Other significant new laws
Senate Bill 105 allows the state Equalization Board to set uniform fees for electronic copies of county assessor information. County assessors have been setting their own fees for that data, which has led to several lawsuits.
HB 1234 authorizes district courts to expand the use of videoconferencing in proceedings.
SB 115 protects military voting rights by ensuring state election law complies with federal law relating to voting practices for active duty military personnel.
House Bill 1226 requires land acquired through eminent domain to be offered for sale first to the original owner.
Medical examiner's office
SB 250 allows a spouse or family member to appeal the findings of death.
State-funded insurance coverage
HB 1062 allows legislators and state employees to opt out of state-funded insurance coverage if they already have private policies. In addition to legislators with private-sector jobs, employees who have coverage through a spouse could take advantage of the law. It is expected that 2 percent to 5 percent of state employees will opt out of state-funded coverage, ultimately saving $ 1.5 million to $3.5 million annually.
HB 1211 strengthens the penalties for social hosts who knowingly permit people under 21 to consume alcohol during social events on their premises. It makes the first violation a misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. A second violation is a fine up to $ 1,000. Further violations result in a fine up to $2,500 or five years in prison. If a bodily injury or death occurs, the social host could face a fine between $2,500 and $5,000 and up to five years in prison.
HB 1310 sets up a panel to recommend who can perform livestock medical procedures and whether they are veterinary medicine or animal husbandry practices.
HB 2184 requires the state Department of Human Services to develop a plan to change or discontinue the operation of the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid and the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley by Jan. 1. It also directs DHS staff to consult with the families and guardians of the residents and affected employees.
SB 763 puts the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission under the attorney general's office. It is intended to save tax dollars through the consolidation of shared administrative services while continuing to protect citizens from discrimination and human rights violations. It creates the office of civil rights enforcement in the attorney general's
HB 1010 increases the retirement age for judges who started work after Jan. 1. For new judges with eight years of service, the measure increases the retirement age from 65 to 67. For new members with 10 years of service, the measure increases the retirement age from 60 to 62.
SB 446 removes public urination from crimes requiring sex offender registration unless the purpose of the urination is sexual or for child pornography.
HB 1798 makes the conviction of a first-time offense of manufacturing hashish a felony with a mandatory minimum prison sentence ranging from two years to life. Hashish is made by compressing and heating glandular hairs from marijuana plants
HB 1554 increases access to long-term care counseling services. It creates the Options Counseling for Long-term Care Program in the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services. The program is funded through a federal grant.
HB 1614 moves Oklahoma's presidential primary from the first Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in March.
HB 1776 requires county and municipal candidates in some counties to file their campaign finance reports electronically with the state Ethics Commission.
HB 1438 requires an accounting of state-owned assets.
SB 801 requires vendors to tell customers certain information about portable electronic insurance.
HB 1255 allows any U.S. attorney or assistant U.S. attorney to carry a firearm if the person has successfully completed an approved firearm training course.
SB 162 allows a retired district attorney to carry a firearm anywhere in the state. It also allows a retired district attorney investigator to keep his or her sidearm and badge upon retirement.
SB 406 prohibits protests within two hours before or after a funeral and also bans protests from within 1,000 feet of a funeral. Existing law allows protests to occur within 500 feet.
HB 1044 requires the Legislature to approve major administrative rules or rules that affect fees at state agencies.
HB 1249 deletes language from existing law that allows people to go on private property to fetch livestock or other animals. It is intended to crack down on cattle rustling.