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OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

State Capitol Complex

From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, February 21, 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:

Board of Equalization Certifies Appropriation Level: On Tuesday, the Board of Equalization certified that the Legislature would have $285 million in additional funds to appropriate in FY'98.

In an unusual action, the Board voted to increase the estimate of available funds $26 million above what the Office of State Finance (OSF) had recommended.

In December the board approved an estimate which increased the amount of funds available for appropriation over last year by $217 million. At Tuesday's meeting, OSF recommended increasing the estimate of new funds available from $217 million to $260 million, an increase of $43 million. However, Attorney General Drew Edmondson made a motion to increase the estimate another $26 million, to a total of $285 million (only 95%, or $24.7 million, of the $26 million could be appropriated).

Mr. Edmondson's rationale was based on projected gross production tax revenue (oil and natural gas). OSF's estimate assumed that gross production revenue would decline by $26 million in FY'98 from the totals expected to be collected in FY'97 (which ends June 30, 1997). His motion was based on the assumption that revenue from this source will remain the same in FY'98 as FY'97.

The motion passed on a vote of 5 ayes and 2 nays. Those voting for the motion included Mr. Edmondson, Superintendent of Education Sandy Garrett, State Treasurer Robert Butkin, Lt. Governor Mary Fallin, and State Auditor Clifton Scott. Governor Keating and Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Howard voted against the motion.

Committees Meet First Deadline: Legislative committees considered hundreds of bills this week as they worked toward Thursday's deadline on committee action. All bills not heard in committee are dead for the 1997 session. Many of the bills on our tracking list were among those not heard. All these bills will be removed from our list next week.


Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

Meetings Next Week:

Wednesday, February 19, (time of meeting not scheduled as of Friday, February 21) , room 511-A at the Capitol: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Chair - Darryl Roberts, Ted Fisher, Charles Ford, Bill Gustafson, Brad Henry, Mike Morgan, Mark Snyder, Penny Williams)

Agenda: FY'98 Budget Request for Higher Education


Actions on Bills This Week:

Bills Passed from Senate Floor:

Bills Passed from Senate Committees:

Bills Failed in Senate Committees:

Bills Passed from House Floor:

Bills Passed from House Committees:

Bills Failing in House Committee:

Bills Added to the List:

Bills Deleted from the List:

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 - First Session

February 21, 1997


Academies

SB 13

Ad valorem taxes

SB 348

SB 405

SB 589

HB 1072

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2075

HB 2190

Administrative procedures

SB 216

SB 217

HB 1120

HB 1121

HB 1564

HB 2111

HB 2120

Admission standards

HJR 1003

Advanced placement

HB 2017

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1012

HB 1019

HB 1915

Alcohol/drug counselor licensure

BH 2089

Appropriations

SB 103

SB 110

SB 122

Appropriations (cont'd)

SB 160

HB 1119

HB 1610

HB 1854

HB 1872

HB 1878

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 523

SB 529

HB 1646

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

Conservation Division, educational requirements

SB 316

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

SB 514

HB 2090

HB 2155

Deposits

HB 1817

Discrimination

HJR 1010

Early childhood

HB 1413

Ebonics

HB 1810

Economic development

SB 571

HB 1254

Educational Indicators

SB 758

HB 2125

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

Employee associations

SB 218

Employee benefits

SB 174

SB 232

SB 247

Employee discount

SB 262

Employee protection

HB 1017

Employee reduction in force

SB 539

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

Entry-year teacher

SB 376

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 Tort Claims

HB 2031

Health/safety

SB 249

Health/safety (cont'd)

HB 2095

High challenge schools

HB 1755

Holidays

HB 1997

Homosexual lifestyles

HB 1260

Income tax credit

SB 9

SB 346

SB 571

SB 616

HB 1483

HB 1507

HB 1623

HB 1688

HB 1791

HB 2062

HB 2117

Insurance, disability

SB 451

Insurance, health

SB 22

SB 48

SB 87

SB 193

SB 248

SB 254

SB 274

SB 277

SB 280

SB 327

SB 412

SB 536

SB 538

SB 551

SB 552

SB 640

SB 642

SB 658

SB 692

SB 752

HB 1077

Insurance, health (cont'd)

HB 1086

HB 1091

HB 1173

HB 1221

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 2114

Inventory

HB 1694

HB 1991

Investment

HB 1990

HJR 1017

HJR 1018

Kerr, Robert S., Museum

SB 101

Land Office Commissioners

HB 1719

HJR 1018

Langston University

HB 1774

Lead-based paint

SB 315

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

National Assessment of Educational Progress

SB 760

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 103

SB 122

Oklahoma Education Television Auth. (OETA)

SB 73

HB 1024


Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)

