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OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

State Capitol Complex

From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, January 31, 1997

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 and Section III provides a short description of each bill and the latest legislative action on the bill.

Section I

Highlights This Week:

On Thursday, January 30, the House and Senate Education Committees conducted a joint meeting. The first part of the meeting was held at Rogers University in Tulsa where presentations were made on the following issues:

Following the morning session, several committee members traveled to the OSU Technical Branch in Okmulgee for lunch and a tour of campus facilities.

Legislators attending one or both of the sessions included:

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

February 3, Monday -- First Day of 1996 Legislative Session

February 20, Thursday -- Pass Bills from Committee in House of Origin

March 13, Thursday -- Pass Bills from Floor of the House of Origin

Meetings Next Week:

At the time this document was produced, we did not have agendas for committee meetings next week that might address higher education legislation or issues. However, the committees through which most relevant legislation will pass have the following regular meeting days each week while bills are in committee.

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Bill Tracking: We added about 140 bills to our list this week which now totals over 300 bills. Many bills are "shell" bills at this point which means they currently contain only minimal language making no real changes. If the bills continue through the legislative process, substantive language will be inserted at some point.

Just a few bills of special note are:

Note: Our weekly legislative updates are available on the internet homepage of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at: http://www.osrhe.edu. The updates are located under "Legislative Updates" in the Directory of Documents. 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) 225-9165 or e-mail her at "cmccoy@osrhe.edu".

Section II

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX

Forty-Sixth Legislature - Second Session

January 31, 1997


Academies

SB 13

Ad valorem taxes

SB 589

HB 1072

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2075

Administrative procedures

SB 216

SB 217

HB 1120

HB 1121

HB 1564

HB 2111

HB 2120

Admission standards

HJR 1003

Agricultural Linked Deposit

HB 1251

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1012

HB 1019

HB 1915

Alcohol/drug counselor licensure

BH 2089

Appropriations

SB 110

SB 122

SB 169

SB 170

HB 1119

HB 1610

Appropriations (cont'd)

HB 1854

HB 1872

HB 1880

HB 1885

HB 1887

HB 1894

HJR 1002

HJR 1009

Asbestos abatement

SB 38

HB 1987

Attorney General opinions

HB 1014

Benefits

SB 174

SB 232

SB 535

SB 677

SB 681

Bidding

SB 549

Bonds

SB 713

HB 1895

HB 1992

Bribery

HB 1642

Budgeting

HB 1907

Campus police

SB 529

HB 1934

Certified Public Accountants

HB 1166

Charitable fiduciary

HB 1660

Charter schools

SB 740

HB 1011

HB 1418

HB 1603

Child care facilities

HB 2133

Child support

SB 706

HB 1294

HB 2058

Computer conversions

HB 1434

Computer donations

HB 1688

Construction

SB 389

HB 1991

Contracts

SB 389

SB 703

HB 1897

HB 1991

Credits, transfer of

SB 420

HB 1561

Data processing

HB 1818

HB 2076

Dentistry

SB 448

HB 2090

HB 2155

Deposits

HB 1817

Discrimination

HJR 1010

Early childhood

HB 1413

Ebonics

HB 1810

Economic development

HB 1254

Educational Indicators

SB 758

HB 2125

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

Employee associations

SB 218

Employee benefits

SB 174

SB 232

Employee discount

SB 262

Employee protection

HB 1017

Employee rights

HJR 1019

Employment Security

SB 43

HB 1206

HB 2200

Employment, temporary

SB 36

SB 330

English as common language

SB 343

HB 1231

English proficiency

HB 1364

Equestrian activities

HB 1083

Fees, student

HB 1042

HB 1365

Fee, supplemental

SB 746

Fee waivers

SB 199

HB 1312

Fiscal year

HB 2061

Funding plan

SB 35

Genetic discrimination

HB 2021

Government reform

HB 1981

Health/safety

SB 249

HB 2095

High challenge schools

HB 1755

Holidays

HB 1997

Homosexual lifestyles

HB 1260

Income tax credit

SB 9

SB 346

SB 616

HB 1483

HB 1507

HB 1623

HB 1688

Income tax credit (cont'd)

HB 1791

HB 2062

HB 2117

Insurance, disability

SB 451

Insurance, health

SB 22

SB 48

SB 87

SB 248

SB 254

SB 274

SB 277

SB 327

SB 412

SB 536

SB 538

SB 551

SB 552

SB 640

SB 642

SB 658

SB 692

SB 752

HB 1077

HB 1086

HB 1091

HB 1173

HB 1222

HB 1416

HB 1532

HB 1562

HB 1563

HB 1598

HB 1608

HB 1702

HB 1916

HB 2014

HB 2047

HB 2093

HB 2094

HB 2114

Inventory

HB 1694

HB 1991

Investment

HB 1990

HJR 1017

HJR 1018

Land Office Commissioners

HB 1719

HJR 1018

Langston University

HB 1774

Leave

SB 698

SJR 1

HB 1145

HB 2161

Leave, military

HB 1210

Legal representation

HB 1739

Legislation

HB 1315

Livestock activities

HB 1159

HB 1521

Maternity benefits

SB 412

HB 1598

Medical savings

HB 1666

Medical school faculty/students

SB 410

HB 2012

Motor vehicles

HB 1331

Northeastern State University

HB 2105

Nurses

SB 435

Obscene materials

HB 1692

HB 2151

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST)

SB 122

Oklahoma Education Television Auth.

HB 1024

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)

SB 273

SB 594

Oklahoma State University

HB 1515

Oklahoma State University Cooperative

Extension Service

HB 1251

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)

SB 708

OneNet

HB 1610

Payroll

SB 218

SB 706

Physical therapists

SB 2

HB 1366

Physician Manpower Training Comm.

SB 144

Poison control center

HB 1362

Prepaid tuition

HB 1055

HB 1349

Prevailing wage

HB 1773

Private colleges/universities

SB 741

Privatization functions

SB 699

Professional development

HB 1467

Purchasing

SB 37

Records

SB 617

Retirement

SB 181

SB 182

SB 183

SB 354

SB 473

SB 533

HB 1085

HB 1092

HB 1093

HB 1094

HB 1096

HB 1098

HB 1099

HB 1100

HB 1101

HB 1102

HB 1119

HB 1173

HB 1408

HB 1553

HB 1609

HB 1651

HB 1654

HB 1656

HB 1670

HB 1964

HJR 1030

HJR 1034

Right to work

SB 21

SB 23

SB 302

SB 444

Right to work (cont'd)

SJR 1

HB 1259

HB 1453

Risk management

HB 1768

School land fund

SB 541

School testing

HB 1560

HB 2125

Science/Math

SB 1

Smoke detectors

HB 1531

Smoking

SB 60

HB 2146

Sole source

HB 1897

State-owned vehicles

HB 1008

State Regents

SB 143

Student advisory boards

SB 684

Student loans

SB 417

Swimming pools, public

HB 1980

Tax improvement

HJR 1012

Teacher certification

SB 202

SB 422

HB 1308

Teacher certification (cont'd)

HB 1342

HB 1411

Teacher education/training

SB 200

SB 398

Teacher preparation

SB 200

SB 202

SB 416

SB 707

HB 1411

HB 1412

HB 1559

HB 1872

HB 1877

HB 1986

HB 2017

Technicians

SB 517

HB 1607

Technology

SB 398

HB 1921

Telecommunications

HB 1073

HB 1671

HB 1815

HB 2076

Telemedicine

SB 48

Telephone system, automated

SB 298

HB 2138

Trailblazer schools

SB 592

Training

HB 1732

Travel

SB 90

Travel (cont'd)

SB 360

SB 697

SB 701

SB 725

HB 1961

Tuition/fees

SB 199

SB 746

HB 1042

HB 1139

HB 1312

HJR 1022

Tuition savings

HB 2060

HB 2102

Tuition trust

HB 1055

HB 1349

Unemployment

SB 40

University Hospitals

SB 58

SB 454

HB 1362

HB 1644

HB 1854

HB 1859

HB 1995

HB 2013

HB 2015

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

University of Oklahoma Law Center

HB 1484

Weapons

HB 1934

Welfare/work training

HB 1246

HB 2168

HB 2170

Workers' compensation

SB 80

SB 240

SB 411

SB 522

SB 562

SB 577

SB 674

SB 730

HB 1038

HB 1039

HB 1065

HB 1067

HB 1068

HB 1203

HB 1296

HB 1382

HB 1439

HB 1565

HB 1672

HB 1673

HB 1820

HB 1963

HB 1998



Section III

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session - 1997

Reported Status as of 1/30/97

SENATE BILLS

* SB 1 (Fisher) - SCIENCE/MATH CURRICULUM PILOT PROJECT. Requires the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics to solicit proposals and award grants for pilot projects that develop and establish model programs implementing advanced science and math curriculum at local vo-tech or school sites by distance learning; creates an advisory council to establish student participation criteria in such pilot program, determining the curriculum needs and to work in the recruitment and hiring of faculty for the pilot program, all in conjunction with the School of Science and Mathematics. (70 § 1210.404)

* SB 2 (Fisher) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS/CONTINUING EDUCATION. Modifies membership of the Physical Therapy Committee; provides educational and training requirements for foreign-trained applicants for a license to practice as a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant; requires continuing education for renewal of physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licenses; directs the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to establish requirements for continuing education and to consider certain programs. (59 O.S. § 887.4)

* SB 9 (Milacek) - INCOME TAX DEDUCTION/TUITION/FEES. Provides an income tax deduction for certain adoption expenses, certain retirement income, and for tuition and fees at an Oklahoma public or private college or university of not more than $1,200 for each fall or spring semester in which student is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours, and $600 for summer semesters with a minimum enrollment of six hours; disallows deduction for tuition and fees paid by grants, scholarships, stipends, employer reimbursements or payments, or amounts subject to tuition waivers. (68 § 2358)

* SB 13 (Williams) - ACADEMIES. Creates the Academies Act; defines the term academy as a pubic school established by contract with a local board of education to provide learning that will improve student achievement; authorizes a pubic school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organization to contract with a sponsor to establish an academy; establishes purpose and specifies other requirements. (70 §§ 3-130/3-134)

* SB 21 (Fair) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Freedom to Work Law"; declares public policy that the freedom to work not be subject to undue restraint or coercion; provides that the freedom to work shall not be infringed or restricted in any way based on membership in, affiliation with or financial or other support of a labor organization or on refusal to join, affiliate with or financially or otherwise support a labor organization. (40 § 471.1)

* SB 22 (Fisher) - HEALTH INSURANCE/EYE CARE. Creates the "Primary Eye Care Provider Act"; requires health benefit plans covering eye or vision care to ensure direct access to primary eye care providers who have contracted with the plan, to allow an enrollee in a gatekeeper system to designate from a list of eye care providers provided by the plan, to not discriminate between or recommend certain individual providers or classes of providers; to include an adequate number of providers to ensure reasonable accessibility and to make available to covered persons a list of all primary eye care providers who have contracted with the plan, their practice locations and telephone numbers on a regular, timely basis. (36 §§ 6052.1/6052.3)

