members, one of whom would be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the State Regents, and the chair of the State Data Processing Telecommunications Advisory Committee as an ex officio member; requires the Commission to provide for the operation, maintenance and development of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN), establish standards, protocols and policies for the secure and efficient interoperation of the networks comprising OGTN and provide a forum for the discussion of telecommunications policies; authorizes the Commission to promulgate rules, to enter into contracts and agreements for services, and to fix and revise user charges; creates a Telecommunications Commission Revolving Fund; requires annual independent audits; prohibits state and education entities responsible for a wide-area network utilized by users that are not otherwise subject to the authority of the entity from selling or otherwise conveying any unit or units of its network or making a contract or other agreement for the operation or management of the network without approval by the Commission; increases membership of the advisory committee from 26 members to 28 members by removing a representative of the Department of Education, the State Regents, and the Department of Public Safety and including representatives of the Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Administrative Office of the Judiciary; provides that, after the advisory committee fulfills certain obligations, the ex officio nonvoting members shall become full voting members to the Information Service Division of the Office of State Finance and the Joint Legislative Committee on Data Processing and Telecommunication. (74 § 8201)

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

SCIENCE, TECH. & TELECOMM

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

(38 AYE / 8 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

RULES


* SB 788 (Hendrick/Laura Boyd) - LICENSED PERFUSIONISTS. Creates the Licensed Perfusionists Act; defines "perfusion" as functions necessary for the support, treatment, measurement or supplementation of the cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory systems to ensure the safe management of physiologic functions by monitoring the parameters of the systems under an order and under the supervision of a licensed physician; 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/20/96

(45 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/22/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* SB 792 (Campbell/Pettigrew) - 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)

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

EDUCATION

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


* SB 799 (Monson/Anthony) - 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. The committee substitute extends the exemption to groups with 25 or fewer employees. (36 § 6060.1)

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

HUMAN RESOURCES

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* 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.

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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.

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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.

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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.

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/9696

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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.

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/14/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 851 (Monson/Wells) - DENTAL LICENSE. Modifies language relating to a specialist license in dentistry to provide for a "dental specialty" license. The committee substitute deletes the requirement that dental specialists must limit their practice to the specialty in which licensed. (59 § 328.22)

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

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/26/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* SB 852 (Littlefield/Hutchison) - 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.

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)

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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96


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

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

SUNSET REVIEW

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/96

(40 AYE / 7 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

SUNSET REVIEW


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

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

ENERGY, ENV. RES. & REG AFFAIR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96


* SB 888 (Monson/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides for the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to authorize payment for Medicare risk-sharing contracts. The committee substitute requires that certain health insurance benefits offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board include the state indemnity plan, managed care plans offered in alternative to the state indemnity plan, Medicare supplements which include prescription drug coverage and Medicare risk-sharing contracts; authorizes payment for a Medicare risk-sharing contract. (74 § 1316.2)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96

PASSED SENATE (42-0)


* SB 890 (Monson/Thomas) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

(42 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* SB 896 (Monson/Roberts) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/96

APPROPRIATIONS

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 02/28/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

(42 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* SB 900 (Muegge/Maddux) - 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)

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

RULES

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 02/21/96

APPROPRIATIONS:

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96


* 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." The floor substitute authorizes the waiver for the children of state employees who have lost their lives as a result of the intentional acts of another while in the course of their employment. (70 § 3218.7)

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

EDUCATION

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/26/96

(44 AYE / 4 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 910 (Monson/Fields) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96


* SB 922 (Monson/Roberts) - 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. The committee substitute has a stricken title and adds 74 O.S. § 1311 to the repealer. (74 § 840-2.10)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


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

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

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT APPROPRIATIONS 02/07/96

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

(42 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* SB 954 (Hendrick/Morgan) - 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. The committee substitute has a stricken title. (64 § 51)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

(42 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* SB 965 (Hendrick/Roach) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/96


* SB 1030 (Price/Leist) - OSU FOOD/AG RESEARCH. Creates a 16-member Industry Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center located at OSU, with the Dean of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources an ex officio non-voting member. The first meeting is to be called by the Dean. (2 § 5-60)