SB 273

SB 594

Oklahoma State University

SB 420

HB 1515

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)

SB 708

OneNet

HB 1610

Open Meeting

SB 496

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 78

SB 561

Records

SB 617

Residential Care Administrative Training Certification

HB 1540

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

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

Service contracts

SB 561

Small Business Development Act

SB 571

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

Student teachers

SB 376

Surplus

SB 362

Surveillance equipment

SB 634

Swimming pools, public

HB 1980

Tax improvement

HJR 1012

HJR 1024

Teacher certification

SB 202

SB 422

HB 1308

HB 1342

HB 1411

Teacher education/training

SB 200

SB 398

Teacher preparation

SB 200

SB 202

SB 416

SB 707

HB 1342

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

SB 336

HB 1073

HB 1671

HB 1815

HB 2076

Telemedicine

SB 48

Telephone system, automated

SB 298

HB 2138

Tests, criterion-referenced

HB 1455

Trailblazer schools

SB 592

Training

HB 1732

Travel

SB 90

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 1561

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

University Hospitals (cont'd)

HB 2015

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

University of Oklahoma Law Center

HB 1484

Violence prevention

HCR 1002

Weapons

SB 523

HB 1934

Welfare/work training

SB 743

HB 1246

HB 2168

HB 2170

Workers' compensation

SB 80

SB 240

SB 282

SB 284

SB 382

SB 411

SB 522

SB 562

SB 577

SB 665

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 2/20/97

SENATE BILLS

* SB 1 (Fisher/Tyler) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS FAILED 02/10/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 38 (Dickerson/Hefner) - 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. The committee substitute removes authority of the Department of Health and Department of Labor to establish priorities for asbestos abatement in public schools and state-owned buildings. (74 § 61.6)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB - DO PASS 02/12/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* SB 43 (Long/Roach) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; Section 13 modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic and Management Research; requires confidentiality; permits OU to release aggregated data, provided such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Employment Security Commission. (40 § 4-508)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

TITLE STRICKEN 02/10/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/10/97

* SB 48 (Robinson/Deutschendorf) - TELEMEDICINE. Creates the "Oklahoma Telemedicine Act"; prohibits health care service plans, disability insurer programs, workers' compensation 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 provided by means of telemedicine; requires a health care practitioner who is in physical contact with a patient, prior to the delivery of health care via telemedicine, to have the ultimate authority over the care of the patient and to obtain informed consent from the patient; specifies procedure for such consent. (36 § 6801)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 60 (Robinson/Settle) - 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/06/97

AMENDMENT FAILED - SENATE 02/17/97

(13 AYE / 33 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* SB 73 (Harrison/Askins) - OETA. Changes the termination date of several entities, including the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to July 1, 2002. (74 § 3903)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SUNSET REVIEW

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/97

* SB 78 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - PURCHASING. This is a shell bill relating to acquisitions excluded from Central Purchasing. The committee substitute relates to purchasing pertaining to the Department of Transportation and the Securities Department. (74 § 85.12)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/05/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/12/97

* SB 80 (Snyder/Paulk) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/18/97

* SB 87 (Leftwich/Glover) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/97

* SB 101 (Haney/Hamilton) - ROBERT S. KERR MUSEUM. Authorizes the Historical Society to enter into an agreement to operate and manage the Robert S. Kerr Museum on the grounds of the Kerr Conference Center.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

* SB 103 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

* SB 110 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the State Regents and the Physician Manpower Training Commission; states legislative intent that certain funds be allocated for general operating budgets of the institutions, campus expansion, OHLAP, OTAG, National Guard Fee Waiver program, the Section 13 Offset Program, and the general operating budget of the administrative offices of the State Regents.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/17/97

* SB 160 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to various entities, including the State Regents, the Physician Manpower Training Commission, OCAST, the Teacher Preparation Commission, and the University Hospitals Authority.

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 174 (Haney/Hamilton) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Act. (74 § 1361)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 181 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill relating to definitions in the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma (OTRS). (70 § 17-101)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/97

* SB 193 (Hendrick/Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Adds definitions to the Health Insurance High Risk Pool Act; provides for coverage under the High Risk Pool Act for federally defined eligible individuals. The committee substitute also modifies the Long-Term Care Insurance Act. (36 § 6532)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/11/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/11/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/18/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/97

EDUCATION

* SB 216 (Maddox/Kinnamon) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

DEREGULATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* SB 217 (Hendrick/Vaughn) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 218 (Dickerson/Paulk) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* SB 247 (Monson) - EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. Requires the Employee Benefits Council to act in accordance with the Open Meeting Act and the Open Records Act; authorizes the Council to procure insurance indemnifying Council members from personal loss or accountability from liability resulting from a member's action or inaction as a member of the council. (74 § 1362)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 248 (Monson/Voskuhl) - 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. The committee substitute modifies duties of the State Employees Benefits Council to require that data provided from the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Plan and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) include the current health plan employer data and information set (HEDIS); modifies procedures for rejection of bids by or restriction of enrollment in participating HMOs. (74 § 1365)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

* SB 249 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/13/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/17/97

EDUCATION

* SB 274 (Monson/Eddins) - 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." The committee amendment changes 25 to 50 fewer employees and deletes language pertaining to a five-year phase-in; adds that the Legislature encourages the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to comply with the provisions of this act with regard to the state insurance plan. (36 § 6060.10)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/06/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/18/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/97

INSURANCE

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/06/97

* SB 280 (Long) - HEALTH INSURANCE. The committee substitute provides that a health maintenance organization or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance and shall not be relicensed by the State Insurance Department if its application for license renewal, evidence of coverage, standards and procedures for the selection of providers or any other documents filed with the department contain definitions of words or terms that are contrary to or inconsistent with the definitions of words or terms appearing in the department's rules; prohibits such entities form prohibiting or restricting a primary care physician from referring a patient to a specialist within the network if such referral is deemed medically necessary in the judgment of the primary care physician; requires such entities 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

* SB 282 (Gustafson) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 131)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 284 (Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 131)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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 a mechanical answering device for answering phone calls during regular hours of operation. (74 § 3306)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* SB 315 (Easley/Beutler) - LEAD-BASED PAINT. Modifies definition section in the Lead-based Paint Management Act; adds "child-occupied facility" to definitions; requires certification of lead-based paint construction contractors, inspectors and hazard evaluators and specialists performing or offering to perform lead-based paint services on target housing or child-occupied facilities. (27A § 2-12-102)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES:

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/13/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/13/97

* SB 316 (Easley) - CONSERVATION DIVISION EMPLOYEES. Modifies education and experience requirements for certain personnel in the Corporation Commission's Conservation Division. (52 § 149)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ENERGY, ENV. RES. & REG AFFAIR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

* SB 336 (Roberts/Begley) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the Technology Endowment Fund for the State Board of Education to encourage use of the state's telecommunications network and to aid in the development of cooperative projects between schools and businesses. (70 § 1210.556)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* 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, including the instruction in foreign language courses and instruction designed to aid students with limited English proficiency in a timely transition and integration into the general education system. (25 § 300)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

* SB 348 (Ford) - AD VALOREM TAX. For purposes of exemption from ad valorem taxation, provides that upon expiration of the five-year period during which a manufacturing facility was exempt from the levy of ad valorem taxes, the valuation of the facility shall not be changed except to reflect changes in the fair cash value, estimated at the price it would bring at a fair voluntary sale, from the last year of the five-year period to the year of expiration. The committee substitute provides that, during the first five tax years following expiration of the five-year period during which a manufacturing facility was exempt from ad valorem taxes, the fair cash value of the facility shall be presumed not to have decreased from the fair cash value of the preceding tax year, unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the fair cash value of the facility has decreased. (68 § 2902)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/18/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 360 (Smith/Steidley) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/12/97

* SB 362 (Cain/Seikel) - SURPLUS EQUIPMENT. Authorizes state departments, institutions, and agencies to dispose of obsolete or surplus equipment by transfer to a public school district without compensation . (62 § 120.1)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/18/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/19/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

* SB 376 (Taylor) - ENTRY-YEAR/STUDENT TEACHER. Adds "entry-year teacher" and "student teacher" to definitions relating to positions in school systems. (70 § 1-116)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 382 (Taylor) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to authorization of workers' compensation claims. (85 § 2c

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES)

* SB 389 (Weedn/Steidley) - CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTS. Provides that a purchase order issued by a county or political subdivision to an architect, contractor, engineer or supplier of materials may include 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/11/97

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

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/20/97

* SB 405 (Easley) - AD VALOREM TAX. Provides that the percentage of fair cash value for real and personal property of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations required by the Oklahoma Constitution to be taxable shall be the percentage at which it was assessed on Jan. 1, 1996. (68 § 2847)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* 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 application. (85 § 26)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* SB 420 (Williams/Steidley) - OSU COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/CREDITS. Clarifies language relating to transferring credits earned by students in a State System institution. The committee substitute changes the name of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. (70 § 697.3)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/05/97

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/10/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* SB 444 (Laughlin) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Right to Work Act"; 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 or other support of a labor organization or on refusal to join, affiliate with or financially or otherwise support a labor organization; 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SMALL BUSINESS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/13/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/13/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/13/97

* 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 education and other eligible participating employees under the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. (74 § 1332)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 454 (Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. This is a shell bill relating to agreements and undertakings of the University Hospitals Authority. (63 § 3210)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 496 (Henry) - OPEN MEETING. Permits public bodies to hold executive sessions to discuss the progress of a pending investigation dealing with a public official. (25 § 307)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

VETERANS, MIL. AFF. & PUB. SAF

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS FAILED 02/17/97

* SB 514 (Long/Voskuhl) - DENTAL HYGIENISTS. Defines practice of dental hygiene; defines "dental hygienist" as an individual who has fulfilled the educational requirements and is a graduate from an institution of higher education whose dental hygiene educational program has a minimum of two academic years of dental hygiene curriculum and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; authorizes dental hygienists to practice in dental offices, health service facilities and public or private schools with the authorization of a licensed dentist. (59 § 328.3)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 523 (Helton/Askins) - CAMPUS POLICE. Authorizes peace officers making contact with a person who possesses a weapon to take the weapon if there is probable cause to believe the person who has possession of the weapon is a convicted felon or an adjudicated delinquent, is under the influenced of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substance, is mentally or emotionally unbalanced or disturbed, is suicidal or is involved in an act of or attempt of domestic abuse. (21 § 1289.12)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

VETERANS, MIL. AFF. & PUB. SAF

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* SB 529 (Helton) - CAMPUS POLICE. Modifies the Campus Security Act; 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

VETERANS, MIL. AFF. & PUB. SAF

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS FAILED 02/17/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SUBCOMMITTEE - DO PASS FAIL 02/18/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* SB 539 (Monson) - REDUCTION IN FORCE. Provides that if an agency has posted a reduction-in-force implementation schedule, all employees in positions covered in the plan and any within the displacement limits established by the plan shall be eligible for priority reemployment consideration, with certain exceptions; requires all state entities to certify whether or not a reduction-in-force is due to reduced funding. (74 § 840-2.27)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 541 (Hobson) - SCHOOL LAND FUNDS. This is a shell bill relating to school land funds. (70 § 3904)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/05/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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 (HMO) which shall be paid by the state through monies appropriated by the Legislature. (74 § 1309)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 561 (Leftwich) - PURCHASING/SERVICE CONTRACTS. This is a shell bill relating to Central Purchasing and professional services contracts. (74 § 85.41)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS FAILED 02/18/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY'

* SB 571 (Gustafson/Ramsey) - INCOME TAX CREDIT. Creates the "Small Business Development Act of 1997"; allows an income tax credit for amounts paid by a small business for training of eligible employees; sets credit at 50 percent of the amount paid to an accredited education provider. (68 § 2357.33)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/18/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM DO PASS SUB 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* SB 594 (Hobson) - OHLAP. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). (70 § 2602)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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 in an academic course of study other than education, but in a field that the teacher would reasonably be expected to use in the classroom; provides that at least 50 percent of the course work must be in reading or language arts, science, mathematics, social studies or foreign language. (68 § 2357)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

FINANCE

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/05/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* SB 634 (Horner) - SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT. Makes it unlawful to use any type of surveillance equipment to observe any person in any hotel room, dressing room or other place where a person may be sleeping, bathing or undressing. (21 § 1202)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

TITLE STRICKEN 02/20/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* SB 665 (Long) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to the State Insurance Fund. (85 § 131)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/18/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN RESOURCES

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* SB 698 (Dickerson/Paulk) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 699 (Dunlap/Bryant) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* SB 703 (Snyder/Wells) - CONTRACTORS. Prohibits the awarding of a public construction contract to a bidder unless the bid lists each subcontractor who will perform services under the contract; 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 § 120.1)

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

(26 AYE / 19 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - SENATE 02/12/97

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/18/97

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/19/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/20/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* SB 706 (Cain/Seikel) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

TITLE STRICKEN 02/11/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/11/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/11/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 730 (Maddox/Askins) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive bill reforming the Workers' Compensation Act. The committee substitute deletes language in the original bill that provided that the term employee would not include any person sentenced for a violation of law to perform community service in lieu of imprisonment, fine or any other penalty set by a court of competent jurisdiction; language outlining the purpose of workers' compensation laws; language limiting permanent total disability awards to five years or until the employee reaches 65 years of age, whichever period is longer; language relating to designation by an employer of a physician to provide a diagnosis and treatment of an injured worker for up to 14 days after receiving notice of the injury, after which the employee could choose another doctor; and language relating to prior authorization except in emergencies and for treatment whose cost totals less than $500. Adds language including cumulative trauma in the definitions of injury and personal injury; provides that no injury which requires surgery will be considered a strain or sprain injury; authorizes the Workers' Compensation Court to waive a penalty of $500 per week for untimely payment of benefits; prohibits a claim for legal services in contested temporary disability cases from exceeding 10 percent of the amount of the award; permits doctors, hospitals and others providing services to sue workers' compensation insurers, rather than the injured employee, when their bills are not paid in a timely manner; increases from 15 days to 30 days the time allowed for an employee to give an employer notification of injury. (85 § 1.1)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/18/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* SB 741 (Williams) - PRIVATE COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES. This is a shell bill relating to accreditation of private educational institutions by the State Regents. (70 § 4103)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* SB 743 (Brown) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Temporary Assistance to Promote Self-sufficiency (TAPS) Program Act"; states purpose to establish a demonstration managed system of employment and related support services which include employment and training and education activities. (56 § 229.1)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

* 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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS

SUBCOMMITTEE - COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE 02/18/97

SUBCOMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 02/18/97

* 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 INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* SB 760 (Williams/Hager) - NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS. Provides for all public school districts to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the State Board of Education to make the application for participation of this state by the first deadline after the passage of this act. (70 § 1210.514)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

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)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BUSINESS & LABOR

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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUBS DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

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

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

(92 AYE / 8 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/19/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/20/97

SUNSET REVIEW

* HB 1038 (Settle) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to the Workers' Compensation Act. The committee substitute modifies the definitions in the Workers' Compensation Act; prohibits physicians from testifying on any issue outside of the customary areas of expertise for which the physician is permitted to practice; allows a claimant to request continuing medical maintenance supervised by the claimant's attending physician within a certain time; allows a claimant to request appointment of medical case manager; requires the court to appoint a medical case manager if the parties cannot agree; outlines a procedure for electing whether to participate in a certified workplace medical plan; requires employers to give employees written notice of the option to elect to participate in a plan; changes from mandatory to discretionary an employee's entitlement to vocational rehabilitation services; provides that if an employee unreasonably refuses the evaluation or services and accepts permanent partial disability benefits, the employee would not be entitled to permanent total disability benefits unless a change of conditions is established; provides that if an employee refuses services or training ordered by the court or fails to complete training in good faith, the cost of the evaluation or training, previously paid by the employer, would be deducted from any unpaid employee benefits; requires an insurance carrier to notify the employer of the possibility and/or terms of any settlement; gives employers certain rights and obligations regarding workers' compensation claims. (85 § 2.5)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/12/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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. The committee substitute requires that such coverage be equal to coverage for other physical diseases and disorders when medically necessary and subject to the terms and conditions of the health benefit plan, agreement, contract or policy; makes the exception apply to groups with 50 or fewer employees; modifies the definition of "severe mental illness" to delete language relating to other disorders identified currently or in the future as severe, biologically based mental illness. (36 § 6060.4)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/12/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 1085 (Roberts/Monson) - 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* HB 1086 (Roberts/Monson) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* HB 1091 (Roberts) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that the benefit price of a health maintenance organization (HMO) 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 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday in January of the previous fiscal year; requires that all plans offered by HMOs 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* HB 1094 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Creates the "Public Retirement Systems Technical Corrections Act of 1997". The committee substitute clarifies language relating to the state retirement systems, including OTRS.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

LAID OVER - HOUSE 02/11/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

LAID OVER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* HB 1130 - (Fields) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act. The committee substitute modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic and Management Research; requires confidentiality; permits OU to release aggregated data, provided such aggregation meets disclosure requirements of the Employment Security Commission. (40 § 4-508)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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 Oklahoma four-year college or university or any other college or university recognized by the board; provides exceptions to education requirements. (59 § 15.8)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* HB 1203 (Kinnamon/Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Clarifies language relating to the workers' compensation rating plans. The committee substitute substantially modifies the Workers' Compensation Act. (360 § 924.2)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* HB 1210 (Wells/Wright) - 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

* HB 1221 (Steidley) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that insurance policies offering coverage for adopted children include the actual and documented medical costs associated with the birth of the adopted child. (36 § 6059)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/12/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* HB 1224 (Steidley) -REDUCTION IN FORCE. The committee substitute provides that if an agency has posted a reduction-in-force implementation schedule, all employees in positions covered in the plan and any within the displacement limits established by the plan shall be eligible for priority reemployment consideration, with certain exceptions; outlines the type of severance package to be offered employees if the reduction in force is due to a reduction in funding. (74 § 840-2.27)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

* HB 1246 (Roach) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Workforce Training Act." The committee substitute creates the "Workforce Training Incentive Act"; provides for an income tax credit equal to 50 percent of the cost of a qualified employee training expense incurred by an employer eligible for incentive payments under the Quality Jobs Program Act; provides that the credit may be carried forward for a period not to exceed four years. (68 §

