This week is the deadline for all bills to pass both the Senate and the House or they are dead for the year. With that in mind, here are the Senate bills still alive that I authored or House bills still alive that I am guiding through the Senate, and their status.
A bill to make “Black Friday” and other low-price sales legal in Oklahoma – passed House and heading back to Senate with amendments
A bill to protect the presidential choice of Oklahoma voters if a presidential elector violates their oath – SIGNED INTO LAW
A bill to ensure state agencies are following competitive bidding processes – on the Governor’s desk
A bill to clarify SNAP fraud and strengthen the penalties – passed House and heading back to Senate with amendments
A bill to keep sex offenders on the registry until they complete their sentence – on the Governor’s desk
A bill to require certain state agencies file reports justifying their expenditures and fees – passed House and heading back to Senate with amendments
A bill to create alternative dispute resolution for assisted living facilities – SIGNED INTO LAW
I have four House bills that are just “clean-up bills” (as they say in the Legislature) that hardly contain any substantive changes to Oklahoma law, though they are necessary. The remaining four are:
A bill to give taxpayers who have suffered a property loss from a natural disaster more time to seek a lower property tax valuation – on the Governor’s desk
A bill to give notice to health insurance customers when a drug is removed from their plan – passed the Senate and heading back to the House with amendments
A bill to direct DHS and the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative to air public service announcements supporting marriage – passed the Senate and heading back to the House with amendments
A bill that will require able-bodied adults without dependents to work 20 hours a week to receive SNAP – on the Governor’s desk
The end of session is now just a month away. With deals recently reached on a tax cut, workers compensation reform, and infrastructure, we should be heading towards a timely finish.