Early Childhood

HB1312 Paraphrase: HB1312, by Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City, creates a credit against income tax for incurred daycare expenses for children of deployed military service members. It prohibits the credit authorized from being used to reduce the tax liability of the taxpayer to less than zero.

Effective Date: 01/01/2018    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Walke, Collin (H)

Status: S Referred to Appropriations   Status Date: 03/27/2017

HB1491 Paraphrase: HB1491, by Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee, modifies provisions of the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act. It lowers the age of children at summer youth camp exempt from provisions of the Act from five to four and increases the number of hours for child care facilities exempt from 15 to 21.

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Newton, Carl (H)

Status: S General Order   Status Date: 04/03/2017

HB1607 Paraphrase: HB1607, by Rep. John Enns, R-Enid and Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, exempts the rear-facing child passenger restraint system requirement prescribed therein shall in instances of a child passenger being transported by a parent who has been rightfully issued a detachable placard indicating physical disability or a physically disabled license place. (Amended by Senate, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: / /    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Enns, John (H); Pederson, Roland (S)

Status: H Senate Amendments – Pending   Status Date: 04/18/2017

HB1623 Paraphrase: HB1623, by Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville and Sen. Robert Standridge, R-Norman, prohibits school district personnel from using corporal punishment on students with disabilities unless addressed in an annual IEP. (Amended by House, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Cleveland, Bobby (H); Standridge, Robert (S)

Status: S Laid Over   Status Date: 04/19/2017

HB1693 Paraphrase: HB1693, by Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, allows the State Department of Education to develop and adopt an alternate system of accountability for statewide virtual charter school and schools serving only prekindergarten through second grade. It establishes a multi-measures approach in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and establishes guideline. It deletes language relating to prior assessment guidelines. (Amended by House, Emergency Measure, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Martin, Scott (H); Stanislawski, Gary (S)

Status: S Engrossed   Status Date: 04/20/2017

HB1703 Paraphrase: HB1703, by Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City and Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, creates the Choosing Childbirth Act which requires the State Department of Health to make grants to a grant-supervising entity for the purpose of reimbursing private organizations in Oklahoma for the expense of programs providing nonprofit, pro-life organizations. It requires the Department to monitor the organizations to ensure grant money is spent in certain ways. It requires the Act to be implemented when funds become available. (Amended by House, Amended by Senate, Stricken Title)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Calvey, Kevin (H); Treat, Greg (S)

Status: S General Order   Status Date: 04/12/2017

HB1760 Paraphrase: HB1760, by Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, requires a Student Reading Proficiency Team to develop a new reading program for any third-grade student found not to be reading at grade level as determined by reading assessments. The bill clarifies language related to the demonstration of proficiency. It removes language related students not eligible for automatic promotion and who score at the below proficiency or limited knowledge levels on the reading portion of the third-grade statewide criterion-referenced test for schools years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. It requires students who score at the unsatisfactory level on the reading portion of the statewide third-grade assessment and who are not subject to a good-cause exemption and who do not qualify for promotion or probationary promotion be retained in the third grade and provided intensive instructional services and supports. It modifies school district reporting requirements. (Amended by House, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Henke, Katie (H)

Status: S Laid Over   Status Date: 04/18/2017

HB1832 Paraphrase: HB1832, by Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang and Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, authorizes the Department of Human Services to separate siblings if placement together would be contrary to the safety or well-being of the siblings. The bill reduces the age of youth in custody of the Department for which an annual credit report will be submitted. The bill eliminates the liability for foster parents for property damage or injuries caused by the child. It prohibits the limitation of the liability. (Amended by Senate, Stricken Title)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Osborn, Leslie (H); Paxton, Lonnie (S)

Status: S General Order   Status Date: 04/11/2017

HB1887 Paraphrase: HB1887, by Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore and Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie, decreases the length of time a minor has to live in a prospective adoptive home in order for medical and social history records to be disclosed.

