Oklahoma state Capitol updates for May 2, 2012

Oklahoma state Capitol updates for May 2, 2012
Published: May 2, 2012
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Capitol updates

Social promotion

• At stake: House Bill 2516 clarifies the process for exempting certain children from the requirement that all third-graders read at grade level or face retention under a law ending social promotion. It requires clear documentation of the need for an exemption and makes administrators responsible for justifying those decisions. Under HB 2516, students may be exempted from retention if the principal recommends it based upon alternative assessments or portfolio work. It also allows teachers to recommend promotion of students if they participate in a summer academy or other program.

• What happened: Signed by the governor.

• What's next: Takes effect immediately.

Horse racing

• At stake: Senate Bill 1601 allows Fair Meadows' live racing meet to be held at Will Rogers Downs.

• What happened: Signed by the governor.

• What's next: Takes effect in late August.

Lake Murray

• At stake: Senate Bill 1913 allows the state Tourism and Recreation Department to spend $15 million from a fund that gets money from royalty earnings on oil and natural gas wells at three state parks to build a new lodge at Lake Murray State Park.

• What happened: Signed by the governor.

• What's next: Takes effect immediately.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU