Sampling of proposed Oklahoma bills, resolutions

Oklahoman Modified: January 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm •  Published: January 17, 2010
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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.


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