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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Friday, April 18, 1997

OKLAHOMA STATE REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

State Capitol Complex


From: Bryce Fair & Carolyn McCoy

The following document consists of three sections. Section I provides a brief narrative of legislative highlights and a summary of actions on bills during 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

Student Library Fee Bill Defeated, Revived, Amended, Passed: SB 746, which would increase the statutory limit on the student fee for library automation and materials from $1.50 to $2.50 per semester credit hour, survived the House of Representatives this week, but only after the fee increase language was stripped from the bill.

On Monday, the House voted overwhelmingly against the bill by a vote of 17 ayes, 83 nays. The House author of the bill, Rep. Dwayne Steidley (D - Claremore), however, utilized a parliamentary option which allowed him to ask the House to reconsider its vote within three days.

On Thursday, Rep. Steidley made a motion to reconsider the bill and the motion was approved easily by the House (85 ayes, 14 nays). This action placed the bill back on the House floor for consideration, at which point Rep. Steidley offered an amendment to remove the new language increasing the library fee cap. The amendment was adopted and effectively turned the bill into a "shell" bill since there were no other substantive changes in the bill. The shell bill was then approved by the full House on a vote of 61 ayes, 37 nays.

The bill now returns to the Senate and will likely be assigned to a joint conference committee which will be responsible for final drafting of the bill.


Senate Pro Tempore Names GCCA Members: On Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor named his appointments to the General Conference Committee on Appropriations (GCCA), the joint legislative committee responsible for finalizing the state budget. Senators who will be serving on the GCCA Subcommittee on Education are the same as those who serve on the Education Subcommittee of the standing Senate Appropriations Committee and include:

The House members of the GCCA Subcommittee on Education, which were announced last week, are:

Sen. Roberts will serve as the chair for the joint GCCA subcommittee this session. The position of chair alternates each year between the House and Senate.


Governor's Appointments Includes New State Regent: Governor Keating has appointed Marlin "Ike" Glass of Newkirk as a new member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. If confirmed by the Senate, Glass will serve a nine-year term ending May 16, 2006. Glass would succeed the current chair of the State Regents, Anne Morgan. Glass is owner of Glass Trucking Company in Newkirk and is also current president of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Foundation.

Other appointments announced by the Governor include:

All appointments except those to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation required Senate confirmation.

State Revenue Growth Continues: Following are some highlights from Tuesday's report from the Office of State Finance (OSF) on revenue collected during the first 9 months of the current fiscal year (FY'97):

Bill Would Provide Business Tax Credit for Worker Training: If finally approved, HB 1246 (authored by Rep. Russ Roach and Sen. Ted Fisher) would provide a business income tax credit to eligible employers for worker training expenses, including payments made to public higher education institutions for training services. Businesses eligible for the credit are those that meet the criteria of the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program. The credit is equal to 50% of the training cost, which cannot exceed $3,000 per employee, per year.

The bill has passed both the House and Senate but will be assigned to a joint conference committee for final drafting. The authors of the bill, Rep. Roach and Sen. Fisher, both serve as chair of the Economic Development Committee of their respective houses.



Upcoming Events:

International Student Awareness Day -- Monday, April 21, 9:00 a.m., State Capitol Building.

Public Hearing on State Regents' Tuition Proposal -- Tuesday, April 29, 10:00 a.m., Regents Conference Room, Fifth Floor, Education Building, State Capitol Complex.



Upcoming Legislative Deadlines:

April 30, Wednesday -- Deadline for filing of initial conference committee reports

May 30, Friday -- Sine Die Adjournment by 5:00 p.m.




Legislative Meetings Next Week:

Actions on Bills This Week:

SENATE ACTIONS

Bills Passed on Senate Floor:

Bills Failed on Senate Floor:

HOUSE ACTIONS

Bills Passed on House Floor:

Bills Failed on the House Floor:

Bills Returned to House Committee:

GOVERNOR'S ACTION

Bills Sent to Governor

Bills Recalled from Governor's Desk:

Bills Signed by the Governor:

ADDITIONS & DELETIONS TO LIST

Bills Added to the List:

Bills Deleted from the List:

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







SECTION II

INDEX

BILLS OF INTEREST TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session

April 18, 1997




Academies

SB 13

Administrative procedures

HB 2111

HB 2120

Ad valorem taxes

HB 1337

HB 1338

HB 2071

Advanced placement

HB 2017

Aircraft

HB 1009

HB 1019

Allen, Walter

SR 4

Alternative education

SB 13

Alternative placement

HB 1342

HB 1348

Appropriations

SB 103

SB 110

SB 160

HB 1854

HB 1872

HB 1878

HB 1880

HB 1883

HB 1885

HB 1887

HB 1894

Asbestos abatement

HB 1987

Bond oversight

HB 1895

HB 1992

Budgeting

HB 1907

Campus police

SB 523

HB 1701

Capital improvement

SB 541

Charitable fiduciary

HB 1660

Charity games

SB 459

Child care facilities

SB 569

HB 2133

Child support

SB 693

SB 706

College savings

HCR 1029

Computer conversions

HB 1434

Construction

SB 389

Contracts

SB 389

HB 1897

Credits, transfer of

HB 1561

Ebonics

HB 1810

Education Oversight Board

SB 416

Educational expense

HB 1561

Electronic signatures

HB 1690

Employee associations

SB 218

Employee benefits

SB 174

Employee reduction in force

HB 1224

Employment Security

SB 43

HB 1130

Employment, temporary

HB 1222

Equalization Board

HB 1990

Fee, supplemental

SB 746

Flags

HCR 1028

Health/safety

SB 249

Insurance, disability

SB 451

Insurance, health

SB 48

SB 87

SB 193

SB 248

SB 274

SB 277

SB 280

SB 552

SB 642

HB 1077

HB 1085

HB 1091

HB 1134

HB 1221

HB 1222

HB 1416

HB 1532

HB 1562

HB 1598

International Student Awareness Day

HCR 1030

Kerr, Robert S., Museum

SB 101

Langston University

SR 8

SCR 12

HCR 1018

Lead-based paint

SB 315

Leave

SB 698

Leave, military

HB 1210

Maternity benefits

HB 1598

Medical licensure

HB 1023

Medical school faculty/students

HB 2012

Military service

HB 1210

Murrah Federal Building Remembrance Day

HCR 1028

National Assessment of Educational Progress

SB 760

National Guard Fee Waiver

SB 110

Northeastern State University

HB 2105

HCR 1027

Northwestern Oklahoma State

University

HCR 1020

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

SB 103

SB 122

SB 160

Oklahoma Education Television Auth. (OETA)

SB 73

HB 1024

Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP)

SB 110

SB 273

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, North- eastern State University

HCR 1027

Oklahoma State University

SB 420

HR 1005

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)

SB 110

Payroll

SB 218

SB 706

Physical therapists

HB 1248

Physician Manpower Training Comm.

SB 110

SB 144

SB 160

Prepaid tuition

HB 1561

Privatization functions

SB 699

Professional development

HB 1467

Purchasing

SB 78

Residential Care Administrative Training Certification

HB 1540

Retirement

SB 182

SB 354

SB 473

SB 736

HB 1085

HB 1094

HB 1100

Science/Math

SB 1

Science/Technology

HCR 1016

Section 13

SB 110

Securities

HB 1817

Seminole State College

SCR 11

Smoke detectors

HB 1531

Soil scientist

SB 71

Sole source

HB 1897

Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ.

SR 13

State Regents

SB 143

Student advisory boards

SB 684

Surplus

SB 362

Swine Industry Task Force

SB 559

Taxation

HJR 1024

Teacher certification

SB 202

HB 1342

Teacher education/training

SB 398

Teacher preparation

SB 160

SB 202

SB 398

HB 1342

HB 1559

HB 1872

HB 1877

HB 2017

Technicians

HB 1607

Technology

SB 336

SB 398

HB 1921

Telecommunications

SB 336

HB 1815

Telemedicine

SB 48

Telephone system, automated

SB 298

HB 2138

Testing, school

HB 1455

HB 1560

Travel

SB 90

SB 360

Tuition/fees

SB 746

Tuition prepayment program

HB 1561

Tuition savings

HB 2102

HCR 1029

Unemployment

SB 40

University Hospitals

SB 160

HB 1644

HB 1854

HB 1859

HB 1883

HB 1995

University of Oklahoma

SB 43

HB 1038

Violence prevention

HCR 1002

Vouchers

HB 1817

Weapons

SB 523

Welfare/work training

SB 743

HB 1246

HB 2170

Wildlife Conservation lands

HB 1662

Workers' compensation

SB 674

SB 730

HB 1038

HB 1203

HB 1601




SECTION III

Bill Summaries and Status

Forty-Sixth Legislature - First Session - 1997

Reported Status as of 4/10/97




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 sites, local colleges or universities, or at local school sites by distance learning; requires that an Advisory Council be established to assist the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in development of the model programs; requires the participating area vo-tech school district to provide transportation for those students attending the program at the area vo-tech school site and the local schools to provided transportation for students attending at college or university sites; requires the State Board of Education to conduct an annual outreach campaign concerning the Education Deregulation Act. (70 § 1210.404)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 04/14/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/14/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (65-35) 04/14/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* SB 13 (Williams/Roach) - ACADEMIES/ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION. Authorizes the State Board of Education, contingent upon funding designated for Oklahoma Arts Academies, to award one or more competitive grants to establish arts academies in Oklahoma public schools; provides for a competitive award to be made to a public school, a district board of education, an accredited private or public higher education institution, a nonprofit organization, or an entity formed by an interlocal cooperative agreement; outlines eligibility requirements for grants; provides for Statewide Alternative Education Program Grants to be awarded by the State Department of Education. (70 § 1210.583)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/13/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/10/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/10/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/19/97

RE-REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 04/15/97

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

* SB 43 (Long/Roach) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act and a section relating to a certificate of non-coverage under the Worker Compensation 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/16/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/25/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/26/97

* SB 71 (Harrison/Beutler) - SOIL SCIENTIST. Adds the definitions of "soil science" and "soil scientist" to language pertaining to the Conservation District Act; specifies that a "soil scientist" has earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field of soil science from an accredited higher education institution; specifies required courses and number of semester hours. (82 § 3-1-103)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/31/97

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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/01/97

* SB 78 (Dickerson/Dunegan) - PURCHASING. Clarifies language relating to acquisitions excluded from Central Purchasing; exempts certain expenditures incurred by the Department of Transportation and the Securities Department. (74 § 85.12)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/02/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/02/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/03/97

* 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. The amendment adds a section providing that an HMO or prepaid health plan shall be deemed in noncompliance if certain forms contain definition of words or terms that are contrary to words to terms in certain statutes. (63 § 2505)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/08/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/08/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/09/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/10/97

(86 AYE / 10 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/14/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* 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.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

* 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).

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/18/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/20/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/19/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/20/97

* SB 160 (Haney/Hamilton) - APPROPRIATIONS. This is a general appropriations bill for various agencies including the State Regents (Section 11 - $582,220,224 for the education and general operating budgets; Section 12 - $3,849,014 for operation of the administrative offices; Section 13 - $50 million from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund for the education and general operating budgets and for other programs); the Physician Manpower Training Commission (Section 16 - $4,790,508 from the General Revenue Fund; Section 17 - $400,000 from the Cash Flow Reserve Fund); OCAST (Section 20 - $6,050,851); the Teacher Preparation Commission (Section 22 - $146,715); and the University Hospitals Authority (Section 75 - $26,576,556 from the General Revenue Fund).