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Ownbey, Pat (H); Griffin, A J (S)

Status: Governor Action – Signed   Status Date: 04/06/2017

HB1968 Paraphrase: HB1968, by Rep. Tess Teague, R-Choctaw, allows a buyer of an existing child care facility that operates the facility with the same personnel that were employed by the previous owner to continue to operate the facility at the same star level as existed under the previous ownership. (Passed by House, Engrossed and signed to Senate)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Teague, Tess (H)

Status: S Laid Over   Status Date: 04/18/2017

HB2008 Paraphrase: HB2008, by Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, creates the Dyslexia and Education Task Force for the purpose of creating a dyslexia handbook that will provide guidance for schools, students and parents in identification, intervention and support of students with dyslexia through accommodations and assistive technology. The bill establishes membership and meeting requirements. It requires the Task Force to study how to effectively identify students with dyslexia and make recommendations for appropriate interventions. (Amended by House, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: McCall, Charles (H); Stanislawski, Gary (S)

Status: S General Order   Status Date: 03/27/2017

SB0081 Paraphrase: SB0081, by Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee and Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, lowers the grade level to third from sixth at which point a student may be suspended for assaulting, attempting to cause physical bodily injury, or acting in a manner that could reasonably cause bodily injury to an education employee or a person who is volunteering for the school. It provides the term of suspension cannot be less than three days. (Amended by Senate, Emergency Measure, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 07/01/2017    Emergency: Yes

Principal Authors: Sharp, Ron (S); Nollan, Jadine (H)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/10/2017

SB0084 Paraphrase: SB0084, by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, adds the 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years to the years that each school district is required to report the number of students who did not pass the reading sufficiency test and was promoted to a subsequent grade.

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Bergstrom, Micheal (S); Henke, Katie (H)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/10/2017

SB0218 Paraphrase: SB0218, by Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie and Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, specifies a 3.0 percent fee amount, not exceeding $10, for each child support payment received per month. (Amended by Senate, Emergency Measure)

Effective Date: / /    Emergency: Yes

Principal Authors: Griffin, A J (S); Downing, Tim (H)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/11/2017

SB0389 Paraphrase: SB0389, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, modifies review requirements for the State Aid formula. It requires State Board of Education to review the pupil grade level weights, district weights and pupil category weights and to make recommendations for revisions to the Governor, House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tempore on or before Dec. 31, 2017, and at least once each five years thereafter. It removes an outdated reference to the Special Joint Committee on School Finance and requires the board to seek input from experts in the field of education finance. It removes the requirement that the board review that part of the State Aid formula which provides for a midterm supplement in State Aid to school districts. (Emergency Measure)

Effective Date: 07/01/2017    Emergency: Yes

Principal Authors: Stanislawski, Gary (S)

Status: H Referred to Common Education   Status Date: 03/28/2017

SB0393 Paraphrase: SB0393, by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, creates the Oklahoma Science Education Act. It requires the State Board of Education, school district boards of education, school district superintendents and school principals to endeavor to create an environment within public school districts that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues and to endeavor to assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies. It requires teachers be permitted to help students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught. It prohibits the State Board of Education, any school district board of education, school district superintendent or school principal from prohibiting any teacher in a public school district from helping students understand, analyze, critique and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught. It provides the language protects only the teaching of scientific information and states it cannot be construed to promote any religious or non-religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs or non-beliefs or promote discrimination for or against religion or non-religion. It requires the State Department of education by no later than the start of the 2017-2018 school year to notify school district boards of education and school district superintendents of public schools in the state of the bill’s provisions and for each school district board of education and school district superintendent to notify all employees within the school district of its provisions. (Amended by Senate, Emergency Measure)

Effective Date: 07/01/2017    Emergency: Yes

Principal Authors: Brecheen, Josh (S)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/13/2017

SB0632 Paraphrase: SB0632, by Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, creates the Education Compact for Students in State Care Act and establishes and advisory committee. The bill establishes membership guidelines and allows for travel reimbursement. It states requires the Committee to facilitate the transfer and/or enrollment of a student placed in state care to ensure timely delivery of records. It allows a receiving school district to request the student’s permanent records from the sending school district. The bill allows the transfer student who has been placed in state care 30 days to obtain required immunizations. The bill requires the school district to consider the student’s eligibility for placement in gifted and talented programs, an English learner program, extracurricular activities and courses offered by a technology center school. The bill allows the school district to waive any applicable graduation requirements. (Amended by Senate, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Sharp, Ron (S)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/13/2017

SB0717 Paraphrase: SB0717, by Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie and Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, expands the reasons for recording individuals on the Child Care Restricted Registry. It expands the purpose of rules promulgated by the Department of Human Services to establish a procedure to prohibit licensure, ownership, employment, unsupervised access to children or residence by a person on the Child Care Restricted Registry in any facility providing care to children or vulnerable adults. (Amended & Passed by Senate, Engrossed to House

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Griffin, A J (S); Osborn, Leslie (H)

