Friday, February 16, 2018
Week two of the legislative session has proven to be just as busy as last week, with both special session and regular session meeting this week.

As expected, the House of Representatives considered HB 1033xx on Monday, which was the omnibus revenue bill that made up the backbone of the Step Up Oklahoma plan. Unfortunately, the measure did not receive the 76 votes required to pass a revenue-raising bill out of the House. The vote failed by a vote of 63-35 , with many members of both parties voting no. Because the revenue bill failed, the House did not even consider any of the other bills which were a part of the Step Up plan, including the $5,000 teacher pay raise bill.

So what’s next for special session 2? At this point, the budget for FY 2018 is still not balanced and legislative leaders have stayed true to their word that the Step Up plan was the final chance at raising revenue for FY 18. House and Senate leadership introduced an adjusted general appropriations bill, which makes 0.66 percent across-the-board cuts in order to balance the FY 18 budget for the remaining four months of the fiscal year. 

HB 1020xx is a general appropriations bill that adjusts the budget to reflect across the board cuts to state agencies. Career Tech takes a cut of $746,340.
  • HB 1020xx passed both House and Senate JCAB committees and is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.


If you have questions about any of the information provided below, please contact our office, or you may contact Skye McNiel, 918-645-1289 or by email at smcniel@okacte.org or Hayley Jones at (405) 524-1191. 
Regular Session Bills of Note

I.      SB 1370 by Sen. Jason Smalley (R-Stroud)
SB 1370 changes reference of work ready curriculum to career ready curriculum. It adds successful completion of one year of a full-time, three-hour career and technology program or any other mathematics course with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra I to the courses to meet the mathematics requirement for high school graduation. It adds successful completion of one year of a full-time, three-hour career and technology program to the courses to meet the science requirement for high school graduation.
  • SB 1370 has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.

II.      HB 3054 by Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Depew)
HB 3054 exempts the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education from consolidation relating to the Oklahoma Information Services Act.
  • HB 3054 passed the House Higher Education & Career Tech Committee on Tuesday by a vote of 6-3 and is now eligible to be heard on the House floor.

III.       HB 3220 by Rep. Jadine Nollan (R-Sand Springs)
HB 3220 authorizes the State Board of Career and Technology Education to develop a certification system for teachers and instructors who teach in technology center school districts. It requires such a system to be competency-based, and requires the Board to promulgate rules.
  • HB 3220 has been referred to the House Higher Education & Career Tech Committee.
 If you have questions about any of the information provided, please contact our office, or you may contact Skye McNiel, 918-645-1289 or by email at smcniel@okacte.org or Hayley Jones at (405) 524-1191. 

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