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/97

* 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 03/27/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/27/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 03/31/97

* SB 182 (Monson/Roberts) - RETIREMENT. Modifies apportionment of 2/7 of the gross production tax to the Teachers' Retirement System (OTRS) for the following years in the following amounts: FY99 - 40 percent, FY00 - 60 percent, FY01 - 80 percent, FY02 and each fiscal year thereafter - 100 percent; provides that the remainder of the 2/7 of the gross production would go to the General Revenue Fund. (68 § 1004a)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/09/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 193 (Hendrick/Cox) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Modifies the Long-Term Care Insurance Act; adds definitions to the Health Insurance High Risk Pool Act; provides for coverage under the High Risk Pool Act for federally defined eligible individuals; provides that when an individual or dependent who was covered by individual or group insurance under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (the federal Kennedy-Kassabaum Act) gains employment with an employer who provides group health insurance, the succeeding carrier must accept the individual or dependents who were covered under the prior coverage; provides that on the denial of coverage, the individual insurance carrier must advise the applicant of how to apply for coverage under the Oklahoma Health Insurance High Risk Pool. (36 § 6532)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/03/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 202 (Roberts/Hager) - TEACHER PREPARATION/CERTIFICATION. 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/08/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* SB 218 (Dickerson/Paulk) - PAYROLL DEDUCTION/EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATIONS. Authorizes payroll deduction for 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/97

* SB 249 (Monson/Laura Boyd) - HEALTH/SAFETY. Provides that the Wellness Council may provide programs to state agencies for quarterly health and safety training as required by the Department of Labor. (74 § 1383)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

* SB 273 (Horner/Betty Boyd) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

* 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 and subject to the same preauthorization and utilization review mechanisms; 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)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/07/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/07/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/07/97)

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/10/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

* SB 280 (Long/Stanley) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

* SB 298 (Maddox/Paulk) - AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. Requires that at the central administrative office of every state agency (including higher education institutions) and at every other state agency office normally contacted by the public that is not on the same agency telephone system as the central office, the primary telephone number designated to receive calls from the public shall be answered during normal business hours by an employee of the agency; prohibits answering devices from being used to answer calls to the primary telephone designated to receive calls from the public during normal business hours and prohibits calls to the primary designated telephone from being automatically forwarded to a telephone that is not answered by an employee of the agency; authorizes agencies to use answering devices to answer calls during other hours and calls to other numbers the agency maintains. (74 § 3306)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/03/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/07/97

LAID OVER - SENATE 04/15/97

* 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 reduction 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

* SB 336 (Roberts/Begley) - TECHNOLOGY/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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/15/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 354 (Stipe/Dunegan) - 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/03/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 360 (Smith/Steidley) - TRAVEL. Authorizes state employees traveling outside the state on official business to use appropriate 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/16/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

* SB 362 (Cain/Seikel) - SURPLUS EQUIPMENT. Authorizes state departments, institutions, and agencies to dispose of obsolete or surplus equipment by transfer to a public school district. (62 § 120.1)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/17/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/19/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/16/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

* SB 416 (Williams/Hager) - EDUCATION OVERSIGHT. Modifies the membership of the Education Oversight Board, authorizing the appointment of two non-legislative members by the Governor, two non-legislative members each appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and one non-legislative member appointed jointly by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House; specifies terms; exempts legislators who serve on the Board from statutory dual office holding prohibitions; provides that the Office of Accountability's budget will be solely under the direction of the Education Oversight Board which shall submit a program budget for the Office to the State Board of Education; transfers certain duties from the State Board of Education to the Education Oversight Board. (70 § 3-116)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/31/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/01/97

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/10/97

* 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; 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

HOUSE COMMITTEE - DO PASS AS AMENDED 03/24/97

RE-REFERRED TO COMMITTEE 04/17/97

RULES

* SB 459 (Helton/Voskuhl) - CHARITY GAMES. Modifies the Charity Games Act; includes "educational" association in the definition of "charitable organization". (3A § 402)

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/14/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/14/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/14/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 04/14/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* SB 473 (Milacek/Reese) - RETIREMENT. Raises the cap on post-retirement earnings for former public school employees less than 65 years of age from a maximum $10,000 to a maximum $15,000. (70 § 17-116.10)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/03/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/17/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/16/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/16/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

* SB 541 (Hobson/Laura Boyd) - CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. Authorizes each State System higher education institution to establish a capital improvement program for that institution. (70 § 3305.1)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/03/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/03/97

EMERGENCY FAILED - HOUSE 04/03/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* SB 552 (Herbert/Bastin) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Increases from $500 to $5,000 the maximum fine for the crime of fraud as it relates to the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Program; authorizes the penalty to include both the fine and imprisonment. (74 § 1323)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/01/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* SB 559 (Laughlin/Davis) - SWINE INDUSTRY. Creates a 15-member Citizens Advisory Task Force on the Swine Industry consisting of five members appointed by the Governor and five each from the House and Senate; provides that the Task Force will contract with the State Regents for implementation of the study using the best scientific data available; requires the Task Force to establish procedures, policies and goals for the development and implementation of the study and to call meetings and require any information deemed necessary by the Task Force from the Regents in order to provide proper oversight and review of the work of the Regents regarding the study; lists components of study; authorizes the Task Force and the State Regents to use the services of the Agriculture Department, Water Resources Board, Conservation Commission, state universities, and any other state agencies and outside experts it deems necessary; requires a report by Jan. 1, 1998.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/12/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/14/97

