Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed 516 new laws from the 2019 legislative session. He has vetoed 16 measures:
- Senate Bill 841 (Stitt says similar legislation in other states "has been struck down for impermissibly attempting to regulate health plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974”);
- SB 134 (it would have created a special exemption from an IT-related law and contradicted an executive order regarding IT-related hiring, Stitt says);
- SB 685 (it would have allowed the Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners to "violate both the spirit and the text of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act," Stitt says);
- House Bill 2465 (it would "require state agencies to pay employees for overtime ... regardless of the desire of the agency or employee," Stitt says);
- HB 1968 (it "would insert state government into contract disputes between firefighter and police officer unions and municipalities," Stitt says);
- SB 566 (allowing private hunting on public lands is not allowed for under the Oklahoma Constitution, Stitt says);
- SB 44 (it "would define the term 'instructional expenditure' to mean expenditures for instruction and instructional staff support services ... (which) does not align our state with the federal definition," Stitt says);
- HB 1205 (it would have created a citizen task force regarding in-home and community-based care and services);
- HB 1940 (on school attendance);
- SB 251 (on medical expense recovery);
- HB 1018 (on HIV/AIDS education);
- HB 2036 (on driver's license procedure);
- HB 2289 (on requirements for liens);
- HB 1979 (on traumatic brain injuries);
- HB 2477 (on licensing fees); and
- SB 1066 (which would have created a revolving fund at DHS).
Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill cracking down on antipsychotic drugs being administered to nursing home residents. Senate Bill 142 prohibits the use of antipsychotic drugs unless a patient was previously diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, with some exceptions.
Among notable measures, Stitt signed a bill into law that will increase the speed limit on Oklahoma turnpikes from 75 to 80 miles per hour and on certain state highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour.
Here are some highlights of measures signed into law by the governor.