* SB 23 (Hendrick) - RIGHT TO WORK. Provides that the right to work not be subject to undue restraint or coercion; prohibits infringement upon or restriction of the right to work in any way based on membership in, affiliation with or financial or other support of a labor organization or on refusal to join, affiliate with or financially or otherwise support a labor organization. (40 § 471)

* SB 35 (Williams) - EDUCATION FUNDING. Directs the State Regents, the State Board of Education, the Board of Vocational and Technical Education, and the Commission for Teacher Preparation to prepare a joint funding plan to provide incentives for innovative education programs subject to the availability of funds; requires that such plan provided for incentives to be awarded for competency-based programs that emphasize effective learning practices. (70 § 818)

* SB 36 (Dickerson) - TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT. Creates the "State Temporary Employment Act.". (74 § 842-1.1)

* SB 37 (Dickerson) - PURCHASING. Clarifies language relating to the Central Purchasing Act. (74 § 85.2)

* SB 38 (Dickerson) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Authorizes the Department of Central Services to charge state agencies and other entities a fee for services provided by the Asbestos Abatement Division. (74 § 61.6)

* SB 40 (Fisher/Roach) - UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. Provides that, during the period from July 1, 1997, through Dec. 31, 1999, the contribution rate of all employers who qualify for an earned contribution rate shall be reduced by 25 percent after the earned contribution rate is calculated; provides that employers who are given an earned rate of 5.5 percent shall not be eligible for such rate reduction. (40 § 3-109.2)

* SB 43 (Long) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic Management Research; requires confidentiality; permits OU to release aggregated data, provided such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Employment Security Commission. (40 § 1-208)

* SB 48 (Robinson) - TELEMEDICINE. Creates the "Oklahoma Telemedicine Act"; prohibits health care service plans, disability insurer programs and state Medicaid managed care program contracts from requiring person-to-person contact between a health care practitioner and patient for services that a health care practitioner determines to be appropriately provide by means of telemedicine; requires informed consent. (36 § 6801)

* SB 58 (Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to operation and licensing of the University Hospitals. (63 § 3205)

* SB 60 (Robinson) - SMOKING. Adds state- and local-government-owned or operated facilities to the list of facilities in which all smoking may be prohibited. (63 § 1-1523)

* SB 80 (Snyder) - WORKERS' COMP. Permits an employer to elect not to secure workers' compensation insurance coverage for employees; provides that an employer who elects not to secure workers' compensation shall not be subject to the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act, but is required to provide equivalent benefits for occupational or job-related injuries or occupational diseases. (85 § 61.3)

* SB 87 (Leftwich) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies the requirement for comprehensive health services to provide that, with respect to chiropractic services, such covered services shall be provided on a referral basis within the network at the request of an enrollee who has a condition of an orthopedic or neurological nature if a referral is necessitated in the judgment of the primary care physician and treatment for the condition falls within the licensed scope of practice of a chiropractic physician. (63 § 2505)

* SB 90 (Dickerson/Stites) - TRAVEL. Permits reimbursement of local transportation expenses for state officers and employees who choose to acquire less expensive lodging at an alternative public lodging place; limits such reimbursement to the difference between the cost of the designated lodging and the cost of the optional lodging. (74 § 500.9)

* SB 110 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training Commission; states legislative intent regarding expenditure of certain funds.

* SB 122 (Haney/Hamilton) - OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (OCAST). Specifies budgetary limitations for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

* SB 143 (Haney/Hamilton) - STATE REGENTS. This is a shell bill relating to the powers of the State Regents.

* SB 144 (Haney/Hamilton) - PHYSICIAN MANPOWER TRAINING. Specifies budgetary limitations for the Physician Manpower Training Commission

* SB 169 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the special cash fund from the cash-flow reserve fund; provides that, in the event of a monthly shortfall of revenues for the 1997 fiscal year, the Director of State Finance shall transfer from the special cash fund to the cash-flow reserve fund an amount necessary to avert the shortfall.

* SB 170 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the special cash fund from the cash-flow reserve fund; provides that, in the event of a monthly shortfall of revenues for the 1997 fiscal year, the Director of State Finance shall transfer from the special cash fund to the cash-flow reserve fund an amount necessary to avert the shortfall.

* SB 174 (Haney/Hamilton) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1361)

* SB 181 (Monson) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma (OTRS). (70 § 17-101)

* SB 182 (Monson) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to the OTRS. (70 § 17-101)

* SB 183 (Monson) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to the OTRS. (70 § 17-101.1)

* SB 199 (Leftwich) - FEE WAIVER. Authorizes tuition-free attendance at State System institutions for children of employees of this state who have lost their lives while in the course of employment as a result of the intentional criminal act of another person; requires exhaustion of certain other grants and scholarships. (70 § 3218.7)

* SB 200 (Hendrick) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Provides that the Teacher Preparation Commission shall not require less than 124 semester hours to complete a teacher education degree. (70 § 6-185)

* SB 202 (Roberts/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Provides that, subject to availability of funds, the Teacher Preparation Commission shall have authority to establish a program to assist teachers seeking National Board Certification. (70 § 6-203)

* SB 216 (Maddox) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; requires state agencies to review their rules and regulations by Dec. 31, 1998; requires that regulations be limited to those demonstrably necessary and carefully tailored to fulfill specific, legitimate public health, safety or other public protection objectives; provides that on or after Sept. 1, 1999, any person may petition any agency to repeal, rescind, amend or otherwise modify any regulation affecting a business or profession within that agency's jurisdiction; provides that within 90 days of the filing of the petition, the agency shall either take the action petitioned for or state the basis for concluding that the regulation is in compliance with this act. (75 § 401)

* SB 217 (Hendrick) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that agency rules state a prospective effective date, or in the absence of such, shall only be effective on and after the date of promulgation; requires agencies to notify affected parties of any intent to make a different interpretation, implementation or application of a statute or rule and afford the parties the opportunity to contest the change within 10 days and, if the change is so contested, promulgate a new rule pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to put the change into effect. (75 § 308.2)

* SB 218 (Dickerson) - PAYROLL DEDUCTION/EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATIONS. Authorizes payroll deduction for membership dues or contributions to its tax-exempt foundation 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. (62 § 7.10)

* SB 232 (Monson) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council. (74 § 1365)

* SB 240 (Milacek) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Allows employers to elect not to secure workers' compensation for employees; requires such employers to provide equivalent benefits for workers. (85 § 61.3)

* SB 248 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that in selecting health maintenance organizations, the Employee Benefits Council shall consider plan characteristics, provider network, quality of care, geographic coverage and access and price. (74 § 1365)

* SB 249 (Monson) - HEALTH/SAFETY. Provides that the Oklahoma Wellness Council may provide programs to state agencies for quarterly health and safety training as required by the Department of Labor. (74 § 1367)

* SB 254 (Helton) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the "Preferred Provider Organizations Act"; states purpose to encourage health care cost containment while preserving quality of care by allowing health care insurers to create preferred provider organizations and by establishing minimum standards for preferred provider organizations and the accident and health insurance policies associated with those organizations; outlines requirements for preferred provider organizations; requires health care insurers to file certain information with the state insurance commissioner; requires policies which provide incentives for covered persons to use preferred provider services to contain certain provisions; prohibits discrimination. (36 § 6057.1)

* SB 262 (Herbert) - EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT. Provides that all full-time state employees shall receive a 10-percent discount on food and lodging at state-owned parks and lodges. (74 § 1807.1)

* SB 273 (Horner) - OKLAHOMA HIGHER LEARNING ACCESS PROGRAM (OHLAP). Authorizes the State Regents to award the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) benefits for courses of post-secondary units taken more than five years after a student's first semester of post-secondary enrollment only in hardship circumstances; provides that no program participant may receive benefits beyond a cumulative time period of five years; authorizes the Regents to establish a maximum limit on the number of courses or other post-secondary units to which program benefits will apply; authorizes the Regents to process student agreements and verify compliance with the agreements. (70 § 2604)

* SB 274 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires individual and group health insurance and health benefit plans to include coverage for severe mental illness equal to coverage for other physical diseases and disorders; provides exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited benefit coverage or groups with 25 or fewer employees; provides for a five-year phase-in for certain disorders identified as severe, biologically based mental illness and Axis I diagnoses, or the "walking wounded." (36 § 6060.10)

* SB 277 (Cain) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires health benefit plans that provide benefits for the dependents of an insured individual to provide coverage for each child of the insured, from birth through the date such child is 18 years of age, for immunizations required for children by the State Board of Health; prohibits such benefits from being subject to a deductible, co-payment or coinsurance requirement. (36 § 6060.4)

* SB 298 (Maddox) - AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Requires that all agencies have a person available at all times in the agency's reception area to answer telephone calls during normal business hours; prohibits a state agency from using an automated telephone system for answering phone calls during regular hours of operation. (74 § 3306)

* SB 302 (Gustafson) - RIGHT TO WORK. Declares public policy that the right to work not be subject to undue restraint or coercion; provides that the right to work shall not be infringed or restricted in any way based on membership in, affiliation with or financial support of a labor organization or on refusal to join, affiliate with or financially or otherwise support a labor organization. (40 § 470)

* SB 327 (Taylor) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies sections relating to the Insurance Code; modifies time periods for acknowledging receipt of certain notification, advising claimant of acceptance or denial of a claim, extending deadlines, completing investigation and giving a claimant certain notice; modifies the age of full-time student dependent qualifying for certain coverage. (18 § 2002)

* SB 330 (Long) - TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES. Authorizes the governor, upon declaration of financial emergency, to freeze the awarding of professional services contracts; directs the Office of Personnel Management to establish and operate a temporary employment agency for the purpose of supplying temporary employees to state agencies. (74 § 340-2.14)

* SB 343 (Martin) - ENGLISH AS COMMON LANGUAGE. Recognizes English as the common language of this state and requires its use in public records and transactions, with certain exceptions. (25 § 300)

* SB 346 (Martin) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/GRADUATES. Provides for a state income tax credit for employers hiring full-time Oklahoma residents who have graduated or received a degree from a four-year public Oklahoma college or university within one year prior to employment and have worked at least one full year for the eligible employer. (68 § 2357.26)

* SB 354 (Stipe) - RETIREMENT. Allows continuation of additional life insurance after retirement for members of the state retirement systems; requires that the rate for additional benefits be paid at an actuarially adjusted rate. (74 § 1316.1)

* SB 360 (Smith) - TRAVEL. Authorizes state employees traveling outside the state on official business to use alternate forms of transportation; prohibits reimbursement from exceeding the normal charge for the type of transportation used, but in no instance shall reimbursement for transportation used in lieu of commercial airplane exceed the cost of coach class air fare. (74 § 500.11)

* SB 389 (Weedn) - CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTS. Provides that a purchase order issued by a county or political subdivision issued to an architect, contractor, engineer or supplier of materials shall constitute notice to the vendor that submission of an invoice or acceptance of payment pursuant to the purchase constitutes a statement by the vendor that the invoice and work meet certain requirements. (74 § 3109)

* SB 398 (Roberts) - TEACHER/TECHNOLOGY TRAINING. Modifies teacher training requirements to require that technology training be included in professional development institutes. (70 § 6-200)

