Other new laws that take effect Thursday

Oklahoman Modified: October 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012
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AT A GLANCE

Other new laws that take effect Thursday

Employee information

House Bill 2258 requires the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court and Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to share information through a secure database with the intent of detecting employers who intentionally misclassify workers.

Fingerprinting

HB 2582 sets up a system to fingerprint people applying for certain jobs in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, hospice companies, home health care companies and homes for the developmentally disabled. Existing employees are not automatically subject to the checks, but employers may voluntarily request checks of current workers.

Crime victims

HB 2396 extends the validity of a protective order from three to five years and it authorizes a continuous protective order if the court finds certain conditions exist.

Child welfare

HB 3133 authorizes the prosecution of individuals who appear in deprived child proceedings and knowingly and intentionally falsify any document containing a material fact in the case.

Military divorces

Senate Bill 1887 directs courts hearing divorces involving military members to submit clear and concise written findings in a decree or final order if the court determines military retired or retainer pay should be either separate or marital property. If the court determines the property to be marital property, the court must award an amount consistent with the rank, pay grade and time of service of the member at the date of filing the petition, unless the court finds a more equitable date. It also requires court orders for division of a military member's retirement or retainer pay to include language that awards such property based on an enumerated formula.

Agency consolidation

HB 3053 adds the Merit Protection Commission to the state finance office. It also gives the state finance office a new name — the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The bill also consolidates the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and the Employment Benefits Council Board into the newly created Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board, which will be housed in the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

State pension system

SB 1001 increases the state contributions to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement Systems plan by 1 percentage point. State agencies must contribute to the Law Enforcement Retirement System 11 percent of the base salary of each member; this is an increase from 10 percent. Also, members joining on or after Nov. 1 may no longer use the salary of an active member in a comparable position rather than the final salary of the member when calculating retirement benefits.

Hunting

SB 1743 allows hunters to use suppressors on firearms when hunting on private land with the landowner's consent. However, it establishes an additional fine of $500 to $ 1,000 or imprisonment in the county jail for up to a year for anyone using a suppressed firearm in hunting antelope, moose, whitetail or mule deer, bear, elk, mountain lion, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, wild turkey, or any endangered or threatened species.

Fresh water council

HB 3055 sets a statewide goal of using no more freshwater in 2060 than is used now and forms an advisory council to make recommendations.

Guns

SB 1760 prevents the governor or any local official from confiscating firearms and ammunition during a declared state of emergency, such as after a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.

Military

SB 1814 creates the Oklahoma Gold Star Medal to be awarded to members of the military who voluntarily performed a deed of bravery or self-sacrifice during combat occurring after Sept. 11, 2001, that resulted in their death.

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