How Oklahoma’s 187 New Laws Will Affect State Fees, Taxes, Property and Spending

  • Joe Wertz

Going into effect tomorrow are 187 laws that effect everything from redistricting and abortion to D.U.I. laws and livestock medical procedures.

The Oklahoman reports:

Students, teachers and visitors with a valid concealed-carry permit later this week will be able to bring handguns to a CareerTech campus — as long as they keep them in their locked vehicles.

The Tulsa World detailed HB 2128, which caps pain-and-suffering damages in lawsuits:

Supporters, including the State Chamber of Commerce, say it will make Oklahoma more business friendly while critics say it harms the most vulnerable in the state, such as women, the elderly and children who may have no or limited income.

Among the 187 laws that go into effect tomorrow are several budget-related provisions that affect spending, fees, state property and taxes.

HB 1044
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The Legislature must approve major administrative rules that establish or increase fees at state agencies, boards or commissions.

HB 1062
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Legislators and state employees can opt out of sate-funded insurance coverage if they have private policies. Officials estimate that state agencies will save between $1.5 million and $3.5 million annually.

HB 1438
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Requires the publication of a report detailing state-owned properties no late than Dec. 31 of each year. The report must list the 5 percent most underutilized properties, their value, the potential for purchase if offered for sale by the state and the impact on local taxes if the property is sold to a non-governmental entity.

SB 154
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Amends the Quality Jobs incentive program by reducing the number of quarters wherein an establishment is considered ineligible to receive further incentive payments. The number of quarters was reduced to 28 from 39.