Oklahoma Capitol bill updates

Oklahoma Capitol bill updates for Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Published: April 25, 2013
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Bill updates

Hospitals

At stake: House Bill 1031 extends the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program through 2017. It was set to expire at the end of 2014. It allows hospitals to voluntarily assess a 2.5 percent fee on their annual net patient revenue and is used to capture more Medicaid money.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Farmers markets

At stake: House Bill 1039 exempts a registered farmers market from applying and remitting fees for a special event permit to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect July 1.

Feral hogs

At stake: House Bill 1920 allows aerial hunting on private land to shoot feral hogs, coyotes or coyote-dog crossbreeds. The permit holder must either be a commercial big game license holder, a landowner hunting on his own land or a contracted aerial hunter who will be hunting only on specified land.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Nonhazardous waste

At stake: Senate Bill 25 lets hazardous waste facilities charge $1.25 per ton to store nonhazardous waste. Now there is no provision on how much a hazardous waste facility may charge to store nonhazardous waste. The Clean Harbors Lone Mountain hazardous waste facility is being paid to accept nontoxic sludge from the Hudson River in New York. The project is expected to take five years.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect immediately.

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