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2010 State Disability Legislation Bills of Interest 

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Senate Bills

Injury prevention

SB-1265

Easley

Modifying fine for failure to use seat belts.

 

Education; instructional materials

SB-1268

Mazzei

Expanding sales tax exemption for school supplies and instructional materials.

 

Health insurance; autism

SB-1269

Easley

Requiring health insurance coverage of autism.

 

Aging services

SB-1270

Easley

Establishing State Department on Aging.

 

State employees; retirement

SB-1271

Gumm

Modifying calculation of final average compensation for state employee retirement purposes.

 

State employee health insurance

SB-1274

Gumm

Increasing maximum state employee health insurance benefit under State Employee Retirement System.

 

Children

SB-1276

Gumm

Creating the Oklahoma Children’s Cabinet, a 15- member panel composed of agency heads including the director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services.  The Cabinet would focus on improving and streamlining delivery of services to children.

 

Disability hunting and fishing licenses

SB-1278

Garrison

Making disabled residents eligible for certain hunting and fishing licenses.

 

Personal care services; DHS

SB-1280

Anderson

Modifying the definition of employment; modifying an exemption for the Department of Human Services personal care providers. This change affects the application of employment provisions such as workers compensation coverage and unemployment insurance coverage.

 

Prescription drugs

SB-1283

Wilson

Creating the Prescription Drug Reimportation Act.

 

Health insurance

SB-1288

Wilson

Prohibiting individual accident and health policies to be subject to any differential because of gender.

 

Nursing home staff

SB-1289

Coates

Expanding list of persons who may not be hired or contracted by long-term care facilities.

 

Health insurance

SB-1290

Wilson

Allowing out-of-state insurance companies to transact business in Oklahoma under conditions set forth in state law and under rules of the State Insurance Commissioner.  Out-of-state insurers selling health plans in Oklahoma would have to disclose that their plans may not be subject to state laws requiring coverage of certain health services and conditions.

 

Health insurance

SB-1297

Wilson

Making it an unfair or deceptive practice for an insurer to offer incentives for cancellation of coverage of insured persons who may present a cost or risk to the insurer.

 

Health care

SB-1299

Wilson

Permitting local health departments to provide primary care services.

 

Prescription drugs

SB-1300

Wilson

Limiting pharmacy copayments.  Prohibiting pharmacies from charging prescription drug copayments that exceed the cash value of the prescription medication.

 

Health insurance; poor persons

SB-1301

Wilson

Poor persons; limiting payments to providers under the premium assistance program.

 

Health care

SB-1302

Wilson

Requiring review for hospital readmissions.

 

State agencies

SB-1303

Coates

Modifying bid limit on agency construction contracts.  Changing from $2,500 to $5,000 the limit under which construction contracts can be negotiated without using the bid process.

 

Health care workforce; higher education

SB-1304

Paddack

Legislative request of Oklahoma higher education to establish a special degree program to increase availability of primary care physicians in rural practice.

 

Prescription drugs

SB-1307

Wilson

Prohibiting certain agreements by prescription drug manufacturers.

 

Health promotion; Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma

SB-1308

Rice

Providing for weight loss and management services under Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma.

 

Volunteer medical providers

SB-1311

Professions and occupations; modifying requirements for special volunteer license for volunteers from a medically related field.

 

Tax relief for poor persons

SB-1314

Ford

Modifying amount of payment for specified claimants under Oklahoma Sales Tax Relief Act.

 

Medical equipment

SB-1315

Paddack

Requiring DHS to replace or reimburse employees at NORC and SORC for eyeglasses, hearing aids, prostheses and other devices damaged or destroyed by residents of these facilities.

 

Health insurance; autism

SB-1316

Gumm

Requiring the Oklahoma High Risk Health Insurance Pool to provide services for autism.

 

Business Enterprise Program vendors

SB-1321

Gumm

Modifying penalty for vendors (retailers) who fail to honor sales tax exemptions for veteran families.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1324

Russell

Adding a fee of three dollars to motorcycle registration, to be used for motorcycle safety and education.

 

Do-not-resuscitate form

SB-1325

Anderson

Modifying the do-not-resuscitate consent form.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1329

Bass

Creating the Motorcycle Mobility and Safety Act.

 

Special education

SB-1336

Sparks

Requiring school district professional development programs to offer training to related services providers in the field of special education, to enable them to maintain licensure in their fields.

 

Education; testing

SB-1339

Paddack

Specifying certain tests to be approved by State Board of Education as alternatives for end-of-instruction tests.  (Noted for possible impact on students with disabilities.)

 

Higher education; student aid

SB-1341

Ford

Providing tax credit for OHLAP recipients.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1345

Paddack

Increasing penalty for not wearing seat belt.

 

Insurance

SB-1346

Gumm

Allowing out-of-state insurers to issue certain policies in Oklahoma.

 

Health promotion; Medicaid

SB-1349

Crain

Directs OHCA to implement an obesity treatment program for Medicaid recipients.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1355

Paddack

Limiting use of telecommunications devices while driving.

 

Health system

SB-1357

Anderson

Directs Health Department to prepare a universal health facility transfer form.

 

Health care quality

SB-1358

Adelson

Directing certain insurers to adopt a physician performance reporting program.

 

Sales tax exemption for medical devices

SB-1370

Myers

Requiring specific documentation to be provided by a health care provider who is claiming reimbursement for sales tax paid on medical equipment that is exempt from sales tax under Oklahoma law.

 

Health insurance

SB-1371

Leftwich

Prohibiting health insurance plans from denying, canceling or limiting coverage of a person because the person is a victim of domestic violence.

 

Higher education

SB-1372

Leftwich

Prohibiting tuition and fee increase until June 30, 2011.

 

Lung disease; health

SB-1373

Crain

Creating the Oklahoma Plan for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Act.

 

Education; remedial courses

SB-1374

Crain

Requiring schools to pay the cost of remedial courses required by some higher education institutions in certain circumstances.

 

Educational testing

SB-1375

Paddack

Requiring administration of the ACT Explore and Plan College Readiness Assessments to students and use of results from the assessment.  (Noted for possible impact on testing for students with disabilities.)

 

School testing

SB-1382

Anderson

Repealing state mandated tests under Oklahoma school testing program act and Achieving Classroom Excellence Act.  (Noted for possible impact on testing of students with disabilities.)

 

State agencies; independent contractors

SB-1384

Rice

Directing several agencies to jointly investigate the inappropriate classification of agency workers as independent contractors rather than as employees.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1386

Garrison

Limiting use of wireless telecommunications devices while driving.

 

Prosthetics; health insurance

SB-1390

Mazzei

Requiring health insurance plans to cover prosthetic devices at least to the level provided under Medicare.

 

School testing

SB-1391

Stanislawski

Modifying Oklahoma School Testing Program Act including End-of-Instruction Testing.  (Noted for possible impact on school testing for students with disabilities.)

 

Health care

SB-1395

Adelson

Creating the Empowering Patient Decisions Act.

 

Stroke

SB-1399

Marlatt

Creating the Oklahoma Central Stroke Registry.

 

Appropriations; transportation

SB-1465

SB-1466

 

Appropriation; Office of Disability Concerns

SB-1471

SB-1472

 

Appropriation; Health Department

SB-1473

SB-1474

 

Appropriation; Oklahoma Health Care Authority

SB-1475

SB-1476

 

Appropriation; DHS

SB-1479

SB-1480

 

Appropriation; J.D. McCarty Center

SB-1483

SB-1484

 

Appropriation; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

SB-1487

SB-1488

 

Appropriation; Rehabilitation Services

SB-1489

SB-1490

 

General appropriations

SB-1563

SB-1562

 

Appropriation; Oklahoma Health Care Authority

SB-1570

 

Appropriation; DHS

SB-1572

 

Appropriation; Transportation

SB-1575

 

State employees

SB-1591

Leftwich

Modifying normal retirement date.  For persons employed with the state after 1992, changes the rule of 90 to make the person eligible for retirement when age and years of service equal 85.  The bill also addresses what is countable as compensation for purposes of determining a person’s retirement pay when the employee’s salary has been reduced either by furlough, choice, etc.

 

Health; Business Enterprise Program vendors

SB-1596

Bass

Creating the Healthy Choices Act.  Requiring food service facilities to make nutritional and calorie information for their standard food items available to the public.  Some food service facilities are exempted from this requirement.  BEP facilities are not specifically exempted but may fall under some of the exempt categories listed in the bill.

 

State agencies; board and commission members

SB-1597

Stanislawski

Providing term limits for state agency board and commission members.  The term limits would take effect starting November 1, 2010.

 

Health care workforce; tax credit

SB-1604

Anderson

Providing an income tax credit for physicians who agree to serve on an on-call basis to provide emergency medical services in rural Oklahoma.

 

Health insurance

SB-1616

Crain

This bill is intended to provide increased access to health insurance for uninsured Oklahomans.  The measure creates an assessment on health insurance carriers, the funds to be placed in a revolving fund for use by the state Insurance Department in providing access to affordable insurance for uninsured individuals or employees.

 

Medical records

SB-1624

Paddack

Limiting charges for copies of medical records to $50 for persons requesting medical records for use in SSDI/SSI applications or appeals.  Allowing DRS Disability Determination Division to further reduce the charge payable for its requests of medical records from medical providers.

 

State employee retirement

SB-1637

Aldridge

Authorizing annual benefit increase for members of state retirement system and authorizing suspension of increases under certain circumstances.

 

Livable communities

SB-1640 

Halligan

Certified Retirement Communities Program Act.  Directing the Department of Commerce to develop a certification to recognize communities that have created conditions favorable to retirees and that would attract older residents and tourists by offering favorable tax provisions, health and safety improvements, public transportation, community services and activities, etc.

 

Health insurance

SB-1657

Gumm

Requiring health insurance policies to provide the same benefits to persons diagnosed with an autistic disorder as are provided to other insured persons.

 

Appropriation; Health Department

SB-1663

Crain

 

State publications; formats

SB-1697

Anderson

Providing procedure for state publications published in electronic formats.

 

Volunteer medical providers; charitable health services

SB-1699

Rice

Exempting volunteer medical services providers from the requirement to prove lawful presence in the U.S. when applying for the volunteer medical provider license.

 

Alzheimer’s; direct care providers

SB-1701

Ivester

Requiring that direct care providers in nursing homes, assisted living, adult day care, home health agencies and related care programs must receive 4 hours annually of training in Alzheimer’s disease.

 

State agencies; information services

SB-1702

Coffee

Modifying duties of Chief Information Officer; repealer.  Deleting the requirement that the Chief Information Officer shall develop and implement a plan to utilize open source technology and products for the information technology and telecommunication systems of all state agencies.

 

Health insurance

SB-1722

Wilson

Making if more difficult for health and accident insurers to drop coverage of a person due to claims history.

 

Employment

SB-1723

Gumm

Providing Oklahoma Entrepreneurship Network to promote the development of business ownership in Oklahoma.  The effort would be connected with the State Department of Commerce and would provide training, coordination, research and funding assistance for entrepreneurial opportunities.

 

Open records

SB-1753

Leftwich

Providing confidentiality of certain information.  Adding date of birth to the information on employees or former employees which must be kept confidential by state agencies.

 

State agencies

SB-1757

Sykes

Prohibiting agencies from employing or retaining lobbyists.

 

State government

SB-1759

Sykes

Requiring state website disclosing financial information to include information on stimulus funds.

 

State government

SB-1760

Sykes

Requiring state government transparency website to include list of agency lobbyists on lobbyist principal request bills.

 

Business Enterprise Program

SB-1768

Schulz

Adding to entities exempt from the annual fee on vending machines.  Machines owned by and located in schools, churches and government entities are already exempt from the fee.   Added would be machines in those locations that are owned by other entities when there is a revenue sharing agreement in place that provides some of the machine income to the school, church or agency.

 

2-1-1 human services information

SB-1776

Anderson

Renaming the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Collaborative the 2-1-1 Coordinating Council; providing duties.

 

Drug courts

SB-1795

Lerblance

Requiring establishing of drug court programs.

 

End of instruction tests; education

SB-1799

Paddack

Establishing timeline for test retakes for EOI tests.  (Noted for possible impact on testing of students with disabilities.)

 

Appropriation; DHS

SB-1808

Corn

Making an appropriation to help fund congregate and home-delivered meals for the elderly.

 

Newborn eye care

SB-1817

Crain

Modifying provisions relating to newborn eye care.

 

Livable communities

SB-1818

Crain

Certified Retirement Communities Program Act.  Directing the Department of Commerce to develop a certification to recognize communities that have created conditions favorable to retirees and that would attract older residents and tourists by offering favorable tax provisions, health and safety improvements, public transportation, community services and activities, etc.

 

Direct care workers

SB-1819

Crain

Creating and specifying duties of Direct Care Advisory Council.

 

Health information

SB-1836

Crain

Modifying duties of Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1843

Easley

Limiting use of wireless communications devices while driving.

 

Administrative rules

SB-1849

Sykes

Deleting authority for emergency rules; requiring certain legislative approval of rules.

 

Poverty

SB-1854

Johnson

Creating Task Force on Solutions for Poverty.

 

State employees; health insurance

SB-1870

Crain

Creating State Employee Health Insurance Act of 2010.

 

Physical education; schools

SB-1876

Coates

Specifying curricula for physical education classes in schools.

 

Mental health

SB-1878

Coates

Modifying provisions on confidentiality of mental health records.

 

State agencies; purchasing; bidding

SB-1887

Anderson

Providing alternate bidding procedure for bids on construction projects.

 

Vending facilities; BEP

SB-1896

Bingman

Oklahoma Deposit Beverage Container Recycling Act.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1906

Johnson

Prohibiting use of portable electronic devices while driving.

 

Injury prevention

SB-1908

Sykes

Prohibiting distracted driving.

 

Voting

SB-1910

Ford

Amending law related to elections, voting and absentee ballots.

 

Diabetes

SB-1915

Adelson

Requiring health benefit plans to use a certain design for treatment of diabetes.

 

Home care

SB-1916

Ford

Directing the Health Department to establish a registry for home care agency workers.

 

Cancer

SB-1919

Nichols

Tax credit for donation to cancer research institute.

 

State government; administrative rules

SB-1920

Sparks; Martin

Requiring legislative approval of administrative rules.

 

Equal Opportunity Educational Scholarship Act.

SB-1922

Newberry

Tax credit for donation to this fund.

 

State government; employees

SB-1937

Coates

Creating Oklahoma Employee Classification Act.  The bill is intended to address the problem of state agencies misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

 

Health insurance

SB-1951

Gumm

Requiring change in amount of copays.

