Update: Bills in the Oklahoma Legislature

Update: Bills in the Oklahoma Legislature
Modified: April 15, 2013 at 2:02 am •  Published: April 15, 2013
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Bill UPDATE

Here's a look at where several significant issues stand with six weeks remaining in this year's

session.

School safety

• House Bill 1062 would have allowed public school teachers or administrators who successfully complete a special school resource officer course to bring loaded handguns to school. Not heard by a Senate committee; considered dormant.

• HB 2228 would allow public schools to screen volunteers who come in contact with students by granting authority to request an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background check. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Four bills incorporated some recommendations from the Oklahoma Commission on School

Security:

• Senate Bill 256 would require 10 school safety drills a year in areas ranging from intruder drills to tornado and fire drills. Sent to the governor.

• SB 257 would create the Oklahoma School Security Institute within the Oklahoma Homeland Security office, which would be a resource for schools and law enforcement on school safety and security. Sent to the governor.

• SB 258 would require schools to file disaster and emergency plans with law enforcement and emergency responders. Sent to the governor.

• SB 259 would require schools to immediately report illegal firearms to law enforcement authorities. Sent to the governor.

Bullying

• HB 1661 would add cyberbullying to Oklahoma's anti-bullying laws. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Guns

• HB 2021 would provide for the manufacture or assembly of firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition in the state; the items cannot be sold or taken outside the state, and as long as the items remain in Oklahoma, they would not be subject to federal law or federal regulations.

Not heard by a Senate committee; considered dormant.

• HB 1558 would allow those with handgun permits to possess the weapon on a bus. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Workers' compensation

• SB 1062 would overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation court and replace it with an administrative system. Waiting to be heard in the House.

• HB 2201 would convert CompSource Oklahoma from a state entity to the new CompSource Mutual Insurance Co., a private, mutualized company owned by policyholders rather than the state. Waiting to be heard in the Senate.