Legislative Update
Friday, February 24, 2017

Take Action:

HB 1868 – by Rep. Jason Dunnington

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, Monday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Please call all members of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee and encourage them to vote YES for this bill, which provides state employees, mostly women, overtime pay! Here’s a link to the members of that committee: http://bit.ly/2lNpXW7

 

HB 1530 – by Rep. Jason Dunnington

This bill eliminates pay secrecy policies by prohibiting employers from punishing employees for disclosing their own wages or discussing a co-worker’s wages, and increases fines for employers who don’t pay women fairly. It’s waiting to be heard in the House Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee on Wednesday, March 1, which is the last chance for this bill to be heard. Please call the members of the committee and ask that the bill be heard and to vote YES. Here’s their information: http://bit.ly/2lBb1tE

 

Legislative Focus:

Violence Prevention & Response

HB 1121, Support – Rep. Ryan Martinez is the House Author. Sen. Stephanie Bice is the Senate Author.

The bill allows any district or municipal court to establish an integrated domestic violence court, if funds are available. The bill has passed the House and was introduced in the Senate.

HB 1277, Oppose – Rep. Travis Dunlap is the House Author.

This bill creates the Fairness in Fault Act, prohibiting a court from granting a divorce on the grounds of incompatibility if there are minor children, the parties have been married 10 years or more, or either party files a written objection. The bill was amended in the house to add the following: “The court may waive meetings with a licensed family counselor as well as the waiting period of one hundred eighty (180) days for good cause shown which shall include, but not be limited to, where domestic violence, stalking or harassment as defined by paragraph 2 of subsection I of Section 109 of this title occurred during the marriage.”

The bill passed the House Judiciary – Civil and Environmental Committee and is waiting to be heard on the House Floor. Watch related media story.

HB 1466, Support – Rep. Elise Hall is the House Author. Sen. A.J. Griffin is the Senate Author.

The bill allows a court to issue an order directing a wireless company or household utility account to transfer billing responsibility for and rights to a phone number to the account of the petitioner, if the petitioner is not the account holder.

The bill passed unanimously in the House and was introduced in the Senate.

HB 1470, Support – Rep. Carol Bush is the House Author. Sen. David Holt is the Senate Author.

The bill extends the statutes of limitation for alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse or exploitation by allowing them to sue for civil damages until their 45th birthday. The measure also removes the requirement that evidence of the alleged abuse include both proof that the victim had psychologically repressed the memory of the facts upon which the claim was predicated and that there is corroborating evidence that the sexual abuse, exploitation or incest actually occurred.

The bill passed the House and is waiting introduction in the Senate.

HB 1680, Support – Rep. Harold Wright is the House Author. Sen. Anthony Sykes is the Senate Author.

The bill requires the Department of Corrections to give notice of the date of release or date of anticipated release of the inmate to the designated Oklahoma service provider within 60 days but not less than 7 days prior to the release of the inmate.

The bill passed the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee and is waiting to be heard on the House Floor.

HB 1816, Support – Rep. Jason Dunnington is the House Author.

The bill modifies protected classes against discrimination to now include gender, including assumptions and stereotypes associated with sex-based considerations, as well as creed, familial-status, political affiliation, place of birth, ancestry or veteran-status.

The bill was withdrawn from the House Judiciary – Civil and Environmental Committee and referred to the Rules Committee.

SB 32, Support – Sen. Roger Thompson is the Senate Author.

The bill provides that an individual convicted of human trafficking for commercial sex, or convicted a second or subsequent time for manufacture, cultivate, distribute, or possession with intent to distribute a synthetic controlled substance; or unlawful manufacturing or attempting to unlawfully manufacture any controlled dangerous substance in certain amounts and/or as a habitual offender will not be eligible for parole consideration prior to serving 85 percent of the sentence imposed.

The bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Anastasia Pittman signed on to co-author and the bill is waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor.

SB 34, Support – Sen. Kimberly David is the Senate Author. Rep. Scott Biggs is the House Author.

The bill prohibits lack of knowledge of the age of a human trafficking victim from constituting a defense to the human trafficking of a minor.

The bill passed the Judiciary Committee and is waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor.

SB 50, Support – Sen. Kay Floyd is the Senate Author. Rep. Jadine Nollan is the House Author.

The bill modifies the duties of guardians ad litem. It requires their written reports to be factual. It specifies that the court determines what is in the best interest of the child.

The bill passed the Senate and was introduced in the House.

Economic Security

HB 1868, Support – Rep. Jason Dunnington is the House Author.

The bill requires any state employee earning less than $30,000 annually to receive overtime pay, instead of compensatory time, for all hours worked over 40 hours a week beginning November 1, 2017. It requires any state employee earning less than $35,000 annually to also receive overtime pay, instead of compensatory time, for all hours worked over 40 hours a week beginning January 1, 2018 and all employees earning $40,000 annually will also receive overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 hours a week beginning January 1, 2019.

The bill passed the House Appropriations and Budget General Government Subcommittee and was referred to the full Appropriations Committee for hearing.

SB 653, Support – Sen. Joe Newhouse is the Senate Author. Rep. Kevin McDugle is the House Author.

The bill prohibits a court, when determining alimony, from considering disability compensation received by a party from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related injuries for any purpose. It also prohibits a court from offsetting any disability income with other assets of the military member. Prevents including military disability payment in calculating child support.

The bill passed the Senate and was introduced in the House.

SB 342, Support – Sen. David Holt is the Senate Author. Rep. Elise Hall is the House Author.

The bill creates a task force to oversee an assessment and analysis of existing laws, policies and practices relating to fines, fees and costs assessed on persons interacting with the criminal justice process until December 31, 2019. The bill sets the duties of the task force and provides for task force membership, the naming of a chair, achieving a quorum and the frequency of meetings. It subjects the meetings to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. It requires that members receive no compensation or travel reimbursement. It requires staff support be provided by the Governor’s Office, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The bill passed unanimously from the Senate and was introduced in the House.

SB 272, Support – Sen. Michael Bergstrom is the Senate Author. Rep. Scott Biggs is the House Author.

The bill requires the court on or after November 1, 2017, to direct an automatic 12 month deferral of all outstanding fines, court costs and fees in a criminal case for any person who is eligible to hold a driver license in this state; served a period of imprisonment in the custody of the State Department of Corrections after conviction for a crime; has been released from the custody of the State Department of Corrections; or has complied with all probation or supervision requirements since being released from the custody of the State Department of Corrections.

The bill passed the Judiciary Committee with a stricken title and is waiting to be heard in the Senate.

Deadlines:

March 2 – Deadline for reporting House bills and joint resolutions from House committees.

March 2 – Deadline for reporting Senate Measures from Senate Committees.

To look up bill language, visit http://www.oklegislature.gov/ and select “Find Bill”.

 

 

 

With your help and support, eight bills that we believe will improve the lives of women and girls in our state were passed in 2016!  

SB 1249
Co-authored by Senator Kay Floyd & Representative Lee Denney.
This bill establishes the deadline for determination of final protective order to be within six months.

SB 1196
Authored by Representative Jason Nelson & Senator AJ Griffin.
This bill allows minors to self-consent to Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations if they have been a victim of sexual assault.

HB 2398
Authored by Senator AJ Griffin and Representative Scott Biggs.
This bill closed a loophole in Oklahoma’s sodomy law. The legislation was written in response to an Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals discussion upholding a lower court’s dismissal of a sodomy case on the grounds that Oklahoma’s rape law covers people who are unconscious and unable to give consent, but didn’t specifically address sodomy under such circumstances.

HB 2472
Authored by Senator Greg Treat and Representative Pam Peterson.
Allows district attorneys the discretion to file a charge as a misdemeanor offense rather than a felony offense after considering provided circumstances.

HB 2479
Authored by Senator Greg Treat and Representative Pam Peterson.
This bill reduces or eliminates minimum sentencing and reduces maximum sentences for convictions under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

HB 2474
Authored by Senator AJ Griffin and Representative Pam Peterson.
Prohibits rules from preventing the issuance of a provisional license due to nonpayment or delayed payment of court ordered fines, fees and penalties, to an individual that otherwise satisfies the eligibility requirements for said license.

HB 2753
Authored by Representative Pam Peterson and Senator Wayne Shaw.
Adds assessment authorization for drug court program eligibility to the Oklahoma Drug Court Act.

HB 2751
Authored by Representative Pam Peterson and Senator Greg Treat.
This bill changes the penalty for embezzlement in the amount less than $1,000 from a felony to a misdemeanor. It also changes the penalty for someone charged with writing bogus checks in an amount less than $1,000 from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The Coalition joined other non-profit and faith-based organizations to successfully prevent elimination or cuts to the child/childcare tax credit, which would have devastated Oklahoma families.

On February 24, 2016, Governor Fallin signed an Executive Order directing state agencies to eliminate questions about prior felony convictions from initial employment applications.

The Coalition joined forces with Representative Jason Dunnington, Senator Kyle Loveless and many others to fight for Equal Pay in Oklahoma. Although the bill passed 8 times this session, it was not heard in the Senate before sine die. We will continue to fight for this next session.