Oklahoma State Legislature bill updates, April 11

Oklahoma State Legislature bill updates, April 11
Published: April 11, 2013
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Bill updates

Teacher evaluations

At stake: Senate Bill 316 would develop a public school teacher and leader effectiveness evaluation system. It called for teachers who received a superior rating to get a $1,000 bonus and teachers with a highly effective rating to receive a $500 bonus. Intended to replace the National Board Certified Teachers program, it could still exist if lawmakers decided to keep the national program.

What happened: Failed in the House 55-42.

School boards

At stake: Senate Bill 91 requires training for school board members that includes open meetings and open records.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect immediately.

Synthetic marijuana

At stake: Senate Bill 619 suspends the tobacco license for any convenience store owner who is found to sell synthetic marijuana or synthetic meth, which are packaged, passed off and sold like incense or bath salts. It also cancels the tobacco license for a convenience store owner who is convicted of using, possessing, manufacturing or selling any controlled substance.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Honey sales

At stake: Senate Bill 716 exempts beekeepers with annual production of less than 500 gallons from state Health Department inspections for the manufacture, sale and distribution of honey and honeycomb products if they meet certain requirements. They include selling honey or honeycomb produced from hives in the state and managed by the beekeeper.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect immediately.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU



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