* SB 410 (Herbert) - HEALTH SERVICES/MEDICAL STUDENTS. Relates to expansion of health care facilities; provides that when an application is made by a facility for a certificate of need to construct, expand or modernize a health care facility, acquire major medical equipment or add services, the application should be considered in terms of its impact on existing and proposed institutional training programs for doctors at the student, internship and residency training levels. (63 § 2656.11)

* SB 411 (Maddox) - WORKERS' COMP. Permits employers subject to provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act to participate in any claim for compensation or benefits commenced by a claimant, wherein the employer is named as a party or joined as a party; specifies rights of such employers; provides that failure on the part of a self-insured employer, group self-insurance association or an insurance carrier to implement certain requirements for workplace safety shall constitute grounds for revocation by the administrator of the Workers' Compensation Court of the employer's self-insurance permit or approval of the association's self-insurance association. (85 § 26)

* SB 412 (Brown) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies conditions under which a health benefit plan that provides maternity benefits may provide coverage for a shorter length of hospital inpatient stay for services related to maternity and newborn infant care; requires that the determination that a mother and a newborn infant meet certain medical criteria be made by an attending physician. (36 § 6060.3)

* SB 416 (Williams) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Adds to the definitions in the Teacher Preparation Act "para-teacher," defined as a person who does not hold a valid license to teach or has not been issued a certificate by the Board of Education who may perform or assist a classroom teacher in the performance of a homeroom duty, extracurricular activities involving school functions or any other non-instructional duty the board may prescribe. (70 § 6-182)

* SB 417 (Williams) - STUDENT LOANS. Permits the exchange of confidential information, indexed by Social Security number, between state government entities and any official, employee or agent of the State Regents, where the information is required for use in the default prevention efforts or collection of defaulted student loans guaranteed by the Regents; requires confidentiality; provides immunity from civil or criminal liability for any error or omission in the disclosure of such information; provides that, when the person to be in default on a student loan is a licensed attorney, the Regents may report the matter to the Oklahoma Bar Association for appropriate license suspension action in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. (70 § 623)

* SB 420 (Williams) - CREDITS. Clarifies language relating to transferring credits earned by students in a State System institution. (70 § 3207.1)

* SB 422 (Williams) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Clarifies language relating to alternative placement teaching certificates. (70 § 6-122.3)

* SB 435 (Taylor) - NURSES. Designates certain sections as the "Oklahoma Nursing Practice Act" and the "Oklahoma Nurse Aide Training and Certification Act", respectively; directs the Board of Nursing to promulgate and enforce rules governing persons practicing or desiring to practice as a certified nurse aide or as a nurse aide trainee. (59 § 567.1)

* SB 444 (Laughlin) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Right to Work Act"; provides that no person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continued employment, to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in or dues payment to a labor organization, be a member of or pay dues to such an organization, pay to any third party an equivalent amount in lieu of dues or be recommended, approved, referred or cleared by or through a labor organization, except where preempted by federal law. (40 § 470)

* SB 448 (Robinson/Stanley) - DENTISTS. Changes the name of the Board of Governors of the Registered Dentists of Oklahoma to the Board of Dentistry; modifies licensure and examination provisions for permanent and temporary licensure of in-state and out-of-state dental hygienist applicants; requires that out-of-state applicants meet certain standards; modifies provisions relating to issuance of faculty permits to certain dentists. (25 § 307.1)

* SB 451 (Weedn) - DISABILITY INSURANCE. Expands eligibility for participation in the disability insurance program of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to include all eligible participating employees under the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1332)

* SB 454 (Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to agreements and undertakings of the University Hospitals Authority. (63 § 3210)

* SB 473 (Milacek) - RETIREMENT. Deletes the cap on post-retirement earnings for former public school employees. (70 § 17-116.10)

* SB 517 (Helton) - TECHNICIANS/LICENSURE. Provides for licensure of plumbing technicians and mechanical technicians. (59 § 1003)

* SB 522 (Helton) - WORKERS' COMP. Clarifies language relating to criminal penalties for failure to provide workers' compensation. (85 § 631.3)

* SB 529 (Helton) - CAMPUS POLICE. Requires certification of campus police officers by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET); authorizes expansion of the jurisdiction of campus police officers by agreement with the local municipal law enforcement agency or the sheriff of the county wherein the campus is located; provides that the jurisdiction of any appointed campus police or juvenile officer commissioned by the Department of Human Services shall be limited to that jurisdiction of property controlled by the Department unless an agreement has been made with a local municipal law enforcement agency or the sheriff. (74 § 360.15)

* SB 533 (Williams) - RETIREMENT. Increases from five to 10 years the amount of out-of-state service credit a teacher may receive upon becoming a member of the OTRS. (70 § 17-104)

* SB 535 (Long) - BENEFITS. Modifies flexible benefit allowance available for purchase of benefits by state employees; provides that the allowance shall amount to a sliding-scale percentage of insurance premium cost based upon the annual salary of the employee. (74 § 1370)

* SB 536 (Stipe) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance premiums for active state employees and retirees under age 65 be set at the same amount by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board; provides that a retired employee, other than an education employee, who elects to continue the health insurance plan shall receive an allowance equal to the least expensive health care option authorized by the State Employees Benefits Act, to cover a retiree under 65 years of age; provides that if a retiree elects a total benefits package whose total price is less than his or her allowance, the retiree shall receive any excess allowance as taxable compensation, which will be paid in substantially equal amounts over each benefit pay period over the plan year; requires the board to offer health, dental, disability, and life coverage to all participants and their dependents; requires the board to offer a high-deductible health benefit plan. (74 § 1306)

* SB 538 (Horner) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Prohibits health care insurers from prohibiting or limiting licensed physicians willing to accept the operating terms and conditions of a health benefit plan, its schedule of fees, covered expenses, utilization regulations and quality standards, from participating in the plan. (36 § 6065)

* SB 541 (Hobson) - SCHOOL LAND FUNDS. Clarifies language relating to school land funds. (70 § 3904)

* SB 549 (Stipe) - PUBLIC BIDDING. Clarifies language relating to the "Public Competitive Bidding Act". (61 § 101)

* SB 551 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to establish a defined percentage of an eligible employee's premium for dependent coverage on the health insurance plan, dental insurance plan, or by any available health maintenance organization which shall be paid by the state through monies appropriated by the Legislature. (74 § 1309)

* SB 552 (Herbert) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Increases from misdemeanor to felony the crime of fraud as it relates to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1323)

* SB 562 (Hendrick) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. For workers' compensation purposes, provides that no respondent employer or insurance carrier shall be liable for temporary total disability payments for the period of time for which an employee was paid full wages. (85 § 41.1)

* SB 577 (Shurden) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. For workers' compensation purposes, provides that an employee shall be considered disabled if the employee qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. (85 § 17.1)

* SB 589 (Ford) - AD VALOREM TAXES. Provides that on property for which ad valorem taxes are paid under protest and held in escrow, a school district's assessed valuation shall not include the property on which the tax is being protested until the year during which the district receives the proceeds from the taxes. (70 § 18-200.1)

* SB 592 (Williams/Bryant) - TRAILBLAZER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Trailblazer Schools Act"; defines "trailblazer school" as a public school established by contract with a school board to provide learning that will improve student achievement; authorizes school boards to sponsor one or more trailblazer schools; limits such schools to no more than 25 in this state at any one time; requires an applicant seeking to establish a trailblazer school to submit a written proposal to a proposed sponsor in the form and as prescribed by the State Board of Education; authorizes a public school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organization to contract with a sponsor to establish a trailblazer school; provides that a sponsor may be any local board of education; requires the State Board to establish standards and requirements for trailblazer schools which ensure compliance with certain criteria. (70 § 3-130)

* SB 594 (Hobson) - OHLAP. Clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). (70 § 2602)

* SB 616 (Wilcoxson) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Provides for an income tax credit of $25 per credit hour for courses taken by a certified teacher seeking a master's degree from a certified college or university. (68 § 2357)

* SB 617 (Robinson) - PUBLIC RECORDS. Authorizes optical imaging of public records for certain purposes. (67 § 301)

* SB 640 (Snyder) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the Oklahoma Maintenance Organization Act; provides requirements for certificates; requires provision of list of service providers; requires plans for handling insolvency; allows transfer of group enrollees upon insolvency; requires equity in coverage and rates; prohibits pre-existing conditions in succeeding carrier's contracts; requires certain employers to allow employees option of enrolling in a health maintenance organization; limits amount employer must pay for health benefits; prohibits financial discrimination against health maintenance organization enrollees' allowing adoption of coordination of benefit provisions; requires health maintenance to make certain payments for services. (36 § 2699.1)

* SB 642 (Taylor) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires the State Board of Health to promulgate rules pertaining to managed health care plans including information regarding coverage, benefits, limitations and any exclusion by category of service, provider or physician, prior authorization or other review requirements, financial responsibility of enrollees with regard to coinsurance or non-covered or out-of-plan services and, as applicable, other areas of financial responsibility of the enrollee; requires use of objective criteria and standards of quality for credentialing of physicians and other health care providers; requires minimum standards for the administration and operation of manage health care plans. (63 § 2508.2)

* SB 658 (Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Adds an annual eye exam to the basic benefits plans of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1371)

* SB 674 (Leftwich) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Modifies definition of injury under the Workers' Compensation Act to include respiratory system injury, illness or death, cancer, disease from blood-borne pathogens, and post-traumatic stress syndrome; deletes from the definition injury resultant from stress in excess of that experienced by a person in the conduct of everyday living. (85 § 3)

* SB 677 (Haney) - BENEFITS. Clarifies statutory reference relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1361)

* SB 681 (Haney) - BENEFITS. Clarifies statutory reference relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1362)

* SB 684 (Williams) - STUDENT ADVISORY BOARDS. Establishes student advisory boards for the A&M Board of Regents, the OU Board of Regents, and the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Colleges; sets membership of student boards; designates a member of the student board to attend each meeting of the respective governing board with privileges to speak. (70 § 3205.7)

* SB 692 (Campbell) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Includes a provision in health insurance policies for female participants to have a choice of gynecologists for both wellness checks and any preventative or post-operative care that is agreed to by the primary care physician. (36 § 6055)

* SB 697 (Gustafson) - TRAVEL. Allows for reimbursement under the State Travel Reimbursement Act for employees using local transportation between an alternative hotel and the designated hotel or motel, if the cost of the alternative hotel, motel and local transportation does not exceed the single occupancy room rate charged by the designated hotel, motel. (74 § 500.9)

* SB 698 (Dickerson) - LEAVE. Allows a state employee who is an elected official of a job-related professional organization to take up to five additional days of leave per year without pay to perform the work required by that official position. (74 § 840-2.25)

* SB 699 (Dunlap) - PRIVATIZATION FUNCTIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Privatization Functions Act; states purpose to set guidelines for privatization of state services and contracts; no such contracts shall be valid unless they comply with the Central Purchasing Act; agencies considering privatization must prepare a comprehensive writing estimate of the costs including all direct and indirect costs of agency employees providing the service; requires independent estimate by Office of State Finance; requires agencies to provide resources to state employees and to consider employee bids for providing the service; allows employee bids to be made as a joint venture; prohibits certain activities and conduct; imposes restrictions on certain employment; requires certification of certain information in writing. (74 § 595.5)

* SB 701 (Muegge) - TRAVEL. Provides that reimbursement for authorized use of a privately owned vehicle for official state business shall be at the maximum amount per mile allowable for federal tax purposes. (74 § 500.4)

* SB 703 (Snyder) - CONTRACTORS. Prohibits a successful bidder on a public construction contract from changing any subcontractor without written consent of the governing body of the awarding public agency. (61 § 120)

* SB 706 (Cain) - CHILD SUPPORT/PAYROLL. Requires employers to report to the Child Support Enforcement Division the employment of any person to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. (40 § 2-802)

* SB 707 (Williams) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Clarifies language relating to the teacher preparation system. (70 § 6-185)

* SB 708 (Williams) - OKLAHOMA TUITION AID GRANTS (OTAG). Clarifies language relating to awarding college tuition aid grants. (70 § 626.7)

* SB 713 (Herbert) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Abolishes the Executive Bond Oversight Commission; transfers duties of the state bond advisor to the Office of State Finance; authorizes the State Finance Director to employ a person or firm who shall hold the title of state bond advisor; authorizes the granting or proprietary inducements if the State Finance Director and Legislative Bond Oversight Commission approve a proposal in advance and it furthers the best interest of the state; requires independent approval of financing proposals by the Commission and the State Finance Director. (62 § 695.1)

* SB 725 (Hobson) - TRAVEL. Clarifies language relating to per diem and other reimbursements for expenses not authorized for state boards and commissions. (74 § 500.36)

* SB 730 (Maddox/Askins) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive bill modifying the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 1.1)

* SB 740 (Wright) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Oklahoma Charter Schools Act"; defines "charter school" as a public school established by contract with a local board of education or the State Board of Education to provide learning that will improve student achievement; specifies contents of applications for charter schools; allows a public school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organization to establish a charter school under contract. (70 § 3-130)

* SB 741 (Williams) - PRIVATE COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES. Clarifies language relating to accreditation of private educational institutions by the State Regents. (70 § 4103)

* SB 746 (Williams) - SUPPLEMENTAL FEES. Clarifies language relating to supplementary fees established by the State Regents. (70 § 3218.10)

* SB 752 (Campbell) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires certain medical benefit plans to allow participants to choose their own gynecologists for both wellness checks and any preventative or post-operative care that is agreed to by the primary care physician. (74 § 1371)

* SB 758 (Gustafson) - EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Requires the State Board of Education to provide for school districts to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the results of the assessment to be included in the summary report of the Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program. (70§ 1210.531)

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

* SJR 1 (Long) - RIGHT TO WORK/LEAVE. Proposes a constitutional amendment prohibiting the requirement that a person be a member of a labor organization or pay dues or similar fees to a labor organization in order to be hired or remain employed; provides an option for receiving representation under collective bargaining, upon payment of an assessment equal to no more than 90 percent of the annual "core dues" or a contribution of a like amount to charity; requires employers to provide health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation to all full- and part-time employees; requires 48 hours' written notice prior to termination an employee. (Art XXIII § 5A)

HOUSE BILLS

* HB 1008 (Stanley) - STATE VEHICLES/DAMAGE CLAIMS. Modifies exemptions from liability under the Governmental Tort Claims Act relating to work release programs ordered by a court or the Dept. of Corrections; makes such exemption not apply to property damage claims made by individuals not in custody of the department based on accidents involving motor vehicles owned or operated by the state or any state agency. (51 § 155)

* HB 1009 (Roach/Mickle) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Provides procedures for use of aircraft owned, leased, or operated by the state; requires implementation of provisions by any state entity that owns, leases or operates an aircraft; requires travel logs; provides procedures and requirements for travel logs. (74 § 500.61) (See HBs 1012, 1019)

* HB 1011 (Dank) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Enacts the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act; allows a public school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organization to establish a charter school under contract. (70 §§ 3-130/3-142)

* HB 1012 (Tim Pope) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Prohibits state-owned or -leased aircraft from being used for travel that includes the attending of any type of political fund raiser. (74 § 500.91) (See HBs 1009, 1019)

* HB 1014 (Leist) - ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS. Provides for review of official opinions of the attorney general; authorizes the filing of a petition for judicial review by the person who requested the opinion or any elected state officer authorized to request an opinion; authorizes the reviewing court to stay the enforcement or effect of an opinion; provides that any opinion not issued by the attorney general in office at the time of the request for review must be first reviewable by the sitting attorney general. (74 § 18b-1)

* HB 1017 (Askins) - EMPLOYEE PROTECTION. Creates the "Workplace and Employee Protection Act"; states intent to provide optional remedies against workplace violence to supplement existing remedies and shall not obligate or create a duty on an employer to seek such optional remedies; authorizes an employing entity, on behalf or itself or its employees, agents, contractors or business invitees receiving threats of physical harm, harassment or stalking, to seek relief by filing a petition for a protective order; specifies requirements for filing protective orders. (22 § 70)

* HB 1019 (Hamilton/Rozell) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Provides that state aircraft shall not be used for travel that includes an event sponsored by or promoting a political party or candidate from July 1 through the date of the general election during election years, and from the first day of the filing period through the date of the special election during such times as a special election is necessary to fill a vacant office; prohibits use of such aircraft for family travel or for conducting personal business or for travel that includes a political fundraising event; provides that travel on any state aircraft shall be limited to state officers and employees on official state business, federal and local government officers or employees accompanying them and persons in the care and custody of a state officer or employee; prohibits travel on a state aircraft if the passenger is to be transported to or from a place where the passenger will attend or has attended an event sponsored by a political party or candidate, or will perform or has performed a service for which the passenger is to receive an honorarium, unless the passenger reimburses the state for transportation costs. (74 §§ 500.71/500.73) (See HBs 1009, 1012)

* HB 1024 (Askins/Harrison) - OETA. Changes the termination date of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to July 1, 2002. (74 § 3903)

* HB 1038 (Settle) - WORKERS' COMP. Clarifies language relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 6)

* HB 1039 (Toure) - WORKERS' COMP. This is a shell bill relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 6.1)

* HB 1042 (Greenwood) - STUDENT FEES. Provides that students with adequate health insurance would not have to pay a student health care fee at public higher education institutions. (70 § 3218.12)

* HB 1055 - (Davis) - TUITION TRUST. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Tuition Trust Act. (70 § 6002)

* HB 1065 (Ervin) - WORKERS' COMP/SAFETY. Clarifies language relating to workplace safety plans developed pursuant to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 61.2)

* HB 1067 (Toure) - WORKER'S COMP. Clarifies language relating to the penalty for discharging an employee in violation of the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 6)

* HB 1068 (Sadler) - WORKER'S COMP. Provides that, for workers' compensation purposes, contractors shall be liable only for compensation due to their direct employees. (85 § 3)

* HB 1072 (Ramsey) - AD VALOREM TAX. Provides for submitting ad valorem tax complaints and the distribution of protested funds. (68 § 3106.1)

* HB 1073 (O'Neal) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Modifies telecommunications service and rental charges subject to sales tax to delete installation and construction charges. (68 § 1354)

* HB 1077 (Seikel) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that health insurance and health benefit plans include coverage for severe mental illness equal to coverage for 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 § 6060.4)

* HB 1083 (Beutler) - EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES. Requires any person participating in equestrian activities to assume the risk and legal responsibility for any injury to his person or property caused by hazards inherent in equestrian sports, unless the injury was proximately caused by the negligence of the person providing the horse to the participant or the failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity by the person providing the horse or the person's agents or employees. (76 § 50.1)

* HB 1085 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT/LIFE INSURANCE. Increases from three-fourths to the full basic life insurance coverage the amount certain members of state retirement systems may elect to continue after severance from state employment. (74 § 1316.1)

* HB 1086 (Roberts) - INSURANCE BOARD. Increases membership of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from eight members to nine by adding the executive director, or a designee, of an employee organization representing the largest number of state employees. (74 § 1304)

* HB 1091 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that the benefit price of a health maintenance organization made available to participants by the State Employees Benefits Council be determined on a competitive bid basis; requires that the benefit price for the next fiscal year be finally determined by 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday in January of the previous fiscal year; requires that all plans offered by health maintenance organizations not be subject to the provisions of the Central Purchasing Act; requires the Council to promulgate rules establishing appropriate competitive bidding criteria and procedures for such contracts. (74 § 1371)

* HB 1092 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

* HB 1093 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

* HB 1094 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Creates the "Public Retirement Systems Technical Corrections Act of 1997".

* HB 1096 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to establishment of the Teachers' Retirement System (OTRS). (70 § 17-102)

* HB 1098 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Requires that a minimum of 10 percent of the total monies of the various state retirement systems, including the OTRS, be invested by an entity the principal business offices of which are located within the state if the entity otherwise qualifies to manage monies of the systems as prescribed by law. (70 § 17-106.1)

* HB 1099 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

* HB 1100 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

* HB 1101 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

* HB 1102 (Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Increases, over a period of five years, the proportion of the gross production tax which goes to the OTRS, which also reduces the amount of the tax now going to the General Revenue Fund (from which most appropriations are made). (68 § 1004a)

* HB 1119 (Roberts) - APPROPRIATIONS/RETIREMENT. Appropriates $56,664,006 from the Constitutional Reserve Fund (Rainy Day Fund) to the OTRS to reduce the pension fund's unfunded accrued liabilities.

* HB 1120 (Webb) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Deletes obsolete language relating to the Oklahoma Administrative Code. (75 § 250.9)

* HB 1121 (Webb) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Correcting reference to the Oklahoma Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations. (75 § 308)

* HB 1139 - (Hager) - TUITION/STATE EMPLOYEES. Provides for reimbursement for state employees' tuition, required books and materials for a course taken at a state college or university or at a vo-tech school, if the employee receives the equivalent of a letter grade of "C" or better; requires the employing agency to determine whether the course furthers a legitimate purpose of the agency by improving the employee's skills or abilities. (74 § 840-2.28)

* HB 1145 - (Dunegan) - LEAVE. Provides that employees may take leave without pay for authorized absences under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; authorizes employees to donate sick leave for such purpose. (74 § 840-2.22)

* HB 1159 - (Clay Pope) - LIVESTOCK LIABILITY. Creates the "Oklahoma Livestock Activities Liability Limitation Act"; states legislative intent to encourage livestock activities by limiting the civil liability of livestock activities sponsors, whether operating for profit or nonprofit, and livestock professionals involved in such activities; requires livestock professionals and livestock activity sponsors to post and maintain appropriation warning signs. (76 § 50.1)

* HB 1166 - (Hager) - CPA EDUCATION. Requires applicants for a certificate of certified public accountant, beginning July 1, 2002, to have earned 150 semester hours or its equivalent including a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the state or such college or university recognized by the board; provides exceptions to education requirements. (59 § 15.8)

* HB 1173 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE/RETIREES. Clarifies language relating to health care coverage for retired members of the OTRS. (74 § 1316.3)

* HB 1203 (Kinnamon) - WORKERS' COMP. Clarifies language relating to the workers' compensation rating plans. (360 § 924.2)

* HB 1206 (Morgan) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act. (40 § 1-208)

* HB 1210 (Wells) - MILITARY SERVICE. Introduces the "Military Service Relief Act"; provides for reemployment rights and other benefits for persons called to military service in the reserve forces; authorizes an employer to pay compensation to an employee who leaves employment to perform military service, during the employee's military service; requires that, if an employer elects to pay such compensation, it be paid on a uniform basis to all such employees called to military service; provides for a stay of a court action or adjudicatory or licensing proceeding during the term of military service, with exceptions; provides for continuation of insurance and retirement benefits; requires reinstatement to employment under certain circumstances; prohibits the unnecessary disruption of higher education of a student member of a reserve unit. (72 §§ 501/535)

* HB 1222 (Steidley) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides that a temporary or seasonal employee who works full-time shall be considered an employee for purposes of the State and Education Employee's Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1303)

* HB 1231 (Kirby) - ENGLISH AS COMMON LANGUAGE. Recognizes English as the common language of this state, with certain exceptions. (25 § 300)

* HB 1246 (Roach) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Workforce Training Act."

* HB 1251 (Glover) - OSU COOPERATIVE EXTENSION. Modifies the purpose of the Oklahoma Agricultural Linked Deposit Program, to provide funding for eligible agricultural businesses; states legislative intent that the Cooperative Extension Service, in evaluating products to be specified as alternative agricultural products include only those considered to be emerging innovations and technologies in agriculture and farm management designed to improve farm management and profits for Oklahoma farmers. (2 § 1761)

* HB 1254 (Roach) - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Creates the "Oklahoma Economic Improvement Act."

* HB 1259 (Graves) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Right to Work Law"; provides that no person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continued employment, to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in or dues payment to a labor organization, be a member of or pay dues to such an organization, pay to any third party an equivalent amount in lieu of dues or be recommended, approved, referred or cleared by or through a labor organization, except where preempted by federal law. (40 § 470)

* HB 1260 (Graves) - HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLES. Prohibits employers from offering or requiring any employee to take any training which is designed to put homosexual lifestyles in a favorable light. (74 § 840-3.1a)

* HB 1294 (Pettigrew) - CHILD SUPPORT/PAYROLL. Changes the "Oklahoma Welfare Self Sufficiency Initiative" to "Oklahoma Welfare Reform of 1997". Section 43 requires employers to report to the Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Support Enforcement Division, the hiring or employment of any person who resides or works in this state to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings. (40 § 2-802)

* HB 1296 (Reese) - WORKERS' COMP. Provides that, if an individual lacks sufficient base period wages because of a job-related injury for which the individual received total temporary disability payments awarded by the Workers' Compensation Court, upon written application by the claimant, an extended base period will be substituted for the current base period on a quarter-by-quarter basis as needed to establish a valid claim for benefits pursuant to the Employment Security Act. (40 § 1-202A)

* HB 1308 (Greenwood) - TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Requires the State Board of Education to grant a special license to teach mathematics, science, or foreign language to a person who applies to the board and has at least a baccalaureate degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the State Regents, has completed a major in the specified areas of specialization, and can document at least 20 years of work experience which is related to the subject area of specialization; requires that such persons participate in and complete at least one school year of teaching services as a resident teacher in a residency program; requires the board to issue a teaching certificate to any person who holds a special teaching license and who has served a minimum of one school year as a resident teacher, been recommended for certification by the residency committee and made the necessary application and paid the certification fee. (70 O.S. § 6-122.4)

* HB 1312 (Lindley) - FEE WAIVER. Requires a waiver of general enrollment fees and nonresident tuition in the State System institutions and a tuition waiver at vo-tech schools for state employees; limits such waivers to five years and makes the waivers a service benefit. (70 §§ 3218.7a, 14-105.1)

* HB 1315 (Deutschendorf) - LEGISLATION ON INTERNET. Requires the Legislative Service Bureau, by Jan. 1, 1998, to make available on-line through the Internet all proposed legislation, including all versions of a measure and the status history of each measure; requires the bureau to work with other agencies and entities to make the service available. (74 § 450.1)

* HB 1331 (Worthen) - STATE-OWNED VEHICLES. Modifies requirements of certain persons to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles; prohibits exemption for a person using an employer-owned motor vehicle; requires a person intending to operate an employer-owned motor vehicle who is restricted to the operation of a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device to notify the employer and obtain consent in writing from the employer to install a device in the employer-owned motor vehicle. (22 § 991a)

* HB 1337 (Begley) - AD VALOREM TAX. Clarifies language relating to the Ad Valorem Tax Code. (68 § 2808)

* HB 1338 (Begley) - AD VALOREM TAX. Modifies the process for submitting and handling ad valorem tax complaints; requires the State Board of Equalization to notify the Attorney General and all affected school districts and other interested parties of the complaint in writing and by certified mail within 10 days of the filing of the complaint; requires the Tax Commission to deposit taxes paid under protest by railroads, air carriers and public service corporations to a protested ad valorem tax escrow fund; requires that any portion of such taxes not paid under protest be apportioned as provided by law; requires that the Commission, as soon as practicable after determination of the total amount of ad valorem taxes of railroads, air carriers or public service corporations paid under protest, to determine the amount of such taxes that would have been apportioned to each school district and vo-tech school district if the protest had not been made and to reimburse such amount to each district from monies in an education cash flow fund; provides for proportional distribution of such monies if such fund does not contain sufficient revenues; prohibits the commission from reimbursing such amount if the ad valorem taxes being protested, which are directly attributable to an affected district, do not exceed $2,000; creates a protested ad valorem tax escrow fund and an education cash flow fund for the Commission; requires that the first $135,000 accruing to the education cash flow fund, unless otherwise appropriated by the Legislature, be used for administering and hearing complaints and appeals. (68 § 2881)

* HB 1342 (Begley) - ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT TEACHER CERTIFICATION. This is a shell bill relating to alternative placement teaching certification. (70 § 6-122.3)

* HB 1349 (Matlock) - PREPAID TUITION. Enacts the "Oklahoma Tuition Prepayment Program Act"; requires the State Regents by Sept. 1, 1998, and for each year thereafter, to determine the weighted average tuition of bachelor-degree-granting institutions within the State System for the academic year that begins on or after Aug. 1 of the current year; provides for calculation; authorizes the Regents, beginning Jan. 1, 1998, to begin entering into contracts on behalf of an Oklahoma Tuition Prepayment Trust with purchasers for the sale of tuition units; provides requirements for such contracts; specifies requirements for applying tuition units accumulated under a contract towards payment of tuition at a higher education institution; limits the total number of tuition units purchased on behalf of a single beneficiary from exceeding the number necessary to pay for four years of full-time attendance as a resident undergraduate at the institution within the State System that has the highest resident undergraduate tuition, as determined by the Regents, in the anticipated academic years that the tuition units will be used; provides for termination of prepaid tuition contracts; provides for a refund of unused tuition units; requires the Regents to contract with an actuary or actuarial firm to annually evaluate whether the assets of the prepaid tuition trust fund are sufficient to meet the obligations of the Regents and to advise the Regents on setting the price of a tuition unit; creates the Oklahoma Tuition Prepayment Trust and specifies powers and duties; provides annual reporting requirements; authorizes the Regents, if it is determined that the program is financially infeasible, to discontinue entering into contracts and selling tuition units; creates the Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund. (70 §§ 6020/6034)

* HB 1362 (Laura Boyd) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS/POISON CONTROL. Directs the University Hospitals Authority to ensure that funding for the Poison Control Center be no less than $690,000 for fiscal year 1998.

* HB 1364 (Laura Boyd) - ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. Clarifies language relating to the requirement that higher education instructors speak English proficiently. (70 § 3224)

* HB 1365 (Laura Boyd) - STUDENT FEES. This is a shell bill relating to higher education fees. (70 § 3218.12)

* HB 1366 (Laura Boyd) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS. This is a shell bill relating to licensure for physical therapists. (59 § 887.6)

* HB 1382 (Mitchell) - WORKERS' COMP. This is a shell bill relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 3.4)

* HB 1408 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the "Teachers' Retirement System Act of 1997".

* HB 1411 (Coleman) - TEACHER PREPARATION/CERTIFICATION. Clarifies language relating to teacher preparation and certification. (70 § 6-190)

* HB 1412 (Coleman) - TEACHER EDUCATION. This is a shell bill relating to teacher education. (70 § 6-182)

* HB 1413 (Coleman) - EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. This is a shell bill relating to early childhood education. (70 § 11-103.7)

* HB 1416 (Betty Boyd) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the "Fairness in Managed Care Act"; provides for the certification process and requirements for managed care plans. (63 § 2525.2)

* HB 1418 (Bryant) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Oklahoma Charter Schools Act"; allows a public school, public body, public or private college or university, private person or private organizations to establish a charter school under contract; specifies requirements and terms for such schools. (70 §§ 3-130/3-142)

* HB 1434 (Deutschendorf) - COMPUTER SYSTEMS. Requires all state agencies of the executive branch that use date-dependent computer systems, such as legacy systems, programs, databases and security systems, to have completed work on converting the systems for the year 2000 by Jan. 1, 1999; requires agencies to report by July 1, 1999, on operations of the system after the conversion and outlining any system problems the agency may still be experiencing and plans the agency has to address any continuing problems; prohibits agencies from purchasing additional hardware or software or add additional personnel to convert and prepare the computer systems for the millennium unless the purchase has been included in the long-range plan of the agency submitted to the Information Services Division of the Office State Finance. (62 § 41.5o)

* HB 1439 (Newport) - WORKERS' COMP. This is a shell bill relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. (85 § 6.1)

* HB 1453 (Phillips) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Right to Work Law"; provides that no person shall be required, as a condition of employment or continued employment, to resign or refrain from voluntary membership in or financial support of a labor organization, become or remain a member of an organization, pay dues or other charges to an organization, pay to a third party an equivalent amount in lieu of such payments or be recommended, approved, referred or cleared by or through a labor organization, except where preempted by federal law. (40 § 470)

* HB 1467 (Staggs) - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Adds school counselors to local professional development committees; provides that each adopted professional development program shall allow school counselors to receive at least one-third of the hours or credit required each year through programs or courses specifically designed for school counselors. (A local professional development committee shall consult with a higher education faculty and programs adopted by the committee may include higher education courses.) (70 § 6-194)

* HB 1483 (Leonard Sullivan) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/TUITION. Provides for an income tax credit for tuition paid to an accredited Oklahoma four-year public college or university by a teacher for courses satisfactorily completed in pursuit of an advanced degree. (68 § 2357)

* HB 1484 (Leonard Sullivan) - OU LAW CENTER. Abolishes the OU Law Center; removes from the membership of the Domestic Relations Recodification Committee the member who is an OU law professor; modifies the distribution of the Oklahoma Statutes and Session Laws to OU from 55 copies to five copies, to be placed in the law center library. (70 § 3103.1, 43 § 700.2)

* HB 1507 (Adkins) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/GRADUATES. Provides for a state income tax credit for employers hiring full-time employees who have graduated or received a degree from a four-year public Oklahoma college or university within one year prior to employment and have worked at least one full year for the eligible employer. (68 § 2357.26)

