SCHOOLSAt stake: Senate Bill 268 gives several options for schools on the "needs improvement” list for four consecutive years. They include reopening the school as a public charter school; replacing all or most of the staff assigned to the school, which may include the principal; entering into a contract with a private management company; or turning the operation of the school over to the state. What happened: Signed by governor. What’s next: Takes effect immediately.
STATE GOVERNMENTAt stake: House Bill 1676 moves most of the employees of the state’s Criminal Justice Resource Center to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The others go to the attorney general’s office. The center provides prison data to the state Corrections Department and to the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission. What happened: Signed by the governor. What’s next: Takes effect July 1.
LIVESTOCKAt stake: House Bill 2151 gives the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department the power to govern livestock living conditions statewide. What happened: Signed by the governor. What’s next: Takes effect immediately.
STATE CONTRACTSAt stake: Senate Bill 798 bars a company from obtaining a state contract for one year if it hires the state employee who approved the contract. It is intended to keep state officials from using their positions to trade state funding for jobs in the private sector. What happened: Signed by the governor. What’s next: Takes effect Nov. 1. Michael McNutt and Julie Bisbee, Capitol Bureau