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OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

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From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

Date: Friday, February 28, 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

Selected Floor Actions:

On Monday, Sen. Penny Williams (D - Tulsa, Chair - Senate Education Committee) presented a floor substitute to the full Senate for SB 746. The only issue in the bill was an increase in the statutory limit on the "Library Automation and Materials Fee" from $1.50 to $2.50 per semester credit hour. After questions and discussion about which institutions would be affected by the increase, the bill passed on a vote of 35 ayes, 12 nays.

Senators voting against the bill included:

Also on Monday, the House of Representatives passed numerous "shell" appropriation bills with little dissent until HB 1880 was considered. Authored by Rep. Jim Hamilton and Senator Kelly Haney (as are all other appropriation bills), HB 1880 contained language which would appropriate monies from the Constitutional Reserve Fund ("Rainy Day Fund") to the State Regents. The bill contained no dollar amounts and, at this point, the designation of the State Regents as the recipient of the funds was not significant. However, House Republicans objected to the bill since it assumed Rainy Day Funds would be utilized this session, even though no such agreement has been reached. The vote on the bill split along party lines, passing with 63 ayes and 36 nays. The emergency clause of the bill, which requires a two-thirds vote and allows the bill to become effective immediately, failed to garner the necessary 67 votes and was defeated by a margin of 65 ayes, 34 nays.

One other bill directly impacting higher education, HB 1561, passed unanimously on the House floor this week. The bill, authored by Rep. Dale Wells (D - Cushing) and Sen. Mike Morgan (D - Stillwater), requires the State Regents to submit an updated progress report on articulation/course transfer issues to the Chairs of the House and Senate Education Committees by January 1, 1998. The bill also authorizes higher education institutions to establish "prepayment programs" whereby individuals can set up short-term savings accounts with institutions to prepay education expenses. Furthermore, the bill authorizes institutions to utilize certain collection remedies to address delinquent debts to the institution. The bill has now been assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Bills Deleted from List: We have deleted about half of the 340 bills on our tracking list this week. Most of the deleted bills were not heard in committee, while others were actually voted down, or are no longer relevant to higher education. All deleted bills are listed in the relevant section below. Remember that bills which did not come out of committee are generally dead for the 1997 session but can be heard and revived in the 1998 session (2nd session of the 46th Legislature).


Upcoming Events:

Higher Education Day at the State Capitol, sponsored by HEACO (Higher Education Alumni Council) and the Oklahoma Student Government Association, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the General Session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the House chamber.

Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

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

March 27, Thursday -- Pass Bills from Committee in the Opposite House


Meetings Next Week:

Wednesday, March 5, 12:00 noon, (the meeting will be held in one of the Senate committee rooms at the Capitol, but a room number was not confirmed at the time of publication): Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (Chair - Darryl Roberts, Ted Fisher, Charles Ford, Bill Gustafson, Brad Henry, Mike Morgan, Mark Snyder, Penny Williams) Note: this meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 26.

Agenda: FY'98 Budget Request for Higher Education

Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., room 432-A at the Capitol: Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee (Chair - Jack Begley, Vice Chair - Dale Wells, Scott Adkins, Betty Boyd, Laura Boyd, John Bryant, Larry Ferguson, James Hager, J. T. Stites)

Agenda: Budget for Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation







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 Failed in House Committee:

Bills Returned to House Committee:

Bills Added to the List:

Bills Deleted from the List: (The following bills were not heard in committee unless otherwise noted. For a description of the content of any bill, see the February 21 Legislative Update.)

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

If you need copies of any of the bills, please contact Carolyn McCoy at (405) 225-9165 or e-mail her at "cmccoy@osrhe.edu".





Section II

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

INDEX

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session

February 28, 1997


Academies

SB 13

Ad valorem taxes

SB 348

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2075

HB 2077

HB 2190

Administrative procedures

SB 216

SB 217

HB 2111

HB 2120

Admission standards

HJR 1003

Advanced placement

SB 35

HB 2017

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1019

HB 1915

Alcohol/drug counselor licensure

BH 2089

Anatomical gifts

SB 436

Appropriations

SB 103

SB 110

SB 122

SB 160

HB 1854

Appropriations (cont'd)

HB 1872

HB 1878

HB 1880

HB 1885

HB 1887

HB 1894

HJR 1002

HJR 1009

Asbestos abatement

SB 38

HB 1987

Benefits

SB 174

SB 232

Bidding

HB 2121

Boards

SB 416

HB 1023

HB 1990

HB 2103

Bonds

HB 1895

HB 1992

Bribery

HB 1642

Budgeting

HB 1907

Campus police

SB 523

HB 1646

Capital improvements

SB 541

Charitable fiduciary

HB 1660

Charter schools

HB 1418

Child care facilities

HB 2133

Child support

SB 693

SB 706

HB 2058

Chiropractic examiners

HB 2103

Computer conversions

HB 1434

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

Dentistry

SB 448

SB 514

HB 2155

Deposits

HB 1817

Discrimination

HJR 1010

Ebonics

HB 1810

Economic development

SB 571

Education Oversight Board

SB 416

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

Employee associations

SB 218

Employee benefits

SB 174

SB 247

Employee reduction in force

SB 539

Employee rights

HJR 1019

Employment Security

SB 43

HB 2200

Employment, temporary

SB 36

SB 330

English as common language

HB 1231

Equalization Board

HB 1990

Fee, supplemental

SB 746

Fee waivers

SB 199

Funding plan

SB 35

Genetic discrimination

HB 2021

Government Tort Claims

HB 2031

Health/safety

SB 249

HB 2095

Income tax credit

SB 571

Innovation in education

SB 35

Insurance, disability

SB 451

Insurance, health

SB 48

SB 87

SB 193

SB 248

SB 274

SB 277

SB 280

SB 552

SB 658

HB 1077

HB 1086

HB 1091

HB 1221

HB 1222

HB 1416

HB 1532

HB 1562

HB 1598

HB 1702

HB 1916

Inventory

HB 1694

HB 1991

Investment

HJR 1017

HJR 1018

Kerr, Robert S., Museum

SB 101

Land Office Commissioners

HJR 1018

Langston University

SJR 8

Lead-based paint

SB 315

Leave

SB 698

SJR 1

HB 1145

Leave, military

HB 1210

Legislation

HB 1315

Maternity benefits

SB 412

HB 1598

Medical school faculty/students

HB 2012

National Assessment of Educational Progress

SB 760

Northeastern State University

HB 2105

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

Oklahoma State University

SB 420

Payroll

SB 218

SB 706

Physician Manpower Training Comm.

SB 144

Poison control center

HB 1362

Prepaid tuition

HB 1349

Privatization functions

SB 699

Professional development

HB 1467

Purchasing

SB 78

Records

SB 617

Residential Care Administrative Training Certification

HB 1540

Retirement

SB 181

SB 182

SB 183

SB 354

SB 473

HB 1085

HB 1094

HB 1100

HB 1102

HB 1408

HJR 1030

HJR 1034

Right to work

SJR 1

School land fund

SB 541

School testing

HB 1560

Science/Math

SB 1

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

Surplus

SB 362

Swimming pools, public

HB 1980

Tax improvement

HJR 1012

HJR 1024

Teacher certification

SB 202

HB 1342

Teacher education/training

SB 200

SB 398

Teacher preparation

SB 200

SB 202

SB 398

SB 416

HB 1342

HB 1559

HB 1872

HB 1877

HB 2017

Technicians

HB 1607

Technology

SB 398

HB 1921

Telecommunications

SB 336

HB 1815

Telemedicine

SB 48

Telephone system, automated

SB 298

HB 2138

Tests, criterion-referenced

HB 1455

Trailblazer schools

SB 592

Travel

SB 90

SB 360

Tuition/fees

SB 199

SB 746

HJR 1022

Tuition prepayment program

HB 1349

HB 1561

Tuition savings

HB 2102

Tuition trust

HB 1349

Unemployment

SB 40

University Hospitals

SB 58

HB 1362

HB 1644

HB 1854

HB 1859

HB 1995

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

SB 541

HB 1038

Violence prevention

HCR 1002

Weapons

SB 523

Welfare/work training

SB 743

HB 1246

HB 2170

Workers' compensation

SB 80

SB 674

SB 730

HB 1038

HB 1203

HB 1601


Section III

BILL DESCRIPTIONS / STATUS

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session - 1997

Reported Status as of 2/27/97

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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

EDUCATION

* SB 13 (Williams/Roach) - 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. The committee substitute requires the State Department of Education to notify eligible school districts for Statewide Alternative Education Program Grants and the procedure for applying; authorizes the Board to award one or more competitive grants to establish arts academies in Oklahoma public schools with minority student enrollment comprising 70 percent or more and a high percentage of students qualifying for Title I free lunch; lists programs eligible for funding; lists eligibility for grant funding in subsequent years. (70 §§ 3-130/3-134)

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 35 (Williams/Hager) - INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. Creates the "Incentives for Innovation in Education Act"; authorizes 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 such as institutes for professional and academic development of classroom teachers, administrators, and related faculty; directs the State Board of Education to prepare a plan for incentive grants for Advanced Placement opportunities. (70 § 818)

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/Hefner) - TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT. 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 § 840-9.1)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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)

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)

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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

* 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)

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 COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

(41 AYE / 5 NAY )

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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)

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

BUSINESS & LABOR

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

(41 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 7 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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.

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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 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)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

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

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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)

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/Blackburn) - 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 AS AMENDED 02/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

ADMINISTRATIVE RULE REVIEW

* 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)

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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/12/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/24/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

RULES

* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/26/97

* SB 248 (Monson/Voskuhl) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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 COMMITTEE - COM SUB DO PASS 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

RULES

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

RULES

* 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, including the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, 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 50 or fewer employees. (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)

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

INSURANCE

* SB 277 (Cain/Askins) - 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/06/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* SB 280 (Long/Taylor) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* SB 298 (Maddox/Paulk) - 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 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/Beutler) - 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 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* SB 348 (Ford)/Perry - AD VALOREM TAX. For purposes of exemption from ad valorem taxation, 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

REVENUE & TAXATION

* 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

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

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/26/97

* 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

RULES

* 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)

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

GOVT OPS & AGENCY OVERSIGHT

* 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)

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

JUDICIARY

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

(39 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 9 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

COUNTY & MUNICIPAL GOVT

* SB 398 (Roberts/Begley) - TEACHER PREPARATION/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)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/24/97

EDUCATION

* SB 416 (Williams/Hager) - EDUCATION OVERSIGHT. The committee substitute recreates the Education Oversight Board, authorizing the appointment of two non-legislative members by the governor and two non-legislative members each appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; increases terms from three to five years; makes funding for the Office of Accountability a designated line item in the budget of the State Board of Education each year; designates the Education Oversight Board to make budget recommendations for the Office of Accountability to the State Department of Education; transfers certain duties from the State Board of Education to the Education Oversight Board; deletes section that the Board of Education and the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation not require more than a four-year program or more than 124 semester hours to complete a teacher education degree. (70 § 3-116)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

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

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

* SB 420 (Williams/Steidley) - OSU COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE/CREDITS. Changes the name of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery to the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. (70 § 697.3)

COMMITTEE REASSIGNMENT 02/05/97

EDUCATION

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

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/10/97

* SB 436 (Wright) - ANATOMICAL GIFTS. Creates the "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act"; provides for who may become donees and the purposes for which anatomical gifts may be made; allows an accredited medical or dental school, college, or university for education, research, advancement of medical or dental science to become donees. (63 § 2226)

* 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

(26 AYE / 17 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* SB 451 (Weedn/Staggs) - 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. The committee substitute requires that education and other eligible employees who elect to participate in the Disability Insurance Program shall make contributions as established by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board. (74 § 1332)

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

APPROPRIATIONS

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

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

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/19/97

* SB 473 (Milacek/Reese) - RETIREMENT. Deletes the cap on post-retirement earnings for former public school employees. The committee substitute raises the cap from a maximum $10,000 to a maximum $15,000. (70 § 17-116.10)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/26/97

* 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)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/17/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

PUBLIC HEALTH

* 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 539 (Monson/Steidley) - 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)

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 541 (Hobson/Laura Boyd) - OU/CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. The committee substitute authorizes the Regents of the University of Oklahoma to establish a capital improvement program consisting of improvement plans associated with campus expansion, construction or other capital improvements as specified by the OU Regents. (70 § 3305.1)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* SB 552 (Herbert/Bastin) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Increases from misdemeanor to felony the crime of fraud as it relates to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Act. The committee substitute increases the maximum fine from $500 to $5,000, but keeps filing of fraudulent statements to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program listed as a misdemeanor. (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 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

(41 AYE / 0 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 7 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/26/97

