Below is Legislation, specific to Emergency Management, that was signed into law during the 2013 Oklahoma Legislative Session.
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HB 1762- An Act relating to burn bans
Amends language relating to burn bans
HB 1923 - An Act relating to environment and natural resources; creating the Emergency Drought Relief Fund; stating purpose of the fund; transferring certain funds; providing for the creation of the Emergency Drought Commission when certain conditions are present; providing for expenditures from fund; providing duties of the Commission; requiring fund to be available for certain drought response activities; providing for codification; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
Creates the Emergency Drought Relief Fund. The bill creates the Emergency Drought Relief Fund that is a continuing fund not subject to fiscal year limitations to be used for the purposes of providing funding for emergency drought relief activities once a drought emergency has been declared. The measure requires the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to transfer the sum of $3,000,000 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board as appropriated in Section 97 of Enrolled House Bill No. 2301 of the 1st Session of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature to the Emergency Drought Relief Fund created in Section 1 of this act.The bill states in the event of a formal declaration of emergency drought conditions by the Governor, money from the Emergency Drought Relief Fund will be made available to qualified state agencies. The bill proposes if funding is not available, the Governor will prioritize funding to those agencies and programs that can provide the most direct and immediate relief to the affected citizens of Oklahoma. The bill allows the Legislature to appropriate additional funding to the fund. The bill transfers $3 million appropriated from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to the Fund.
HB 2231 - An Act relating to civil emergency management; requiring the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to develop mobile application
Requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to develop and maintain a website, to be administered by the Chief Information Officer, for the benefit of counties in order to make applications for emergency assistance. It requires the website content to be associated with and located using www.emergency.ok.gov as its address. It also requires the Department of Emergency Management to assist and cooperate with the Chief Information Officer in order to develop content for the website to allow for rapid access to relevant information so that counties are able to make applications for emergency assistance at both the state and national level. The bill also places price protections in place for areas that are declared disaster areas.
SB 49 - An Act relating to the Oklahoma Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact
Provides that public universities that maintain CLEET-certified law enforcement agencies may elect to be considered jurisdictions under the Oklahoma Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact and retain the right to later withdraw from the system.
SB 164 - Special License Plates
Civil Emergency Management License Plates shall be designed and issued to persons wishing to demonstrate support for the state civil emergency management system. Persons applying for such license plate must show proof of official affiliation by presenting a non-expired proof of employment, affiliation or retirement in the form of an identification card or letter on official letterhead from a municipal, county or state emergency management department head.
SB 256 - An Act relating to school safety drills; requiring public schools to conduct a minimum number of certain safety drills; directing participation; directing documentation of certain drills to be reported; directing preservation of certain records
Requires all public schools to conduct a minimum of eight safety drills as follows: two fire drills per school year conducted within the first 15 days of each semester, and the fire drills will include the sounding of a distinctive audible signal designated as the fire alarm signal; two intruder drills per school year conducted for the purpose of mitigating injuries or deaths by executing a plan as an alternative to the lockdown method, and each intruder drill will be conducted within the first 15 days of each semester; two tornado drills per school year with at least one drill being conducted in the months of September and March; and the principal and superintendent of a public school district shall utilize the remaining required safety drills in any manner provided by law or by developing a drill that is consistent with the risks assessed for the appropriate facility or any recommendations submitted by the Safe School Committee or any assisting fire or law enforcement department. The bill establishes that it is the duty of the principal, under the direction of the superintendent of the school district, to conform to the written plans and procedures adopted by the district as required by statute and all students and teachers at the public schools to participate. The bill requires each public school district to document each fire drill in writing by public school site, the records for each fire drill to be preserved for at least three years and made available to the State Fire Marshal or the marshal's agent upon request, and in addition to the fire drill documentation provided in this subsection, the school district to document all other safety drills in writing and by school site with a copy of the report remaining at the school, a copy filed with the district administrative office and a copy with the Institute for School Security Resources as created by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. The bill repeals language regarding fire drills in schools and institutions of higher learning.
SB 257 - An Act relating to school security; requiring the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security to designate certain division; stating function of the division; stating goals and objectives; authorizing development of certain telephone line; providing for codification; providing an effective date.
Requires the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security shall designate a division of their office as the "Oklahoma School Security Institute". The bill requires the Oklahoma School Security Institute to act as the central repository for the public and private elementary and secondary schools of this state to contact for information on resources made available to the schools in their efforts to enhance school security and assess risks and threats to school campuses. The bill requires the goals and objectives of the Oklahoma School Security Institute to include, but not be limited to: maximizing school security training and support to public and private elementary and secondary schools as authorized by statute; assisting and coordinating with public and private elementary and secondary school administrators as required in the development and implementation of safety drills; facilitating efforts of public and private elementary and secondary schools to utilize any available programs or entities specializing in security issues; and creating and coordinating any working groups when necessary in order to continue developing and implementing new strategies and techniques for future recommendations on school security issues. The bill allows the Oklahoma School Security Institute to develop a telephone tip line whereby reports of activity that to compromise school safety can be called in and disseminated to the appropriate parties for additional investigation should it be warranted.
SB 258- An Act relating to school buildings; amending 63 O.S. 2011, Section 681, which relates to protection plans for schools and institutions of higher learning; requiring submission of plans to certain agencies by a certain date; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency
Requires natural and man-made disasters and emergency plans to be reviewed and updated annually as appropriate by each school, administration building and institution of higher learning, and placed on file at each school district and each local emergency response organization within the district, which may include police, fire, emergency medical services, sheriff and emergency management of the appropriate jurisdiction and the plans to be submitted in a format acceptable to the emergency agency no later than November 1 of each year.
SB 294 - An Act relating to voluntary emergency services; amending 76 O.S. 2011, Section 5.8, which relates to immunity from liability for voluntary emergency architectural or engineering services; authorizing certain licensed professionals to inspect and placard structures for safety and habitability under certain circumstances; limiting liability for certain professional services; providing exception; imposing time limitation on immunity; and providing an effective date.
Amends language relating to voluntary emergency services. The bill provides that in the event of a natural disaster or catastrophic event when the professional licensed services of individuals is insufficient for such purposes, any person licensed or registered in another state to practice said profession and who is member of a mobile support team may render services. The bill requires that rendered services are upon the request of the governor and order of the governor of the person's home state without being licensed or registered in Oklahoma. The bill defines out-of-state professional performances so that he or she is not liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage or other loss related to the performance of duties. The bill does not provide immunity for injury or damage resulting from negligence by out-of-state professionals. The bill state the immunity provided applies only to voluntary architectural or engineering service that occurs during the emergency or within 90 days following the end of the emergency period.
SB 630 - An Act relating to sole source purchase contracts; amending 74 O.S. 2011, Section 85.22, which relates to competitive bidding; modifying certification requirements; authorizing substitution of certain products; prohibiting purchasing restrictions to certain geographical areas; authorizing promulgation of rules to implement act; providing for codification; providing for noncodification; and declaring an emergency.
Requires any bid submissions made by a state agency or any political subdivision that substitute an item with one that is alike in quality and design or which meets the required specifications of the bid be considered and not be prohibited. The bill also provides that no sole source bid proposal can require any limitation that materials must be supplied from a vendor within any specific geographical area. The bill permits geographic preference for vendors inside the geographical boundaries but only when the cost is the same or similar. The bill authorizes the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to promulgate rules necessary for the bill's implementation.
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