Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Oklahoma Senate 2019 interim studies approved


Oklahoma Senate 2019 interim studies approved

OKLAHOMA CITY – Education, health care and mental health services, criminal justice policies, and retirement issues are among the topics approved for interim studies in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate President Pro Tempore’s Office on Tuesday released the list of 72 interim studies.

The members of the Oklahoma Senate use interim studies to take a more in-depth look at and hear from subject-matter experts about potential legislation and policies on a variety of topics. Interim studies are assigned to the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the subject matter contained within the request. Committee chairs are responsible for scheduling meetings for interim studies. All interim studies must be completed by November 8. Meeting notices will be posted on the Senate website (www.oksenate.gov).

*indicates a joint request with a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Agriculture and Wildlife Committee

  • Senator Mary Boren, D-Norman, a study on farm-to-table reforms.
  • Senator Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, a study of urban agriculture.

Appropriations Committee

  • Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, a study of disaster response funding protocols.
  • Senator John Michael Montgomery, R-Lawton, and Senator Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, a study on innovating state capital asset management.
  • Senator Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, a study on digital service.
  • Senator Paul Scott, R-Duncan, a study on funding systems providing storm-shelter space.
  • Senator Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, a study of how charter schools are funded and the real cost per student.*

Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee

  • Senator Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, a study on blockchain, virtual currencies, and potential implementation in Oklahoma.
  • Senator Brent Howard, R-Altus, a study on streamlining small business start-ups and entrepreneur growth.*
  • Senator Matthews, a study on reducing poverty by increasing home ownership and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, a study comparing Oklahoma pawn shop financing with other states.
  • Senator Scott, a study of requirements for obtaining a barbering license.
  • Senator Scott and Senator Howard, a study on stopping “robo calls”.
  • Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, a study on how the state and subdivisions put Oklahoma first.
  • Senator Standridge, a study of consolidation of workforce innovation boards.

Education Committee

  • Senator Boren, a study on textbook adoption and funding reforms.*
  • Senator David Bullard, R-Durant, a study on how best to use excess revenue from the Commissioners of the Land Office for schools.
  • Senator Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, a study of professional development requirements for school districts.
  • Senator Ikley-Freeman, a study of school policies on seclusion and restraint.
  • Senator Kirt, a study on access to arts education.
  • Senator Scott, a study of amending the Reading Sufficiency Act.
  • Senator Scott, a study of summer feeding programs for youth.
  • Senator Sharp, a study on oversight responsibilities of charter school sponsors.*
  • Senator Standridge, a study on Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE).
  • Senator Standridge, a study on the impact of cyberbullying on children and ways to combat it.
  • Senator Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, a study on House Bill 1017 school mandates.
  • Senator Stanislawski, a study on the common education building equalization fund.
  • Senator Stanislawski, a study on personalized learning.

Energy Committee

  • Senator Boren, a study on solar energy in schools.*

Finance Committee

  • Senator Boren, a study on affordable housing initiatives.
  • Senator Tom Dugger, R-Stillwater, a study on Oklahoma Green Cards.
  • Senator Matthews, a study on accessing community reinvestment act funds.
  • Senator Montgomery, a study on conditional cash transfers, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and development.
  • Senator Montgomery, a study on student loan debt and its impact on the state economy.
  • Senator Montgomery, a study of consumer debt.
  • Senator Montgomery, a study on debt affordability and areas of potential investment.
  • Senator Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, a study on the aerospace equipment resource program.

General Government Committee

  • Senator Joe Newhouse, R-Broken Arrow, a study of municipal regulation of aesthetic design elements in residential construction.*
  • Senator Standridge, a study on hospital districts.


Health and Human Services Committee

  • Senator John Haste, R-Broken Arrow, a study of the Safe Babies Court Team program.
  • Senator Hicks, a study of the cost of prescriptive medications.
  • Senator Ikley-Freeman, a study on youth access to mental health programs
  • Senator Ikley-Freeman, a study on child care deserts.
  • Senator Greg McCortney, R-Ada, a study on raising the smoking age to 21.
  • Senator McCortney, a study on medication assisted treatment for addiction.
  • Senator Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, a study of requirements for assisted living/memory care units.
  • Senator Scott, a study of Department of Human Services practices for investigating daycare facilities.
  • Senator Scott, a study of the Family First Prevention Services Act.
  • Senator Frank Simpson, R-Springer, a study on solutions to the opioid epidemic.
  • Senator Simpson, a study of state services for children with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Senator Standridge, a study of the Developmental Disabilities Services Division wait list.
  • Senator Standridge, a study on improving Oklahoma health by pharmacy practice.

Judiciary Committee

  • Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, and Senator Howard, a study of the Oklahoma Trust Act.
  • Senator Sharp, a study on limited liability corporations.
  • Senator Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, a study on recovering evidence from abandoned vehicles.

Public Safety Committee

  • Senator Bullard, a study on transportation of mental health patients.
  • Senator Daniels, a study of fines and fees in the criminal justice system.
  • Senator Hicks, a study of current seatbelt laws.
  • Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, a study on cellular and electronic devices in Oklahoma prisons.
  • Senator Mary Quinn, R-Claremore, a study on driver's license testing.
  • Senator Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, a study of the felony larceny threshold.
  • Senator Weaver, a study of workplace violence on medical professionals.

Retirement and Insurance Committee

  • Senator Montgomery, a study on retirement security.
  • Senator Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, a study on pension law reform.
  • Senator Rosino, a study of insurance coverage of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).


Rules Committee

  • Senator Montgomery, a study of Article 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution.
  • Senator Scott, a study on the 2020 Census.
  • Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, a study on county home rule.
  • Senator George Young, D-Oklahoma City, a study on community impact studies.


Transportation Committee

  • Senator Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, a study on advanced transportation technology readiness.
  • Senator Bergstrom, a study of state and federal requirements for commercial driver’s license training and testing.

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