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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, May 31, 1996

Subject: Bill Tracking Update


Note: In order to get out today's update in a timely manner, the report does not reflect all action taken by the Legislature and the Governor on Friday. A more complete report will be distributed early next week.


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 short descriptions of each bill and the latest legislative action on the bill.


Section I, Highlights This Week:

Higher Education Funding Bills Signed by Governor: The Governor signed two bills this week, HB 1809 and HB 1810, which provide $71.4 million in additional funding for higher education in FY'97. The increase of over 12%, which is the largest ever for higher education, will raise the total state appropriations for higher education from $564.8 million to $636.2 million.


Governor Exercises Funding Vetoes: Though higher education's funding was spared the Governor's veto, several funding items in other agencies were disapproved by the Governor. Vetoed items included $1.5 million for the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation, $3 million in additional funds for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, $1.5 million for the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education, and $100,000 appropriated to the Department of Agriculture for the Oklahoma State University Swine Diagnostic Laboratory. None of the Governor's vetoes were overridden.


Branch Campus Bill Approved: HB 2164, which establishes several institutional branches, makes the Enid Higher Education Program a campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and changes the names of Tulsa Junior College and the University Center at Tulsa/Rogers State College, was signed by the Governor on Thursday.


Higher Education Retirement Bill Passed: A bill making changes to higher education's participation in the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System passed the Senate and House late Thursday. A more complete description of the contents of the bill will be included in next week's report.


Bill Amends Private College Accreditation Requirements: A bill expanding the accreditation options of private/independent colleges passed the House and Senate late this week. The bill, HB 2466, allows private colleges to be accredited by a national accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. Current law requires private colleges to be accredited by either the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education or the regional accrediting agency (North Central Association).


Tuition Savings Account Bill Dies in Senate: HB 2059, which would authorize tuition savings accounts exempt from state income taxes, was not considered in the Senate before the legislative session ended Friday. The bill had passed the House last week on a 99-0 vote.



Legislative Deadlines:

June 15, Saturday, -- Last Day for Governor to Act on Bills

(Note: The Governor has 15 days after the end of the legislative session, until June 15, to act on all bills which he received during the last 5 days of session. Bills he does not sign are automatically disapproved, or "pocket vetoed".)


Actions This Week:

Bills Signed by the Governor:


Bills Vetoed by the Governor:


Bills Sent to the Governor (subject to June 15 signing deadline):


Bills that Died


Resolutions Adopted by the House and Senate (not requiring Governor's approval)


New Bills Added to List:


Bills Deleted from the List:



Note: Our weekly legislative updates are available on the internet homepage of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at: http://www.osrhe.edu. Each week's update should be posted on the homepage by late Friday afternoon.



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: Index of Bills


OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX


Forty-Fifth Legislature - Second Session

May 31, 1996





Abernathy, Earl

SCR 69


Academic Scholars

SR 51


Accountability

SB 1129


Accreditation

HB 2466


Ad valorem taxes

HB 2102


Administrative procedures

SB 703


Advanced Placement Incentive Program

SB 1100


Appropriations

SB 800

SB 810

SB 814

SB 837

HB 1782

HB 1809

HB 1810

HB 1811

HB 2819

HB 2820

HB 2821

HB 2822

HB 2841


Asbestos abatement

SB 814


Athletic trainers

HB 2065


Benefits

SB 850

SB 896

SB 910

HB 2188


Bombing victims

HB 2807

HJR 1100


Branch campuses

HB 2164


Budget

SB 801

SB 811

SB 831

HB 2819


Cameron University

SR 63

HCR 1059

HCR 1060


Campus police

HB 1185


Carl Albert State College

HB 2164


Charter schools

HB 2268


Child care facilities

HB 2986


Children/youth services

SB 1237

HB 2231


Claims

HB 1672


Computer conversions

HCR 1108


Connors State College

SCR 38

HCR 1061


Contracts

SB 1077

HB 2890


County assessors

SB 723


Dentistry

HB 1880


Drug/alcohol

HB 1672

HB 2278


Eastern Oklahoma State College

SCR 66

HB 2164


Educational Indicators

SB 1163

HB 2193

HB 2317


Elks/scholarships

SCR 58

SR 49

HR 1066


Enid Higher Education Program

HB 2164


Fees, student

HB 2164


Fee waivers

SB 908


Flags

HB 2104


Government reform

HB 2809


Holidays

HB 2480


Homosexual lifestyles

SR 29

SR 31

HR 1045

HR 1046


Insurance, health

SB 850

SB 896

SB 910

SB 1040

SB 1106

SB 1166

HB 2088

HB 2188

HB 2189

HB 2261

HB 2348

HB 2497

HB 2934

HB 3021


International students

HCR 1077


International trade

SB 931

HB 2899


Jury duty

SB 425


Juvenile records

SB 1053

HB 2053


Kirkpatrick, John E.

HR 1051


Labor relations

HB 2621


Langston University

HCR 1117


Legal representation

HB 2534

HB 2938


License plates, special

HB 2063

HB 2336


Maternity benefits

HB 2348


Northeastern State University

SB 1100

HCR 1070


Northwestern Oklahoma State

University

HB 2164


Nurses

SB 537

SB 587


Obscene materials

HB 2506


OCAST

HB 1782


Oklahoma Education Television Auth.

SB 881


Oklahoma Higher Learning Access

Program (OHLAP)

SB 1164


Oklahoma School of Science/Math

SB 1100

HB 2754


Oklahoma State University

SB 814

SB 1030

SCR 40

HCR 1090

HR 1051


Oklahoma State University

College of Osteopathic Medicine

SB 1223


Open Records

SB 719


Payroll deduction

SB 1130


Perfusionists

SB 788


Peters, Roy

SCR 43


Physician Manpower Training

SB 837

HB 1809

HB 1811


Privatization of government functions

HB 2690


Purchasing

HB 2147

HB 2470


Quality jobs

HCR 1066


Regents, Board of, for Oklahoma

Colleges

HB 2164

HCR 1115


Retirement

SB 832

SB 903

SB 941

SCR 42

HB 2087

HB 2088

HB 2422

HB 2475

HB 2861


Reynolds, Don

HR 1064


Rogers State College

SB 1162

HB 2164


Rose State College

HR 1064


Salary increase

SB 846

SB 1128


School testing

SB 1163

HB 2193

HB 2317


Science/technology

SCR 55

HCR 1086


Seminole Junior College

SB 836


Smith, Peggy

HCR 1103


Southeastern Oklahoma State

University

HB 1780


Special agency accounts

HB 2139

HB 2373


State Regents

HB 1810


Student Loans

HB 2887


Tax, income

HB 2748


Teacher certification

HB 2563


Teacher preparation

SB 801

SB 837


Telecommunications

SB 782

SB 1315

HCR 1097


Travel

SB 742

HB 2890


Tuition/fees

HB 2164

HB 2748

Tuition savings

HB 2059


Tulsa Junior College

SCR 36

HB 2164

HCR 1058


University Center at Tulsa

SB 1162

HB 1780

HB 2164


University Hospitals

SB 810

SB 811

SB 831

SB 837

HB 2841


University of Oklahoma

SB 923

SCR 64

HB 1672

HCR 1091


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SCR 52


Vocational/technical

SCR 43


Volunteers

HB 2512


Wage, minimum

HB 1672


Weapons

SB 1050


Western Oklahoma State College

SCR 69


Workers' compensation

SB 1310

HB 2469


Youth apprenticeship

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 5/29/96




SENATE BILLS


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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 537 (Cain/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 developed by a working committee composed of representatives of several entities including the State Regents; requires the working committee to submit the certification training program and list of functions to the nursing board for review and approval. (59 § 567.3a)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/01/96


* SB 587 (Monson/Bastin) - NURSES. Allows prescribing authority, under the supervision of a physician, to advanced practice nurses recognized by the Board of Nursing as advanced registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or certified nurse-midwives; requires that beginning July 1, 2002, advanced practice nurses would need a master's degree before they could prescribe drugs; requires the state nursing board to oversee prescription writing among nurses and to promulgate rules; requires the nursing board to establish a Formulary Advisory Council who will decide which drugs may not be prescribed by nurses. (59 § 567.3a)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* SB 703 (Hendrick/Benson) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires impact statements accompanying emergency rules to provide information on cost impacts received by the agency from any private or public entities on the rules; requires that in the rule impact statement the summary of comments relating to testimony at hearings include all comments received about the costs of the adopted rules; 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 promulgation. (75 § 308.2)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* 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; provides that the term "record" does not include computer software. (51 § 24A.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* SB 723 (Herbert/Clay Pope) - COUNTY ASSESSORS/CONTINUING EDUCA-TION. Modifies continuing education requirement for county assessors who have completed advanced accreditation. (The OSU Center for Local Government Technology, in cooperation with the Tax Commission and the County Assessors' Association, are required to develop educational requirements, curriculum materials, study resources and examinations for an education program for accreditation purposes.) (68 § 2816)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 742 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - TRAVEL. The conference committee report 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; lists forms of transportation that may be used by authorized persons traveling out-of-state on state business; limits reimbursement for certain forms of transportation; transfers the Employee Assistance Program and makes provisions for the transfer. The second conference committee substitute no longer authorizes payment for classroom space and no longer transfers the Employee Assistance Program and makes provisions for the transfer.

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/28/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/28/96

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

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/28/96

MOTION TO ADOPT CCR FAILED - HOUSE 05/30/96

RE-REFERRED TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE 05/30/96


* SB 782 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates an Oklahoma Telecommunications Commission comprising five voting members, one of whom would be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the State Regents, and the chair of the State Data Processing Telecommunications Advisory Committee as an ex officio member; requires the Commission to oversee the work of the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance as it carries out its responsibilities for the operation, maintenance and development of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN), to establish policies for the secure and efficient interoperation of the networks comprising OGTN and to 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; requires state and education entities responsible for the operation of wide area networks that are components of the OGTN to submit certain proposed changes to the Telecommunications Commission for approval; 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 the representatives of the Department of Education, the State Regents, and the Department of Public Safety and adding 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. (74 § 8201)

CCR FAILED - SENATE 05/22/96

(16 AYE / 29 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/22/96


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


* SB 800 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various education entities; Section 17 allocates $280,344 to be expended on a competitive application basis to a State System institution for implementing a statewide telecommunications curriculum; Section 40 appropriates $1.5 million to the Commission for Teacher Preparation. The Governor vetoed Section 40 which contains the $1.5 million appropriation for the Commission for Teacher Preparation.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 810 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. The conference committee substitute appropriates $1,450,141 to the University Hospitals Authority; provides for funding for the Poison Control Center and for additional operational support of the Child Study Center, to be used to strengthen the administrative interaction of the Center with the OU Department of Pediatrics to meet the needs of children with developmental disabilities; creates the University Hospitals Trust Revolving Fund and provides for transfer of funds. The Governor vetoed Section 32 which appropriates $1,450,141 to the Universities Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/29/96


* SB 811 (Haney/Hamilton) - BUDGET LIMITATIONS. Provides budgetary limitations for various health-care entities including the University Hospitals Authority. The second conference committee substitute modifies the University Hospitals Authority Act; provides that certain indebtedness not involve certain bonding capacity; requires certain agreements to include certain provisions; provides for transfer of funds; directs the Health Care Authority to pay certain reimbursement enhancements for certain employees.

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/30/96

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/30/96

ENROLLED - SENATE 05/30/96


* SB 814 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS/ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Section 4 appropriates $100,000 to the State Department of Agriculture for the OSU Swine Diagnostic Laboratory; Section 12 requires the Agriculture Department to budget certain amounts for various divisions and programs including $117,562 for OSU's Statewide Intensive Financial Management Assistance Program, $47,525 for the OSU Animal Diagnostic Laboratory Equipment and the $100,000 for the OSU Swine Diagnostic Laboratory; Section 19 provides that funds be spent as necessary to accomplish contractual responsibilities for OSU's extension service which benefits businesses and students of business by direct professional assistance provided by professors, associates and university staff and to improve and complement technical assistance provided by the Department; permits the Department to disallow any expenditures for activities not within the scope of approved contractual responsibilities; Section 33 requires appropriate agencies, including the State Regents, to cooperate with the Department of Labor to provide information required for an annual report to the Legislature detailing the amount per agency of all state, federal and local funds received for asbestos abatement, projects completed per agency, number of agency employees used in the programs and the projected needs for the next succeeding fiscal year. The Governor vetoed Section 4 which appropriates $100,000 to the Agriculture Department for the OSU Swine Diagnostic Laboratory.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


* SB 832 (Haney/Hamilton) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Modifies provisions related to contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System (OTRS); makes certain contributions subject to maximum compensation levels; requires certain State System entities or institutions to make contributions based on certain amount; modifies provisions related to retirement benefit computations; modifies references to employee contributions; adds requirement for employee contributions for certain period; authorizes certain members of retirement system to make election; provides for effect of election upon service performed for certain period; prescribes procedures for computation of retirement benefits for members having service for State System entities or institutions; provides computations for determination of retirement benefits.

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 836 (Haney/Ervin) - SEMINOLE JUNIOR COLLEGE. Changes the name of Seminole Junior College to Seminole State College.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* SB 837 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates a total of $3.8 billion to various state agencies including $564,806,579 to the State Regents; Section 11 appropriates $511,301,201 from the '97 General Revenue Fund to the State Regents for general purposes; Section 12 appropriates $3,505,378 from the '97 General Revenue Fund for the administrative offices of the State Regents; Section 13 appropriates $50,000,000 from the "095" fund (a cash fund) to the State Regents for general purposes; Sections 16 and 17 appropriate to the Physician Manpower Training Commission; Section 22 appropriates to the Teacher Preparation Commission; Section 71 appropriates to the University Hospitals Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/19/96


* SB 846 (Haney/Hamilton) - SALARY INCREASE. The conference committee substitute modifies salary increases in SB 1128; includes certain state employees in the salary increase and excludes certain others; modifies the date of service rating used to determine eligibility for such pay increase; modifies the effective date of SB 1128 to July 1, 1996.

CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/29/96

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

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/29/96

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/22/96


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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* SB 896 (Monson/Roberts) - HEALTH CARE. Modifies the powers and duties of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; authorizes the State Employee Benefits Council to promulgate rules necessary to carry out the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act, to purchase health care benefits for state and education employees, to develop state and education employee health care benefit plans, to enter into contracts for delivery of state-purchased health care and establish standards and criteria which must be met by entities to be eligible to contract with the Council for the delivery of state-purchased health care, to develop a proposed standard basic health care benefits package, and to study all matters connected with the purchase of health care benefits for state and education employees. (74 § 1364)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/22/96


* SB 903 (Monson/Roberts) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. The third conference committee substitute pertains to various retirement systems; Section 4 pertains to OTRS, providing for designation of a beneficiary other than a spouse; Section 9 grants the OTRS Fiscal Health Task Force an extension, until Jan. 1, 1997, to issue a report of findings and recommendations.

THIRD CCR READ - SENATE 05/29/96


* SB 908 (Leftwich/Blackburn) - FEE WAIVER. The third conference committee substitute provides a fee waiver to the children of state employees who have lost their lives as a result of the intentional criminal acts of another while in the course of their employment; provides that the provisions apply only when all other grants and scholarships available to such children have been exhausted. (70 § 3218.7)

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE (47-0) 05/30/96

THIRD CCR READ - HOUSE 05/30/96


* SB 910 (Monson/Fields) - HEALTH CARE. Specifies portion of premium tax assessed on the premiums of Medicaid recipients collected from the OU Managed Care Plan to be allocated to the Medicaid contingency fund. The conference committee substitute advances the deadline for approval of premiums by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from March 1 to the second Wednesday in January; requires insurance and benefits coordinators to complete the training course offered by the Employee Benefits Council prior to making presentations regarding the self-insured plans offered by the state and/or the health maintenance organization prepaid plans available as an alternative to the state self-insured plans; provides for standardized information packets; requires that HMO contracts provide for a risk adjustment factor for adverse selection; requires the state employees insurance board to study the feasibility of offering state-owned managed care plans as an alternative to the state self-funded indemnity plans; requires that such study also consider the feasibility of offering state-owned Medicare risk-sharing plans. (36 § 631)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/29/96

BILL FAILED - SENATE 05/29/96

(23 AYE / 19 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 6 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)


* SB 923 (Monson/Roberts) - OU MANAGED CARE PLAN. The second conference committee substitute clarifies the portion of premium tax available for allocation to the Medicaid Contingency Revolving Fund from taxes assessed on the premiums of Medicaid recipients collected from the OU Managed Care Plan.

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE (39-0) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/30/96


* 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)

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


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

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/96


* SB 1040 (Hendrick/Dunlap) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires HMOs, self-insured plans, and prepaid plans when contracting with educational entities, for plan years beginning July 1, 1997, in setting health insurance premiums for active employees and for retirees under 65 years of age, to set the monthly premium for active employees at $90 less than the monthly premium for such retirees. (74 § 1371)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/01/96


* SB 1050 (Shurden/Stanley) - WEAPONS. Prohibits concealed handguns from being carried into or upon any college or university property except in a vehicle in a parking area; prohibits removal of the weapon from the vehicle without prior consent of the college or university president; allows university and college presidents discretion to authorize exceptions to the law; provides penalty for violation . (21 § 1277)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* SB 1053 (Herbert/Seikel) - JUVENILE RECORDS. Section 8 prohibits employers, educational institutions, state and local government agencies, officials, and employees, in any application or interview or otherwise, from requiring an applicant to disclose information contained in expunged juvenile records; provides that an applicant need not, in answer to any questions concerning arrest, juvenile and criminal records, provide information that has been expunged, including any reference to or information concerning expungement and may state that no such action has ever occurred; prohibits the denial of an application solely because of the applicant's refusal to disclose information that has been expunged. (10 § 7307-1.8)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* SB 1077 (Ed Long/Wells) - CONTRACTS. Modifies the definition of "public construction contract" for competitive bidding purposes to change the contract amount from $7,500 to $12,500; requires that each bidder on a public construction contract exceeding $15,000 accompany the bid with a certified check or irrevocable letter of credit; increases from $100 to $500 the monetary amount of certain items required to be included in the Department of Central Services inventory. (61 § 102)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/24/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/24/96

