Bill Text For SB0080 - Senate Floor Version

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 3|SENATE BILL NO. 80                   By: Thompson                      |
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 6|       [ Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program -                     |
  |       eligibility for the program - proficiency level on              |
 7|       certain assessments - effective date -                          |
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10|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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11|    SECTION 1.     AMENDATORY     70 O.S. 2011, Section 2603, as       |
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12|last amended by Section 2, Chapter 289, O.S.L. 2017 (70 O.S. Supp.     |
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13|2018, Section 2603), is amended to read as follows:                    |
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14|    Section 2603.  A.  Except as otherwise provided for in             |
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15|subsection B of this section and elsewhere in this section, to be      |
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16|eligible to participate in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access         |
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17|Program and to qualify for an award which includes payment of an       |
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18|amount equivalent to resident tuition or other tuition pursuant to     |
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19|Section 2604 of this title for the first semester or other academic    |
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20|unit of postsecondary enrollment, a student shall:                     |
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21|    1.  Be a resident of this state or be enrolled in a school         |
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22|district located in this state that serves students who reside in      |
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23|both this state and an adjacent state pursuant to a contract as        |
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24|authorized in Section 5-117.1 of this title;                           |
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 1|    2.  Be a United States citizen or lawfully present in the United   |
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 2|States.  A student who is not a United States citizen or lawfully      |
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 3|present in the United States shall not be eligible to participate in   |
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 4|the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program and to qualify for an      |
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 5|award notwithstanding the provisions of Section 3242 of this title.    |
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 6|The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to any student who    |
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 7|was enrolled in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program prior to   |
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 8|the end of the 2006-2007 school year;                                  |
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 9|    3.  Have a record of satisfactory compliance with agreements       |
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10|executed pursuant to Section 2605 of this title;                       |
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11|    4.   a.   have graduated within the previous three (3) years       |
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12|              from a high school accredited by the State Board of      |
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13|              Education, or the Oklahoma School of Science and         |
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14|              Mathematics with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point    |
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15|              average on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted in         |
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16|              grades nine through twelve,                              |
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17|         b.    have graduated within the previous three (3) years      |
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18|              from a high school not accredited by the State Board     |
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19|              of Education with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point   |
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20|              average on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted in         |
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21|              grades nine through twelve and have achieved a           |
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22|              composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT test, or      |
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23|         c.    have satisfactorily completed within the previous       |
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24|              three (3) years an educational program that was          |
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 1|              provided through a means other than a public or          |
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 2|              private school and have achieved a composite score of    |
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 3|              22 or higher on the ACT test, or                         |
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 4|         d.    have satisfactorily completed within the previous       |
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 5|              three (3) years an educational program that was          |
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 6|              provided through a means other than a public or          |
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 7|              private school and have performed at a proficiency       |
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 8|              level on the assessments required by Section 1210.508    |
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 9|              of this title for grades nine through twelve.  The       |
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10|              State Department of Education shall designate sites      |
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11|              for administration of assessments to carry out the       |
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12|              provision of this subparagraph;                          |
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13|    5.  Have completed the curricular requirements for admission to    |
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14|an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education    |
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15|and one additional unit or set of competencies in a course that        |
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16|meets college admission requirements.  The curriculum requirements     |
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17|shall include two units or sets of competencies in foreign or          |
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18|non-English language or technology courses that meet the college       |
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19|admission requirements and one unit or set of competencies of a fine   |
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20|arts course.  Students shall also have attained a 2.5 grade point      |
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21|average in the core curriculum courses.  Students who attended a       |
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22|high school which did not offer all the core curriculum courses or     |
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23|students who were educated by other means and were not offered all     |
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24|the core curriculum courses shall be allowed to satisfy this           |
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 1|curriculum requirement by participating in a program approved by the   |
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 2|State Regents for remediation of high school curricular                |
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 3|deficiencies;                                                          |
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 4|    6.  Have satisfied admission standards as determined by the        |
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 5|Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for first-time-entering    |
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 6|students for the appropriate type of institution, or, if attending a   |
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 7|private institution, have satisfied admission standards as             |
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 8|determined by the private institution.  No student participating in    |
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 9|the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program shall be admitted into     |
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10|an institution of higher education by special admission standards;     |
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11|    7.  Have secured admission to, and enrolled in, an institution     |
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12|which is a member of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education,    |
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13|a postsecondary vocational-technical program offered by a technology   |
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14|center school that meets the requirements to be eligible for federal   |
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15|student financial aid, or a private institution of higher learning     |
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16|located within this state and accredited pursuant to Section 4103 of   |
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17|this title; and                                                        |
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18|    8.   a.    have established financial need according to the        |
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19|              provisions of subsection D of Section 2605 of this       |
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20|              title and standards and provisions promulgated by the    |
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21|              Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education,             |
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22|         b.   if the student was adopted between birth and twelve      |
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23|              (12) years of age while in the permanent custody of      |
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24|              the Department of Human Services, in the court-ordered   |
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 1|              custody of a licensed private nonprofit child-placing    |
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 2|              agency, or federally recognized Indian tribe, as         |
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 3|              defined by the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, have    |
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 4|              established financial need according to the provisions   |
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 5|              of paragraph 1 of subsection E of Section 2605 of this   |
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 6|              title and standards and provisions promulgated by the    |
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 7|              Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, or          |
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 8|         c.   if the student was adopted between thirteen (13) and     |
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 9|              seventeen (17) years of age while in the permanent       |
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10|              custody of the Department of Human Services, in the      |
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11|              court-ordered custody of a licensed private nonprofit    |
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12|              child-placing agency, or federally recognized Indian     |
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13|              tribe, as defined by the federal Indian Child Welfare    |
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14|              Act, have established financial need according to the    |
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15|              provisions of paragraph 2 of subsection E of Section     |
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16|              2605 of this title and standards and provisions          |
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17|              promulgated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher     |
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18|              Education.                                               |
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19|    B.  1.  A student shall be eligible to participate in the          |
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20|Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program and to qualify for an award    |
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21|which includes payment of an amount equivalent to resident tuition     |
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22|or other tuition pursuant to Section 2604 of this title for the        |
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23|first semester or other academic unit of postsecondary enrollment if   |
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24|the student meets all of the following criteria:                       |
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 1|         a.    is a child of any person killed after January 1,        |
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 2|              2000, in the line of duty in any branch of the United    |
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 3|              States Armed Forces or who died after January 1, 2000,   |
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 4|              as a result of an injury sustained while in the line     |
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 5|              of duty in any branch of the United States Armed         |
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 6|              Forces and the person who was killed or died filed an    |
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 7|              individual or joint Oklahoma income tax return for the   |
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 8|              tax year prior to the year during which the person was   |
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 9|              killed or died,                                          |
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10|         b.    is a resident of this state or is enrolled in a         |
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11|              school district located in this state that serves        |
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12|              students who reside in both this state and an adjacent   |
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13|              state pursuant to a contract as authorized in Section    |
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14|              5-117.1 of this title,                                   |
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15|         c.    enrolls in an institution within The Oklahoma State     |
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16|              System of Higher Education prior to reaching the age     |
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17|              of twenty-one (21),                                      |
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18|         d.    has satisfied admission standards as determined by      |
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19|              the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for      |
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20|              first-time-entering students for the appropriate type    |
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21|              of institution, or, if attending a private               |
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22|              institution, has satisfied admission standards as        |
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23|              determined by the private institution.  No student       |
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24|              participating in the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access     |
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 1|              Program shall be admitted into an institution of         |
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 2|              higher education by special admission standards,         |
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 3|         e.    has secured admission to, and enrolled in, an           |
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 4|              institution which is a member of The Oklahoma State      |
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 5|              System of Higher Education, a postsecondary              |
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 6|              vocational-technical program offered by a technology     |
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 7|              center school that meets the requirements to be          |
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 8|              eligible for federal student financial aid, or a         |
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 9|              private institution of higher learning located within    |
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10|              this state and accredited pursuant to Section 4103 of    |
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11|              this title, and                                          |
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12|         f.    executes an agreement pursuant to subsection C of       |
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13|              Section 2605 of this title.                              |
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14|    2.  A student who is eligible to participate in the program        |
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15|pursuant to this subsection shall not be required to meet the          |
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16|eligibility requirements set forth in subsection A of this section.    |
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17|    C.  To retain eligibility while pursuing the program of higher     |
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18|learning in which enrolled, the student shall:                         |
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19|    1.  Meet the requirements for retention and degree completion as   |
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20|established by the institution in which the student is enrolled;       |
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21|    2.  Maintain good academic standing and satisfactory academic      |
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22|progress according to standards of the Oklahoma State Regents for      |
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23|Higher Education;                                                      |
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 1|    3.  Maintain satisfactory academic progress as required for        |
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 2|eligibility for federal Title IV student financial aid programs.       |
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 3|The provisions of this paragraph shall become effective for the        |
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 4|2012-2013 school year;                                                 |
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 5|    4.  Comply with the standards related to maintenance of            |
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 6|eligibility as promulgated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher    |
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 7|Education; and                                                         |
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 8|    5.  Refrain from conduct that leads to expulsion or suspension     |
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 9|of more than one semester from an institution of higher education.     |
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10|A student who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall          |
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11|permanently lose eligibility for program benefits.  The provisions     |
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12|of this paragraph shall become effective January 1, 2008.              |
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13|    D.  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the        |
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14|State Board of Career and Technology Education shall promulgate        |
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15|rules relating to maintenance of eligibility under the Oklahoma        |
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16|Higher Learning Access Act by a student.                               |
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17|    E.  It is the intent of the Legislature that students in the       |
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18|ninth grade for the 1992-93 school year who are determined to be       |
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19|eligible Oklahoma Higher Learning Access students pursuant to the      |
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20|Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Act shall be the first students        |
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21|eligible for benefits from the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Trust   |
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22|Fund.                                                                  |
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23|    F.  The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are            |
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24|authorized to study, develop and propose criteria for determining      |
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 1|award eligibility based upon the completion of seven semesters of      |
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 2|high school coursework by a student.                                   |
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 3|    SECTION 2.  This act shall become effective July 1, 2019.          |
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 4|    SECTION 3.  It being immediately necessary for the preservation    |
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 5|of the public peace, health or safety, an emergency is hereby          |
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 6|declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and    |
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 7|be in full force from and after its passage and approval.              |
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 8|COMMITTEE REPORT BY: COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS                       |
  |February 27, 2019 - DO PASS AS AMENDED                                 |
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