* 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. The committee substitute removes the restriction that not more than 25 trailblazer schools may operate in the state at any one time; adds that the sponsor of a trailblazer school may also be an institute of higher education; includes that the applicant can submit a revised application in case of rejection of initial filing; details information required in a trailblazer school charter; sets restrictions on the contract between the trailblazer school and the sponsor; prohibits a district board of education from taking any reprisal action against an employee involved in establishing a trailblazer school. (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 617 (Robinson) - PUBLIC RECORDS. Authorizes optical imaging of public records for certain purposes. (67 § 301)

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* SB 642 (Taylor/Benson) - 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 AS AMENDED 02/20/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/20/97

* SB 674 (Leftwich/Glover) - 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. The committee substitute requires written notice of an employee election to participate in a certified workplace medical plan be given the employer on forms prescribed by the administrator; the election be made available to the employee prior to the annual open enrollment period; requires forms to be prescribed by the administrator and be made available to the employee at least 30 days prior to the date of election; form must include information on employee rights. (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 684 (Williams/Laura Boyd) - 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 693 (Cain) - CHILD SUPPORT. Establishes procedures for tribunals to determine which child support becomes enforceable if more than one order has been issued concerning the same parent and child; continues exclusive jurisdiction; provides for enforcement of child support orders between states; states procedures pertaining to contesting the validity of certain income-withholding orders; states procedure for receipt of multi-income withholding orders; states conditions of modification of certain child support orders; requires filing of documents and provides penalty for failure to do so.

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

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 02/11/97

* 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)

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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 written 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

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

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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

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 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

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

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

ENGROSSED - SENATE 02/26/97

* SB 743 (Brown/Toure) - 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. The committee substitute removes certain requirements placed on the Department of Human Services (DHS) in respect to applying for and expediting receiving federal waivers; requires a copy of the annual report to the DHS on the work rate of participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program be sent to the Legislature and Governor; authorizes DHS to eliminate the limit on the number of hours a recipient may work and be considered unemployed for eligibility purposes; changes reference to Aid to Families with Dependent Children to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; requires that a participant in the TANF program be involved in a work, education or training activity pursuant to federal law from the time the individual is determined eligible through the 60-month period. (56 § 229.1)

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. The floor substitute increases from $1.50 to $2.50 the cap on the per-semester-credit-hour library automation and materials fee at State System institutions. (70 § 3218.11)

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

EDUCATION

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

(35 AYE / 12 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/25/97

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 02/25/97

EDUCATION

* SB 760 (Williams/Hager) - NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS. Provides for the State Board of Education to participate in the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress; requires the board 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

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

* SR 8 (Horner) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY CENTENNIAL. Commemorates Langston University on its Centennial.

DIRECT TO SENATE CALENDAR 02/27/97

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)

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. The committee substitute creates the "State Aircraft Regulation Act"; states purpose of act is to provide guidelines for the purchase and use of state aircraft. (74 § 500.71) (See HB 1019)

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 1019 (Hamilton/Rozell) - STATE AIRCRAFT. The committee substitute creates the "State Aircraft Regulation Act"; states purpose of act is to provide guidelines for the purchase and use of state aircraft. 74 § 500.71) (See HB 1009)

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 1023 (Askins/Harrison) - MEDICAL LICENSURE. Re-creates the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision until July 1, 2003. (59 § 481)

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

SUNSET REVIEW

* 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)

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

SUNSET REVIEW

* HB 1038 (Settle) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION/OU. 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. The amendment adds a section requiring the University of Oklahoma Business Research College to conduct a comparative study of injured workers' benefits; requires the study to include a comparison among the states of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas; requires the study to reflect a national comparative ratio and to be based on workers' compensation benefit data for the year 1998. (85 § 2.5)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

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

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

* 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 when medically necessary and subject to the terms and conditions of the health benefit plan, agreement, contract or policy; provides an exception for policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage or groups with 50 or fewer employees. (36 § 6060.4)

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 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. The committee substitute requires that the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board approve the amount of premiums for insurance plans no later than the bid submission date for HMO plans as set forth annually by the Employees Benefits Council for the previous fiscal year; provides that if the solvency of a benefit plan is in jeopardy based on negative claims experience, the board may approve a mid-year adjustment provided need is substantiated by an actuarial determination which includes a review of negative claims experience and the plan reserves. (74 § 1306)

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

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

RETIREMENT LAWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/11/97

* 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 1130 - (Fields) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; modifies confidentiality requirements to permit the release of information required to identify economic trends to the OU Center for Economic 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 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)

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 1203 (Kinnamon/Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive reform bill for 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 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 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.

