House Bill 1941, a bail bondsmen bill authored by Rep. John Bennett and myself, has successfully navigated the legislative process with a House vote of 59-24 and a Senate vote of 42-2, and is now awaiting a signature from Governor Mary Fallin.
Previously, Oklahoma bondsmen have been restricted, when out of state bondsmen were not. 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.
House Bill 1942, authored by Representative John Bennett and myself, creates the Oklahoma Veterans Recovery Plan Act. As you know, health care under our federal constitutional system is a state responsibility. HB 1942 was written to create a standard of care to provide our veterans a process to heal brain injuries and injuries caused by lack of oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been in use for over 75 years and the success rate is beyond dispute. HB 1942 expands effective medical care in Oklahoma to include hyperbaric oxygen therapy that actually heals brain injuries, as opposed to treating them unsuccessfully for years with endless medications. The purpose of this bill is to restore the lives and rebuild the brains of our injured veterans.
I’m pleased to say that HB 1942 passed in the Appropriations Committee this week with a vote of 17-3, and will soon be eligible for consideration on the Senate floor.
You can follow the progress of state legislation at www.oksenate.gov. Click on “Legislation,” then “Basic Bill Search,” and type in “HB1941” or “HB1942” (without spaces or quotation marks). You will be presented with an array of options from which to choose. The history of the bill is laid out; you may read the latest version of each bill by clicking on the “Versions” tab and selecting the most recent date.
Until next time,
Senator Mark Allen