Two of my Senate bills made it into law this year. Senate Bills 72 and 1604 were both signed by Governor Fallin on May 6.
The first of its kind in the United States and approved unanimously by both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature, Senate Bill 1604 states that any Oklahoma veteran who has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and prescribed hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) by an authorized medical professional may receive HBOT at any facility in the state that has a hyperbaric chamber. Subject to the availability of funding, the treatment will be paid for with private dollars at no cost to the veteran. SB 1604 creates a revolving, continuing fund in the State Treasury that will consist of all monies received by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the form of donations, appropriations or other monies. The bill was House authored by Representative John Bennett and goes into effect November 1 of this year.
House authored by Representative Tommy Hardin, Senate Bill 72 was a constituent request bill that states, “No person shall willfully interfere with the lawful performance of any police dog or police horse,” and establishes penalties for such acts. The law goes into effect November 1, 2014.
Representative Bennett authored House Bills 2328 and 2407 and I was pleased to be the Senate author for these two bills again this year. House Bill 2328 allows storage building manufacturers to move product (e.g., portable buildings) to sales sites or customers for the price of one annual permit, rather than individual permits for individual loads. The law takes immediate effect. House Bill 2407 addresses multi-county bail bondsmen. Oklahoma bondsmen were limited to the number of bonds they could write, but out of state bondsmen were not. Basically, this bill levels the playing field for the free market to work. The law goes into effect July 1, 2014.
If you wish to see the history of these bills, you may visit oksenate.gov, click on “Legislation > Basic Bill Search” and enter the bill numbers in the following format: “SB1604” – with no spaces. This will take you to a complete history of the bill; click on the tabs to see amendments, versions, votes, etc.
Until next time,
Senator Mark Allen