By Bill Johnson Oklahoma legislators, mindful of the shortened
session and the closeness of the bill-introduction deadline, have
filled the hoppers with proposed laws ranging from seat belt usage
And two legislators want to make sure dead candidates won't get
elected to judicial posts again.
The first session of the 43rd Legislature opens Monday, and
because of the session-shortening constitutional amendment adopted
by the people, all bill deadlines have been compressed.
The deadline for legislators to request that a bill be drafted
has already passed. The deadline for introducing legislation comes
By late Wednesday, 91 bills had been introduced in the House and
more than 80 in the Senate.
One bill by Rep. Jesse Pilgrim, D-Cushing, seems destined to
stir up a considerable amount of dissension. That bill would allow
law enforcement agencies to set up roadblocks to stop motorists to
check for violations.
Pilgrim's bill lists the violations as driving under the
influence, driving under suspension or revocation of a driver's
license, having an expired or no inspection sticker, having no
security verification form, having an invalid motor vehicle
registration or having no valid permit for the type and size of
truck being operated.
Reps. Jack Begley, D-Goodwell, and Larry Roberts, D-Miami, filed
different bills dealing with dead judicial candidates. The purpose
is to prevent a reoccurrence of a situation in which a deceased
candidate won a judicial election in western Oklahoma last year.
Rep. Ed Apple, R-Duncan, would add indoor and outdoor stadiums
and arenas and outdoor theaters to the places where smoking is
Voter registration until 5 p.m. on election day would be made
legal under a bill filed by Rep. Rob Johnson, R-Tulsa. Election day
registrations would occur only at the county election board or at
sites specified by the board's secretary.
A bill by Sen. Jed Wright, R-Tulsa, to create the Parental
Choice Act would allow parents to pick the school their child
attended. This was something Republican legislators fought
unsuccessfully for during debate on House Bill 1017, the $223
million school reform and tax bill.
Rep. Bill Paulk, D-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Ben Brown, D-Oklahoma
City, are authors of a bill that would require seat belts for all
passengers on school buses. The bill also would make it unlawful to
sell or offer to sell any school bus from the 1992 model year on
that was not equipped with seat belts. …