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

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DVLPMNT

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96


* SB 1040 (Hendrick/Dunlap) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE (42-0) 02/26/96


* SB 1077 (Ed Long/Wells) - 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)

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

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96


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

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

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/21/96


* SB 1106 (Herbert/Roberts) - 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. The committee substitute provides that the State and Education Employees Group Insurance shall not offer a health plan which is owned or operated by the state and which uses a primary care physician as a gatekeeper to any specialty care provided by physician-specialists, unless specifically authorized by the Legislature. (74 § 1306)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* SB 1129 (Wright/Dunlap) - 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)

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

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/26/96


* SB 1130 (Dickerson/Paulk) - 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. The committee substitute provides for a payroll deduction for membership dues or contributions to its foundation organized in the Oklahoma Public Employees Association or any other statewide association limited to state-employee membership with a minimum membership of 1,000 dues-paying members; requires that minimum guidelines 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. (62 § 7.10)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* SB 1149 (Wright/Ferguson) - 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. The committee substitute also amends statutes to include the University Hospitals Authority and the Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority. (62 § 7.2)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Declares that UCT and Rogers State College constitute a single institution within the State System; transfers supervision, management and control from separate governing boards to the Board of Regents of University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College; provides a five-year window within which a resident or student may file a civil action for a declaration that the Board has not governed the facilities in a proper manner; creates a Board of Regents for University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College; allows members who currently serve on either board to continue to serve on the new board until their terms expire. The committee substitute no longer repeals 70 § 3802, 3804/3806. (70 § 4651)

SENATE COMMITEE - DO PASS 02/19/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/20/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/22/96

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITEE - DO PASS 02/29/96


* 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 or high school student identification numbers to the State Regents, who shall keep the numbers confidential and use them only for administrative purposes. (70 § 2603)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/96

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

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1166 (Ed Long/Voskuhl) - 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. The amendment inserts that "in no case shall the payment for services under the policy, contract or agreement and the co-payment made by the insured or enrollee be more than the actual amount which has been or will be paid to the practitioner, hospital or other provider of health care services; provided, however, in no case shall the co-payment be based on a higher figure than either the amount billed or the amount paid, whichever is less." (36 § 6055)

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

HUMAN RESOURCES

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

INSURANCE


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

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

RULES

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 02/14/96

INFRASTRUCTURE & STRAT. PLANN

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/22/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


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

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

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/96


* SB 1228 (Price/Clay Pope) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/28/96


* 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

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


* SB 1238 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - 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. The committee substitute expands requirements for such plans. (63 § 2531)

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

HUMAN RESOURCES

SENATE COMMITTEE - COMS SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


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

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

HUMAN RESOURCES

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

(34 AYE / 11 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* SB 1310 (Shedrick/Steidley) - 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. The committee substitute adds the creation of a task force to study and recommend to the legislature for implementation a benefit system to provide 24-hour health and disability coverage; provides that the system would function as an alternative to workers' compensation coverage for employers who opt to cover their employees in said system. (85 § 14.3)

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

JUDICIARY

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* SB 1312 (Rozell/Adair) - 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)

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

DEREGULATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96


* 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)

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

SCIENCE, TECH. & TELECOMM

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/26/96

(42 AYE / 6 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

RULES



SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* SCR 36 (Smith/Hastings) - 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.

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/26/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/28/96

EDUCATION


* SCR 38 (Robinson/Settle) - 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.

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/29/96


* 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.

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

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/28/96


* 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.

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/13/96

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/22/96

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/27/96


* 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.

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/19/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/21/96

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/22/96


* SCR 44 (Herbert/Seikel) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Directs the State Auditor and Inspector to examine and report on all books and financial accounts of the University Hospitals Authority and the University Hospitals and to file a copy of the audits with the members of the Contingency Review Board; directs the Department of Central Services to complete an inventory of all equipment owned by such entities and file a copy of the inventory with members of the board; directs the board to disapprove any agreement regarding lease and operations of the University Hospitals until such audits and inventory are filed; directs that the costs of the audit be borne by the University Hospitals Authority.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/22/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/96

APPROPRIATIONS



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.

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.

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

HUMAN RESOURCES



HOUSE BILLS


* HB 1434 (Erwin) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Rural Economic Action Plan of 1996; includes in the purposes of economic development the construction or improvement of telecommunication facilities or systems. (62 § 2004)

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/21/96


* HB 1809 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training commission.

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 1810 (Hamilton/Haney) - STATE REGENTS. Relates to certain powers and duties of the State Regents.

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 1811 (Hamilton/Haney) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Sets budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 1880 (Gray/Lewis Long) - DENTISTRY. Creates the Dental Act; excludes students and teachers in accredited institutions from the definition of dentistry practice; creates a Board of Dentistry; gives the Board the power to establish continuing education requirements for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants and the power to establish guidelines for courses of study necessary for additional functions for dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental lab technicians; allows the Board to grant a limited license for the practice of general dentistry to a graduate of an accredited dental college, who is otherwise qualified, upon request of the governing board of any institution to serve as a dental intern or resident in the institution; authorizes the Board to issue permits to graduates of a school of dentistry or dental hygiene approved by the Board and licensed in another state, upon certification of the dean of a state dental school or director of a state dental hygiene school that the applicant is a member of the staff of that school; provides qualifications for dental hygiene license examinations; provides that a licensed dental hygienist may practice in a school of dentistry or hygiene under supervision by a dentist; provides for violations of the act.

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/26/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/96

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

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 02/29/96


* HB 1991 (Roach) - SMOKE DETECTORS. Requires that all new construction of resident dwellings include the installment of battery-powered smoke detectors or the electrical wiring necessary for the installment of electrical smoke detectors. (74 § 324.11a)

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REREFERRED TO COM 06/13/95

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96

ASMENDED AND PASSED - HOUSE (56-42) 02/29/96


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

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

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 2059 (Laura Boyd/Ed Long) - 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. The committee substitute requires the account beneficiary, rather than the account purchaser, to submit documentation of eligible expenses, and allows an account purchaser to request an unqualified disbursement from the tuition savings account at any time. (70 §§ 6020)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* 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. (59 § 526)

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

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


* HB 2087 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. 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)

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. Provides 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)

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

RULES

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


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


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

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

SUNSET REVIEW:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/06/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/12/96

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

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

SUNSET REVIEW


* HB 2147 (McCorkell) - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Creates the "Procurement Procedures Act" to assure the most efficient and economic use of state funds, to assure greater accountability by state agencies and to assure individuals and private businesses doing business with the state of equitable, consistent treatment; exempts various entities from the Act, including public higher education institutions; provides that any agency not subject to the Act shall develop standards for the acquisition of goods or services which are consistent with the legislative intent expressed through the provisions of the Act. (74 § 85.100)

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2149 (McCorkell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Authorizes the Executive Bond Oversight Commission and the Legislative Bond Oversight Commission to investigate alleged violations of the Oklahoma Bond Oversight and Reform Act, to conduct public hearings and impose administrative penalties; provides that any individual or firm submitting a proposal to provide professional services to a state entity that is not selected may file an appeal with the commissions; authorizes the commissions to require a state entity to retain a financial advisor if it is determined that the state would benefit from an independent review of the proposed financing. (62 § 695.8)

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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)

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

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96


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

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

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2231 (Voskuhl/Penny Williams) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Creates the Family Centered and Community Designed Services Act to engage businesses, service providers, volunteers, educators and families in planning, policy and priority setting, community development and servicing families in their own community and, through community partnerships, assure that there is a coordinated effort among agencies, groups and organizations within the community to identify and fill service gaps within their community, provide for a collaborative system of community services and provide for the delivery of wrap-around services to children and families that require such services; creates a State Management Team for planning and implementing local service systems; modifies the membership of the Oklahoma Planning and Coordinating Council for Services to Children and Youth, which includes a member from the State Regents. The committee substitute includes a representative of the "Oklahoma State Regents of Vocational and Technical Education." (10 § 601.71)

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

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILY SVCS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/13/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

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. The committee substitute extends the life of the Advisory Committee on Workers' Compensation; expands responsibilities to include studying and developing recommendations for the cost-effective implementation of a voluntary 24-hour coverage plan; defines such plan to mean a system of medical coverage, disability coverage and death and dismemberment coverage to protect an employee 24 hours a day; specifies issues to be addressed in the study; requires the committee to make report by Jan. 1, 1998. (85 § 114)

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2261 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - 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 the plan. The committee substitute adds language requiring that the bone density test be requested by a primary care or referral physician. (36 § 6060.1)

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

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96


* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/07/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/14/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/14/96

(93 AYE / 5 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/19/96

JUDICIARY


* 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. The committee substitute adds language relating to employment of substitute teachers. (70 § 6-108)

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

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96

AMENDED AND PASSED - HOUSE (75-24) 02/29/96


* HB 2317 (Hager/Ed Long) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS/SCHOOL TESTING. Pertains to residence of child and school transfers; Section 3 modifies the Educational Indicators Program, allowing for separate reporting and depiction of test scores for certain students; Section 4 modifies the School Testing Program, requiring allocation of a certain percentage of State Aid to high challenge schools; Section 5 requires the development of an electronic tracking system for public school students to be used for the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program; provides that social security account numbers or alternative student data numbers shall be used. (70 § 1210.531)

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

EDUCATION:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96


* HB 2336 (Betty Boyd) - LICENSE PLATES. Modifies the university and college supporter license plates to include private universities and colleges; 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 programs. The amendment adds a provision for special plates for members of the Shriner's temple. (47 § 1136)

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/26/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

FINANCE


* 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)

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

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/22/96


* 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. The committee substitute requires that coverage for postpartum home care following a vaginal delivery when childbirth occurs at home provide for one home visit per day within 48 hours of childbirth by a licensed health care provider whose scope of practice includes providing such care. Home visits and inpatient care would be required to include parent education, assistance and training in feeding and the performance of any necessary maternal and neonatal physical assessments. Inpatient care also would be required to include necessary and appropriate clinical tests on the infant. (36 § 6060.1)

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* HB 2373 (Askins/Hobson) - 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

PASSED - HOUSE (100-0) 02/29/96


* 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)

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

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


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

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

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 2430 (Settle) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Requires that at least two judges selected by the presiding judge of the Workers' Compensation Court be situated in Tulsa; modifies the selection of physicians under workplace medical plans; authorizes an employer to secure workers' compensation coverage for employees through a 24-hour coverage insurance product offered under a pilot program and approved by the Insurance Commissioner; authorizes the Labor Commissioner to waive the civil penalty assessed against an employer for failure to secure workers' compensation, for a first offense, who secures such coverage within 30 days from the date of the citation; provides that certain group self-insurers shall not be subject to the Oklahoma Securities Act. (85 § 65)

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

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2469 (McCorkell) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a shell bill relating to certified workplace medical plans for workers' compensation insurance. The committee substitute, for workers' compensation purposes, adds to the definition of "certified workplace medical plans" an organization of health care providers, certified by the health commissioner which has entered into a contractual agreement with an insured, which shall include any member of an approved group self-insured association, policyholder or public entity, regardless of whether such entity is insured by the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 14.2)

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

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2470 (Deutschendorf) - PURCHASING. 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; provides that the task force would include representatives from OSU and OU. (57 § 549.1)

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

CORRECTIONS

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


* HB 2471 (Cozort/Herbert) - 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. The committee substitute makes no substantive changes. (74 § 452.10)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* 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. The committee substitute adds language providing that, except as specifically authorized by law, the travel expenses of any political subdivision or other state agency not subject to the State Travel Reimbursement Act shall not exceed the travel reimbursement rates established by the provisions of the chapter (74 § 85.40); restores language which provides certain exceptions from the Act to the University Hospitals; adds language requiring that, by Jan. 1, 1997, any state employee or official traveling in furtherance of such person's official duties shall use the uniform credit card system established by the state travel division within the Purchasing Division of the Department of Central Services; changes reference to the Senate Joint Committee on Budget and Program Oversight to the Senate Committee on Appropriations; requires the state travel division to establish a uniform credit card system for travel expenses of state employees and officials; declares that frequent-flyer credits earned by state officials and employees are the property of the state; adds language providing that travel expenses to be incurred by a grantee pursuant to a grant awarded by any agency for services shall be included in the total amount of the grant award. (74 § 456.3)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* HB 2475 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Provides that in FY1997 each state agency participating in the group insurance plans shall appropriate and pay to the State Employees Group Insurance Clearing Fund an amount to be set by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board for each employee other than education employees per month enrolled in the plans, from funds appropriated to said agency or from other funds available to the agency for operational purposes; provides that the first $25 million received in the State Employees Group Insurance Clearing Fund during FY96 shall be distributed to OTRS. (74 § 1310)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 02/21/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/21/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/21/96

(83 AYE / 18 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2478 (Betty Boyd) - GENETIC PRIVACY. 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)

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

(97 AYE / 4 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* 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. The committee substitute adds language entitling state employees to a day off work, without loss of pay on an alternative date "or payment in lieu thereof" if they are required to work a holiday. (25 § 82.1)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* HB 2497 (Anthony) - HEALTH CARE. The committee substitute limits the Health Care Authority to approving only actions of the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council regarding selection of and contracts with federally qualified HMOs for consideration as alternatives to health plans offered by the State and Education Employee Group Insurance Board, and purchasing insurance deemed necessary for providing benefits selected by the Council under the flexible benefits plan. It also provides that the Council shall have similar responsibilities, subject to the direction and approval of the Health Care Authority. (63 § 5011)

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

RULES

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/96

(97 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/28/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2502 (Anthony) - HEALTH CARE. Requires health insurers, hospitals and licensed health care providers offering or providing health care services and who bill for such services to credit any discounted price for services to an individual's account, requires that the credit reflect any discount which has been contracted for with an insurer who is responsible for payment of the services under a health benefit plan; requires that the payment obligation of the individual as indicated on the billing be based on the discounted price of the services; provides an exemption for services rendered to an individual which are not a covered benefit or otherwise subject to coverage under the health benefit plan; provides penalties for violations. (63 § 1-744)

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

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96


* HB 2512 (Bryant/Wright) - 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. The committee substitute adds a section repealing sections of statutes relating to the Oklahoma Volunteerism Advisory Council. (63 § 683.29)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* HB 2534 (Hamilton/Dickerson) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Provides methods for political subdivisions to obtain legal representation. The committee substitute clarifies language relating to methods for obtaining legal representation. (74 § 20i)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


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

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

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96


* HB 2576 (Morgan) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Authorizes government and higher education entities, if it can be demonstrated each year that workers' compensation costs will be lower than with the State Insurance Fund, to self-insure or insure with other insurance carriers licensed in the state; requires the Board of Managers of the fund to file rates, rating plans, classifications, schedules, loss costs and other supplementary rate information with the insurance commissioner on an annual basis; permits workers' compensation carriers and the State Insurance Fund to use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for permanent disability and death claims. (85 § 2b)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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. The committee substitute no longer requires that the information provided to members and beneficiaries include an estimate of the dollar amount of returned contributions or the dollar amount of estimated future benefits. The substitute requires that the systems prepare a thorough explanation of the information contained in the notification in a manner which would enable a person of average understanding to determine the nature of the information presented and the implications for the likelihood of future distribution of accumulated contributions or the future payment of beneficiaries. (70 § 17-102.4)

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

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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. The committee substitute adds a section which prohibits state agencies from barring employees from distributing materials for a job-related organization on agency-controlled property during their working time, unless special circumstances make such a ban necessary in order to maintain services. It also requires state agencies to permit representatives of job-related organizations reasonable access to meeting rooms under the control of the agency to meet with employees and distribute membership material during employees' working time. (74 § 842.1)

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

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/22/96


* 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/19/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/21/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* 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)

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

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


* HB 2690 (Paulk/Leftwich) - PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS. Creates the Oklahoma Ethics 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 § 595.11)

