Significant new laws for Oklahoma

Significant new laws that go into effect Nov. 1 in Oklahoma
Oklahoman Modified: October 30, 2011 at 12:07 am •  Published: October 30, 2011
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Other significant new laws

Copying fees

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.

Courts

HB 1234 authorizes district courts to expand the use of videoconferencing in proceedings.

Voting

SB 115 protects military voting rights by ensuring state election law complies with federal law relating to voting practices for active duty military personnel.

Eminent domain

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.

Social hosting

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.

Livestock

HB 1310 sets up a panel to recommend who can perform livestock medical procedures and whether they are veterinary medicine or animal husbandry practices.

DHS

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.

State consolidation

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