At a glance
Here's a look at where several significant issues stand after legislators completed their first month of this year's four-month session.
• House Bill 1062 would allow public school teachers and administrators who successfully complete a special school resource officer course to bring loaded handguns to school. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 2021 would provide for the manufacture or assembly of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition in the state. The items cannot be sold or taken outside the state and as long as the items remain in Oklahoma, they would not be subject to federal law or federal regulations. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 1775 would have allowed those convicted of nonviolent felonies the right to have a gun. Failed to pass a House committee; dead for two years.
• Senate Bill 1062 would overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation court and replace it with an administrative system. Passed the Senate and awaiting action in the House.
• HB 2201 would convert CompSource Oklahoma from a state entity to the new CompSource Mutual Insurance Co., a private, mutualized company owned by policyholders rather than the state. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 1598 would drop the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.99 percent. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 2032 would drop the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• SB 585 would reduce the top personal income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 4.75 percent. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.
• SB 240 would have replaced Oklahoma's income tax structure with a flat tax of 2.95 percent. Not given a Senate hearing and considered dormant.
• SB 710 would have allowed patients with serious illness to obtain and use medical marijuana if recommended by their doctors. Failed to pass a Senate committee.
• HB 1835 would make the second offense of possessing marijuana a misdemeanor instead of a felony. A third offense would be a felony. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• SB 375 would revoke the state's 1963 law banning the sale of horse meat, which would end the prohibition on horse slaughtering or the sale of horse meat. Passed the Senate and awaiting action in the House.
• HB 1999 would allow horse slaughter but would continue the existing ban on the sale of horse meat for consumption in the state. Passed the House and awaiting action in the Senate.
• HB 1503 would allow a fine of as much as $500 for motorists caught using a cellphone to write, send or read a text message, instant message or email while driving. The measure includes exceptions for emergency response operators, medical officials, ambulance drivers, firefighters and law enforcement officials. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 1588 would eliminate a provision in state law that allows young women to obtain a judge's approval to get an abortion. Victims of sexual or physical abuse by a parent are exempt from having to receive parental notification before an abortion. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 1361 would allow the judicial bypass procedure to remain but would require a pregnant woman under 18 to go only to a judge in the county where she lives. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 2015 would add more questions to the Individual Abortion Form completed by the abortion provider. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• HB 1029 would have held that individual rights and constitutional protections begin at conception. Not given a House hearing and considered dormant.
• HB 2131 would eliminate many of the state mandates for public schools that are not required of charter schools. Waiting to be heard in the House.
• SB 36 would have allowed cities and towns to craft their own anti-smoking laws. Failed to pass a Senate committee; dead for two years.
American Indian and Cultural Center
• SB 511 would place the agency that is overseeing the half-built American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in downtown Oklahoma City under the Oklahoma Historical Society. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.
• House Joint Resolution 1033 would let voters decide whether the state should seek a $200 million bond issue to repair the Capitol. Waiting to be heard in the House.