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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, March 15, 1996

Subject: Bill Tracking Update


The following document consists of three sections. Section I provides a brief narrative of legislative highlights from the week. Section II is an index of the bills we are tracking. Section III contains a short description of each bill and the latest legislative action.


Section I: Highlights This Week:

UCT/Rogers State College Merger Bill Signed by the Governor: On Wednesday, March 13, the Governor signed SB 1162, which merges the University Center at Tulsa with Rogers State College in Claremore. The legislation goes into effect on April 1.

General Appropriations Bill Passed: Also on Wednesday, the House, Senate, and Governor agreed on an FY'97 general appropriations bill (SB 837) which was quickly passed by both the House and Senate and sent to the governor.

This bill provides a base level of funding for all agencies in FY'97. The agreement reached provides that agencies receive an appropriation in the bill which equals either the agency's current year appropriation or the Governor's proposed FY'97 appropriation level, whichever is less. Higher education's appropriation in the bill amounts to $564.8 million, the same as the FY'96 appropriation.

This bill ensures that there will not be a state government shut-down if the Legislature and the Governor reach an impasse in future budget negotiations. The bill appropriates nearly $3.8 billion, or over 90% of next year's state budget, ensuring a minimal level of operating funds for all agencies.

What remains to be allocated is the all-important "growth" revenue of some $283 million from which any additional funds for higher education, or any other agency, must come.

State Revenue Picture Remains Encouraging: On Tuesday, the Office of State Finance released data on the first eight months of state revenue collections for the current fiscal year. Through February, total receipts for the state General Revenue Fund (GRF) are up $135 million, or 5.9% above last year's actual collections. This increase is also nearly 2% greater than the official projections.

Personal and corporate income taxes continue to be the main engine of the revenue growth. Income tax receipts, which account for about 40% of the General Revenue Fund (GRF), are up 6.5% over last year. Sales tax receipts, which account for another 31% of the GRF, are also up over last year, but the increase is a smaller 4.7%.

Unfortunately, the down side of the revenue picture is the gross production tax collections on natural gas, of which the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System (OTRS) receives 56%. For the year to date, natural gas tax revenue is down nearly 15%. Current law requires the OTRS board to increase the mandatory employer contribution rate to offset any lost natural gas tax revenue. This has a direct impact on the operating budgets of employers under the OTRS system such as higher education institutions, public school districts, vo-tech districts, and state education agencies like the State Regents' office, the State Department of Education, and the State Vo-Tech Department.

House Amendment Provides Exemptions from Student Health Care Fees: Also on Tuesday, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to HB 2164 which would allow students who possess "adequate health care insurance" to be exempt from paying student health care fees at institutions which assess such a fee.

HB 2164, by Rep. Dwayne Steidley (D - Claremore), originally contained only language requiring all higher education institutions to provide to any person a free publication showing all fees and tuition charged at the institution. The amendment, offered by Rep. Joan Greenwood (R - Oklahoma City), added language which was originally contained in HB 2187, a bill which did not pass out of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

The amendment generated significant debate, and Rep. Calvin Anthony (D- Stillwater) attempted to table the Greenwood amendment. However, the tabling motion failed by a vote of 43 ayes, 56 nays, and the amendment was subsequently adopted by a similar margin of 54 ayes, 44 nays. The bill's author, Rep. Steidley, then successfully moved to "strike the title" of the bill which ensures that the measure will have to come back to the House for another vote before final passage. The bill was eventually passed by a 100 to 0 vote.

Current statutes limit student health care fee rates to $46 per semester. Records at the State Regents' office show that only six of the state's twenty-six institutions (University of Oklahoma - including the OU Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma State University - excluding the technical branches in Oklahoma City and Okmulgee, Langston University, the University of Science and Arts, Murray State College, and Rogers State College) assess a student health care fee. Three of these six institutions-- OU/OUHSC, OSU, and Langston -- assess the maximum amount authorized. The other three assess lower rates: USAO at $0.75 per credit hour; Murray State at $5 per semester; and Rogers State at $2 per credit hour.

New Bills on List: We have added eight bills to our tracking list, all of which are listed further down in the report. However, we want to specifically note the following three bills which may be of particular interest.


