Capitol news briefs
Fallin signs measure allowing smoking bans
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday that allows cities and counties to ban smoking on properties they own or operate. Senate Bill 501 applies to parks, libraries, baseball fields, golf courses, soccer fields and other properties. Cities or counties will make their own decisions on whether to ban tobacco products on certain properties, according to the measure. SB 501 also converts into state law the executive order issued last year by Fallin that bans the smoking or chewing of tobacco in all buildings and on all properties owned by the state. Making the governor's executive order into a state law gives it permanence. A new governor has 90 days after taking office to approve executive orders issued by the preceding governor. A Senate committee earlier this year killed a bill that would have allowed cities and towns to pass ordinances more stringent than state laws governing tobacco use. SB 501 takes effect Nov. 1.
Governor vetoes juvenile justice bill
Gov. Mary Fallin continued to veto legislation Monday that forms legislative committees. She vetoed House Joint Resolution 1023, which would form a committee to look into juvenile justice issues. Fallin's veto message said she can appoint a committee to look into juvenile justice issues without the need to add laws. Creating the committee through an executive order will ensure it serves its purpose, and unlike the legislative task force, members on the governor's task force will not be paid mileage reimbursement. It was the third time this year the governor vetoed a legislative task force.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU