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The Legislative Monitoring Committee focuses on the following measures:

  • Administration of justice
  • Court organization, selection, tenure, salary and other incidents of the judicial office
  • Rules and laws affecting practice and procedure in the courts and in administrative bodies exercising adjudicatory functions
  • The practice of law

OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 3

Legislative Proposals and Endorsements in Principle:

  • The House of Delegates has the authority to place a measure on the Legislative Program or to endorse it in principle, with at least a 60% vote.

OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 5

Action by the Association upon proposals for improvement of the law by legislation or by judicial rule shall consist of:

  • Adoption as part of the Legislative Program of the Association;
  • Endorsement in principle.

OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 2

Legislative Report - 57th Legislature

The First Regular Session of the 57th Legislature convenes on Feb. 4 and will end May 31, 2019.  The OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee meets regularly and is watching legislative activity.

Update on Reading Day Bills as End of Session Nears

By Angela Ailles Bahm

The end of the 57th session of Oklahoma legislature was May 23. Gov. Stitt signed approximately 493 bills into law. At the bottom of the article is the “original” list from Reading Day which has been whittled down to those bills that are now law. Clearly this list is only the tip of the mountain of bills. Even if you are just a casual consumer of political news, you must realize there were significant changes made to our state. Legislation was passed to give effect to State Question 780 which re-classifies certain criminal offenses. The Legislature approved HB 2366 which provides for redistricting of the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. There are now five districts from which members of the Supreme Court will be chosen, as well as four at-large positions. How the directors of core-service agencies are appointed and how they will be monitored, all was changed dramatically.

To learn more about what bills have become law, please join us for the second annual Legislative Debrief.  It will take place Aug. 22 at the bar center starting at 2 p.m. All attendees will receive two hours of free MCLE credit. The debrief will be presented like Reading Day; presenters will share those bills that they believe have the most impact on the subject area of practice.

In addition, our Administrator of the Courts Jari Askins has agreed to moderate a legislative panel. They will talk for 30 minutes at the conclusion of the session.

To attend, you will need to email Debbie Brink at debbieb@okbar.org or call 405-416-7014. I look forward to seeing you there!

On a personal note, this is my last article on behalf of the Legislative Monitoring Committee. I want to thank our Executive Director John Williams for his stewardship – without him and his team, Debbie Brink, Debra Jenkins, Carol Manning and many more, the ship would sink! I want to thank all of you who have so generously donated your time and energy to the committee and to the programs! For me, personally, if I have affected one person to become more informed and engaged in the political process, I feel I have been successful. Please, please keep being engaged!

Committee member and presenter extraordinaire, Miles Pringle, will be taking over as chair. He is also an at-large member of the OBA Board of Governors and liaison for the committee. He will continue to advance the effort of education of the members of the bar. Again, thank you. If you have any suggestions on the improvement of the committee or programming, contact Mr. Pringle.

Family Law Bills

  • HB 2270. Title 10 Relates to uniform parentage act and limitations of paternity actions.
  • HB 2091. Title 22 Increases number of members on Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.
  • SB 833. Title 63 Modifies information to be gathered and incorporated into the annual report of the Office of Child Abuse Prevention.
  • HB 1222. Title 16 Provides for effective conveyances by married grantors.
  • SB 742. Title 63 Pertains to child abuse prevention and school districts.

Criminal Law Bills

  • HB 1019 Oklahoma criminal discovery code – access to discovery.
  • HB 1030 Title 37A. New law; alcoholic beverages; allows certain felons to possess an employee’s license.
  • HB 1269 Acts on State Question 780; we classifies certain offenses.

Estate Planning/Banking/General Business Bills

  • SB 732. Title 14 A UCC. Changes to dollar amounts from Reference Base Index.
  • SB 737. Title 18 Add real estate appraisers to Professional Entity Act.
  • SB 204. Title 18 Includes a “natural person” as a “charitable organization.”

Government Law Bills

  • HB 1391 Title 74. Pertaining to fingerprinting and back ground checks.
  • HB 1921 Title 62. New law; Oklahomans Virtually Everywhere Act.
  • SB 198 Title 74. New law; Guidelines for social media.

Civil Procedure/Courts Bills/Worker’s Compensation

  • HB 1092 Provides for collection of attorney’s fees in small claims cases.
  • HB 1332 Title 47. Allows ATVs to be driven on certain municipal and county roadways.
  • HB 2366 Redistricting of the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals.
  • HB 2367 Comprehensive workers’ compensation cill.

Environmental/Natural Recourses Bills

  • HB 2474 Title 82. Disclosure and website of applications to Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

School Bills

  • SB 441 Pertains to length of school year.

Indian/Real Estate Law Bills

  • HB 1916. Title 60. New law prohibiting transfers of certain items of tangible personal property to public trust.
  • HB 2121. Title 60. Provides for notice relating to Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
  • SB 915. Title 16. Relates to remote online notorial acts.

Also provided an update to the Stigler Act amendments in the lawsuit, Carpenter vs. Murphy.

Ms. Ailles Bahm is the managing attorney of State Farm’s in-house office and also serves as the Legislative Monitoring Committee chairperson. She can be contacted through Communities or angela.ailles-bahm.ga2e@statefarm.com.