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* HB 1248 (Roach) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS. Increases membership of the Physical Therapy Committee from three to five members, adding a licensed physical therapist assistant and a lay person as members; outlines licensing requirements for physical therapist applicants educated outside the United States; provides for continuing education requirements for license renewal. (59 § 887.4)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/10/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

* HB 1259 (Graves) - RIGHT TO WORK. Creates the "Oklahoma Right to Work Law"; 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 or other support of a labor organization or on refusal to join, affiliate with or financially or otherwise support a labor organization. (40 § 470)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC SAFETY

* HB 1337 (Begley) - AD VALOREM TAX. Clarifies language relating to the Ad Valorem Tax Code. The committee substitute creates a 23-member Task Force on Centrally Assessed Property to review state laws and rules relating to the Court of Tax Review, the definition of "public service corporation", determining the values of public service corporations and business personal property. The task force is to make recommendations for changes relating to centrally assessed property and submit a report by Dec. 1, 1997. (68 § 2946.4)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB PASSED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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. The committee substitute requires that protests be filed with the Court of Tax Review (not the Oklahoma Tax Commission). It also deletes language relating to hearings before the Tax Commission, precedence of complaints before the Commission, and transferring cases before the Tax Review Court to the Commission. (68 § 2881)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* HB 1342 (Begley) - ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT TEACHER CERTIFICATION/TEACHER PREPARTATION. This is a shell bill relating to alternative placement teaching certification. The committee substitute allows the State Board of Education to issue a standard teaching certificate to a person who has made application to the Teacher Preparation Commission for admission into an Alternative Preparation Program; has a minimum of two years post-baccalaureate teaching experience or subject matter with experience which corresponds directly to the area of specialization for the Elementary-Secondary certificate, Secondary certificate or vocational-technical certificate; has passed a general competency exam on the subject matter, takes the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination and develops an Individual Residency Plan and has successfully completed a teaching portfolio in collaboration with one residency; has successfully presented the portfolio to the Competency Review Panel, and has paid required fees; requires promulgation of rules and filing of annual reports; after June 30, 1997, the Teacher Preparation Commission shall not review the accreditation of, or otherwise approve the teacher education program, of a state higher education institution that has not worked collaboratively with a local school district in the development and implementation of alternative preparation programs. (70 § 6-122.3)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 1408 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. Creates the "Teachers' Retirement System Act of 1997". The committee substitute requires that no cost of living adjustments shall be made for retirees of the OTRS unless done by legislative appropriation from the General Revenue Fund; no cost of living increase will be made unless the requirements of statute can be met through the total amount of monies available to the participating employers of the OTRS.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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. The committee substitute makes teachers at a charter school eligible to join the OTRS; a teacher who leaves a charter school and returns to the school district where they taught immediately before will be given employment preference if the application is submitted no more than three years after ceasing employment with that district; for the first year the charter school shall receive State Aid equal to the average student expenditure for the preceding year for the district in which the school is located; authorizes the charter school to receive grants and funds from other sources; requires the State Board of Education to issue an annual report on charter schools. (70 §§ 3-130/3-142)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* HB 1455 (Staggs) - CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTS. Requires that the results of criterion-referenced tests be returned to school districts prior to May 1 of each year. (70 § 1210.508)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/05/97

* HB 1467 (Staggs/Robinson) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/11/97

(93 AYE / 6 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/11/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/13/97

EDUCATION

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

AGRICULTURE

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 1531 (Blackburn/Toure) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* HB 1532 (Blackburn/Weedn) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

* HB 1540 (Erwin) - RESIDENTIAL CARE/EDUCATION TRAINING. The committee substitute provides that an individual applying for administrator training certification pursuant to the Residential Care Act may at any time make the institution of higher learning aware of past educational courses taken and work experiences; provides that the institution can then make a determination of possible credit hours towards certification for that individual; authorizes an existing certified administrator to request that the Health Department place the administrator's certification on inactive status for up to five subsequent calendar years; provides that all existing certified administrators who have taken the 50-hour course shall be eligible to take 16 hours of continuing education to become active or ask the department to place their certificate on inactive status.. (36 § 6060.4)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 02/12/97

* HB 1559 (Hager/Williams) - 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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. The committee substitute provides that the test administered to determine whether a school is a low-performing or high challenge school shall be a norm-reference test. (70 § 1210.541)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* HB 1561 (Wells/Morgan) - CREDITS/PREPAID TUITION. 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. The committee substitute extends to Jan. 1, 1998, the date by which the State Regents must submit to the chairs of the respective legislative education subcommittees a report on the progress made in ensuring that students move smoothly from one level of education to another; allows colleges and universities to establish a prepayment program where students can establish short-term savings accounts with the institution of their choice for the purpose of prepaying educational expenses. (70 § 3107.1)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/11/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB - DO PASS 02/05/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