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

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/15/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* SB 569 (Monson/Seikel) - CHILD CARE FACILITIES. Modifies definitions in the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act; provides that the act shall not apply to a program of specialized activity or instruction for children that is not designed or intended for child care purposes, or other programs not designed or intended for child care purposes that have been granted a waiver by the Department of Human Services; requires the Commission for Human Services to promulgate rules for establishing guidelines and criteria for granting such waivers; expands requirements for criminal history investigations regarding child care facilities which contract for foster family services or other services for the care and supervision of children, and individuals residing in child care facilities or in private residences with which such facilities contract for child care services; prohibits employers who provide services to children from knowingly or willfully employing or contracting with any person required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act; outlines action the department may take upon violation of this and other provisions; authorizes the Department of Human Services to request from a child care facility a consent agreement for compliance with rules promulgated by the department prior to license denial, revocation or refusal to renew, in order to avoid such action; requires the department to notify parents of children attending the facility of the consent agreement; provides that violation of the terms of the consent agreement shall be additional grounds that may be used for a license denial, revocation or refusal to renew; provides that the facility shall not be entitled to appeal the terms of the consent agreement. (10 § 407.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/16/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/16/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/17/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

* SB 642 (Taylor/Benson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Provides legislative intent to ensure that state citizens have access to quality health care and to adequate information for making informed decisions when choosing managed health care plans; defines managed care plans, preferred provider organizations and provider service networks; requires HMOs, prepaid health plans, preferred provider organizations, provider service networks, and managed health care plans to be licensed by the State Health Department; 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 utilization 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; prohibits untrue or misleading advertising. (63 § 2508.2)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/20/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/13/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/24/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/15/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/15/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/15/97

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

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 674 (Leftwich/Glover) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. 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; requires that 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; requires that the form include information on employee rights. (85 § 3)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/05/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/16/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* SB 684 (Williams/Laura Boyd) - STUDENT ADVISORY BOARDS. Establishes student advisory boards for the A&M Board of Regents, the OU Board of Regents, the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges and the Board of Regents of Rogers University; 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/01/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/02/97

* SB 693 (Cain/Blackburn) - 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.

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* 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 with pay to perform the work required by that official position. (74 § 840-2.25)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/08/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/08/97

(57 AYE / 39 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/09/97

* SB 699 (Dunlap/Bryant) - PRIVATIZATION FUNCTIONS. Creates the Oklahoma Privatization Functions Act for the purpose of setting guidelines for privatization of state services and contracts and to ensure that, if approved, privatization is cost-effective and in the best interests of the citizens of the state. (74 § 595.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/25/97

TITLE RESTORED 03/20/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/08/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/08/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* 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; requires the report to be made within 20 days of hiring, or twice monthly. (40 § 2-802)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/11/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/11/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/14/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/14/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/14/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/15/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/15/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/18/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/26/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/15/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/15/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/15/97

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

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/16/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* SB 736 (Long/Roach) - RETIREMENT. Provides that any person who is an active contributing member of the Teachers' Retirement System, who also was employed by a public school in a part-time or other position where employee contributions were not made to the system may receive credit for the earnings for such employment by paying a sum equal to the balance of employee contributions that should have been paid into the system over what was actually paid by the employee; provides for payment of 10-percent interest on employee contributions. The floor substitute allows lump sum or installment payments into the OTRS. (70 § 17-116.2)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/08/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/08/97

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 04/08/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/08/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/08/97

EMERGENCY FAILED - HOUSE 04/08/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* SB 743 (Brown/Toure) - WELFARE/WORKFORCE. Creates the "Temporary Assistance to Promote Self-sufficiency (TAPS) Program Act"; provides that in order to establish a coordinated approach to restoring to families who receive public assistance the sense of self worth and dignity that comes with meaningful employment, and to provide such families with supportive services that enhance their ability to obtain and retain such employment, the Legislature shall establish a managed system of employment and related support services which include employment and training activities, social service referral, child care services, and health care services; requires the Department of Human Services to administer the program who will contract with public and private entities to fulfill the requirements of the act; 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

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/03/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/14/97

(90 AYE / 10 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 1 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SIGNED & RETURNED TO SENATE 04/15/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/15/97

* SB 746 (Williams/Steidley) - SUPPLEMENTAL FEES. Increases from $1.50 to $2.50 the cap on the per-semester-credit-hour library automation and materials fee at State System institutions. The amendment removes the increase. The bill is now a shell. (70 § 3218.11)

BILL PASSED - SENATE 02/24/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/14/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/14/97

BILL FAILED - HOUSE 04/14/97

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

MOTION TO RECONSIDER - HOUSE 04/14/97

MOTION TO RECONSIDER ADOPTED 04/17/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE (61-37) 04/17/97

ENGROSSED - HOUSE 04/17/97

* SB 760 (Williams/Hager) - NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS. Requires 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/10/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/09/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/09/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - HOUSE 04/09/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 04/09/97

HOUSE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/10/97

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

* SCR 11 (Haney/Ervin) - SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE. Authorizes the Board of Regents of Seminole State College, on behalf of the college, to issue revenue bonds in the amount of $1.2 million.

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/16/97

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 04/17/97

* SCR 12 (Morgan/Wells) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY. Authorizes the A&M Board of Regents, on behalf of Langston University, to issue $3.5 million in revenue bonds for renovation of physical education and athletic facilities.