* HB 1515 (Leist) - OSU/AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH. Requests that Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center at OSU study and research alternative fiber production in the state. (2 § 3101)

* HB 1521 (Rice) - LIVESTOCK ACTIVITIES/LIABILITY. States legislative intent to encourage livestock activities by limiting the civil liability of livestock activities sponsors. (76 §§ 50.1/50.4)

* HB 1531 (Blackburn) - SMOKE DETECTORS. Requires all new construction or remodeling of residential dwellings which require a building permit to include installation of smoke detectors or the electrical wiring necessary for installation of electrical smoke detectors. (74 § 324.11a)

* HB 1532 (Blackburn) - HEALTH INSURANCE/BREAST CANCER. Requires health insurance plans that provide medical and surgical benefits with respect to the treatment of breast cancer and other breast conditions to ensure that coverage is provided for not fewer than 48 hours of inpatient care following a mastectomy and not fewer than 24 hours of inpatient care following a lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer, with certain exceptions. (36 § 6060.4)

* HB 1553 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Provides that no cost-of-living adjustments shall be provided to retirees of the OTRS unless pursuant to an appropriation from the general revenue fund; provides that no supplemental appropriation for such adjustment shall be made to the system unless requirements governing employer contributions can be satisfied through the total amount of monies available to participating employers; provides that the money which may be used by participating employers may be provided through general or special appropriations or through other sources. (62 § 1002)

* HB 1559 (Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Modifies teacher preparation competencies for administrators to include skills necessary to be an effective leader of a school or school district; requires that competency examinations include subject areas for licensure or certification as an administrator; provides that professional development institutes automatically qualify for professional development purposes and be defined as continuing education experiences which consist of a minimum of 30 clock hours; designates the Commission for Teacher Preparation as the lead agency responsible for coordinating the preparation of a joint funding plan for the teacher education, assessment, licensure and certification, residency and professional development system. (70 § 6-182)

* HB 1560 (Hager) - NORM-REFERENCED TESTS. Requires that a norm-referenced test be administered to every student enrolled in grade 10 in the public schools; deletes obsolete language referring to additional criteria that could have been included as part of the standard by which a school is determined to be low performing and high challenge. (70 §§ 1210.508, 1210.541)

* HB 1561 (Wells) - CREDITS. Deletes obsolete language requiring the State Regents to submit to the Legislature a report on the progress made toward transferal of credits within the State System institutions. (70 § 3107.1)

* HB 1562 (Deutschendorf) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the "Preferred Provider Organizations Act"; states purpose to encourage health care cost containment while preserving quality of care by allowing health care insurers to create preferred provider organizations and by establishing minimum standards for preferred provider organizations and their insurance policies; outlines requirements for the organizations. (36 § 6057.1)

* HB 1563 (Gray) - HEALTH BENEFITS. Requires health benefit plan contracts to provide coverage for reconstructive surgery for the insured after removal of artificial breast implants when medically necessary and when recommended by a physician or other licensed health care provider; requires supplemental payment for capitated or global rate plans; prohibits plans from reducing or canceling coverage due to the requirements of this section. (36 § 6060.4)

* HB 1564 (Gray) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Modifies references in the Administrative Procedures Act. (75 § 308)

* HB 1565 (Glover) - WORKERS' COMP. Requires the Administrator of the Workers' Compensation Court to develop and provide procedures and forms to be used for enrollment in a certified workplace medical plan. (85 § 14.2)

* HB 1598 (Roach) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. This is a shell bill relating to maternity benefits. (36 § 6060.3)

* HB 1603 (Bryant) - CHARTER SCHOOLS. Creates the "Oklahoma Charter Schools Act". (70 § 3-130)

* HB 1607 (Fields) - TECHNICIANS. Provides for a journeyman plumber technician, journeyman electrical technician and mechanical journeyman technician and establishes registration fees. (59 § 1002)

* HB 1608 (Fields) - HEALTH CARE. Authorizes health insurers to enter into agreements with health care providers relating to terms and conditions of reimbursement for health care services that may be rendered to an insured, including agreements relating to the amounts to be charged an insured for services rendered, quality standards and the terms and conditions for activities intended to reduce unnecessary or inappropriate care; authorizes health insurers to issue and administer policies and subscriber agreements that include incentives or disincentives for insureds to use the services of a health care provider who has entered into a reimbursement agreement with the health insurer; provides requirements for terms and conditions to be established by the insurer. (36 § 6057.1)

* HB 1609 (Voskuhl) - DISABILITY/RETIREMENT. Provides that during the period a state employee receives temporary total disability benefits due to a work-related injury or illness, the employer must make the contribution to the state retirement system based on the salary of the employee; requires that such employees receive credit for participating service during the period of absence subject to certain requirements. (85 § 2e)

* HB 1610 (Reese) - APPROPRIATIONS/ONENET. Appropriates $2.64 million to the State Regents for funding the membership fee for public school districts to connect to the OneNet telecommunications system.

* HB 1623 (Vaughn) - INCOME TAX CREDIT/TUITION. Provides for an income tax credit for tuition paid to an accredited Oklahoma four-year public college or university by a certified teacher for courses satisfactorily completed in pursuit of an advanced degree; prohibits such credit for tuition paid by or through a grant, scholarship or stipend or subject to a tuition waiver; prohibits such credit until the tax year following the year in which the course or courses for which the tuition was paid are satisfactorily completed. (68 § 2357)

* HB 1642 (Settle) - CONTERFEITING/BRIBERY. Provides that forgery occurs when a person makes a false writing which has apparent legal significance and which is made with the intent to defraud; provides punishment for forgery; prohibits bribery of sports officials or participants; prohibits bribery of pubic servants and prohibits public servants from accepting bribes. (21 § 101)

* HB 1644 (Ervin) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to transfer of jurisdiction of the University Hospitals. (63 § 3204)

* HB 1651 (Eddins) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT/GROSS PRODUCTION TAX. Apportions part of the funds from gross production tax now going to the General Revenue Fund to the OTRS. (68 § 1004a)

* HB 1654 (Settle) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Requires that a classified member of the OTRS who retired prior to July 1, 1996, have retirement allowance calculated on the member's current minimum average salary plus $1,000; repeals section relating to limitations on retirement benefit increases . (70 § 116.2)

* HB 1656 (Settle) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Increases the amount of the death benefit for members of the OTRS from $4,000 to $5,000; repeals section relating to limitations on retirement benefit increases . (70 § 17-105)

* HB 1660 (Benson/Taylor) - CHARITABLE FIDUCIARY. Creates the "Oklahoma Charitable Fiduciary Act;" authorizes charitable (including educational) organizations to act in certain fiduciary capacities; provides that governing boards must require fidelity bonds on officers and employees; permits a charitable organization to establish trust funds for furnishing investments to itself as a fiduciary, to itself and others as co-fiduciaries or to affiliated charitable organizations; authorizes such organizations to invest funds held in trust for investment in common charitable trust funds, with certain exceptions, and to employee investment advisors, counselors and financial institutions; outlines requirements for common charitable trust fund investments; prohibits employees, officers, and governing board members from receiving pecuniary benefits other than reasonable compensation for their employment; outlines reporting requirements. (60 § 301.1)

* HB 1666 (Cox) - MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNT. This is a shell bill relating to the Medical Savings Account Act. (63 § 2622)

* HB 1670 (Pettigrew) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Prohibits cost-of-living adjustments to retirees of state pension systems unless pursuant to a special appropriation; provides that no supplemental appropriation shall be made for such purpose unless the system from which the adjustment is to be paid is funded with sufficient revenue from employer and employee contributions and other sources of revenue to provide for payment of pension benefit obligations for active members at normal cost. (62 § 1003)

* HB 1671 (Deutschendorf) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Clarifies language relating to the Oklahoma Governmental Telecommunications Network (OGTN). (62 § 41.5m)

* HB 1672 (Pettigrew) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Requires that attorney fees be paid in periodic installments in any workers' compensation case in which the award is paid in periodic installments; provides that after a claim for compensation is submitted, the claimant shall submit a report to the court of all previous relevant or contributory injuries, which shall be open for review by the insurance carrier, State Insurance Fund, a group self-insurance plan or self-insured employer involved in the claim. (85 § 41)

* HB 1673 (Deutschendorf) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Requires workers' compensation insurance carriers, the State Insurance Fund and group self-insured plans to notify an insured employer of the possibility of, and/or terms of, any settlement of a workers' compensation case; permits employers to participate in any claim for compensation or benefits commenced by a claimant, wherein the employer is named as a party or joined as a party; outlines employer's rights; provides that failure of a self-insured employer or group self-insurance association to implement the requirement for development of a workplace safety plan shall constitute grounds for revocation by the administrator of the Workers' Compensation Court of the employer's self-insurance permit or approval of the association's self-insurance application. (85 § 26)

* HB 1688 (Perry) - TAX CREDIT/COMPUTER DONATIONS. Establishes a one-time income tax credit for donations of computer hardware and software to schools or higher education institutions; sets credit at 50 percent of the estimated value of the items. (68 § 2357.26)

* HB 1690 (Perry) - ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES. Creates the "Electronic Signature Act;" provides that an electronic signature may be used to sign a writing and shall have the same force and effect as a written signature; authorizes the Secretary of State to issue certificates for the purpose of verifying digital signatures; provides for imposition of a reasonable fee; requires agency heads to implement control procedures to ensure adequate integrity, security, confidentiality and auditability of business transactions conducted by the agency using electronic commerce. (74 § 8201/8207)

* HB 1692 (Perry) - OBSCENITY. This is shell bill relating to obscenity. (21 § 1040.12)

* HB 1694 (Wells) - INVENTORY. Increases to $500 the value of equipment which must be inventoried by the Department of Central Services. (74 § 110.1)

* HB 1702 (Stanley) - HEALTH CARE. Provides that a health maintenance organization (HMO) or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance and shall not be relicensed by the Health Department if its application for license renewal, evidence of coverage, standards and procedures for the selection of providers or any other document filed with the Department contain definitions of words or terms that are contrary to or inconsistent with statutory definitions; deems such organizations and plans in noncompliance for certain actions, omissions or submissions; requires HMOs and prepaid health plans to provide comprehensive health services in a manner that is reasonably geographically convenient to residents of the service area for which it seeks a license. (63 § 2504)

* HB 1719 (Leist) - LAND OFFICE COMMISSIONERS. Creates the "Commissioners of the Land Office Investment Reform Act.