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

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 2720 (McCorkell) - MINORITY TEACHERS. The committee substitute creates the Office of Education Services and Innovation within the State Department of Education; requires that, within five years, school districts develop, submit and implement a plan of services and deregulation to the office; creates the "Trailblazer Schools Act;" requires the State Regents to work with the State Board of Education in recruiting minority teacher aides; authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to provide for funding of equipment and software to enhance the technological capability of public educational entities. (70 § 4601)

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

EDUCATION:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* 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)

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

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR:

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


* HB 2748 (Plunk/Wilkerson) - 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 college or university located in this state; limits the deduction to $1,000; 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)

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

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/21/96


* 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)

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

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96


* HB 2759 (Anthony) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Requires the University Hospitals to comply with certain provisions of the Personnel Act under certain circumstances; provides for certain exception from staff reduction requirements and from unclassified service requirements. (63 § 3213.2, 74 § 840-5.5)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE DO PASS 02/15/96


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

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

(92 AYE / 5 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/29/96


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

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

(90 AYE / 7 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


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

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

(89 AYE / 9 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/29/96


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

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

AMENDED AND PASSED HOUSE

(89 AYE / 9 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)


* 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. The committee substitute provides that language prohibiting attachment, garnishment, levy or seizure of public retirement funds shall not apply to qualified domestic orders for child support or payment of marital property; outlines requirements for such orders; provides that such orders shall not attach to or require payment of any amount of benefits related to a deferred option plan until payment of retirement benefits begins pursuant to said plan. (70 § 17-109)

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

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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 exceptions in hardship cases; provides for reinstatement or renewal of licenses. (70 § 623)

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

EDUCATION

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

(93 AYE / 8 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

EDUCATION


* 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/09/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: GEN'L GOV & JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/29/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

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

AGRICULTURE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/96


* HB 2906 (Kinnamon) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. 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)

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

RULES

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


* 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)

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

INSURANCE

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

PASSED - HOUSE (98-1) 02/29/96


* HB 2938 (Hamilton) - ATTORNEY GENERAL. Adds to the duties of the Attorney General to represent a state agency or a state higher education institution to protect the public health, safety and welfare, and environmental and natural resources of the state by initiating, or appearing in, any state or federal administrative or judicial proceeding. In any such action in which the Attorney General obtains judgment, the Attorney General shall be entitled to recover costs and expenses of litigation and attorney fees. (74 § 18b)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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 2954 (Leist) - SCHOOL LANDS. Authorizes sales of real property by the Commissioners of the Land Office to be at any location in the county where the property is situated; authorizes the sale of Class A or Class B lands in one or more tracts consisting of an unlimited number of acres. (64 § 95)

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

AGRICULTURE:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96


* 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)

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

AGRICULTURE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96


* HB 2977 (Laura Boyd/Fisher) - 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 competitive bidding purchases of pharmaceuticals available through a multistate or multigovernmental contract through the Department of Central Services, if the terms of the contract are more favorable to the state than the terms of a state contract for the same products. (74 § 85.5)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* HB 2978 (Toure) - JOB TRAINING. States legislative findings regarding employment of welfare recipients and establishes a welfare-to-work program, "Achieving Employment Not Welfare." It outlines the components of the program, including education, work experience, development job skills, job search and employment; requires that after a person has been a welfare recipient for at least two years, the recipient is required to engage in employment activities, with certain exceptions. (56 §230.19)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/22/96


* 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96


* HB 3021 (Betty Boyd/Brown) - 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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96



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. The committee substitute sets the bond issue at not to exceed $5 million.

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

ASSIGNED SUBCOMMITTEE 02/15/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET: EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/26/96


* 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

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/14/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96


* HCR 1070 (Staggs) - MUSICAL HALL OF FAME/NORTHEASTERN STATE. Designates the City of Muskogee as the official seat of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame whose facility was founded in cooperation with Northeastern State University.

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 02/20/96

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96



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. The committee substitute resolves that traditional family values and traditional lifestyles are an integral part of the heritage of Oklahoma and the United States; opposes the position of the National Education Association that calls for public schools to celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month.

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

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/96

MOTION ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/20/96

(97 AYE / 1 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/21/96


* 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

RULES



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