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 04/16/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 04/16/97

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

* SR 4 (Price) - SEN. WALTER ALLEN. Praises the life and public career of the late State Senator Walter Allen, who formerly served on the Board of Regents of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 02/05/97

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

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/04/97

* SR 13 (Capps) - SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Commends Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bulldogs football team and coach for winning the 1996 NAIA Division I Championship.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 03/18/97

HOUSE BILLS

* HB 1009 (Roach/Herbert) - STATE AIRCRAFT. 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/02/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/09/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/09/97

CONFEREES NAMED - HOUSE 04/10/97

* HB 1019 (Hamilton/Rozell) - STATE AIRCRAFT. 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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/08/97

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

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

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

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/18/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/25/97

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 03/26/97

RECALLED 03/31/97

RETURNED BY GOVERNOR FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION 04/01/97

* HB 1038 (Settle/Monson) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION/OU. Relates to the Workers' Compensation Act, making numerous reforms; Section 19 requires 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/02/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* HB 1077 (Seikel/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Requires that individual and group 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 § 6060.10)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/10/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/18/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/31/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* HB 1091 (Roberts/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. 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 annually by the Employees Benefits Council for the previous fiscal year; prohibits the board from adjusting premium rates after approved; 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 04/03/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/03/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* HB 1094 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. Clarifies language relating to the state retirement systems, including OTRS. (70 § 17-102)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/03/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* HB 1100 (Roberts/Monson) - RETIREMENT. This is a shell bill creating the Teachers' Retirement System Fiscal Health Task Force Recommendations Act.

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/31/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* HB 1130 - (Fields/Long) - EMPLOYMENT SECURITY. Modifies the Oklahoma Employment Security Act; Section 20 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/04/97

* HB 1134 - (Fields/Monson) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the nine-member Public Health Insurance Plan Reserves Task Force to study and review the financial reserves and retained earnings of the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and to advise the Legislature on the nature and amounts of the reserves and retained earnings.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/09/97

* HB 1203 (Kinnamon/Maddox) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. This is a comprehensive reform bill for the Workers' Compensation Act. (360 § 924.2)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/02/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/07/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* HB 1210 (Wells/Wright) - MILITARY SERVICE. Provides that the federal Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 and the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) shall be adopted as state law and applied to National Guard members when they are ordered to state active duty. (44 § 208.1)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/02/97

* HB 1221 (Steidley/Dickerson) - 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 who is 18 months old or younger. (36 § 6059)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/08/97

* HB 1224 (Steidley/Monson) - REDUCTION IN FORCE. Provides that if an agency has posted a reduction-in-force implementation schedule, all employees in positions covered in the plan and any within the displacement limits established by the plan shall be eligible for priority reemployment consideration, with certain exceptions; 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/08/97

* HB 1246 (Roach/Fisher) - 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; qualified employee training expenses include payments of up to $3,000 per employee per calendar year to entities within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, private higher education institutions, Department of Vocational and Technical Education facilities, private vocational schools, or certain other entities; requires that the expenditure would have to be made on behalf of a new employee who earns at least $7 per hour after completion of the education or training or an existing employee who receives at least a 10-percent increase in wages from the employer within one year after the training is provided; provides that the credit may be carried forward for a period not to exceed four years; creates the Job Training Partnership Committee within the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in accordance with the purposes of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/09/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/09/97

CONFEREES NAMED - HOUSE 04/10/97

* HB 1248 (Roach/Fisher) - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS. Increases membership of the Physical Therapy Committee from three to five members; adds a licensed physical therapist assistant and a lay person as members; provides that the committee is established to advise the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision on all matters pertaining to the licensure, education, and continuing education of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants; outlines licensing requirements for physical therapist applicants educated outside the United States; provides for continuing education requirements for license renewal. (59 § 887.4)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/17/97

* HB 1337 (Begley/Weedn) - AD VALOREM TAX. Creates a 25-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 values of business personal property; requires the task force to make recommendations for changes relating to centrally assessed property and submit a report by Dec. 1, 1997. (68 § 2946.4)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/02/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/10/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/10/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/15/97

* HB 1338 (Begley/Roberts) - AD VALOREM TAX. Modifies process for handling ad valorem tax protests by railroads, air carriers and public service corporations; increases from 20 to 30 days the amount of time such firms have to file a tax protest; requires the Tax Commission to deposit taxes paid under protest to a Protested Ad Valorem Tax Escrow Fund created by the bill; requires that any portion of such taxes not paid under protest be apportioned as provided by law; requires that the Commission would determine the amount of protested taxes that would have otherwise been apportioned to each school and vocational-technical school district and would reimburse such amount to each district from monies in the 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; provides that the assessed property valuation in a school district would not include the property on which taxes have been protested until the year when the district actually receives the tax proceeds. (68 § 2881)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/08/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/10/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/10/97

CONFERENCE GRANTED - SENATE 04/14/97

* HB 1342 (Begley/Williams) - ALTERNATIVE PLACEMENT TEACHER CERTIFICATION/TEACHER PREPARTATION. Requires the State Board of Education to grant a standard teaching certificate to certain persons who have applied for alternative certification; provides exceptions; requires teacher education institutions with alternative preparation program participants and school districts employing a participant in an alternative preparation program, by June 30 of each year, to provide to the Office of Accountability information regarding the program in which the institution or school district is involved; prohibits the Commission for Teacher Preparation, beginning Jan. 1, 1998, from accrediting, renewing the accreditation of or otherwise approving any teacher education program of an institution of higher education that has not submitted an alternative placement plan for approval to the Commission by Nov. 1 of each year; requires that the alternative preparation system be implemented by the commission by Jan. 1, 1998; requires the State Board to promulgate rules authorizing adjunct teachers; exempts adjunct teachers from standard certification requirements; prohibits adjunct teachers from being allowed to teach more than 180 clock hours per semester; authorizes the State Regents, in conjunction with the Teacher Preparation Commission, to establish in any of its teacher preparation programs at institutions for higher education model mid-career teaching programs specifically designed for mid-career persons seeking teacher certification in their field of specialization; requires that the curriculum of the model mid-career teaching programs be comprised of intensive comprehensive study of teacher theory, methodology and innovations in classroom learning; authorizes the State Regents, subject to availability of funds, to award Mid-Career Teachers Grants. (70 § 6-122.3)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/31/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/10/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/14/97

* HB 1416 (Betty Boyd/Henry) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the "Fairness in Managed Care Act"; requires the State Board of Health to promulgate rules for certification of certain managed care plans and utilization review programs and for identifying procedures for periodic review and recertification of qualified managed care plans and utilization review programs; requires the health department to terminate the certification of previously qualified managed care plan or a qualified utilization review program if the Commissioner of Health determines that such plan or program no longer meets the applicable requirements for certification; specifies eligibility requirements. (63 § 2525.2)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 04/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/10/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/14/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/14/97

* HB 1434 (Deutschendorf/Robinson) - 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/26/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/26/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/19/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 03/31/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/01/97

* HB 1455 (Staggs/Robinson) - 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/14/97

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/15/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/15/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/11/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* HB 1531 (Blackburn/Cain) - 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

* HB 1532 (Blackburn/Weedn) - HEALTH INSURANCE/BREAST CANCER. Creates the "Oklahoma Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act"; 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; requires that such plans also provide coverage for reconstructive breast surgery performed as a result of a partial or total mastectomy, except as prohibited by federal laws or regulations pertaining to Medicaid. (36 § 6060.4)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/03/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/07/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/16/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & TRANSMITTED TO GOVERNOR 04/17/97

* HB 1540 (Erwin/Brown) - RESIDENTIAL CARE/EDUCATION TRAINING. 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

FLOOR SUBSTITUTE 04/10/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/10/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/15/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* 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)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/09/97

* HB 1560 (Hager/Williams) - NORM-REFERENCED TESTS. Provides that each school with a student average score in the lowest quartile of Oklahoma students and whose student average score falls below the national average score on any norm-referenced test administered in grades three and seven and each school in which at least 50 percent of first-time test takers did not achieve a satisfactory performance on all four content areas of reading, writing, mathematics and science on the criterion-referenced test administered in grades five, eight, and eleven pursuant to the School Testing Program Act shall cooperate with the State Department of Education to develop a program to address low achievement and implement such program by the beginning of the fall semester of the school year following the school year for which such low achievement is reported. (70 § 1210.541)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/15/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

* HB 1561 (Wells/Morgan) - CREDITS/EDUCATIONAL EXPENSE/PREPAYMENT PROGRAM. 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; provides that any indebtedness by an individual to an institution, constituent agency or higher education center in the State System shall be considered an educational expense. (70 § 3207.1)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/19/97

TITLE RESTORED 04/16/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/16/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/16/97

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/17/97

* HB 1562 (Deutschendorf/Rozell) - HEALTH INSURANCE. Creates the "Preferred Provider Organizations Act"; permits any health care insurer or non-risk-assuming entity to create a preferred provider organization or organizations; provides requirements for such preferred provider organizations and contracts; requires annual reporting; provides a premium tax exemption for non-risk-assuming entities that enter into contracts providing covered health care services but are not engaged in activities which would require licensure as health care insurers; permits health care insurers to issue accident and health insurance policies which provide for incentive for covered persons to use the health care services of preferred providers; specifies minimum requirements for such policies; provides that, if an accident and health insurance policy provides differences in benefit levels payable to preferred providers compared to other providers, such differences may not unfairly deny payment for covered services and may be no greater than necessary to provide a reasonable incentive for covered persons to use the preferred provider; prohibits contracts that discriminate against health care providers on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex or marital status; sets administrative penalties for violations. (36 § 6057.1)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/27/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/14/97

(30 AYE / 13 NAY / 0 ABSENT / 5 EXCUSED / 0 NOT VOTING)

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* HB 1598 (Roach/Brown) - 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)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

SENATE COMMITTEE - DO PASS 03/17/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/16/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/16/97

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/17/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/17/97

* HB 1601 (Roach/Henry) - WORKERS' COMPENSATION. 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; 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, 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/12/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/12/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/25/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/03/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/09/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/16/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/16/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/16/97

* HB 1644 (Ervin/Robinson) - UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS. Changes certain references to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital to University Hospitals. (63 § 3204)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/20/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/17/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/17/97

* HB 1660 (Benson/Taylor) - CHARITABLE FIDUCIARY. Creates the "Oklahoma Charitable Fiduciary Act," the purpose of which is to authorize charitable, religious, educational, and eleemosynary organizations to act as a fiduciary and to clarify the powers of such organizations when acting in a permitted fiduciary capacity; provides that governing boards must require fidelity bonds on officers and employees who are involved in the funding and administration of a charitable trust; 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 employ 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

* HB 1662 (Erwin/Shurden) - WILDLIFE CONSERVATION LANDS. Provides exemption from requirements for special use permits for use of private lands leased and administered by the Department of Wildlife Conservation for students participating in educational tours or educational activities sponsored or organized by an education institution; requires the educational institution sponsoring or organizing the event or activity to provide notice of the date and number of persons participating in the event or activity to the Department not less than 20 days prior to the date of the event or activity.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/08/97

* HB 1690 (Perry/Robinson) - ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES. Creates the 22-member Task Force on Electronic Signature Technology to study the technology of and applications for electronic signatures and to prepare recommendations for legislative and other action needed to assure the availability and use of electronic signature technology in the state; provides that one of the members of the Task Force would be the Chancellor; states duties of Task Force; requires submission of report.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

* HB 1701 (Culver/Helton) - CAMPUS POLICE. Modifies the definition of "peace officer," giving federal law enforcement officers the same authority as state peace officers; broadens the powers given to a peace officer in the state of Oklahoma; provides for immunity of federal law enforcement officers while serving as a peace officer for Oklahoma and states neither the state or any subdivision shall assume the liability for any federal law enforcement officer. (21 § 91)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/07/97