Legislative Deadlines:

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

April 18, Thursday Pass Bills from Floor of Opposite House


Actions This Week:

Bills Passed on the Senate Floor:


Bills Failed on the Senate Floor


Bills Passed from Senate Committees:


Bills Passed on the House Floor:


Bills Passed from House Committees:


Bills Signed by the Governor:


New Bills Added to List:


Bills Deleted from the List:


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 14, 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

SB 1149

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

HB 2150


Budget

SB 801

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 869

HB 2819


Cabinet organization

SB 1129


Cameron University

HCR 1059

HCR 1060


Child care facilities

HB 2986


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

HB 2278

HB 2601

HB 2681


Economic development

HB 2147

HB 2148

HB 2976


Education, secretary of

HB 2477


Educational Indicators

HB 2193

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


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

SR 29

SR 31

HR 1045

HR 1046


Insurance, health

SB 684

SB 697

SB 799

SB 850

SB 866

SB 888

SB 890

SB 896

SB 910

SB 922

SB 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 students

HCR 1077


International trade

SB 931

HB 2899


Job training

HB 2978


Jury duty

SB 425

HB 2285


Labor relations

HB 2621


Lake Patrol officers

SB 1052


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

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 2193

HB 2317


Smoke detectors

HB 1991


Special agency accounts

HB 2139

HB 2373


Sports/bribery

HB 2205


State Regents

HB 1810


Student Loans

SB 1085

HB 2887


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

SB 1149

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

SCR 52


University of Oklahoma Managed Care Plan

SB 890


Vocational/technical

SCR 43


Volunteers

HB 2512


Wages, minimum

HB 2052


Waste disposal

SB 883


Weapons

SB 1050


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 3/14/96



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

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

EDUCATION


* SB 537 (Robinson/Hastings) - 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)

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT SUBMITTED 02/19/96

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 03/04/96

CONFEREES NAMED - SENATE 03/04/96


* 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)

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)

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). Requires state income tax forms to provide for a donation for OHLAP; provides for a refund of the donation to a taxpayer who submits a request within three years from the due date of the tax return. (68 § 2368.1)

SENATE 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)

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

JUDICIARY


* 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. The amendment deleted Sections 2 through 20. (59 § 328.26)

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* 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)

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 or groups with 25 or fewer employees. (36 § 6060.1)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/04/96

LAID OVER - SENATE 03/04/96

MOTION TO STRIKE THE TITLE 03/05/96

MOTION ADOPTED - SENATE 03/05/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(32 AYE / 14 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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. The conference committee report makes appropriations at fiscal year 1996 levels or for amounts listed in the governor's executive budget, whichever is less.

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

(89 AYE / 8 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

CCR-CCS SUBMITTED 03/13/96

ENROLLED - SENATE 03/13/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/14/96


* 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; deletes the requirement that dental specialists must limit their practice to the specialty in which licensed. (59 § 328.22)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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 03/06/96


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

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

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. Requires that environmental complaints arising within the jurisdiction of a political subdivision with appropriate enforcement powers be referred first to that political subdivision for corrective action; requires that, if a political subdivision chooses to refer an unresolved environmental complaint to a state environmental agency, it must provide a written explanation of the reasons it was unable to resolve the problem; declares such explanations and the identity of the political subdivision to be publicly available; prohibits the setting or raising of rates for environmental services and knowing misrepresentation of the amount of fees authorized by law; authorizes political subdivisions, when compliance with environmental standards would create excessive debt, to enter into compliance schedules with the Department of Environmental Quality to prioritize compliance based on their greatest environmental or other public health and safety needs. (27A § 1-1-207)

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

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/05/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

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

EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

(39 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 7 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

ENERGY ENVIRONMENT & NAT RES


* SB 888 (Monson/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that certain health insurance benefits offered to retirees 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/29/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

RULES


* 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)

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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)

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/96

(37 AYE / 8 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 908 (Leftwich/Blackburn) - FEE WAIVER. Provides for a fee waiver at State System institutions for 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; the provisions will apply only when all other grants and scholarships available to such children of deceased state employees have been exhausted. (70 § 3218.7)

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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(42 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

RULES


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

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

RULES


* SB 931 (Penny Williams/Taylor) - INTERNATIONAL TRADE. Requires the Department of Commerce to provide clearinghouse services for the coordination of the state's efforts to promote economic development through international trade; requires all state institutions and agencies to cooperate with the Department in establishing and maintaining a referral service; requires the Department to establish an International Trade Clearinghouse Council consisting of representatives of all agencies interested in promoting economic development through international trade. (74 § 5017.20)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/27/96

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

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


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

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

RETIREMENT LAWS


* 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. (64 § 51)

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(37 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 11 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(38 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 10 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

RULES


* 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; requires the Dean to call the first meeting. (2 § 5-60)

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

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

AGRICULTURE


* 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/29/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

