Today was the deadline for all bills to get out of their committee in the opposite chamber from where they began. Meaning, if I had a bill that I wrote in the Senate and it passed the Senate, it had to be heard in a House committee by today or it’s dead for 2013. Now, all that’s left is for the full Senate and House to complete its work of considering bills from the opposite chamber, or bills that have been amended and are heading back to their original chamber for one more vote, or a conference to work out disputes. 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 committee
A bill to protect the presidential choice of Oklahoma voters if a presidential elector violates their oath – on the Governor’s desk
A bill to ensure state agencies are following competitive bidding processes – passed House committee
A bill to clarify SNAP fraud and strengthen the penalties – passed House committee
A bill to keep sex offenders on the registry until they complete their sentence – passed House committee
A bill to require certain state agencies file reports justifying their expenditures and fees – passed House committee
A bill to create alternative dispute resolution for assisted living facilities – on the Governor’s desk
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
A bill to give notice to health insurance customers when a drug is removed from their plan
A bill to direct DHS and the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative to air public service announcements supporting marriage
A bill to stop DHS from continuing to seek waivers from the work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents who receive SNAP
The session is now just a month and a half away. In addition to my bills, I am of course also keeping a keen eye on the progress of workers compensation reform, tax cuts, and needed infrastructure improvements.