 

State employees

SB-1980

Marlatt

Changing criteria for state employee payroll deductions for association membership.  Under the bill payroll deduction of dues would be possible when 20% or more of an agency’s employees are members of the employee association.  Current law is based on total members of the association, which must be at least 2,000.

 

Physical therapy

SB-1982

Jolley

Modifying requirements on Physical Therapy Committee.

 

Elderly and incapacitated

SB-2023

Anderson

Related to Elderly and Incapacitated Victims Protection Program; deleting language pursuant to subsequent offenses.

 

Teacher pay

SB-2032

Coffee

Related to incentive pay plans for teachers.

 

Teacher pay

SB-2033

Related to incentive pay plans for teachers.

 

Health insurance

SB-2046

Brown

Authorizes certain insurance companies to do business in Oklahoma and relieves them from having to comply with state laws mandating coverage of certain medical services.

 

State government

SB-2047

Brown

Creating State Employee Health Insurance Act of 2010.

 

State employee insurance

SB-2052

Coffee

Requiring OSEEGIB to contract with a pay-for-performance program provider to test the concept of giving medical providers and patients financial incentives to use evidence-based guidelines and information therapy to get better health results.

 

Aging; DHS

SB-2065

Corn

Making an appropriation to help fund congregate and home delivered meals for the elderly.

 

Transportation

SB-2066

Sparks

Encouraging public-private partnerships for development of funding for transportation infrastructure and facilities.

 

Schools

SB-2080

Easley

Requiring schools to do criminal background checks on prospective employees.

 

Schools; teacher pay

SB-2084

Corn

Various provisions relating to schools and teachers including teacher and support staff salary adjustments.

 

State agencies

SB-2106

Corn

Prohibiting conversion to multi-monthly payroll system without legislative approval.

 

Vision research

SB-2120

Sparks

Providing for donation of income tax refund to certain vision research and patient care facility.

 

State employees

SB-2127

Aldridge

Recreating the State Employee Health Insurance Review Working Group.

 

Health care

SB-2135

Johnson

Prohibiting the practice of requiring referrals for mammography screening services.

 

Health care

SB-2136

Johnson

Creating the Community Health Worker Program Development Committee.

 

Children’s health

SB-2141

Jolley

Creating the Certified Healthy Schools Act.

 

Voting

SB-2142

Russell

Modifying materials for electronic absentee voting.

 

Health insurance

SB-2157

Wilson

Requiring health insurers to renew policies except when the insured has failed to pay premiums or when he has provided fraudulent information.

 

State employee health insurance

SB-2188

Ivester

Requiring legislative approval to change health insurance copays and restoring certain copay amounts for 2009.

 

Schools

SB-2199

Coffee

Requires schools to do felony record searches on prospective employees.

 

Health insurance; pre-existing conditions

SB-2209

Laster

Reducing the amount of time from issuance of a policy that an insurer can deny a claim or drop coverage based on a person’s pre-existing condition.

 

School testing

SB-2213

Jolley

Modifying school testing methods.  (Noted for possible impact on testing of students with disabilities.)

 

Education; school testing

SB-2309

Paddack

Relates to ways in which a student may demonstrate mastery of subject matter as required for high school graduation.  (Noted for possible impact on students with disabilities.)

 

Mental health

SB-2331

Johnson, Constance

Creating Rights of People and Elderly with Disabilities Act.  A shell bill as introduced.

 

Diabetes

SCR-34

Constance Johnson

Designating November 14th as Diabetes Awareness Day.

 

Health coverage

SJR-56

Russell

Constitutional amendment; prohibiting forced participation in a health care system; permitting direct payment for health services; permitting private health insurance.

 

Health care

SJR-58

Coffee

Health care; petitioning the federal government to opt-out of health care mandates, receive waivers to the state Medicaid program; and return certain taxes to the state.  This resolution states that Oklahoma wants to opt out of any health insurance coverage requirement or mandate, and that Oklahoma wants a Medicaid waiver that allows it to design its own health care system without federal interference.  It also states that Oklahoma wants any tax money it has paid into the federal government for health care to be sent back to the state.

 

Health insurance

SJR-59

Newberry

Constitutional amendment; prohibiting forced participation in a health care system; permitting direct payment for health services; permitting private health insurance.

 

Health care

SJR-64

Coffee; Benge

Directing the Attorney General to file a suit to prevent federal health care legislation from taking effect.

 

 

House Bills

 

Group homes

HB-2282

Wright

Recreating the Group Homes for Persons with Developmental or Physical Disabilities Advisory Board until 2014.

 

Long-term care

HB-2285

Wright

Recreating the Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board.

 

Absentee voting

HB-2291

Tibbs

Requiring certain information for absentee voting applications made by mail.

 

Hearing aids

HB-2298

McDaniel

Exempting sales of hearing aids from state sales tax.

 

State government

HB-2310

Murphey

State government; Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2010.

 

State government

HB-2318

Murphey

State government; Oklahoma State Government Modernization and Technology Act of 2010.

 

State laws

HB-2319

Murphey

Task Force Accountability Act of 2010.

 

State employees

HB-2324

Murphey

Creating Omnibus Modernization and State Employee Health Insurance Act.

 

State government; purchasing

HB-2332

Murphey

Modifying purchasing provisions.

 

State government

HB-2334

Murphey

Creating the State Agency Consolidation Act.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-2335

Cox

Relating to the Oklahoma Pharmacy Act; allowing variance in form of prescription without authorization of practitioner under certain circumstance.

 

Health care professionals

HB-2336

Cox

Creating the Oklahoma Healthcare Professionals Act.

 

Health care

HB-2337

Cox

Creating the Oklahoma Healthcare Act.

 

Veterans’ health care

HB-2338

Bailey

Providing authority to Oklahoma Health Care Authority to seek certain waivers for certain veterans’ benefits.

 

State government; health insurance

HB-2339

McAffrey

Expanding dependent health insurance coverage to same sex domestic partners of state employees.

 

Health insurance

HB-2340

McAffrey

Requiring health insurance coverage of bariatric surgery.

 

Textbooks

HB-2346

Richardson

Schools; exempting school district from certain textbook adoption requirements; allowing school districts to expend the textbook allocation for other purposes; emergency.  (Noted for possible impact on accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities.)

 

State employees

HB-2347

Roan

Changes criteria for payroll deduction for employee association dues from total association membership of 2,000 to 20% of an agency’s employees being association members.

 

Appropriation; Oklahoma Health Care Authority

HB-2353

 

Appropriation; Transportation

HB-2360

 

General appropriations

HB-2365

 

General appropriations.

HB-2366

 

Appropriation; Transportation

HB-2433

 

Appropriation; Transportation

HB-2434

 

Appropriation; Oklahoma Health Care Authority

HB-2437

 

Appropriation; Oklahoma Health Care Authority

HB-2438

 

Appropriation; Health Department

HB-2439

 

Appropriation; Health Department

HB-2440

 

Appropriation; J.D. McCarty Center

HB-2441

 

Appropriation; J.D. McCarty Center

HB-2442

 

Appropriation; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

HB-2443

 

Appropriation; Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

HB-2444

 

Appropriation; Office of Disability Concerns

HB-2451

 

Appropriation; Office of Disability Concerns

HB-2452

 

Appropriation; DHS

HB-2455

 

Appropriation; DHS

HB-2456

 

Appropriation; Rehabilitation Services

HB-2461

HB-2462

 

Medicaid

HB-2544

Wright

Requiring copayments under Sooner Care.

 

Textbooks

HB-2546

Wright

Exempting schools districts from certain textbook adoption provisions.  Allowing schools to spend their textbook allowance for other educational purposes.  (Noted for possible impact on accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities.)

 

DHS

HB-2549

Brannon

Making an appropriation to increase the daily rate per child for foster and adoption facilities.

 

Disabled parking

HB-2567

Wesselhoft

Requiring municipalities to adopt disability parking ordinances.  Adding stickers issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs and disability placards issued by other states to those items recognized for disability parking privileges.  Providing a $500 fine for falsifying information on an application for a disability parking document, illegally parking in designated disability spaces, or allowing a non-eligible person to use the permit issued to an eligible person.  Authorizing municipalities to enforce disability parking ordinances on both public and private property.

 

Health insurance

HB-2581

McAffrey

Prohibiting denial of insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

 

School testing

HB-2584

Thomsen

Changing academic testing requirements related to End-of-Instruction tests for high school students.  (Noted for possible impact on school testing accessibility for students with disabilities.)

 

Eye disease treatment

HB-2587

Holland

Public health and safety; treatment for inflammation of eyes; modifying certain requirement related to treatment at birth.

 

Self-directed care

HB-2596

Morrissette

Specifying content of the cash and counseling program to be developed by the Health Care Authority as a means of  giving a recipient more control over the long-term care services he or she needs and the choice of service providers..  The bill specifies that other benefits a person receives shall not be reduced as a result of the person participating in a cash and counseling program.

 

Nursing homes

HB-2597

Morrissette

Providing that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority make improvements to the incentive reimbursement rate plan for nursing facilities.

 

Injury prevention

HB-2611

Liebmann

Prohibiting use of certain electronic devices while driving.

 

State employees

HB-2616

Proctor

Creating the Oklahoma Employee Classification Act.

 

State employees

HB-2618

Proctor

Providing for voluntary furloughs.

 

Health insurance

HB-2619

Proctor

Prohibiting classifying domestic violence as a pre-existing condition.

 

Mental health

HB-2638

McCullough

Creating the Prevention Services Consolidation Act.

 

Workers compensation

McCullough

HB-2639

Redesigning the workers compensation system.  This is a major bill with a 13-page title.  The bill creates a Workers Compensation Commission of three members appointed by the Governor.  One member must be an attorney and one must be a doctor.  Administrative law judges would be hired by the Commission to handle workers compensation claims filed after the effective date of the new law.  A temporary court would be appointed to handle existing claims.  The Commission would hire a Vocational Rehabilitation Director to oversee vocational rehabilitation of claimants.  The VR Director may order vocational evaluations and training, with the employer paying the cost of services.

 

State employees

HB-2645

Nelson

Changes criteria for payroll deduction for employee association dues from total association membership of 2,000 to 20% of an agency’s employees being association members.

 

Health insurance

HB-2666

Sullivan

Creating the Oklahoma Healthcare Indemnity Task Force.

 

Official English

HB-2674

Faught

Creating the Oklahoma Official English Language Implementation Act.  Prohibiting state agencies from using languages other than English in official actions, stating exceptions and requiring agencies to report the cost of using a language other than English in any materials or official actions.

 

State agency contracts

HB-2675

Faught

Placing a dollar limit on state contracts an agency may award without certain approval when the state is experiencing a revenue shortfall.

 

State agencies; administrative rules

HB-2676

Faught

Requiring legislative approval of certain state agency administrative rules.

 

Orthotics

HB-2678

Faught

Modifying licensing procedures under the Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice Act.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-2684

Johnson

Creating the Oklahoman Competition in Prescription Drugs Act of 2010.

 

Health insurance

HB-2688

Lamons

Expanding mammography coverage under insurance plans.

 

State government

HB-2698

McDaniel

Creating the Oklahoma Government Website Information Act.

 

Vulnerable adults

HB-2702

McDaniel

Establishing crime of mistreatment of a vulnerable adult.

 

Veterans

HB-2705

Collins

Requiring Veterans Centers to comply with the Nursing Home Care Act; modifying Veterans Center discharge practices.

 

Transportation

HB-2707

Collins

Establishing the Oklahoma Railways Commission.

 

Multiple sclerosis

HB-2710

Collins

Providing an income tax refund check-off for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

State employees

HB-2714

Collins

Providing a state employee pay raise of $300 per employee starting July 1, 2010.  Establishing a system of periodic raises for employees based on experience.

 

Health insurance

HB-2719

McPeak

Creating the Oklahoma School Health Insurance Relief Act of 2010.

 

Nursing homes

HB-2743

Rouselot

Establishing right of nursing home residents to select hospice providers,

 

Sheltered workshops

HB-2744

Ownbey

Providing for licensing of sheltered workshops; requiring background checks at sheltered workshops.  The bill amends the Adult Day Care Act by including sheltered workshops under the Act and adding the purpose of providing a safe environment for disabled adults working in sheltered workshops.  Sheltered workshops would be subject to the licensure requirements that apply to adult day care facilities, which are licensed by the State Department of Health.

 

Health

HB-2774

Steele

Enacting the Healthy Citizens of Oklahoma Initiative.

 

Medicaid

HB-2777

Steele

Requiring establishment of a procedure for verifying the income of a person applying for Medicaid, using information from the Tax  Commission, employment records, child support records and other sources.

 

Nursing homes

HB-2778

Steele

Providing that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority make refinements to the incentive reimbursement rate plan for nursing facilities.

 

State employee retirement

HB-2784

Billy

Cost of living adjustment for state retirees.

 

Aging; DHS

HB-2788

Kouplen

Making an appropriation to help fund the congregate and home delivered meal program for the elderly.

 

Health insurance; Insure Oklahoma

HB-2789

Kouplen

Requiring persons enrolled in Insure Oklahoma to pay a copayment of $10 in addition to any other copayment required under Insure Oklahoma, for any medical service provided by any provider other than providers associated with OU or OSU.  These added copayments would be used to help support OU and OSU medical programs.

 

Vending facility operators; BEP

HB-2797

Kiesel

Creating the Oklahoma Beverage Container Recycling Act. 

 

Injury prevention

HB-2799

Kiesel

Establishing a presumption of negligence for a driver in an accident where the driver was using a cell phone.

 

Deaf and hard of hearing

HB-2822

Auffet

Relating to the telephone access line surcharge for hearing-impaired services.  Providing that telephone customers need not pay the surcharge if they are otherwise exempt from taxation.

 

State agencies; retirement

HB-2825

Peters

Adjusting the employer contribution rate under the State Employee Retirement System.

 

2-1-1 human services information

HB-2830

Peters

Providing for the 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council.

 

Community based services; DHS

HB-2838

Sears

Stating that DHS shall select the training programs it uses for direct support staff, providing that it shall use training that is cost-effective and provides the needed results.  Directing DHS to keep a record of the efficacy of the training methods it uses.

 

Transportation

HB-2842

Joyner

Removing the Rail Programs Division from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and forming the Oklahoma Railway Commission to promote rail transportation in the state.

 

Mental health and substance abuse treatment

HB-2843

Joyner

Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Facility Certificate of Need Act; modifying entities exempt from act.

 

Transportation

HB-2846

Joyner

Amends existing law related to regional transportation authorities.  Under current law as amended by HB-2846, any group of cities, counties, or agencies of such subdivisions could band together to form a regional transportation authority with the ability to develop, construct, maintain and operate transportation systems.  The subdivisions which are part of such a transportation authority could hold elections to vote on adding a sales tax in the area to fund transportation.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-2853

Inman

Stating that if provided by the practitioner or practitioner’s representative, information on the symptom or purpose for which a drug is to be used shall be printed on the prescription label, unless otherwise requested by the patient.

 

Health care

HB-2855

Inman

Creating the Oklahoma Quality Healthcare Act.

 

Tax exemption for food

HB-2857

Inman

Sales tax exemption for certain food and beverages.

 

Adult day care

HB-2860

Inman

Creating the Adult Day Care Act.

 

Aging; DHS

HB-2867

Buck

Making an appropriation to DHS to help fund congregate and home-delivered meals for the elderly.

 

Workers compensation

HB-2880

Dank

Changing CompSource into a mutual insurance company.

 

Workers compensation

HB-2881

Dank

Making workers compensation optional.

 

Workers compensation

HB-2886

Moore

Allowing State Employee Benefits Council to take bids for workers compensation coverage for state employees.

 

State employee health insurance

HB-2889

Moore

Requiring the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board to provide information on large employee insurance claims (over $10,000) 100 days prior to renewal of health insurance plans.

 

Higher education

HB-2892

Moore

Establishing limits on resident tuition increases.

 

Developmental disabilities

HB-2902

Brown

Providing for health insurance coverage of developmentally disabled dependents to age twenty five.

 

Vulnerable adults; intervention and assistance

HB-2906

Morgan

Creating the Vulnerable Adult Intervention Team Pilot Program, to be established by DHS if funds are available.  The purpose of the program would be to provide interdisciplinary community assistance, intervention and referral services for persons with mental or physical illnesses or disabilities, dementia or other related disease or condition.  The interdisciplinary team would have nine members including the directors of DRS, Mental Health, DHS, and Health.

 

State government; contracts

HB-2910

Morgan

Requiring state agencies to give contract preference to goods and services produced in Oklahoma, and to give preference to contracts with entities in other states over foreign suppliers.

 

Public transit

HB-2957

Wright

Making it illegal for a public transit driver to use a cell phone or other electronic communication device while driving a transit vehicle.

 

Transportation

HB-2967

Shannon

Creating the Transportation Modernization Act. (Shell bill as introduced.)

 

Transportation

HB-2975

Shannon

Creating the Oklahoma Transportation Act.  (Shell bill as introduced.)

 

Transportation

HB-2976

Shannon

Transportation Development Act.  (Shell bill as introduced.)

 

State government

HB-2984

Nelson

Creating the Agency Scope and Accountability Act.

 

Companions

HB-2986

Schwartz

Establishing a registry for persons providing companion and sitter services.

 

Medicaid

HB-2990

Enns

Requiring the Health Care Authority to use the Medicare rate for reimbursement for prosthetic devices under Medicaid, if funds are available.

 

Mental health

HB-2999

Steele

Creating the Oklahoma Mental Health Practitioner Relief Act.

 

State government

HB-3004

Peterson

Executive Branch Agency Budget Reduction Implementation Act of 2010; budget reduction; procedures.

 

School testing

HB-3008

Coody

Revising school testing program.  (Notes for possible impact on students with disabilities.)

 

Health care

HB-3023

Benge

Creating the Oklahoma Quality Healthcare Act.  (Shell as introduced.)

 

State government

HB-3035

Benge

Oklahoma Executive Branch Agency Consolidation Act.  (Shell as introduced.)

 

Textbooks

HB-3043

Peterson

Exempting school districts from certain textbook adoption requirements and allowing schools to spend textbook allowance funds on other educational needs.  (Noted for possible impact on accessible instructional materials for students with disabilities.)

 

State Use Act

HB-3045

Renegar

Stating that the Department of Central Services shall not impose any fee for the management of a contract for the sale of state use items.  Any fee in existence prior to the effective date of this act which is inconsistent with the requirements of this section shall be void and shall not be imposed with respect to any contract.  Effective July 1, 2010.  Emergency.

 

School testing

HB-3046

Renegar

Relating to the Oklahoma school testing program; a shell bill as introduced.

 

State agencies; committees and task forces

HB-3063

Morrissette

Providing that no more than 10% of the members of a legislatively appointed task force, committee or board shall have a financial interest in the entity’s purpose or result.

 

Nursing homes

HB-3064

Morrissette

Requiring nursing homes to carry liability insurance.

 

Nursing homes

HB-3065

Morrissette

Providing for video monitoring in nursing homes.

 

State employees; insurance

HB-3066

Morrissette

Creating Oklahoma State Employees and Educators Group Insurance Act of 2010.

 

State agencies; open records

HB-3089

Reynolds

Oklahoma Open Records Act; modifying scope, duty and procedure for release of public records.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-3094

Peterson

Amending law requiring prescription labels include the symptom or purpose for the drug.  Allowing a practitioner or practitioner’s representative to convey that information to the pharmacist.

 

School testing

HB-3095

Canaday

Allowing students to demonstrate mastery of a subject by completing courses.  (Noted for possible impact on students with disabilities.)

