February 9, 2016

Senate Transportation Committee approves five bill

The Senate Transportation Committee approved five bills Tuesday but not before questioning provisions of two of the measures.               

Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, told committee members that SB1131 likely would not look the same when put to a final vote.               

“I may be when I come back with a final version in May, that this bill looks nothing like what I am presenting here today,” Crain said, noting that the bill was a starting point for negotiations involving interested parties and predicting that it would go to conference before members were asked to cast a final vote.

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February 9, 2016

House Veterans, Military Affairs approves

The House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee met briefly Tuesday to discuss the only two bills assigned to it.               

Chair Dustin Roberts, R-Durant, began by welcoming Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, as it was her first meeting as a member of the House committee.               

The first bill heard was HB2497, by Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, requires the new Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs building be named the "Vezey Veterans Complex

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February 9, 2016

House Business, Labor, Retirement Laws Committee

The House Business, Labor and Retirement Laws Committee granted do pass recommendations to eight bills Tuesday afternoon.                

HB3164 was presented by Chair Randy McDaniel, R-Edmond, on behalf of its author, Rep. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.               

“HB3164 addresses a situation in which both the employer and employee note the end date of employment.” McDaniel said at the beginning of his presentation.

He explained later, “I think it’s a transparency and honesty thing if you know that you are going into a temporary deal that everyone knows the situation and is treated accordingly.”

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February 9, 2016

House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee

The House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee unanimously passed all 10 bills heard during Tuesday’s meeting.

The most discussed bill was HB2276, by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, which allows the owner of property to file a request for judicial location exception with the county court if the owner objects to a corporation's desire to locate its pipeline, utility line or other transmission line on said property. The bill requires the petitioner to give notice of the request for judicial location exception to the respondent and requires the court to conduct a hearing to determine if an alternative location would be possible.

“It is something that was brought to my attention last fall by landowners in Payne County…and they just want to have a right of due process to say where these pipelines, transmission lines and utility lines might be placed on their property,” said Denney.

 

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February 9, 2016

House Admin Rules takes up sunset bills

The House Administrative Rules Committee took up a handful of bills Tuesday extending the sunset date of some agency boards and commissions.

The committee gave the four measures a do pass recommendation without discussion and debate but all of them were amended to change their sunset dates to 2020.

 

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February 9, 2016

Sykes questions regents nominee’s views of guns

Sen. Anthony Sykes questioned the view of Gov. Mary Fallin’s latest appointment to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on the issue of guns on college campuses when the nomination came up for Senate approval Tuesday.               

Sykes, R-Moore, asked whether Andrew Lester supported individuals’ right to carry firearms on college campuses. Weapons are banned on campuses except in certain circumstances. The state regents have opposed legislation that would allow all individuals or select groups to carry weapons on campus and continue to do so.

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