(56 AYE / 38 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 4 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/24/96

(68 AYE / 28 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/28/96


* SB 1100 (Don Williams/Anthony) - COMMON EDUCATION REFORM INITIATIVE. The third conference committee substitute provides for professional development programs approved by the Teacher Preparation Commission and a stipend to be paid to teachers who complete such programs; requires the State Board of Education to award grants for professional development programs approved by the Commission in the areas of arts and humanities, and to award scholarships to public school districts who wish to have teachers and administrators attend the Northeastern Oklahoma State University Great Expectations Summer Institute for Teachers; provides that, contingent upon availability of funds, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics shall solicit proposals and award grants for pilot projects that develop and establish model programs implementing advanced science and math curriculum at local vocational-technical school sites or at local school sites via distance learning; requires establishment of an advisory council for the program; requires the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to establish the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program; provides for financial incentives to schools based upon student placement on a college advanced placement exam; repeals sections relating to authorization for boxing in physical education, requirement for wearing industrial quality eye protective devices, the Developmental Research School Act, and Task Force 2000.

LAID OVER - HOUSE 05/28/96

SECOND CCR REJECTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE (47-0) 05/30/96

THIRD CCR READ - HOUSE 05/30/96


* SB 1106 (Herbert/Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board shall not offer a health plan which is owned or operated by the state and which uses a capitated payment plan for providers 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/96


* SB 1128 (Dickerson/Steidley) - SALARIES. Provides for annualized salary increase of $1,200 for certain state officers and employees and certain county employees. [This bill was amended by SB 846]

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* SB 1130 (Dickerson/Paulk) - PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS. 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/23/96

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/24/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/24/96

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/28/96


* 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; allows the Governor's pending nominations to the existing boards that have not yet been confirmed by the Senate to be part of the new single board and will allow the Governor to appoint one new member annually to the new board (otherwise the Governor would not have been allowed to appoint any members of the new board until the new board's total membership had decreased by attrition from 18 to nine) This bill was amended by HB 2164. (70 § 4651)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/96


* SB 1163 (Penny Williams/McCorkell) - SCHOOL TESTING/EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Prohibits school districts from developing and implementing educational improvement plans which would exempt the district from certain regulations including those related to core curriculum standards, the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program. The second conference committee substitute no longer pertains to the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program. (70 § 3-124)

CCR REJECTED 05/28/96

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/30/96


* SB 1164 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - OHLAP. Adds that students eligible for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (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 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 students 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* SB 1166 (Ed Long/Voskuhl) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires insurance plans which require a copayment to disclose to the insured the calculation for the copayment; requires that in no case shall the payment for services and the copayment be more than the actual amount paid to the provider of health care services; provides that in no case shall the copayment be based on a higher figure than either the amount billed or the amount paid, whichever is less; provides for penalties for violations; authorizes the promulgation of rules. The second conference committee substitute requires policies, contracts or agreements issued or renewed for a preferred provider or other provider arrangement or managed care plan, which requires the insured or enrollee to make a copayment when benefits are provided, to disclose to the insured or enrollee the calculation for the copayment; prohibits the copayment from being based on a higher figure than either the amount billed or the amount paid, whichever is less; specifies that the requirement applies to any health insurance plan offered through the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act; provides that any insurer, hospital or licensed health care provider determined to be in violation of such requirement by the insurance commissioner, the Board of Health, or the appropriate health care professional licensing entity, after notice, shall be subject to an administrative fine of from $1,000 to $5,000 for each violation. (36 § 6052)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (85-11) 05/30/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 1223 (Robinson/Anthony) - MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATIONS/ OSUCOM. Expands the membership of the Board of Medicolegal Investigations to include the dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine or a designee. (63 § 931)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


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

CCR READ - SENATE 05/01/96


* SB 1310 (Shedrick/Steidley) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. The second conference committee substitute provides that, if any insurer except the State Insurance Fund fails to contract with or provide access to a certified workplace medical plan, an insured may contract independently with a plan of his or her choice for a year to provide medical care under the Workers' Compensation Act; authorizes an insured to contract for additional one-year periods if his or her insurer has not contracted with or provided access to a certified workplace medical plan; provides that an employer is not required to provide compensation for an injury resulting directly from use or abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs or chemicals or abuse of prescription drugs, with certain exceptions; prohibits the Commissioner of Health from certifying a plan that does not utilize the medical treatment guidelines and protocols substantially similar to those established for use by medical service providers which have been recommended by the Physician Advisory Committee and adopted by the Administrator of the Workers' Compensation Court; excludes certain claim amounts paid under the medical benefits deductible from the calculation of an employer's experience modifier; provides that the Board of Mangers of the State Insurance Fund may use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for computing reserves; makes it a felony to fail to keep certain records or to misrepresent certain facts; increases from 3 percent to 5 percent of the amount of compensation awards for permanent total disability or permanent partial disability the amount a political or municipal subdivision of the state must include in its annual estimate of needs for the use and purpose of the special indemnity fund; authorizes workers' compensation carriers to use present value discounting at a rate of 4 percent for disability and death claims; allows any person not required to be covered under a workers' compensation insurance policy or other plan for payment of workers' compensation to apply to the Labor commissioner for a "Certificate of Non-Coverage Under the Workers' Compensation Act;" exempts the State Insurance Fund from hiring freezes by the Governor in response to a financial emergency. (85 § 14.3)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/28/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/28/96

