Legislative Session Official Adjourns Friday; Governor Signs Bills

Last week, the State Legislature wrapped up business for the Regular Session, but not officially adjourning Sine Die until the constitutionally mandated adjournment this Friday – leaving flexibility to come back in the case of an emergency and, since technically in Session, leaving the Governor with a tighter time frame to decide about passed legislation.  Tuesday, Governor Fallin ceremoniously signed a number of measures. A few bills, among others, signed this week and last include:

  • HB1062 – State employees may opt out of State insurance and receive payment; require patient-provider accountability program contract;
  • HB1285 – Creating a task force to study tax credits and economic incentives;
  • SB574 – Dentistry and Board of Dentistry related amendments; requiring dentists to maintain malpractice policy, providing exemptions; and
  • SB878 – Replacement of Worker’s Compensation statutes (summary).

In last Friday morning’s newsletter distribution, we reported that HR1995 passed the House last Wednesday.  The bill, which would have required any physician with hospital admitting privileges and public trust hospitals to maintain malpractice insurance and exempt FTCA covered physicians from such requirements, did not pass the Senate before legislators concluded business and is now dormant.

Likewise, SB232 which would have created a Task Force on Healthier Neighborhood Living passed the Senate last Thursday but did not receive a final vote in the House of Representatives and is also now dormant.

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