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Oklahoma Capitol bill updates

Oklahoma Capitol bill updates for Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Published: April 30, 2013
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Bill updates

Uninsured motorists

At stake: House Bill 1792 raises fines for uninsured drivers and allows law enforcement officials to seize car tags of uninsured drivers.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Food stamps

At stake: House Bill 1909 requires people ages 18 to 50 who are not disabled or raising a child to perform at least 20 hours of work activities as a condition of receiving federal food benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called food stamps. Activities include job seeking and career training, volunteer work and/or education directly related to employment opportunities.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Sept. 1.

Economic development

At stake: House Bill 2000 combines the state's infrastructure pool and the economic development pool programs. Combined, the pools will create a $200 million pool. It is intended to streamline economic expansion and ensure adequate infrastructure for future growth.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Public schools

At stake: House Bill 2160 requires school districts to pay students' and parents' court costs and attorney fees when they initiate civil action or proceedings against students or parents.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect in late August.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU