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2010 Disability and Agency Bills of Note

 

Disability-related measures:

Health insurance; autism

SB-1269

Easley

Requiring health insurance coverage of autism.

Aging services

SB-1270

Easley

Establishing State Department on Aging.

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 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 promotion; Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma

SB-1308

Rice

Poor persons; providing for weight loss and management services under Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma. Effective date.

Health insurance; autism

SB-1316

Gumm

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

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.

Health promotion; Medicaid

SB-1349

Crain

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

COPD (chronic lung disease); health

SB-1373

Crain

Creating the Oklahoma Plan for COPD Act.

Prosthetics; health insurance

SB-1390

Mazzei

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

Stroke

SB-1399

Marlatt

Creating the Oklahoma Central Stroke Registry.

2-1-1 human services information

SB-1776

Anderson

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

Newborn eye care

SB-1817

Crain

Modifying provisions relating to newborn eye care.

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.

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.  .

Mental health

SB-2331

Johnson, Constance

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

Hearing aids

HB-2298

McDaniel

Exempting sales of hearing aids from state sales tax.

Disabled parking

HB-2567

Wesselhoft

Requiring municipalities to adopt disability parking ordinances.  Adding stickers issues 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 an 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.

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.

Workers compensation

McCullough

HB-2639

Redesigning the workers compensation system.

Orthotics

HB-2678

Faught

Modifying licensing procedures under the Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice Act.

Vulnerable adults

HB-2702

McDaniel

Establishing crime of mistreatment of a vulnerable adult.

Multiple sclerosis

HB-2710

Collins

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

Sheltered workshops

HB-2744

Ownbey

Providing for licensing of sheltered workshops; requiring background checks at sheltered workshops.

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.

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.

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-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.

Developmental disabilities

HB-2902

Brown

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

Mental health

HB-2906

Morgan

Creating the Vulnerable Adult Intervention Team Pilot Program; addressing placement of certain individuals due to incompetence.

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.

Transportation

HB-2975

Shannon

Creating the Oklahoma Transportation Act.

Transportation

HB-2976

Shannon

Transportation Development Act.

In-home assistance; companions

HB-2986

Schwartz

Establishing a registry for persons providing companion and sitter services.

Medicaid

HB-2990

Enns

Requiring the Health Care Authority to establish certain reimbursement rates for prosthetic devices under Medicaid.

State Use Act

HB-2045

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

Business Enterprise Program

Business Enterprise Program vendors

SB-1321

Gumm

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

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.

Vending facilities; BEP

SB-1896

Bingman

Oklahoma Deposit Beverage Container Recycling Act.

Vending facility operators; BEP

HB-2797

Kiesel

Creating the Oklahoma Beverage Container Recycling Act.

On the long list, bill topics include

  • DHS direct support staff and personal care providers
  • Prescription drug provisions
  • Medicaid
  • Sales tax relief
  • Health insurance
  • Nursing home provisions
  • School testing (accessibility and achievement issues)
  • Allowing schools to use their textbook allocation funds for other purposes and exempting school districts from state textbook adoption requirements
  • State Use Act changes

 

Injury prevention:

Injury prevention

SB-1265

Easley

Modifying fine for failure to use seat belts.

Injury prevention

SB-1324

Russell

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

Injury prevention

SB-1329

Bass

Creating the Motorcycle Mobility and Safety Act.

Injury prevention

SB-1345

Paddack

Increasing penalty for not wearing seat belt. 

Injury prevention

SB-1355

Paddack

Limiting use of telecommunications devices while driving.

Injury prevention

SB-1386

Garrison

Limiting use of wireless telecommunications devices while driving.

Injury prevention

SB-1843

Easley

Limiting use of wireless communications devices while driving.

Injury prevention

SB-1906

Johnson

Prohibiting use of portable electronic devices while driving.

Injury prevention

SB-1908

Sykes

Prohibiting distracted driving.

Injury prevention

HB-2611

Liebmann

Prohibiting use of certain electronic devices while driving.

State government – agency-related bills:

State employees; retirement

SB-1271

Gumm

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

State employees health insurance

SB-1274

Gumm

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

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.  Making other changes related to public construction contracts.

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.

Limiting terms of agency 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.

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 publications; formats

SB-1697

Anderson

Providing procedure for state publications published in electronic formats.

State government; purchasing

SB-1714

Justice

Giving purchasing preferences to certain products under certain circumstances.

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.

Administrative rules

SB-1849

Sykes

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

State agencies; purchasing; bidding

SB-1887

Anderson

Providing alternate bidding procedure for bids on construction projects.

State government; administrative rules

SB-1920

Sparks; Martin

Requiring legislative approval of administrative rules.

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.

State government

HB-2310

Murphey

State government; Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2010; noncodification; effective date; emergency.

State government

HB-2318

Murphey

State government; Oklahoma State Government Modernization and Technology Act of 2010; noncodification; effective date; emergency.

State employees

HB-2324

Murphey

State government; 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.

Health insurance

HB-2340

McAffrey

Requiring health insurance coverage of bariatric surgery.

State employees

HB-2618

Proctor

Providing for voluntary furloughs.

State agency contracts

HB-2675

Faught

Relating to state agency contracts; revenue shortfall; review procedures.

State agencies; administrative rules

HB-2676

Faught

Requiring legislative approval of certain state agency administrative rules.

State government

HB-2698

McDaniel

Creating the Oklahoma Government Website Information Act; codification.

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.

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.

State government

HB-3004

Peterson

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

State government

HB-3035

Benge

Oklahoma Executive Branch Agency Consolidation Act.