Status: S House Amendments – Read Status Date:04/18/2017

SB0723 Paraphrase: SB0723, by Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie, requires prior to the issuance of a permit or license, owners and responsible entities making a request to establish or operate a child care facility, prior to employment of a person by a facility, prior to allowing unsupervised access to children by employees or individuals, including contract employees and volunteers, and prior to the issuance of a permit or license and prior to the residence of adults who subsequently move into a facility, adults living in the facility a sex offender registry and child abuse and neglect registry search conducted by an authorized source and a search of any available child abuse and neglect registry within a state the individual has resided in within the last five years. It requires the Department of Human Services director or designee to promulgate rules that ensure individuals obtain a criminal history records search, not to include the re-submission of fingerprints, not less than once during each five year period. It provides any individual who refuses to consent to the criminal background check or knowingly makes a materially false statement in connection with such criminal background check to be ineligible for ownership of, employment of, or residence in a child care facility. (Amended by Senate, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Griffin, A J (S)

Status: Sent to Governor   Status Date: 04/19/2017

SB0727 Paraphrase: SB0727, by Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie and Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, requires the Department of Human Services to engage in a collaborative decision-making process to address each child’s needs related to safety and whether the child’s condition warrants a safety intervention including but not limited to a change in placement, and those involved in the collaborative decision-making process shall include at a minimum appropriate Department staff, the parents of the child and, if the parent requests, an advocate or representative; to protect the safety of those involved and to promote efficiency, the Department may limit participants as determined to be in the best interests of the child; the Department shall make reasonable efforts to provide a trained facilitator to guide the decision-making process; and any determination that a collaborative decision-making process is not possible or is unnecessary shall require supervisor approval and documentation of the reasons supporting the determination. The bill requires the department to submit on or before January 31 each a report to the Senate President Pro Tempore, House Speaker, the Governor that includes information concerning the number of children in the Department’s custody that are placed in non-family settings, including but not limited to the types of settings utilized and the duration of the children’s stays in such settings; a census of approved foster homes and the number of children placed in those homes and a comparative review of foster home room and board rates; and information concerning child welfare staff workloads and comparative salaries for such staff. The bill provides a foster parent who is acting in good faith and pursuant to the reasonable and prudent parent standard will not be liable for property damage or injuries caused by the child or injuries to the child placed in his or her care when the child engages in appropriate activities and such damage or injuries results from the inherent risks typically associated with such activities. It provides the language does not prevent or limit the liability of a foster parent if the foster parent commits an act or omission that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the child or other persons or their property, and that act or omission caused the damage or injuries. The bill modifies the contents of statement of foster parents’ rights. (Amended by House, Amended by Senate, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Griffin, A J (S); Ownbey, Pat (H)

Status: S House Amendments – Read   Status Date: 04/19/2017

SB0748 Paraphrase: SB0748, by Sen. A J Griffin, R-Guthrie and Rep. Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, permits the Department of Human Services, subject to available funding and in consultation with an evaluation team created under the bill, to create a pilot program to improve socioeconomic outcomes for children in state custody. It establishes requirement for the pilot program, if implemented. It requires an evaluation team to determine the effectiveness of the pilot program and make a report to the Legislature and the department annually. It lists points to be evaluated. It establishes members of the evaluation team. It permits the department to contract for services necessary to carry out the duties of the department pursuant to the provisions of the bill and to accept the services of volunteer workers or consultants, provided no compensation be provided for such services. It permits the department to promulgate necessary rules. (Amended by Senate, Stricken Title)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Griffin, A J (S); Baker, Rhonda (H)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/17/2017

SB0773 Paraphrase: SB0773, by Sen. Kimberly David, R-Porter and Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, with assistance from the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to initiate a request for proposal for care coordination models for newborns through children 18 years of age in the custody of the Department of Human Services. It requires any request for proposal to require consideration of and incorporate efforts to continue the implementation of relevant initiatives as provided by the Master Settlement Agreement and administered by the Department of Human Services. It requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, with assistance from the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to provide a summary of the request for information responses to the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Governor on or before January 1, 2018. It requires the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board to promulgate necessary rules. (Amended by Senate, Committee Substitute)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: David, Kimberly (S); Mulready, Glen (H)

Status: H General Order   Status Date: 04/17/2017

SB0806 Paraphrase: SB0806, by Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, provides nutrition standards for all licensed child care facilities and eliminates screen time for children less than two years of age with the exception of special occasions. (Amended by Senate, Stricken Title)

Effective Date: 11/01/2017    Emergency: No

Principal Authors: Sparks, John (S)

Status: S House Amendments – Read    Status Date: 04/06/2017

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