Fallin signs measure letting women sue abortion providers
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Tuesday a bill that allows a woman to bring a lawsuit against abortion providers and prescribers of abortion-inducing drugs or chemicals for not following voluntary and informed consent provisions of state law related to abortions.
House Bill 2561 has a provision that removes from civil liability doctors who refer a woman with a problem pregnancy to an abortion provider unless they knew the abortion provider had violated the state's informed consent law.
Abortion providers or those prescribing abortion-inducing drugs could be sued by failing to follow state law that requires an ultrasound image and heart tone monitoring be provided before an abortion is performed, according to the measure.
They also must inform the parents if the woman is a minor; parents are to be notified at least 48 hours in advance before a minor can receive an abortion.
The woman, or her parents or guardian if she is a minor, could file a lawsuit for actual and punitive damages equal to those for the wrongful death of a child whose life was aborted.
It can include damages for mental anguish and emotional distress. Any lawsuit would have to be filed within two years of the abortion. HB 2561 takes effect Sept. 1.
Governor signs bill limiting
sales of meth ingredient
A bill designed to reduce methamphetamine production was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin. House Bill 2941 restricts pseudoephedrine purchases and improves Oklahoma's electronic tracking system of the drug's sale.
Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in cold and allergy medication as well as in methamphetamine. HB 2941 limits purchases of pseudoephedrine to 3.6 grams per day, or 15 tablets of 24-hour pseudoephedrine.
Monthly purchases are limited to 7.2 grams, down from 9 grams, and yearly purchases are limited to 60 grams, down from 108 grams.
It sets up a system so out-of-state purchases could be tracked along with in-state purchases. It also allows pharmacies to charge a service fee when someone who cannot legally buy the product attempts to do so.
The tracking system is to block someone who is over the limit from buying the product. It takes effect immediately.
Fallin said she signed the bill because it will help the state address addiction issues and will make it harder to make meth. Bills backed by prosecutors that would have required a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine failed to win legislative approval this year.
New law helps vets turn skills, experience, into academic credits
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Tuesday a measure that helps veterans convert their military experience and skills into academic credits and credit for workforce training.
Senate Bill 1863 allows Oklahoma colleges, universities and CareerTechs to provide academic credit to a military veteran, who was honorably discharged in the previous three years, for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to his or her area of study.
Governing boards must adopt policies for military academic credit by Jan. 1. Courses must meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards. SB 1863 takes effect Jan. 1. Fallin said the measure gives veterans credit for the experience they gained in their military service and provides them help to find jobs and re-enter the workforce.