* 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)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/11/97

* HB 1815 (Adair/Robinson) - TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Creates the "Oklahoma Telecommunications Act of 1997"; relates to local exchange telecommunications service providers and tariffs; Section 8 prohibits application of the act to OneNet or any other component of the Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network; provides that no provider of an Internet service, including but not limited to any governmental agency or entity using or being eligible to use OneNet facilities or any company providing telecommunications services or its affiliate or subsidiary, may price such Internet service in an anti-competitive, discriminatory or predatory manner or subsidize the price of Internet service with revenues received from other telecommunications services; prohibits governmental agencies or entities using or being eligible to use OneNet facilities from providing Internet access to the public; entitles treble damages to any company or individual damaged by violation of this subsection. (17 § 139.101)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/01/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/01/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/02/97

* HB 1817 (Askins/Hobson) - VOUCHERS/SECURITIES. Allows vouchers drawn against an agency to be signed and countersigned by the principal financial officer or another person specifically designated by the administrative authority; restricts the types of securities the State Treasurer may accept and authorizes the Treasurer to establish standards which may further limit any types of classes of securities which may be accepted; adds letters of credit of the U.S. government to the list of acceptable securities; adds surety bonds to the list of acceptable securities; adds duplication in a manner acceptable to the Archives and Records Commission to the requirement that certain warrants must be micro-filmed. (62 § 41.21)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/10/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/14/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/14/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

* HB 1872 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS/TEACHER PREPARATION. Appropriates to various education entities. Section 7 appropriates to the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The amendment requires that beginning with the appropriation for fiscal year 1999, the Legislature shall pass the final appropriations for all education entities by the first Monday in April of each legislative session.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 03/31/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

* HB 1883 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Makes supplemental appropriations to various agencies, including $2,800,000 to the University Hospitals Authority.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 03/13/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/24/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

* HB 1887 (Hamilton/Haney) - APPROPRIATIONS. Appropriates to the Special Cash Fund from the Cash-flow Reserve Fund.

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

* HB 1895 (Hamilton/Haney) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Clarifies language relating to the Legislative Bond Oversight Commission. (62 § 695.4)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

* HB 1897 (Hamilton/Haney) - SOLE SOURCE. This is a shell bill relating to sole source and professional service contracts. (74 § 85.42)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/25/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/25/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 03/26/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 03/31/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/08/97

* HB 1921 (Stites/Robinson) - 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/17/97

* HB 1987 (Hamilton/Rozell) - ASBESTOS ABATEMENT. Authorizes the Department of Central Services to contract with cities and towns for asbestos abatement services if the Department of Labor certifies a need for the services; requires Central Services to develop criteria and methods to evaluate which entities are capable of paying the cost of asbestos abatement services; requires that any funds appropriated to Central Services for asbestos abatement be restricted to projects involving state-owned and public school facilities. (74 § 61.6)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/11/97

* HB 1990 (Benson/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.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/14/97

IN COMMITTEE - CONFERENCE 04/14/97

* HB 1992 (Hamilton/Rozell) - BOND OVERSIGHT. Prohibits state government entities from entering into leases or other contracts that provide for payments that are directly or indirectly used for the retirement of a local government obligation unless such obligation has satisfied certain requirements; authorizes the Executive and Legislative Bond Oversight Commissions to review proposed issuances of obligations to fund capital additions or expenditures by local governmental entities only when there is a lease, contract or other agreement under which payments from the state are directly or indirectly used for the retirement of such obligations. (62 § 695.7)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 03/20/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/14/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/14/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/15/97

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

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/09/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/09/97

* HB 2012 (Askins/Monson) - 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 with health care decision authority or a family member. (63 § 3102A)

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/16/97

* HB 2017 (Betty Boyd/Williams) - TEACHER PREPARATION/ADVANCE PLACEMENT. Directs the State Board of Education to promulgate rules to establish the Oklahoma Advanced Placement Incentive Program; defines terms; authorizes the State Board, contingent upon available funds, to award certain financial incentive awards related to advance placement development; 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 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; 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; authorizes the State Board, contingent upon funding, to establish an education incentive grants program. The Senate amendment adds a section that requires the State Board of Education to ensure the participation of the Oklahoma public schools in the National Assessment of Education Progress. (70 § 1210.701)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/06/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/06/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/15/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/15/97

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/16/97

* HB 2071 (Steidley/Williams) - AD VALOREM. Requires that the percentage of fair cash value for real and personal property of railroads, air carriers and public service corporations required by the Oklahoma Constitution to be taxable shall be the percentage at which it was assessed on Jan. 1, 1996; provides that in determining the assessment ratio for air carrier and railroad property, the State Board of Equalization shall be subject to paragraph 3 of subsection A of Section 8 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution; provides that issuance of documentary stamps may be indicated by the use of rubber stamps prescribed by the Tax Commission; adds several definitions; grants in every county which approves an exemption from ad valorem taxes of households goods a supplemental homestead exemption of $200 of assessed valuation to all enlisted and commissioned Armed Forces personnel, whether on active duty or honorably discharged.

