The regular session of the Oklahoma 2017 Legislature starts today. The following is a quick look back at some of the bills the legislature passed during last year's session:
SB1577 puts a $12.5 million cap on the tax credit available for “at risk” oil or gas leases. Passed because the rebate payments under the old law had soared to over $130 million annually.
SB1164 requires the State Department of Health to create a concussion management section on its website.
SB 359 creates the uninsured vehicle enforcement program. District Attorneys are charged with administering the program and are to obtain automated license plate readers which will be used apparently in connection with traffic cameras. The data collected under the program is not subject to the Open Records Act. If a violation is detected, the violator will receive a ticket through the mail imposing a fee of $169. This program is not yet fully implemented. An estimate regarding when the program may be implemented could not be located at the time of this post.
HB 2397 changes categories of offenses that may be expunged from criminal records, and cuts the waiting period from ten to five years for certain misdemeanors.
HB 3017 creates the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Act. Its intent is to streamline the process of honoring the wishes of sick and dying patients. This should not be confused with a living will or a durable power of attorney. You should consult with your favorite estate-planning attorney to discuss those important documents that should be in place before you or your loved ones need them.
HB 2599 prohibits unauthorized drones within 400 feet of a “critical infrastructure facility” which is defined very broadly. The provision subjects violators to civil liability only, not to criminal penalties.
SB1196 allows a minor to consent to a forensic examination only without requiring the consent of a parent or guardian.
SB687 and HB 2820 create the Massage Therapy Practice Act and the Music Therapy Practice Act respectively, apparently to attempt to regulate these areas that are growing in popularity.
SB1257 aka the “revenge porn” bill, makes it a misdemeanor (punishable up to one (1) year or a fine of $1,000.00) to disseminate naked pictures of others (who are over the age of 18) without their permission.
HB2962 seeks to provide health insurance coverage for kids who are on the autism spectrum. Insurance companies cannot deny coverage solely because a person has been diagnosed with or is being treated for autism, and it cannot alter coverage limits/deductibles just for autism treatment. Oklahoma is the 44th state in the nation to pass similar legislation.
HB 1036 exempts from the Open Records Act information regarding school personnel who have been designated to carry a firearm on campus.