LAID OVER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* HB 1565 (Glover) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 1598 (Roach) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. This is a shell bill relating to maternity benefits. The committee substitute provides that the attending physician may determine that a mother and newborn infant meet medical criteria contained in current treatment standards that determine the appropriate length of hospital stay based on certain factors. (36 § 6060.3)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/10/97

* HB 1644 (Ervin) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Clarifies language relating to transfer of jurisdiction of the University Hospitals. The committee substitute amends certain sections by changing the reference to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital to University Hospitals. (63 § 3204)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* HB 1646 (Covey) - CAMPUS POLICE. The committee substitute provides that when a convicted felon is detained or arrested by a law enforcement officer for violating the prohibition against such individuals carrying a firearm, the weapon may be confiscated and forfeited to the state by the law enforcement authority, without a requirement that criminal charges be filed against the person; authorizes peace officers to seize any weapon or instrument when the officer has probable cause to believe the weapon is subject to being used by a person with a mental illness or chemical dependency and who can be expected to seriously and physically injure either self or another person. (21 § 1283.1) 97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* HB 1654 (Settle) - TEACHERS' RETIREMENT. Requires that a classified member of the OTRS who retired prior to July 1, 1996, shall 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* 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. The committee substitutes adds employees and officers of the charitable organizations to language prohibiting such persons from receiving any private inurement; requires an annual audit; provides that charitable organizations shall not be subject to the Open Meeting Act or the Open Records Act, but annual audit reports shall be deemed a record for purposes of the Open Records Act. (60 § 301.1)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

BANKING & FINANCE

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/11/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

* HB 1671 (Deutschendorf) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. This is a shell bill relating to the Oklahoma Governmental Telecommunications Network (OGTN). (62 § 41.5m)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* HB 1690 (Perry/Robinson) - 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. The committee substitute authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt rules necessary to implement this act; permits the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke certification and investigate the activities of a certified entity. (74 § 8201/8207)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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; 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. The committee substitute deletes from the introduced bill several of the activities which would have been prohibited of HMOs and prepaid health plans; provides that an HMO or prepaid health plan shall not prohibit or restrict a primary care physician from referring a patient to a specialist within the network if such referral is deemed medically necessary in the physician's judgment. (63 § 2504)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COUNTY & MUNICIPAL GOVT

LAID OVER - HOUSE 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

* 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 employee 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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; prohibits such credit from exceeding the tax liability of the taxpayer; permits unused credits to be carried forward for five years. (68 § 2357.28)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* HB 1810 (Cox/Horner) - 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/05/97

* 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; provides that nothing in the act will affect OneNet or prevent a telecommunications carrier from using government facilities or rights-of-way to provide telecommunications service; specifies that nothing in this section shall affect OneNet or prevent a telecommunications carrier from using government facilities or rights-of-way to provide telecommunications service. (17 § 139.101)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ENERGY ENVIRONMENT & NAT RES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/11/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

* HB 1878 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes appropriations to various education entities, including the State Regents (Sections 6 and 7), the Teacher Preparation Commission (Section 14), and the University Hospitals Authority (Section 57).

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

* 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.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

* HB 1916 (Erwin) - HEALTH CARE. This is a shell bill relating to Oklahoma Health Care Authority duties regarding health care access information. The committee substitute requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to submit a plan to the Governor and the Legislature regarding a separate or new contract for delivery of health services to rural Oklahoma and requires the Authority to create a Rural Health Care Advisory Committee. (63 § 5013)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* HB 1921 (Stites) - TECHNOLOGY. Creates the "Training for New Technology Act." The committee substitute states that the purpose of the act is to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to enable them to best use technology for the benefit of student achievement; requires the State Board of Education to work with the State Regents and the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education to establish intensive programs designed to train public school teachers in the use of technology for the classroom in student achievement and in classroom applications of technology information; requires that the programs consist of intensive one-week sessions conducted by private or public entities at State System institutions or at area vo-tech school districts; permits local school districts to make arrangements with vendors for the training within the district; requires the State Board, subject to availability of funds, to award technology training grants by school site to teachers in public school districts who have been designated by their local boards as technology designees for their school to attend the programs; authorizes school sites to have more than one technology designee; requires that grants be awarded on competitive basis beginning Jan. 1, 1998, allows grants to include funding for necessary lodging and per diem. (70 § 1210.581)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

EDUCATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 02/18/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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. The committee substitute requires that the Division provide services to state agencies and school districts without charge. (74 § 61.6)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* HB 1990 (Benson/Rozell) - PUBLIC FUNDS INVESTMENT. Creates the "Oklahoma Public Funds Investment Practices Reform Act." The committee substitute clarifies language relating to estimation of funds by the State Board of Equalization and information supplied to the Director of State Finance by state agencies responsible for collection of monies for deposit into the General Revenue Fund.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

* 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 experimental 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMUNITY & FAMILY RESPONSIB.

