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Oklahoma Capitol updates, May 9

Oklahoma Capitol updates, May 9
Published: May 9, 2012
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Oil, natural gas

• At stake: Senate Bill 1665 creates the Energy Litigation Reform Act, which establishes rules and guidelines to be applied by the courts in oil and natural gas legal issues. It also provides rules for certain oil and gas agreements and specifies terms that must apply to any action brought to recover proceeds and/or interest. In addition, it changes the definitions of seismic exploration, operator, surface estate and surface owner and establishes regulations on entities conducting seismic test hole blasting within 200 feet of any habitable dwelling, building or water well.

• What happened: Signed by the governor.

• What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1, although the Legislature passed and sent to the governor Senate Bill 243, which would make the Energy Litigation Reform Act take effect immediately if the governor signs it.

Assisted living centers

• At stake: House Bill 2566 allows assisted living center residents to continue doing business with local pharmacies without fear of penalty. It bans assisted living centers from penalizing residents for using their choice of providers for medical services and supplies.

• What happened: Signed by the governor.

• What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Poaching

• At stake: House Bill 2573 increases the fine for those convicted of poaching and requires that repeat poachers lose their hunting and fishing licenses. It increases the fine for a first offense from $500 to $1,500. The penalty for a second offense is a fine of $1,500 to $2,500, six months in the county jail or both, and the possible loss of the hunting and fishing licenses for up to 10 years.

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