TITLE STRICKEN 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/10/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/14/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/14/97

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

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/16/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/16/97

* HB 2105 (Gray/Leftwich) - 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/11/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/24/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/17/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/17/97

* HB 2111 (Gray/Leftwich) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Requires that all State Regents rules be filed with the Secretary of State; authorizes the Secretary of State to establish and enforce a schedule of compliance for agency submission of rules for publication; requires cabinet secretaries, by Jan. 1, 1998, to review administrative rules within the cabinet department to determine whether administrative rules should be adopted; requires cabinet secretaries to report the statutes and policies determined to require the adoption of administrative rules to the Governor, House speaker and Senate president pro tempore; provides that an emergency rule shall only be applied prospectively from its effective date; requires the Governor, upon disapproval of an emergency rule, to notify within 15 days, in writing, the House speaker, the Senate president pro tempore and the Office of Administrative Rules; prohibits an agency from adopting an emergency rule which establishes or increases fees, except during a legislative session, when specifically mandated by the Legislature or when the failure to do so would have an adverse effect on a federally administered program or conflicts with an order issued by a court; provides that if an emergency rule is superseded by another emergency rule prior to enactment of a permanent rule, the latter emergency rule shall retain the same expiration date as the superseded emergency rule, unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature; authorizes the Secretary of State to publish or authorize the publication of the Administrative Code in part; authorizes the Secretary of State to provide for electronic access to the Administrative Code and "The Oklahoma Register" by subscription or an exclusive or nonexclusive contract for public and private access; permits an agency to charge for the actual cost of mailing a copy of proposed rules to persons who have requested advance notice of rulemaking proceedings; provides that any effective emergency rule which would have been superseded by a disapproved permanent rule shall be deemed null and void on the date the Legislature disapproves the permanent rule. (74 § 324.13)

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/11/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/01/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/08/97

CONFEREES NAMED - HOUSE 04/10/97

* HB 2120 (Hilliard/Maddox) - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES. Creates the "Oklahoma Regulatory Review Act"; requires agencies to review every regulation within their jurisdiction by Dec. 31, 1998; requires an agency finding unnecessary regulations to repeal, rescind, amend, or modify the regulation, if taking such action is within the agency's authority, or to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature that such action be accomplished; requires agencies to file a report by July 1, 1999 summarizing the actions taken to comply with the act. (75 § 401)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/04/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/04/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/08/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - REJECTED 04/16/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/16/97

* HB 2133 (Seikel/Weedn) - 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 03/05/97

BILL PASSED - HOUSE 03/05/97

FLOOR AMENDMENT 04/16/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/16/97

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

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/17/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/17/97

* 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 unless the system provides, in addition to a menu option allowing a caller to dial a direct number or extension to speak to a specific employee, a menu option that permits a caller to speak directly to an employee without listening to a recorded message, and such menu option is the first option identified for the caller; prohibits state employees from using an automated phone answering system to screen telephone calls for the purpose of refusing to communicate with any person if the subject matter of the telephone message or the identity of the caller relates to a duty or responsibility of the entity for which the employee performs services or relates to a duty or responsibility of the employee. (62 § 41.5h)

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 03/10/97

TITLE STRICKEN 04/07/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - SENATE 04/07/97

CONFERENCE REQUESTED 04/09/97

CONFEREES NAMED - HOUSE 04/10/97

* HB 2170 (Seikel/Cain) - 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)

TITLE STRICKEN 02/27/97

BILL AND EMERGENCY PASSED - HOUSE 02/27/97

ENACTING CLAUSE STRICKEN - SENATE 03/26/97

BILL PASSED - SENATE 04/14/97

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

SENATE AMENDMENTS - READ 04/15/97

SENATE AMENDMENTS - PENDING 04/15/97

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS

* HJR 1024 (Askins/Wilkerson) - 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.

GOVERNOR ACTION - SIGNED 04/15/97

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS

* HCR 1002 (Laura Boyd/Monson) - VIOLENCE PREVENTION. Re-creates 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; includes the Chancellor of Higher Education on the council; requires that the Council submit a report before the beginning of the 1998 Legislative Session.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/08/97

* HCR 1016 (Bonny/Robinson) - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Proclaims April 1997 as "Oklahoma Science and Technology Month"; recognizes the enhancement of the quality of science education by the establishment of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, the summer academics at Oklahoma colleges, stronger science curriculum requirements and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/15/97

* HCR 1018 (Wells) - LANGSTON UNIVERSITY. Congratulates Langston University on the occasion of its Centennial Anniversary.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 03/13/97

DIRECT TO CALENDAR 03/19/97

GENERAL ORDER - SENATE 03/19/97

* HCR 1020 (Maddux/Muegge) - NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. Congratulates Northwestern Oklahoma State University on its centennial anniversary.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/09/97

* HCR 1027 (Staggs/Robinson) - MUSIC HALL OF FAME/NORTHEASTERN. Designates April 18, 1997, as "Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Day"; requires funds raised to be used to fund the building on the Northeastern State University campus.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/17/97

* HCR 1028 (Betty Boyd) - MURRAH BLDG. REMEMBRANCE/FLAG. Designates April 19 of each year as "Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Remembrance Day"; urges that the Oklahoma State Flag and the American Flag be flown at half-staff on April 19 of each year; provides for alternative designations; authorizes the Governor to issue proclamation.

TRANSMITTED TO SECRETARY OF STATE 04/16/97

* HCR 1029 (Matlock) - COLLEGE SAVINGS. Creates the College Savings Task Force.

SECOND READING - REFERRED TO HOUSE COMMITTEE 04/10/97

APPROPRIATIONS & BUDGET

* HCR 1030 (Taylor/Muegge) - INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. Declares Monday, April 21, 1997, as "International Student Awareness Day"; recognizes international students and commends all persons involved in international student programs.

ADOPTED - HOUSE 04/16/97

ADOPTED - SENATE 04/17/97

SIGNED & RETURNED TO HOUSE 04/17/97

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

* HR 1005 (McCarter) - OSU EXTENSION. Congratulates Claypool, Oklahoma, on its recent incorporation; recognizes Claypool for laying claim to a premiere wheat test plot of the Oklahoma State University Extension Service.

HOUSE INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING 02/26/97


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