March 5, 2018 - March 9, 2018: Week 5
Following last week’s first committee deadline, lawmakers this week turned their attention to floor work, with both chambers considering many bills in an attempt to push through to next Thursday’s deadline for bills to pass off the floor in their chambers of origin. Both Senate and House members have been told by their respective leaders to expect long nights next week as the Thursday bill deadline approaches.
 
Members of the House of Representatives conducted their Speaker of the House election this week, with Representative Charles McCall being re-elected for a second term. The Senate will hold their President Pro Tempore election next week.
Regular Session Bills of Note

a.     HB 3220 by Rep. Jadine Nollan (R-Sand Springs)
HB 3220 directs the State Board of Career and Technology Education to develop a certification system for teachers and instructors in the technology center school districts. The certification system must be competency based and integrate the same competencies that are mandated for all teachers.
  • HB 3220 is expected to be heard on the House floor next week.
 
b.     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 tech 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 tech program to the courses to meet the science requirement for high school graduation.
  • SB 1370 is expected to be heard on the Senate floor next week.
 
c.      SJR 70 and SB 1398 by Sen. Stephanie Bice (R-Edmond)
SJR 70 and SB 1398 together would propose a vote of the people on a constitutional amendment that expands the uses of certain ad valorem taxes levied by a school district for operations – essentially it would allow schools to use their building fund for operations.
  • After much debate, both measures passed off the Senate floor and will now be engrossed and sent to the House for consideration.
 
d.    HB 2918 by Rep. Jeff Coody (R-Lawton)
HB 2918 removes the ability of an individual without a handgun license to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm open and unconcealed, effectively eliminating current licensing requirements for individuals to open carry.
  • HB 2918 must be heard on the House floor next week in order to advance.
 
e.     HB 3192 by Rep. Jeff Coody (R-Lawton)
HB 3192 lessens training requirements for school personnel who have been designated by the board of education to carry a handgun on school property. This bill would permit anyone who possesses a valid handgun license issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act and who has been approved by the local board of education to carry a handgun on public school property.
  • HB 3192 must be heard on the House floor next week in order to advance.
 
f.      SB 880 by Sen. Ron Sharp (R-Shawnee)
SB 880 changes the entity responsible for the application process for a legislatively designated STEM Community or STEM Region from the Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma (CASMEO) to the Department of Career and Technology Education.
  • SB 880 passed the Senate floor and will now be engrossed and sent to the House for consideration.
 If you have questions about any of the information provided in this update, 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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