RULES


* SB 1050 (Shurden/Stanley) - WEAPONS. Extends places into which a concealed handgun may not be carried to include structures, buildings, or office space owned, leased or regularly used by colleges for purposes of instruction, student activities, or sports events, excluding parking areas and lands adjacent to such structure, building, or office space; requires written permission for exception. (21 § 1277)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/13/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/13/96

LAID OVER - SENATE 03/13/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/13/96

(43 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/14/96


* SB 1052 (Shurden/Hutchison) - LAKE PATROL/CONTINUING EDUCATION. Relates to lake and capitol patrol officers; provides that in order to be appointed a commissioned law enforcement officer of the Lake Patrol, a person must meet certain qualifications including having successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours from an AACRAO-recognized and -accepted college or university whose hours are transferable between such recognized institutions. (47 § 2-134)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/28/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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. The amendment adds that any "insurance coverage obtained by public institutions in this state, except for coverage obtained by or through the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program or other state-administered insurance program, shall be competitively bid at least every three (3) years." (61 § 102)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(35 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 10 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1085 (Penny Williams/Hobson) - STUDENT LOANS. Relates to the Department of Corrections; Section 3 requires that of the funds appropriated to the State Regents for FY1997 a certain amount is to be designated for a student loan program for persons in custody of the Department of Corrections.

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/11/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/11/96

(43 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(27 AYE / 17 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/05/96

(32 AYE / 12 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - SENATE 03/05/96

MOTION TO TABLE 03/11/96

MOTION PASSED - SENATE 03/11/9696)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1106 (Herbert/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

RULES


* 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)

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

BILL FAILED - SENATE 03/06/96

(15 AYE / 30 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - SENATE 03/06/9696

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

(25 AYE / 22 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY FAILED - SENATE 03/12/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1130 (Dickerson/Paulk) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. 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; 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. (62 § 7.10)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1149 (Wright/Ferguson) - AUDITS/CLAIMS/TRAVEL. 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. (70 § 3909)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* SB 1162 (Penny Williams/Steidley) - UCT/ROGERS. Declares that UCT and Rogers State College constitute a single institution within the State System; transfers governance, 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; allows Board members who currently serve on either board to continue to serve on the new board until their terms expire. The amendments will allow the Governor's pending nominations to the existing boards that have not yet been confirmed by the Senate be part of the new single board and will allow the Governor to appoint one new member annually to the new board (the bill would otherwise not have allowed the Governor to appoint any members of the new board until the new board's total membership had decreased by attrition from 18 to nine. (70 § 4651)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/96


* 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 the calculation for the copayment; requires that in no case shall the payment for services and the co-payment be more than the actual amount paid to the provider of health care services; provides that 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)

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)

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)

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

BILL FAILED - SENATE 03/06/96

(15 AYE / 31 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - SENATE 03/06/96


* 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)

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)

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

RETIREMENT LAWS


* 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)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

(39 AYE / 6 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILY SVCS


* 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 care provided; requires plans to maintain an internal quality management and improvement system. (63 § 2531)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

(43 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

PUBLIC HEALTH


* SB 1289 (Cain/Anthony) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Deletes the provision that certain savings by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority shall not be used to increase health care benefits unless authorized by law. (63 § 5011)

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, protocols and utilization controls established for use by medical service providers which have been recommended by the Physician Advisory Committee; creates 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. The floor substitute adds the creation of a 10-member task force to study and develop recommendations to the Legislature for the cost-effective implementation of a voluntary 24-hour coverage plan for Oklahoma employees; specifies the scope of the study; requires the task force to report to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 1998. (85 § 14.3)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/12/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

JUDICIARY


* 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* 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; adds the State Regents, University Centers, and OneNet to entities exempt from the provisions of the Central Purchasing Act. (62 § 41.5e)

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.

SENATE COMMITTEE - 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.

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 02/29/96

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REFERRED TO COM 03/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


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

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/28/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 03/13/96


* 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 copies 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 copies 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


* SCR 52 (Monson) - OU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $10.4 million in revenue bonds for constructing, renovating, remodeling, and expanding the Steam and Chilled Water Plant on the OUHSC campus.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

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

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(80 AYE / 20 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


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

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

(91 AYE / 6 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


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

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


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

2ND SESSION CARRYOVER 06/12/95

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


* 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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/06/96


* HB 1991 (Roach/Lewis Long) - 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

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 02/29/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/29/96

(56 AYE / 42 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

BUSINESS & LABOR

LAID OVER - SENATE 03/11/96


* 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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