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

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/29/96

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* SB 1315 (Robinson/Anthony) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Requires the Department of Central Services to recognize as a statewide contract an unencumbered contract consummated in behalf of the telecommunications network known as OneNet by the State Regents or any other state entity assigned responsibility for OneNet; mandates that such recognition require recommendation by the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance; prohibits the Department of Central Services from subjecting purchases pursuant to said contracts to any quantity limit; provides that for purchases that require review of the purchase requisition by the Information Services Division of the Office of State Finance and that are not available on a statewide contract but are available from a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule or contract, or are available from a GSA schedule or contract at a lesser price than from a state contract, state agencies may, with the approval of the Information Services Division, purchase from the vendor or vendors on the GSA schedule or contract; authorizes the State Regents and any other state entity assigned responsibility for OneNet to negotiate for education or government discounts from published price listings and to make contracts at such prices subject to adjustment for price increases nationally published; adds the State System institutions, State Regents, University Centers, and OneNet to entities exempt from the provisions of the Central Purchasing Act; 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. (74 § 85.9E)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96



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.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/14/96


* 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.

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/21/96

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

ENROLLED - SENATE 05/29/96


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

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/02/96


* 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. [SB 903 extends the report deadline.]

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.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/22/96


* SCR 52 (Monson/Toure) - 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.

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/10/96

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96


* SCR 55 (Don Williams/Anthony) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1996 as Oklahoma Science and Technology Month.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/10/96


* SCR 58 (Wilkerson/Plunk) - TED BIRD/ELKS. Recognizes the contributions of Ted Bird and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks whose members raised $226,000 for the Murrah Building bombing victims.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/07/96


* SCR 64 (Hobson/Benson) - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA/BONDS. Authorizes the OU Board of Regents to issue $4 million in revenue bonds to improve and renovate various athletic department facilities.

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/96

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96


* SCR 66 (Stipe/Mass) - EASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Eastern Oklahoma State College to issue $2 million in revenue bonds for campus construction and repairs.

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/20/96

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96


* SCR 69 (Kerr/Cotner) - EARL ABERNATHY/WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE. Recognizes the years Earl Abernathy has served Western Oklahoma State college; commends Abernathy for his public service to Oklahoma higher education.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/24/96



SENATE RESOLUTIONS


* SR 29 (Campbell) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Opposes the position of the National Education Association that public schools should celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month. [See HR 1045]

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


* SR 49 (Gustafson) - ELKS/SCHOLARSHIPS. Commends the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for its donation of $226,000 for relief and scholarship efforts in the wake of the Murrah Building bombing.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/18/96


* SR 51 (Campbell) - ACADEMIC SCHOLARS. Directs the State Regents to conduct a study of the Academic Scholars Program consisting of a review of the goals, qualifying criteria, including the merits of removing subpopulation requirements, attrition, revenue needed to fund all categories of qualified students and the follow-up on graduates; directs the State Regents to report their findings to the Senate by Oct. 1, 1996.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/07/96


* SR 63 (Maddox) - CAMERON UNIVERSITY GOLF. Congratulates the Cameron University golf team for winning third place at the NCAA Men's Division II golf championship.

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96



HOUSE BILLS


* HB 1185 (Thornbrugh/Lewis Long) - CAMPUS POLICE. Authorizes a campus police agency to dispose of unclaimed personal property in the same manner as a sheriff; authorizes property to be sold, destroyed, discarded, donated or transferred; provides procedure for application, hearing, and notice for disposition of personal property; authorizes proceeds from sale of items to be used for equipment, materials or supplies or for education, training, or programming. (22 § 1325)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* HB 1672 (Toure/Lewis Long) - CLAIMS/OU ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT RESEARCH/DRUG TESTING. The third conference committee substitute modifies the Employment Security Act of 1980; modifies method of filing a claim; authorizes the release of information required to identify economic trends to officials, employees and agents of OU's Center for Economic and Management Research; prohibits disclosure and public inspection of information obtained by the University and its agents; authorizes OU to release aggregated data, provided that such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Commission; outlines conditions for hair-sample testing for the presence of drugs; establishes misdemeanor penalties for wrongful release of test information. (70 § 14-131)

FOURTH CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL FAILED - HOUSE (47-51) 05/30/96


* HB 1780 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/SEOSU/UCT. The conference committee substitute appropriates to the Department of Commerce; Section 12 requires that the agency contract with Southeastern Oklahoma State University for the Small Business Development Centers Network; Section 21 requires the Department, in conjunction with the University Center at Tulsa and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, to contract for development of a comprehensive urban economic development model. The Governor vetoed Section 31, $3,003, 112 to OCAST.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/30/96


* HB 1782 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/OCAST. The conference committee substitute provides that OCAST allocate $300,000 to support qualified research and development partnership projects involving institutions of the State System of Higher Education with persons, entities, cooperative programs or with industry, as long as the OCAST appropriation does not fall below $9 million.

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 05/30/96


* HB 1809 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Section 1 appropriates $39,900,000 to the State Regents for the education and general operating budgets of the State System institutions; Section 2 states legislative intent that $11.3 million be expended for the purpose of funding the new start-up and operation costs associated with the 1992 Bond Issue; Section 3 states legislative intent that $1.5 million provide funding for OHLAP; Section 4 states legislative intent that $16.3 million be expended for OTAG; Section 5 states legislative intent that $1 million be expended for the National Guard Fee Waiver Program; Section 6 states legislative intent that $5,540,000 be allocated for the Section 13 Offset Program; Section 7 states legislative intent that $343,636 be expended for the general operating budget of the Administrative Offices of the State Regents; Section 8 appropriates $114,921 to the Physician Manpower Training Commission. The Governor vetoed Section 8 which appropriates $114,921 to the Physician Manpower Training Commission.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 05/29/96


* HB 1810 (Hamilton/Haney) - STATE REGENTS. Modifies the distribution of monies paid to the State Employees Group Insurance Clearing Fund; provides that the first $31,500,000 received after Sept. 1, 1996, during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996, shall be distributed to the State Regents.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/30/96


* HB 1811 (Hamilton/Haney) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Sets budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission. The conference committee substitute appropriates $120,000 to the State Regents for the education and general operating budgets of the institutions.

CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (86-9) 05/30/96

CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 1880 (Gray/Robinson) - DENTISTRY. Creates the State Dental Act; creates a Board of Dentistry; gives the Board the power to establish guidelines for courses of study necessary for expanded duties and to establish continuing education requirements for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who hold expanded duty permits; allows the Board to issue a dental specialty license to certain qualified persons; allows the Board to issue a dental intern permit to a graduate of an accredited dental college, who is otherwise qualified, upon request of the governing board of any institution for the graduate to serve as a dental intern or resident in the institution.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/06/96


* HB 2053 (Laura Boyd/Brown) - JUVENILE RECORDS. Deletes sections permitting individuals or agencies engaged in legitimate research for education, scientific or public purposes to inspect juvenile court records without a court order.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* 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)

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/20/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/20/96

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

THIRD CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/20/96


* HB 2063 (Sadler/Robinson) - LICENSE PLATES. The conference committee substitutes adds special license plates for various groups; modifies apportionment of funds from university supporter license plates. (47 § 1136)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/29/96

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/29/96


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/21/96


* HB 2087 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Authorizes the State Auditor, the Director of Public Affairs, and the State Treasurer to name designees to serve on the Oklahoma State Pension Commission. (74 § 941)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2088 (Roberts/Monson) - 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. The second conference committee substitute also modifies the authority of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; limits the duties of the Authority relating to health care benefits for state and education employees; requires the Authority to provide advice and input to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council as it contracts for delivery of health care services to be offered by health services vendors; deletes language which previously had transferred responsibility for the purchase of health care benefits from the State Employees Benefits Council to the Health Care Authority; authorizes the Council to enter into contracts for the delivery of health care and establish standards and criteria which must be met by entities to be eligible to contract with the Council for such services; requires the Council to develop proposed standard basic health care benefits packages to be offered by providers with whom the Council contracts, study all matters connected with the purchase of health care benefits for participants and exercise all incidental powers which are necessary and proper to carry out the purposes of the State Employees Benefits Act; provides for communication with plan participants. (74 § 1316.1)

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/29/96


* HB 2102 (Begley/Don Williams) - AD VALOREM TAXES. Relates to the appeals based upon the illegality of the ad valorem tax; creates an education cash flow revolving fund for the Tax Commission, to consist of appropriated monies, for making payments to school districts or vocational-technical school districts in the event of protests of ad valorem taxes by railroads or public service corporations; requires the Commission to reimburse school districts and vocational-technical school districts for revenues lost due to taxes paid under protest. (68 § 2884)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (72-23) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - SENATE (32-15) 05/30/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2104 (Greenwood/Hendrick) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2147 (McCorkell/Dickerson) - PURCHASING. The second conference committee substitute amends certain sections of SB 1315 relating to the Central Purchasing Act; modifies definitions; modifies powers and authority of the Central Purchasing Director and requires certain initiatives to be undertaken by the Director. (74 § 85.2)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/29/96

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE (39-0) 05/30/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2164 (Steidley/Penny Williams) - STUDENT FEES/BRANCH CAMPUSES. 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; requires the State Regents to provide certain courses and programs available through a branch campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester and through a campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Woodward; transfers the governance of the Enid Higher Education Program to the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges; provides that the Enid Higher Education Program will serve as the Enid Campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University; requires the State Regents to provide for a branch campus of Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw; changes the name of Tulsa Junior College to Tulsa Community College; combines the University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College into "Rogers University;" changes the name of the Board of Regents of the University Center at Tulsa and Rogers State College to the Board of Regents of Rogers University. (70 § 3219.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/30/96


* HB 2188 (Greenwood/Hendrick) - 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; 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. (74 § 1371)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/16/96


* HB 2189 (Begley/Don Williams) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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 the fee schedule established by the State Employees and Education Group Insurance Board if the insured employee was referred to the out-of-state health care provider by a network 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)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (96-0) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96


* 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, the Educational Indicators Program, and the teacher preparation system. (70 § 3-126)

FOURTH CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/30/96

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

FOURTH CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 2231 (Voskuhl/Penny Williams) - CHILDREN/YOUTH SERVICES. Creates the Family Centered and Community Designed Services Act to engage businesses, service providers, volunteers, educators and families in planning, policy and priority setting, community development and serving 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. (10 § 601.71)

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 04/30/96


* HB 2261 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires individual and group health insurance policies providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis, and individual and group service or indemnity-type contracts issued by a nonprofit corporation which provides coverage for a female at least 45 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; provides that no policy or contract shall be required to reimburse more than $150 for any bone density test. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* HB 2268 (Bryant/Wright) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Charter Schools Act;" defines "charter school" as a public school established by contract with a board of education of a school district to provide learning that will improve student achievement; allows public schools, public bodies, public or private colleges or universities, private persons and private organizations to contract with a sponsor to establish a charter school. The second conference committee substitute applies only to public schools located in counties with a population of 50,000 or more; provides for phasing in the number of charter schools authorized each year, from 10 in the 1996-97 school year to an additional 25 for the 2002-2003 school year. (36 § 6060.1)

CCR REJECTED 05/29/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/29/96


* 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. (43A § 3-453)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* HB 2317 (Hager/Ed Long) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS/SCHOOL TESTING. Pertains to residence of child and school transfers; Section 3 modifies the Educational Indicators Program, allowing for separate reporting and depiction of test scores for certain students; Section 4 modifies the School Testing Program, requiring allocation of a certain percentage of State Aid to high challenge schools; Section 5 requires the development of an electronic tracking system for public school students to be used for the School Testing Program and the Educational Indicators Program; provides that social security account numbers or alternative student data numbers shall be used; 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. The second conference committee substitute pertains to school residency and no longer pertains to school testing and educational indicators.

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 05/29/96

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - SENATE 05/29/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 05/29/96

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 05/30/96


* HB 2336 (Betty Boyd/Kerr) - LICENSE PLATES. Pertains to various special 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 apportioned to the designated university or college as compensation for use of the symbols, works, or letters authorized by the private university or college for use on the license plate; decreases from $8 to $3 the amount apportioned to the Adaptive Grant Program for Oklahomans with Mental Retardation Revolving Fund, to be used for educational purposes. (47 § 1136)

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/01/96


* HB 2348 (Roach/Penny Williams) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. Requires health benefit plan contracts issued, amended, renewed or delivered on or after July 1, 1996, that provide maternity benefits to provide coverage for a minimum of 48 hours of inpatient care for mother and infant 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 or in a licensed birthing center; authorizes a plan to provide coverage for a shorter length of hospital inpatient stay for services related to maternity and newborn infant care under certain conditions; provides that, if coverage would be provided under a contract subject to a capitated or global rate, the plan must provide supplementary reimbursement to providers for the additional services required by that coverage if it is not included in the capitation or global rate. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/23/96


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

CCR REJECTED 05/29/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/29/96


* HB 2466 (Hager/Ed Long) - ACCREDITATION. The third conference committee substitute requires that a private educational institution be accredited under State Regents' rules unless the institution is accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency which is recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education; authorizes private educational institutions to grant only those degrees authorized by the State Regents unless approved otherwise by a national or regional accrediting agency which is recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

THIRD CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (97-0) 05/30/96

THIRD CCR SUBMITTED TO SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 2469 (McCorkell/Monson) - 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 that 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/18/96


* HB 2470 (Deutschendorf/Helton) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/14/96


* HB 2475 (Roberts/Monson) - 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. (74 § 1310)

CCR REJECTED 05/29/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/29/96

SECOND CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 05/30/96


* HB 2480 (Rice/Herbert) - HOLIDAYS. Modifies the list of state 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/23/96


* HB 2497 (Anthony/Robinson) - HEALTH CARE. The second conference committee substitute provides that all employees of the University Hospitals Authority who are members of the University Hospitals Authority Model Personnel System who become subject to the classified or unclassified service of state government shall be eligible to transfer any unused leave balances; provides that if the Authority enters into a lease for University Hospital and Children's Hospital of Oklahoma with the University Hospitals Trust, and enters into an agreement or contract with another entity for performing services previously provided by the Authority which results in a reduction in the number of Authority employees, certain conditions must be met; creates the University Hospitals Trust Legislative Advisory Task Force; provides for transfer of certain personal property. (63 § 5011)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (96-0) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 2506 (Perry/Smith) - OBSCENE MATERIALS. Adds to list of materials to be prohibited from being recorded, written, distributed or sold "any type of obscene material;" adds to the definition of "obscene material" CD-ROM, magnetic disk memory, or magnetic tape memory. (21 § 1024.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/28/96


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

CCR SUBMITTED TO HOUSE 04/30/96


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/96


* HB 2621 (Paulk/Dickerson) - 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; allows representatives of job-related organizations to distribute membership materials in public areas of buildings occupied by state agencies; 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - VETO 05/07/96


* 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; makes provisions for present agency employees to organize and submit a bid to provide the subject services; requires certain disclosures and submission of plans by the contracted entity; provides for an objection by the Governor; prohibits a present or former state employee involved in awarding a contract, for a period of a year from the date state employment is terminated, from becoming an officer or employee of a business organization which is a party to any privatization contract with the agency in which the present or former state employee is or was employed. (74 § 595.1)

CCR REJECTED 05/30/96

FURTHER CONFERENCE GRANTED 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - HOUSE 05/30/96


* HB 2748 (Plunk/Wilkerson) - TUITION/TAX DEDUCTION. Allows an income tax deduction in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1995, for the amount of tuition paid by a taxpayer to a public college or university located in this state; limits the deduction to $1,000; no deduction shall be allowed for any amount of tuition paid by or through a grant, scholarship, stipend, employer reimbursement or payment, or any amount subject to a tuition waiver. (68 § 2358)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/96


* HB 2807 (Blackburn/Cain) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/04/96


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

CCR SUBMITTED 04/30/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* HB 2822 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a supplemental appropriations bill; Section 20 appropriates $107,128 for debt service on bonds to equip and furnish the OSU Food Processing Center. The Governor vetoed a section appropriating funds to the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System.

GOVERNOR ACTION - LINE ITEM VETO 04/01/96


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

REFERRED TO GCCA 04/23/96


* 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)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (98-0) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 2887 (Settle/Don Williams) - GUARANTEED STUDENT LOANS. Authorizes the State Regents to promulgate rules pertaining to agreements with other Federal Family Education Loan Program participants, to notify licensing boards in this state of students who have defaulted on student loans, and to implement programs for administrative garnishment and wage withholding to collect on defaulted student loans; authorizes the State Regents to prescribe rules and procedures to provide an opportunity for a licensee to enter into a satisfactory repayment agreement and an opportunity for a hearing prior to notification of a licensing board; provides for notice and hearing; authorizes the Regents to notify licensing boards of any person who has been determined to be in default on a student loan, provided, the State Regents may consider hardship circumstances in their decision whether to proceed with notification; provides that, upon receipt of the notice, the licensing board shall suspend and not renew the license until further notification by the Regents; provides for license reinstatement when a licensee is no longer in default; states legislative intent that any state college, university or higher education program president, provost, chief executive officer or director who is or has been convicted of, plead guilty to or nolo contendere to a felony offense and a judgment of guilt has been entered, shall be dismissed or not reemployed unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon has been granted. (70 § 623)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 05/29/96


* HB 2890 (Settle/Smith) - CONTRACTS/TRAVEL. 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; permits persons authorized to travel on official state business outside the state to use appropriate forms of transportation, including common carriers, transit system carriers, state- or privately owned motor vehicles or airplanes, contract rental motor vehicles or commuter airplanes; provides that, if commuter airlines are the only airlines available to reach a destination, reimbursement for transportation used in lieu of commuter air fare shall not exceed the cost of the commuter air fare; limits reimbursement for authorized use of privately owned motor vehicles used for out-of-state travel to mileage reimbursement; limits reimbursement for use of rental vehicles for out-of-state travel to the actual cost for such vehicle; prohibits reimbursement for such vehicle from exceeding the cost for commercial class air fare or commuter air fare. (74 § 500.2)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 05/14/96

CCR READ - SENATE 05/14/96


* HB 2899 (Leist/Fisher) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/96


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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/12/96


* HB 2938 (Hamilton/Dickerson) - 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. The second conference committee substitute makes language of statutes relating to the Office of Attorney General gender neutral. (74 § 18b)

SECOND CCR ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (97-0) 05/30/96

SECOND CCR READ - SENATE 05/30/96


* HB 2986 (Blackburn) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Provides an exemption from the Child Care Facilities Licensing Act for school-age programs of specialized activity or instruction for children that are not designed or intended for child care purposes; modifies requirements for criminal history investigations; modifies certain immunization requirements and procedures. The committee substitute modifies exemptions from the act. (10 § 401)

CCR SUBMITTED 05/01/96


* HB 3021 (Betty Boyd/Brown) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance policies and plans issued on and after Nov. 1, 1996, including the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, provide coverage for certain equipment, supplies and related services for treatment of Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes, and for self-management training. (36 § 6060.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/23/96



HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS


* HJR 1100 (Johnson/Taylor) - BOMBING VICTIMS. Provides that state employees who were in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, when an explosive device was detonated shall, with the approval of the relevant appointing authority, be excused from performance of job-related duties on April 19, 1996; makes similar provision for state employees who are relatives of anyone injured as a result of the bombing.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/96



HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS


* HCR 1058 (Cozort) - TULSA JUNIOR COLLEGE/BONDS. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Tulsa Junior College to issue revenue bonds in a sum not to exceed $12 million. [See SCR 36]

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.

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/04/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/22/96

RECONSIDER THE VOTE - SENATE 05/23/96

AMENDMENT ADOPTED - SENATE 05/23/96

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 05/23/96


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

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. [See SCR 38]

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

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET


* HCR 1066 (Benson/Fisher) - 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.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/96


* HCR 1070 (Staggs/Robinson) - 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.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/30/96


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

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/08/96


* HCR 1086 (Anthony/Don Williams) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1996 as Oklahoma Science and Technology Month. [See SCR 55]

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 03/25/96


* HCR 1090 (Anthony/Shedrick) - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents to issue $10 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Oklahoma State University for completing the construction of the Advanced Technology Research Center.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO SENATE 05/30/96


* HCR 1091 (Laura Boyd) - OU/ABILITY THROUGH ARTS. Directs observance of Disability Awareness Week; urges citizens to visit "Abilities through Art" exhibition at the University of Oklahoma Memorial Union.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/02/96

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 04/16/96


* HCR 1097 (Paulk/Weedn) - COMPUTER PORNOGRAPHY. Directs all state agencies and State System institutions to cease distributing, making available and storing obscene and pornographic material and to remove from their computer systems all illegal obscene material and especially child pornography, including material that is a part of USENET newsgroups stored on their local computer systems; directs such agencies and institutions to take necessary steps to maintain computer systems that are free from illegal obscene materials and especially child pornography. The floor substitute directs all state agencies and State System institutions to adopt policies prohibiting the acquisition, storage or distribution of obscene material, take immediate action to have removed from their computers and computer systems all obscene material and take all reasonable action to block access to obscene material via computers and computer systems.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/23/96


* HCR 1103 (Johnson/Taylor) - PEGGY SMITH. Commends Peggy Smith, executive director of the Small Business Capital Corp., on being selected the 1996 National Financial Services Advocate of the Year. Ms. Smith has served as a small business advocate on an advisory board of Tulsa Junior College.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/96


* HCR 1108 (Perry/Wright) - COMPUTER CONVERSIONS. Directs all state agencies and encourages all higher education institutions, schools and other political subdivisions of the state, if applicable, to begin planning and budgeting for the conversion of legacy systems, programs and databases and to begin the process of preparing state computer systems for the millennium; requires agencies to report their plans to the Legislature through the Office of State Finance by Dec. 31, 1996; requires the colleges and universities to report through the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor or Chief Operating Officer of the State Regents. The committee substitute changes the date of reporting to Nov. 1, 1996.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/29/96

ADOPTED - SENATE 05/30/96


* HCR 1115 (Hager/Ed Long) - BOARD OF REGENTS OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGES/APA. Waives the 30-day legislative-day review period for certain proposed permanent rules of the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges. The floor substitute modifies the list of rules on which the 30-day review period is to be waived.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 05/22/96

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 05/30/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 05/30/96


* HCR 1117 (Wells/Shedrick) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY/REVENUE BONDS. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents to issue $2 million in revenue bonds on behalf of Langston University for acquisition of equipment for existing buildings.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 05/29/96

ADOPTED - HOUSE 05/30/96



HOUSE RESOLUTIONS


* HR 1045 (Benson) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Resolves that traditional family values and traditional lifestyles are an integral part of the heritage of Oklahoma and the United States; expresses the opposition of the House of Representatives to the position of the National Education Association that calls for public schools to celebrate a Lesbian and Gay History Month; resolves that homosexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality should not be promoted in the public schools.

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.

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

RULES


* HR 1051 (Johnson) - JOHN E. KIRKPATRICK. Expresses pride in John E. Kirkpatrick for generosity and for the contributions he has made to his community and the state; wishes him happiness on his 88th birthday. He was honored at the dedication of the "John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center" at OSU Tech - Oklahoma City.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/13/96


* HR 1064 (Bastin) - DON S. REYNOLDS. Praises Don S. Reynolds, long-time member of the Rose State College$Board of Regents, for his years of public service to his county, state and community.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/28/96


* HR 1066 (Weaver) - ELKS/SCHOLARSHIPS. Commends the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and thanks the organization for its donation of $226,000 for relief and scholarship efforts in the wake of the Murrah Building bombing.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 05/09/96



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