Sampling of proposed Oklahoma bills, resolutions
A sampling of some of the more than 2,200 bills and resolutions filed last week for the upcoming session:
House Bill 2632, by Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Duncan, would require students receiving money from the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program to remain as residents of the state and earn enough to file a tax return for five consecutive years after graduation. It also would require students who do not meet the requirement to repay 20 percent of the scholarship for each year not in compliance.
HB 2634, by Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, would require all couples obtain at least eight hours of pre-marital counseling before they can obtain a marriage license; couples that obtain 20 or more hours of pre-marital counseling would pay $5 instead of $50 for a marriage license.
HB 2639, by Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, would create the Workers’ Compensation Commission and would detail how claims are to be made, processed, disputed or otherwise administered.
HB 2546, by Rep. John Wright, R-Broken Arrow, would allow school districts to delay textbook adoptions and spend all funds allocated for textbook purchases for the support and maintenance of the school districts if the districts have had a reduction of 10 percent or more in total revenue from the preceding fiscal year.
HB 2652, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, would clarify the definition of "surgery” in the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act.
HB 2662, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, would sell the state’s workers’ compensation insurance agency, CompSource Oklahoma, and all its assets to the highest bidder by Dec. 31, 2011.
HB 2667, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, would change the date that children must be 6 to attend first grade, 5 to attend kindergarten and 4 to attend pre-kindergarten or early childhood programs in public school districts to June 1.
HB 2686, by Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, would encourage the use and ideas for use of the Eastern red cedar to be developed into products generating tax revenue for the state.
HB 2753, by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, would remove enrollment and population restrictions on school districts, technology centers and regional institutions allowed to sponsor charter schools and would remove restriction on number of charter schools that can be established in a year.
HB 2836, by Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, would create a teacher performance-based pay pilot program and would instruct the Education Department to award six grants, subject to funding availability, for the 2010-11 school year.
HB 2927, by Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, would allow the state Board of Education to grant emergency exemptions to school districts from education-related statutory requirements if school districts’ total revenue is down 10 percent from the previous fiscal year.
HB 3250, by Reps. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, and Danny Morgan, D-Prague, would require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on cell phones and would prohibit texting while operating a motor vehicle.
House Joint Resolution 1068, by Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, would let voters decide a constitutional amendment requiring health insurance providers to offer coverage for autism.
Senate Bill 1252, by Sen. Jim Wilson, D-Tahlequah, would make audio or video recordings from the Public Safety Department public records.
SB 1317, by Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, would require trucks on the turnpike to travel at a limit of 65 mph instead of 75 mph.
SB 1322, by Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, would create a sales tax holiday for guns.
SB 1762, by Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, would make it illegal for a person owning or operating a hired bus or limousine service to knowingly take minors who were drinking or possessing alcohol or low-point beer.
SB 1891, by Sen. Todd Lamb, R-Edmond, would forbid discrimination of health care employees who do not want to participate in performing abortions, research on human embryos or assisted suicides.
SB 1909, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, would require the governor to set a special election for all state and federal offices within 30 days from when the vacancy occurs.
SB 1951, by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant, would seek to restore medical co-payment amounts to the 2009 level for employees insured under the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Insurance Board.
SB 2112, by Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, would require drug tests for legislators and the governor before they can take office. It also would require recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to take a drug test.
SB 2208, by Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, would establish the Oklahoma Commission on Wrongful Convictions, which would be charged with reviewing potential wrongful convictions, identifying potential weaknesses in the justice system and proposing remedies to improve it.
SB 2243, by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, would combine the Corrections Department and the Pardon and Parole Board.
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