* HB 1732 (Beutler) - COUNTY GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL TRAINING. This is a shell bill pertaining to the Commission on County Government Personnel Education and Training. (19 § 130.1)

* HB 1739 (Mitchell) - LEGAL REPRESENTATION. Clarifies language relating to legal representation of state agencies and officials. (74 § 20i)

* HB 1755 (Ross) - HIGH CHALLENGE SCHOOLS. This is a shell bill relating to high challenge schools. (70 § 1210.541)

* HB 1768 (Toure) - RISK MANAGEMENT. Requires the risk management administrator to provide for the reimbursement of personal property casualty losses sustained by state employees if the loss to personal property was a result of the performance of an authorized duty or responsibility of the employee sustained while the employees was in the course of employment; limits reimbursement to $500; prescribes condition on reimbursement based upon coverage of losses by insurance policies or losses not covered by insurance. (74 § 85.23l)

* HB 1773 (Toure) - PREVAILING WAGE. Creates the "Oklahoma Prevailing Wage Act"'; declares public policy that a wage of no less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages for work of a similar character in the locality in which the work is performed shall be paid to all workers employed by or on behalf of any public body engaged in public works exclusive of maintenance work; provides that the act shall apply only where the total cost of a project to be performed by contractors in connection with construction of a public work is $600,000 or more; prohibits splitting into partial contracts; provides that not less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages for work of a similar character in the locality in which work is performed, and not less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages for legal holiday and overtime work, shall be paid to all workers employed by or on behalf of a public body engaged in the construction of public works, exclusive of maintenance work; provides that only such workers as are directly employed by contractors or subcontractors in actual construction work on the site of a building or construction job shall be deemed to be employed upon public works; provides that, when the hauling of materials or equipment includes some phase of construction other than the mere transportation to the site of the construction, workers engaged in this dual capacity shall be deemed employed directly on public works; specifies requirements for determining the prevailing wage. (40 § 196.20)

* HB 1774 (Toure) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY/BONDS. Modifies bonds authorized for purchase, redemption or defeasance to include Langston University Building Bonds Series I (1963) and Series II (1967). (62 § 57.200)

* HB 1791 (Hopper Smith) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Provides for an income tax credit for donations to charitable organizations, including educational organizations; sets amount of credit at 1 percent of the tax imposed on a corporation subject to income tax for donations that will be used or expended in the state; requires that the amount of the donation be at least equal to the credit; prohibits such credit from exceeding the tax liability of the taxpayer; permits unused credits to be carried forward for five years. (68 § 2357.28)

* HB 1810 (Cox) - EBONICS. Provides that Ebonics shall not be recognized as a language art and shall not be taught as a course or class in the pubic schools for which a student receives credit or which is counted towards fulfilling graduation requirements; defines Ebonics as an Africanized form of English reflecting Black Americans' linguistic-cultural ties to their African heritage. (70 § 11-1103.8)

* HB 1815 (Adair) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the "Telephone Competition, Rural Service and Consumer Protection Act of 1997"; specifies requirements that apply to all local exchange telecommunications service providers. (17 § 139.101)

* HB 1817 (Askins/Hobson) - PUBLIC DEPOSITS. Authorizes designees of certain administrative authorities to countersign vouchers; authorizes the state treasurer, for purposes of securing public deposits, to accept certain securities and other instruments as collateral; authorizes the treasurer to establish standards which restrict, or limit further, any of the types of classes of securities or instruments which may be accepted; permits the treasurer to select surety bonds issued by an insurance company licensed in the state whose claims-paying ability is rated in the highest category by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating agency. (62 § 41.21)

* HB 1818 (Perry) - DATA PROCESSING. Clarifies language relating to state agencies' electronic data processing plans. (62 § 41.5e)

* HB 1820 (Perry) - WORKERS' COMP. Expands exemptions from coverage under the Workers' Compensation Act to include an injury caused by a prank, horseplay or similar irresponsible behavior, except for innocent victims, and an injury resulting directly from a preexisting condition about which the employee knowingly and willfully provided false or misleading information to the employer prior to the occurrence of the injury. (85 § 11)

* HB 1854 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Appropriates to various health agencies, including the University Hospitals Authority.

* HB 1859 (Hamilton/Haney) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Provides budgetary limitations for the University Hospitals Authority.

* HB 1872 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/TEACHER PREPARATION. Appropriates to various education entities, including the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation.

* HB 1877 (Hamilton/Haney) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Sets budgetary limitations for the Teacher Preparation Commission.

* HB 1880 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/STATE REGENTS. Appropriates to the State Regents for Higher Education.

* HB 1885 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Deletes oversight of executive branch compliance with legislative intent of appropriation measures from the duties of the Joint Legislative Committee on Budget and Program Oversight.

* HB 1887 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the special cash fund from the cash-flow reserve fund.

* HB 1894 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes reappropriations to the State Regents for each of the State System institutions and to various other agencies.

* HB 1895 (Hamilton/Haney) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Clarifies language relating to the Legislative Bond Oversight Commission. (62 § 675.4)

* HB 1897 (Hamilton/Haney) - SOLE SOURCE. This is a shell bill relating to sole source and professional service contracts.

* HB 1907 (Hamilton) - PROGRAM BUDGETING. Clarifies language relating to the program budgeting initiative. (62 § 41.44)

* HB 1915 (Erwin) - STATE AIRCRAFT. Requires the Aeronautics Commission to promulgate rules specifying guidelines for use of state airplanes. (3 § 85.1)

* HB 1916 (Erwin) - HEALTH CARE. This is a shell bill relating to Oklahoma Health Care Authority duties regarding health care access information. (63 § 5013)

* HB 1921 (Stites) - TECHNOLOGY. Creates the "Training for New Technology Act." (70 § 1210.581)

* HB 1934 (Morgan) - WEAPONS. Authorizes peace officers to seize any weapon or instrument the officer has probable cause to believe is subject to being used by a person with a mental illness or chemical dependency, and who as a result of such can be expected within the immediate future to seriously and physically cause injury, and who has engaged in a recent overt act that reasonably supports that expectation. (21 § 1283.1)

* HB 1961 (Ferguson) - TRAVEL. Creates the "State Travel Reimbursement Reform Act."

* HB 1963 (Hastings) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Provides that a workers' compensation claimant must in good faith request a hearing and final determination within two years of filing a claims or within two years from the date of last payment of compensation or wages in lieu thereof, or the same shall be barred and shall be dismissed by the Workers' Compensation Court; provides for voluntary dismissal of claim. (85 § 43)

* HB 1964 (Fields) - RETIREMENT. Increases the amount of the death benefit for members of the OTRS from $4,000 to $5,000; provides that beginning July 1, 1997, a classified member who retired prior to July 1, 1996, shall have the member's retirement allowance calculated on the member's current minimum average salary plus $1,000; repeals section relating to limitations on retirement benefit increases . (70 § 17-105)

* HB 1980 (Sadler) - PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS. Creates the "Public Bathing Place Regulation Act"; authorizes the state Health Commissioner to supervise sanitation, healthfulness, safety and design of public bathing places and the licenses of all owners and operators of public bathing places; requires permitting of public bathing places by the Health Commissioner; provides for inspections; provides for penalties. (63 § 1-1012.1)

* HB 1981 (Hamilton/Rozell) - STATE AGENCY REFORM. Creates the "State Agency Reform and Improvement Act."

* HB 1986 (Coleman) - TEACHER PREPARATION/READING. Authorizes the Teacher Preparation Commission to develop professional development institutes which train teachers to instruct students in balanced and comprehensive reading programs that incorporate phonological awareness, phonics, and decoding skills. (70 § 6-200)

* HB 1987 (Hamilton/Rozell) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Authorizes the Department of Central Services to levy and collect a reasonable fee from state agencies and other entities for services provided by the Asbestos Abatement Division. (74 § 61.6)

* HB 1990 (Hamilton/Rozell) - PUBLIC FUNDS INVESTMENT. Creates the "Oklahoma Public Funds Investment Practices Reform Act."

* HB 1991 (Hamilton/Rozell) - PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION/INVENTORY. Increases dollar amount in definition of "public construction contract" to $12,500; requires that bids on public construction contracts exceeding $15,000 must be accompanied by certain documents and bonds; prohibits contracts involving sums in excess of $12,500 from being split into partial contracts to avoid certain requirements; requires certain notarized statements on invoices submitted to any school district or area vo-tech school district for payment to an architect, contractor, engineer or supplier of materials of $2,000 or more; increases to $500 the value of equipment which must be inventoried by Central Services. (62 § 102)

* HB 1992 (Hamilton/Rozell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Authorizes the Executive and Legislative Bond Oversight Commissions to review proposed issuance of obligations to fund capital additions or expenditures by local entities which are to be retired by certain payments, even though payments are not directly or expressly pledged for payment of principal or interest on the obligations, if the payments are to be made from the appropriation of state funds and such funds represent a significant source of anticipated revenue for repayment of the obligations. (62 § 695.8)

* HB 1995 (Hamilton/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to the University Hospitals Authority. (63 § 3207)

* HB 1997 (Bastin) - MURRAH BUILDING MEMORIAL. Designates April 19 as Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Memorial Day. (25 § 82.1)

* HB 1998 (Fields) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Provides that parties to a disputed compensation claim are not entitled to a contested case hearing or a prehearing conference on the claim unless a benefit review conference is conducted; requires the court to adopt guidelines relating to claims that do not require a benefit review conference and may proceed directly to a contested case hearing or a prehearing conference; defines a benefit review conference as a nonadversarial, informal dispute resolution proceeding; provides for benefit review officers; requires the Workers' Compensation Court to adopt rules of conducting conferences; provides that agreements shall be binding; requires benefit review officers to prepare certain reports; authorizes benefit review officers to issue interlocutory orders. (85 § 3.4)

* HB 2012 (Askins) - MEDICAL SCHOOL FACULTY. Provides that when an adult person, because of a medical condition, is treated by a licensed doctor holding a faculty appointment at an accredited medical school, and such person is incapable of giving informed consent for a local-institutional-review-board-approved experiment treatment, test or drug, then such treatment, test or drug may proceed upon obtaining informed consent of a legal guardian, attorney in fact or a family member. (63 § 3102A)

* HB 2013 (Askins) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. This is a shell bill relating to the University Hospitals Trust. (63 § 3224)

* HB 2014 (Askins) - HEALTH CARE. Requires health benefit plans that provide benefits for a family member of the insured to provided coverage for each newly born child of the insured, from birth through the date the child is 18 years of age, for certain immunizations. (36 § 6060.4)

* HB 2015 (Askins) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to the certificate of need for the University Hospitals. (63 § 3205)

* HB 2017 (Betty Boyd/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION. Requires the State Board of Education to set aside a portion of the funds appropriated annually for professional development for the purpose of funding intensive professional development institutes developed by the Teacher Preparation Commission in reading for elementary school teachers and mathematics for teachers of grades five through nine; requires the State Board of Education to ensure participation of school districts in the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the State Board to submit to the Legislature a proposal for implementing a system of performance standards for public schools; requires the State Board to review mathematics components of the Priority Academic Student Skills and make necessary revisions to ensure a more rigorous and in-depth mathematics curriculum. (70 § 6-200)

* HB 2021 (Betty Boyd) - GENETIC DISCRIMINATION. Creates the 10-member Task Force on Prevention of Genetic Discrimination to review legislation relating to genetic discrimination and make recommendations to the Legislature. (63 § 1-1712)

* HB 2047 (Greenwood) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Clarifies language relating to insurance coverage for bone density screening. (36 § 6060.1)

* HB 2058 (Greenwood) - CHILD SUPPORT/EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES. Provides that if a custodial parent incurs child care expenses as a result of being employed or receiving elementary, secondary, higher, or vocational education training, such expenses shall be prorated in the same proportion as base child support and shall be added to the base child support obligation. (43 § 118)

* HB 2060 (Greenwood) - SCHOOL SAVINGS. Creates the "School Savings Act;" provides a tax-free savings account for education expenses at all levels, at both public and private schools. (70 § 24-160)

* HB 2061 (Hamilton) - FISCAL YEAR. Changes the state fiscal year to run from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30; requires the Office of State Finance to analyze the needs of state entities to which appropriations have been made for fiscal year 1998 and make recommendations regarding a method for either an extended fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1998, or a transitional fiscal year beginning July 1, 1998 and ending Sept. 30, 1998. (62 § 1.1, 1.2)

* HB 2062 (Greenwood) - INCOME TAX DEDUCTION/TUITION/FEES. Provides an income tax deduction for tuition paid to an Oklahoma public or university of not more than $1,000. (68 § 2358)

* HB 2075 (Steidley) - AD VALOREM. Clarifies language relating to ad valorem taxation. (68 § 2819)

* HB 2076 (Perry) - DATA PROCESSING/TELECOMMUNICATIONS. This is a shell bill relating to the Joint Legislative Committee on Data Processing and Telecommunication. (62 § 41.5k)

* HB 2089 (Weaver) - ALCOHOL/DRUG COUNSELOR. Creates the "Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensure Act"; establishes licensure criteria; exempts school counselors certified by the State Department of Education; provides for education and training requirements. (43A § 3-431)

* HB 2090 (Glover/Robinson) - DENTISTS. Changes the name of the Board of Governors of the Registered Dentists of Oklahoma to the Board of Dentistry; authorizes the Board to enter into cooperative contracts or agreements with other states for purposes of formulating and conducting simultaneous regional examinations of applicants for a license to practice dentistry or a certificate of ability to practice dental hygiene; authorizes the Board to establish eligibility requirements for dental hygienists and dental assistants; outlines format of examination; provides for reciprocity; provides for faculty permits; requires supervision of dental hygienists; outlines procedures which may not be assigned to dental hygienists or assistants. (59 § 328.3)

* HB 2093 (Weese) - GROUP INSURANCE BOARD. Increases the membership of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board from eight to 10 members, to include one education employee and one state employee, both to be appointed by the Governor. (74 § 1304)

* HB 2094 (Glover) - HEALTH BENEFITS BOARD. Abolishes the Oklahoma Basic Health Benefits Board and transfers its duties and responsibilities to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board. (63 § 5005)

* HB 2095 (Tim Pope) - HEALTH CARE. Prohibits state funds from being expended for the purpose of providing condoms for the prevention of human acquired immune deficiency syndrome. (62 § 97)

* HB 2102 (Laura Boyd/Henry) - TUITION SAVINGS ACCOUNT. Enacts the "Oklahoma Tuition Savings Account Act"; allows state residents to deposit up to $5,000 during each taxable year into one or more tuition savings accounts; exempts such contributions from taxation as adjusted gross income; provides for account custodians; authorizes disbursement of funds no more than three times in a calendar year, by check to the beneficiary's higher education institution or vo-tech school; provides for unqualified disbursements with a 10-percent penalty to be paid to the Tax Commission; provides that interest earned on an account during the year in which a withdrawal occurs shall be considered income for tax purposes; provides for qualified expense disbursements of no more than 20 percent of the interest earned from the account during the year; provides that any remaining balance shall be distributed to the beneficiary no later than 30 days after the 30th birthday of the beneficiary or graduation of the beneficiary, whichever occurs first; provides for transfer, upon request by the beneficiary, of balance to one or more accounts established for another beneficiary; outlines procedure for distribution if beneficiary does not attend a higher education institution or vo-tech school; repeals sections relating to the Oklahoma Tuition Trust Act. (70 § 6020)

* HB 2105 (Gray) - NSU COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY. Requires approval of the rules of the Board of Examiners in Optometry by the president of the Northeastern State University College of Optometry. (59 § 604)

* HB 2111 (Gray) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that the State Regents rules be filed with the Secretary of State; requires any agency exempt from certain sections of the Administrative Procedures Act to submit any previously adopted agency rules to the Secretary of State by July 1, 1998; requires submission of agency rules after July 1, 1998. (74 § 324.13)

* HB 2114 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. This is a shell bill relating to requirements for the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (74 § 1307.2)

* HB 2117 (Clay Pope) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Provides for an income tax credit for agricultural producers producing agricultural commodities and using new or modified agricultural production or marketing methods demonstrated by or acquired from an accredited agricultural college or university, adult agricultural education program provided by a secondary school or agricultural producing or farming association located in the state; sets the amount of the credit at $500. (68 § 2357)

* HB 2120 (Hilliard) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Reform Act"; requires agencies within one year, to conduct a comprehensive review of all rules and regulations within their jurisdiction. (75 § 401)

* HB 2125 (Coleman) - SCHOOL TESTING/EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS. Requires norm-referenced testing, beginning with the 1997-98 school year, in grades five, nine, and 11 of the public schools; requires that the results be included in the summary report of the Oklahoma educational indicators program. (70 § 1210.508)

* HB 2133 (Seikel) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Section 19 directs DHS to require a criminal background investigation for any person making an application for establishment and operation of a child care facility prior to issuance of a license certification or any other authorization for contract to operate a facility. (10 § 404.1)

* HB 2138 (Paulk/Herbert) - AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Prohibits a state agency from using an automated telephone system for answering phone calls during regular hours of operation. (62 § 41.5h)

* HB 2146 (Blackburn) - SMOKING. Clarifies language relating to the Smoking in Public Places Act. (63 § 1-1523)

* HB 2151 (Perry) - OBSCENE MATERIALS. Requires public libraries and other entities to remove or block materials in computers or computer systems that are harmful to minors. (21 § 1040.76)

* HB 2155 (Gray) - DENTAL EDUCATION. Requires that continuing education requirements under the State Dental Act be established pursuant to recommendations presented by the Oklahoma Dental Association and the dean of the OU School of Dentistry; requires that continuing education be provided in clinical settings. (59 § 328.15)

* HB 2161 (Laura Boyd) - LEAVE. Enacts the "Sick Leave Modification Act."

* HB 2168 (Toure) - WELFARE/WORK TRAINING. Enacts the "Oklahoma Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act"; states legislative intent to encourage persons receiving temporary assistance to become responsible, self-sufficient, taxpaying citizens; establishes an integrated and coordinated program titled the "Statewide Temporary Assistance Reintegration System (STARS) program; states legislative intent to establish one-stop career/employment centers to link federal/state resources and programs by encouraging interorganizational collaborative partnerships between certain state governmental agencies, including the State Regents, and private and nonprofit entities; states purpose of such partnerships to assist persons receiving temporary assistance, employed low-income persons and unemployed persons to explore career and employment and job referral opportunities, improve skills through education and training and to obtain information on various services and programs in the state. (56 § 230.21)

* HB 2170 (Seikel) - WELFARE/WORK TRAINING. Enacts the "Oklahoma Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act"; states legislative intent to encourage persons receiving temporary assistance to become responsible, self-sufficient, taxpaying citizens; establishes an integrated and coordinated program titled the "Statewide Temporary Assistance Reintegration System (STARS) program; states legislative intent to establish one-stop career/employment centers to link federal/state resources and programs by encouraging interorganizational collaborative partnerships between certain state governmental agencies, including the State Regents, and private and nonprofit entities; states purpose of such partnerships to assist persons receiving temporary assistance, employed low-income persons and unemployed persons to explore career and employment and job referral opportunities, improve skills through education and training and to obtain information on various services and programs in the state. (56 § 230.21)

* HB 2200 (Weese) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Expands benefit wages not charged to an employer pursuant to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act to include wages paid to a former employee who was separated from employment with that employer due to a medically verifiable illness or medical condition of the employee or the minor child or the employee. (40 § 3-106)

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

* HJR 1002 (John Sullivan) - APPROPRIATIONS. Proposes a constitutional amendment to require legislative approval of appropriations for expenses directly related to the education of students in the common schools prior to final passage of any other appropriation measure; requires final approval of the common education appropriation at least 30 calendar days prior to sine die adjournment of the session during which the measure is being considered; requires that such measure also be passed at least 20 days prior to the date as of which any other measure containing an appropriation receives final approval by either house. (Art. V, § 55)

* HJR 1003 (Bonny) - ADMISSION STANDARDS. Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring that the legislature rather than the State Regents prescribe admission standards for institutions within the State System of Higher Education (Art. XIII-A, § 2).

* HJR 1009 (John Sullivan) - APPROPRIATIONS. Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that appropriations for expenses directly related to the education of students in the common schools shall be passed prior to final passage of any other appropriation measure; requires approval of such appropriations and transmission of them to the Governor at least 30 calendar days prior to sine die adjournment of the Legislative session; requires final passage of such measures at least 20 days prior to the date as of which any other appropriation measure receives final approval by either house.

(Art. V, § 55).

* HJR 1010 (Graves) - DISCRIMINATION. Proposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, education or contracting, with certain exceptions. (Art. XXIII, § 12).

* HJR 1012 (Webb) - TAX REVIEW. Creates the Tax Review and Improvement Task Force; provides that the Task Force shall review the constitutional provisions, laws, rules, and procedures relating to the Oklahoma tax system and evaluate the system's ability to provide appropriate and timely revenue, distribute tax burdens fairly, and to promote economic and administrative efficiency; requires a report and recommendations by June 1, 1998.

* HJR 1017 (Weese) - INVESTMENT OF FUNDS. Proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring that all assets of any fund administered by an agency for the benefit of public employees be held, invested or disbursed as provided for by law as in trust for the exclusive purpose of providing for those public employee benefits, refunds, investment management and administrative expenses of the agency; prohibits such fund from being encumbered for or diverted to any other purpose. (Art. XXIII, § 13)

* HJR 1018 (Leist) - INVESTMENT OF FUNDS. Proposes a Constitutional amendment to remove investment authority from the Commissioners of the Land Office and transfer such authority to the State Treasurer. (Art. XI, § 6)

* HJR 1019 (Toure) - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS. Proposes a vote of the people to prohibit an employer from terminating the employment of an employee who has been employed by such employer for at least 30 days without just cause. (40 § 199.5a)

* HJR 1022 (Phillips) - FEES. Proposes a Constitutional amendment prohibiting a state agency, board, commission, or authority from imposing new or increasing existing fees or charges; requires a vote of the people unless the increase is approved by three-fourths of the House and Senate and approved by the Governor. (Art. V, § 33)

* HJR 1030 (Webb) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring that monies not otherwise appropriated, not deposited to the credit of the Constitutional Reserve Fund and not required for payment of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness be appropriated by the Legislature either for retiring the unfunded accrued actuarial liability of the OTRS or for providing cost-of-living adjustments to retirees of the public retirement systems; requires a simple majority of the House and Senate to pass such measures. (Art. X, § 23b)

* HJR 1034 (Roberts) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring that 35 percent of growth revenue, if any, in income tax, sales tax and motor vehicle registration fees be apportioned to the OTRS to be distributed as determined by the board of trustees, subject to the requirement that the revenue apportioned to the retirement system be used in a manner to decrease the unfunded accrued actuarial liability of the OTRS; limits such diversion to five years. (Art. V, § 62A)

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