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2021 Issues Slate

Clarify Scrap Metal Dealer’s Act - initiate legislation to eliminate confusion regarding definitions and regulated metals to increase ease of enforcement (grouping all definitions together and all prohibited items together; adding remote storage batteries, copper/brass plumbing fixtures). House Bill 1001, the Sergeant Craig Johnson Metal Theft Act, by Rep. Carol Bush and Sen. Chuck Hall, was signed into law by Governor Stitt on April 23, 2021.

Bicycle Safety Improvements – initiate comprehensive legislation to create a safer environment for people riding bicycles by allowing rolling stops, signaling right turns with right arm, prohibiting motor vehicle drivers from harassing, taunting, or maliciously throwing objects at or in the direction of persons riding bicycles, and prohibiting inappropriate use of horns by drivers of motor vehicles. House Bill 1770, by Rep. Mike Dobrinski and Sen. Darrell Weaver, was signed by Governor Stitt on May 10, 2021.

Public Safety Districts – allow municipalities to create by public vote a public safety protection district to fund public safety costs using millage for purposes that may include the purchase and maintenance of public safety equipment, vehicles, payment of salaries and benefits of municipal employees who provide law enforcement or fire protection public safety services, emergency medical services, and payments of costs related to housing municipal prisoners– Oklahoma Municipal League will continue as lead. Senate Bill 838, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, Rep. James Leewright, Rep. Jadine Nollan, and Rep. Kyle Hilbert, was signed by Governor Stitt on April 26, 2021.

Potential Changes to Open Meetings Law – support legislation modifying the language of the Open Meetings Act to allow for virtual meetings permanently. With Governor Stitt’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the ongoing public health crisis of Covid-19 and the subsequent amendments to the Open Meetings Act allowing for virtual meetings, government business was able to continue uninterrupted. These amendments expire on November 15, 2020. While the version of the Open Meetings Act that will be in use after November 15, 2020 does allow for virtual meetings, an in-person quorum is required and any location of a remote attendee must remain open and accessible to the public. Permanent modifications to the Open Meetings Act allowing for virtual meetings during a state of emergency will allow essential government work to continue during any emergency, whether a public health crisis or natural disaster. Senate Bill 1031 by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep. Jon Echols, was signed by Governor Stitt on February 10, 2021, which allowed public meetings to be conducted virtually until the State of Emergency was rescinded this spring.

Criminalization of Disruptions of Public Meetings – support legislation that criminalized the disruption of public meetings. Senate Bill 403, by Sen. Brenda Stanley and Rep. Robert Manger, was signed by Governor Stitt on April 21, 2021.

Modifications to City/County Health Departments in Tulsa/OKC – CTAG opposes legislation that requires state control of the two metropolitan city/county health departments wherein the state Commissioner of Health would provide recommendations for candidates to the city/county health boards and the director would report to the State, not the Mayor, among other changes. HB 2504. House Bill 2504, by Rep. Chris Kannady and Sen. Paul Rosino, failed to advance in the Senate and thus, the efforts in opposition were successful.

We anticipate adding to the slate as bills are filed and issues emerge throughout the upcoming session.