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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (100-0) 02/25/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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 1337 (Begley) - AD VALOREM TAX. 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. 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) - TUITION PREPAYMENT. 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 1408 (Pettigrew) - RETIREMENT. 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 1416 (Betty Boyd/Henry) - HEALTH CARE. Creates the "Fairness in Managed Care Act"; provides for the certification process and requirements for managed care plans. The committee substitute adds definitions for emergency care and urgent care. (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)

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/26/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (100-0) 02/26/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

* 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

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

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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)

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 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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (90-9) 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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 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) - PREPAYMENT PROGRAM. 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)

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (100-0) 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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 1598 (Roach) - MATERNITY BENEFITS. 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 1601 (Roach) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. The committee substitute provides that if an employer secures workers' compensation insurance within 30 days after receiving notice of a violation for failure to provide such insurance, the employer shall be liable for a civil penalty of $50 per employee; deletes current law which permits the labor commissioner to remit, negotiate or mitigate said penalty; provides that an employer who knowingly and willfully requires an employee or subcontractor to obtain a certificate of non-coverage for which the individual is not eligible, the employer shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $500 for a first offense, and not more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. (85 § 63.1)

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 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 1642 (Settle) - FORGERY/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

PASSED HOUSE (97-0)

* 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. Provides that when a person is detained or arrested by a law enforcement officer for violating the prohibition against such individuals carrying a firearm, the firearm 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 within the immediate future to seriously and physically injure either self or another person and who has engaged in a recent overt act or acts that reasonably support that expectation. (21 § 1283.1)

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 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; 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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

JUDICIARY

* 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; 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; requires agency heads to implement control procedures to ensure adequate integrity, security, confidentiality and auditability of business transactions conducted by the agency using electronic commerce. (74 § 8201/8206)

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 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)

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 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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS 02/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (100-0) 02/26/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

* 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)

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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).

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

(95 AYE / 5 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 02/24/97

AMENDMENT FAILED - HOUSE 02/24/97

(40 AYE / 58 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 3 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

(63 AYE / 36 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

EMERGENCY FAILED - HOUSE 02/24/97

(65 AYE / 34 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 2 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

* 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.

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

APPROPRIATIONS

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

(88 AYE / 12 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

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

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 02/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE (85-11) 02/25/97

SENATE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97

* 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"; 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; 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 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 permits issued by the Health Commissioner for public bathing places; 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 1987 (Hamilton/Rozell) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Authorizes the Department of Central Services to contract with cities and towns for asbestos abatement services; requires that the Asbestos Abatement Division provide services to state agencies and common 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 (Hamilton/Rozell) - EQUALIZATION BOARD. 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 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 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)

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 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 2075 (Steidley) - AD VALOREM. 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 2077 (Steidley) - AD VALOREM. Provides that, for ad valorem tax purposes, the percentage of fair cash value for real and personal property of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations shall be the percentage at which it was assessed on Jan. 1, 1996; deletes references to an ad valorem system in which less than 100 percent of value is taxable. (68 § 2847)

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

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/19/97

* 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 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 2103 (Gray) - CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS. Requires the administrative head of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners to conduct an annual survey of the states contiguous to Oklahoma regarding state laws, rules or standards setting, specifying or otherwise providing for continuing education requirements; requires the administrative head to compile such requirements and make a written report to the Board on March 1 of each year detailing the minimum number of mandatory hours required, the courses, areas of study or curriculum necessary and any other prerequisites required for re-licensure relating to continuing education. (59 § 161.11)

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

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/17/97

* HB 2105 (Gray) - NSU COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY. 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 2120 (Hilliard) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE. Creates the "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 2121 (Hilliard) - PUBLIC BIDDING. The committee substitute clarifies language relating to bidding documents issued by public agencies. (61 § 102)

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

GENERAL ORDER - HOUSE 02/20/97

* 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 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 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

AMENDED AND PASSED HOUSE (97-0)

* 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

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 COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 02/05/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

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

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO SENATE COMMITTEE 02/26/97

FINANCE

* 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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