(95 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/12/96


* HB 2059 (Laura Boyd/Ed Long) - TUITION SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Enacts the Oklahoma Tuition Savings Account Act; allows state residents to deposit during each taxable year into one or more tuition savings accounts; deposits may not exceed $5,000 for each separate 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; authorizes trustees to receive certain fees; provides for distribution of funds for eligible tuition expenses; requires the account beneficiary to submit documentation of eligible expenses; allows an account purchaser to request an unqualified disbursement from the tuition savings account at any time; at the purchaser's request all or part of the balance of one account may be transferred to one or more other accounts established for another beneficiary; provides that if the money is transferred directly from one account into another account the amount transferred will be exempt from taxation and not subject to penalty. (70 § 6020)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2065 (Cox/Hobson) - 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

BUSINESS & LABOR


* 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)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/12/96


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

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)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/07/96

(57 AYE / 34 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 10 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY FAILED - HOUSE 03/07/96

(56 AYE / 32 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 13 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REREFERRED TO COM 03/13/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* HB 2150 (McCorkell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Requires that, prior to circulating proposals to engage in certain financially related services, a state government entity shall seek the advice and obtain the approval of the state bond advisor. (62 § 695.7)

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/13/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/13/96

(52 AYE / 47 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/14/96


* 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. The amendment adds a provision that students at public higher education institutions with adequate health insurance would not have to pay a student health care fee. (70 § 3219.1)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

MOTION FAILED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(44 AYE / 55 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2165 (Steidley/Taylor) - 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

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REREFERRED TO COM 03/14/96

RULES


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(79 AYE / 19 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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. The floor substitute refers to health care providers rather than hospitals. It provides that unless the State and Education Group Insurance Board has otherwise contracted with an out-of-state health care provider, the board shall reimburse for medical services and treatment rendered and charged by an out-of-state health care provider at the same percentage level as the network percentage level of usual and customary charges made by a contracted health care provider if the insured employee was referred to the out-of-state health care provider by a physician or it was an emergency situation and the out-of-state provider was the closest in proximity to the place of residence of the employee which offered the type of health care services needed. (74 § 1304)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/15/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/07/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/07/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/07/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/12/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REREFERRED TO COM 03/11/96

EDUCATION


* 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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/13/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/13/96

(68 AYE / 25 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 8 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/14/96


* HB 2193 (Hager/Ed Long) - SCHOOL TESTING/EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Pertains to educational deregulation; provides that a school district may not request an exemption from rules related to certain programs including the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program. (70 § 3-126)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2205 (Settle/Dickerson) - SPORTS/BRIBERY. Adds sports officials and participants to criminal statutes relating to bribery. (21 § 380)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

JUDICIARY


* 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)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

(71 AYE / 27 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


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

HOUSE 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. 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 adequate 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 § 113)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

JUDICIARY


* 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 bone-density test when requested by a primary care or referral physician; requires test to be subject to policy deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance limits of the plan. (36 § 6060.1)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* HB 2278 (Bastin/Brown) - ALCOHOL/DRUG ABUSE COURSES. Sets the fee for alcohol and drug substance abuse courses for second and subsequent offenders at $250; specifies requirements for substance abuse courses. The courses can be offered only by nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning, governmental or nonprofit organizations. (43A § 3-453)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

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

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

HUMAN RESOURCES


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

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/29/96

(75 AYE / 24 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

EDUCATION


* 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. The floor substitute also requires the State Vo-Tech Board to adopt rules to ensure the provision of vocational offering in area vocational-technical school districts to transferred students; adds language pertaining to transfers of children who have been placed in treatment facilities. (70 § 1210.531)

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

(86 AYE / 14 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

EDUCATION


* HB 2323 (Dale Smith) - CONTINUING EDUCATION. Relates to school district budgets. An amendment provides that the State Department of Education and any organization approved by the State Board of Education, including but not limited to higher education institutions, may charge persons attending continuing education courses a registration fee.. (70 § 5-110.1)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/05/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2336 (Betty Boyd/Kerr) - 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; provides for special plates for members of the Shriner's temple. (47 § 1136)

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. The floor substitute adds language prohibiting the governor from approving any emergency rule which establishes or increases fees, except during such times as the Legislature is in session. (75 § 250.6)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

DEREGULATION


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

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)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/29/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

APPROPRIATIONS


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

FINANCE


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2430 (Settle/Lewis Long) - 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 § 1.2)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

JUDICIARY


* HB 2469 (McCorkell) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. For workers' compensation purposes, adds to the definition of "certified workplace medical plan" 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 § 3)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

JUDICIARY


* 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)

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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. (74 § 452.10)