 

Therapeutic shoes

HB-3101

Canaday

Creating the Oklahoma Licensed therapeutic Shoe Fitters Act.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-3116

Hilliard

Providing for pharmacy benefits management.

 

OSB and OSD

HB-3117

Hilliard

Providing for residency for school purposes of a child enrolled in the Oklahoma School for the Blind or Oklahoma School for the Deaf.  In a section of law pertaining to residency of students with disabilities who are wards of the state or enrolled in certain institutions, clarifying that students at OSB and OSD are, for school purposes, considered residents of their home school districts.

 

Health care; emergency medical treatment

HB-3125

Dorman

Directing the Health Care Authority to pilot an “Invisible Bracelet” program in which vital health information of individuals may be stored on the Internet, in a manner that is compliant with federal law related to health information privacy, for access by emergency medical service providers when treating an individual in an emergency situation where more complete health information is needed.

 

Prescription drugs

HB-3141

Jones

Establishing a website for information on prescription drug pricing.

 

Special education

HB-3170

Hickman

Relating to federal funds for special education.  Limiting funds for out-of-state placements for special education.

 

State government

HB-3173

Hickman

Agency Consolidation Act.

 

Injury prevention

HB-3250

Tibbs and Morgan

Making it illegal to use a cell phone or electronic communication device while driving unless the device is hands-free.  Providing for some exceptions such as law enforcement personnel, persons reporting emergencies, and persons with commercial chauffeur licenses while performing the duties of their jobs.  Violation of the law would be punishable by a fine and court costs not to exceed $1,000. 

 

State agencies; administrative rules

HB-3311

Martin

Requiring legislative approval for state agency administrative rules to go into effect.

 

Nursing homes

HB-3322

Pittman

Amending the Nursing Home Care Act.  Establishing certain reporting requirements.

 

Students with disabilities

HB-3327

Pittman

Creating the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.  Amending state law on special education.  Allowing schools to meet their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by providing a scholarship, at a parent’s request, to enable a special education student to attend a private school of the parent’s choice.  The maximum scholarship granted for an eligible student with disabilities shall be equivalent to the school district’s average local and county revenue which is chargeable in the State Aid formula, state-dedicated revenue, and state-appropriated funds per average daily membership generated by that student for the applicable school year.   If the private school tuition is less, then that will be the amount of the scholarship.  A school district shall not be responsible for any additional costs associated with special education and related services for the student including the cost of teachers, equipment, material, and other special needs.  No liability shall arise on the part of the state based on the award or use of any scholarship provided by the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.

 

Education; visually impaired

HB-3331

Pittman

Schools; providing for certain evaluation requirements, teacher training, and testing accommodations for visually impaired and blind students; noncodification; effective date; emergency. 

 

Aging

HB-3373

Jett

Creating the Oklahoma Commission on Aging.

 

Aging

HB-2274

Jett

Creating the State Department of Aging Services.  Creating a three member Commission for Aging Services to be the governing body for the Department.

 

Transportation; rail

HB-3376

Jett

Creating the Railroad Acquisition and Maintenance Act.

 

State employees

HB-3385

Terrill

Creating the Oklahoma Public Employees Deferred Compensation Act.  A shell bill as introduced.

 

Official English

HB-3386

Terrill

Creating the Oklahoma Official English Implementation Act.  This bill would create state law to further the ideals of a state constitution provision declaring English the official language of Oklahoma, if that provision is approved by the people in an upcoming election.  The bill provides that state agencies shall not implement or enforce any federal law requiring or allowing them to use languages other than English in provision of services or agency activities, unless expressly required to do so by the federal Constitution.

 

Developmental disabilities

HB-3393

Nelson; Anderson

Modifying the Self-Directed Care Pilot Program; creating the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.  Making the Self-Directed Care Program for recipients of home and community based waiver services a permanent rather than pilot program.  Extends personal choice of services and providers under the program to services that may be provided in association with the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program if it becomes law.  The Scholarships for Students with Disabilities program created by this bill would allow schools to meet their obligations under IDEA by providing special educations students with scholarships, as requested by parents, to attend private schools.  Under this law a school district would not be responsible for any addition special education or related services costs not calculated into the scholarship amount, and the state would be exempted from any liability related to award or use of such a scholarship.

 

State agencies

HB-3423

Miller

Streamlining of state agency financial services.  Shell bill as introduced.

 

Health insurance

HJR-1054

Ritze

A proposed constitutional change making purchase of health insurance optional.  The constitutional amendment would state that no person or employer could be required to purchase health insurance or be penalized if they failed to secure health coverage.  The amendment would require a vote of the people for approval.

 

Cities; revenue for city projects

HJR-1066

Buck

A proposed constitutional amendment allowing general obligation bond issues for cities and political subdivisions to be approved by a simple majority rather than the current three-fifths of voters in an election. 

 

Autism

HJR-1068

Brown

Requiring health insurance coverage of autism.  This is a proposed constitutional amendment and requires a vote of the people.