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* HB 2017 (Betty Boyd/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION/ADVANCE PLACEMENT. 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. The committee substitute directs the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to expand the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program; defines terms; authorizes the State Board, contingent upon available funds, to award schools $200 for each student who receives a three or higher on a college advanced placement test; to be placed in the teacher bonus pool and $75 to reimburse the student for the exam fee; requires that students found not to be reading at the appropriate grade level to be provided an individual reading instruction plan before the close of the current school year. (70 § 6-200)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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, particularly with regard to insurance and employment. (63 § 1-1712)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

* HB 2031 (Vaughn) - GOVERNMENTAL TORT CLAIMS. Provides that no judgment against this state or a government subdivision or other entity, inclusive of post-judgment interest, shall exceed the total amount of liability of the governmental entity pursuant to the Governmental Tort Claims Act; outlines procedure for accrual and computation of interest. (12 § 727)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/05/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/20/97

JUDICIARY

* HB 2047 (Greenwood) - HEALTH INSURANCE. This is a shell bill relating to insurance coverage for bone density screening. (36 § 6060.1)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

INSURANCE

* HB 2058 (Greenwood) - CHILD SUPPORT/EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES. Relates to child support guidelines; 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

JUDICIARY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* HB 2075 (Steidley) - AD VALOREM. Clarifies language relating to ad valorem taxation. The committee substitute defines "taxable value" for ad valorem purposes to mean the percentage of fair cash value, less applicable exemptions, upon which an ad valorem tax rate is levied under the Oklahoma Constitution (68 § 2819)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* 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. The committee substitute changes the name of the act to the "Professional Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensure Act"; provides for a seven-member licensing board; provides for continuing education. (43A § 3-431)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

MENTAL HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMUNITY & FAMILY RESPONSIB

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* 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. The committee substitute specifies how to claim the tax exemption for contributions made to and interest earned on tuition savings accounts. (70 § 6020)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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. The committee substitute requires that continuing education requirements for optometrists be established pursuant to recommendations presented to the Board of Examiners in Optometry by the Oklahoma Optometric Association and the president of Northeastern State University; requires that continuing education be provided in clinical settings. (59 § 604)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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. The committee substitute provides for an "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; limits regulations to those demonstrably necessary and carefully tailored to fulfill specific legitimate public health, safety or other public protection objectives; requires agencies to review every regulation within their jurisdiction by Dec. 31, 1998; requires agencies to file a report by July 1, 1999 summarizing the actions taken to comply with the act; provides that, on or after Sept. 1, 1999, any person may petition in writing any agency to repeal, rescind, amend or otherwise modify a regulation affecting a business or profession within that agency's jurisdiction; requires that agency, within 90 days of the filing of a petition, to either take the action petitioned for or state the basis for concluding that regulation is in compliance with stated standards. (75 § 401)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

SUBCOMMITTEE - DO PASS FAIL 02/17/97

SUBCOMMITTEE - REPORT PROGRESS 02/17/97

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN SERVICES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* 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. The committee substitute exempts the Interactive Voice Response System operated by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for the purpose of facilitating unemployment insurance benefit claims. (62 § 41.5h)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/18/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/18/97

* HB 2146 (Blackburn) - SMOKING. This is a shell bill relating to the Smoking in Public Places Act. (63 § 1-1523)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

HOUSE COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN SERVICES

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

HUMAN SERVICES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* HB 2190 (Mass) - AD VALOREM TAX. Transfers duties to adjust, equalize and monitor ad valorem valuations from the Tax Commission to the State Auditor and Inspector. (68 § 2830)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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 INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & LABOR

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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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).

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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).

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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).

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* HJR 1017 (Weese) - INVESTMENT OF FUNDS. Proposes a Constitutional amendment requiring that all assets of any fund administered by a state 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* HJR 1019 (Toure/Bastin) - 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

RULES

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* HJR 1024 (Askins) - TAXATION. Creates a 30-member Citizens' Task Force on Taxation until Dec. 31, 1998; requires that the task force develop a list of options and recommendations for changes in the tax system and submit a report by Dec. 1, 1998 to the Governor and Legislature.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

REVENUE & TAXATION:

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/05/97

* 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)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

* HCR 1002 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - VIOLENCE PREVENTION. Recreates the Council on Violence Prevention until Jan. 1, 1998; requires that the council set priorities for all state agencies in combating violence according to those set forth in the report of the Oklahoma Committee on Violence and Public Health; requires that the council submit a report before the beginning of the 1998 legislative session; includes the Chancellor of Higher Education on the council.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/03/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/04/97

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

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