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2474 (Cozort) - TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT. Makes the State Travel Reimbursement Act mandatory for all agencies; provides 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 certain provisions; 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; requires 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; 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 chair of the House Committee on Appropriations and Budget, the Senate President Pro Tempore, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Department of Central Services; requires committee chairs to provide for committee review of such reports; 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; requires that claims or invoices submitted to the director of state finance for payment of purchase of 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; provides 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 § 500.1)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/11/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

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/Penny Williams) - 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)

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

SENATE COMMITTEE - COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE 03/07/96


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

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2497 (Anthony/Robinson) - HEALTH CARE. 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)

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/Ed Long) - 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)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/05/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* 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. (63 § 683.29)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

(68 AYE / 31 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

GENERAL GOVERNMENT


* HB 2534 (Hamilton/Dickerson) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Clarifies language relating to methods for obtaining legal representation. (74 § 20i)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

(96 AYE / 3 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

JUDICIARY


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

EDUCATION


* 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)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/11/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

JUDICIARY


* 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 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2601 (Paulk/Brown) - HIRING. Prohibits state entities, including State System institutions, from hiring any person who has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or who has been convicted of any felony for sale or distribution of drugs or controlled dangerous substances. (51 § 94)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

(85 AYE / 14 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

JUDICIARY


* 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; prohibits state agencies from barring employees from distributing materials for a job-related organization on agency-controlled property during their nonworking time, unless special circumstances make such a ban necessary in order to maintain services; 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' nonworking time. (74 § 842.1)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/11/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

(83 AYE / 17 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

(96 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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)

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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

BUSINESS & LABOR


* HB 2690 (Paulk/Leftwich) - PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS. Creates the Oklahoma Ethics in 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 § 595.2)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/11/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

(75 AYE / 23 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2720 (McCorkell) - MINORITY TEACHER AIDES. 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)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/96

MOTION FAILED - HOUSE 03/12/96

AMENDMENT FAILED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(46 AYE / 54 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(51 AYE / 49 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/12/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/96

(52 AYE / 49 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 0 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/14/96

EDUCATION


* 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

WITHDRAWN - FROM CALENDAR, REREFERRED TO COM 03/07/96

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR


* 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)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

FINANCE


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

EDUCATION


* 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. The amendment adds the requirement that the University Hospitals Authority contract for an independent fairness evaluation on any transaction that would transfer a leasehold authority for any portion of the University Hospitals to the University Hospitals Trust. Said evaluation shall be made available to the Contingency Review Board before it considers any transfer of leasehold authority from the authority to the University Hospitals Trust. (63 § 3213.2, 74 § 840-5.5)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/11/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/13/96

APPROPRIATIONS


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE DO PASS 02/15/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/22/96

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

(96 AYE / 4 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS


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

HOUSE 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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS

REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/07/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/28/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/04/96

APPROPRIATIONS

REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/07/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/96

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

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 03/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/96

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/13/96


* HB 2861 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT FUNDS. 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)

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2887 (Settle/Don Williams) - 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)

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

HOUSE 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

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/13/96


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* 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; allows the fund commissioner to reinsure risks; requires the State Insurance Commissioner to rotate actuaries used to perform examinations on insurance companies; exempts the fund from a provisions relating to state financial emergencies and hiring freezes. (74 § 840-2.14)

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/06/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

JUDICIARY


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

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/29/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/05/96

HUMAN RESOURCES


* 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/11/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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. (64 § 95)

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

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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 and other individuals desiring to invest in and create and design joint ventures for the development and advancement of the production, processing, handling and marketing of Oklahoma's agricultural commodities; the Task Force includes a representative from OSU. (2 § 362)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

(94 AYE / 2 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

AGRICULTURE & RURAL DVLPMNT


* 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;" outlines the components of the program, including education, work experience, development of job skills, job search and employment; requires welfare recipient to attend specific training or education programs. (56 §230.19)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* HB 2986 (Blackburn) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Modifies the Child Care Facilities Licensing Act. (10 § 401)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/13/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/13/96

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - HOUSE 03/13/96

MOTION PREVAILED - HOUSE 03/14/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/14/96

(72 AYE / 27 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)


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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/26/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

JUDICIARY


* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/96

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

APPROPRIATIONS



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 (Benson) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $5 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Cameron University to construct a student union.

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/96

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

APPROPRIATIONS


* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/21/96

MOTION ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/07/96

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


* 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.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/96

MOTION ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/04/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 03/06/96

TOURISM & RECREATION


* HCR 1077 (Taylor/Penny Williams) - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. Declares April 9, 1996, as "International Student Awareness Day."

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/04/96



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.

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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