Over 300 laws come into effect in Oklahoma on Monday, November 1 Here are a few that could impact you – FOX23 News
TULSA, Oklahoma – As the Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocked the entry into force of three abortion laws, more than 365 new Oklahoma laws will come into effect Monday.
From education and immigration reform to new medical marijuana policies, new laws coming to Green Country affect Oklahomans across the state.
Here are some laws that may affect you directly:
HB1090: Insulin costs
Half a million Oklahoma people now have diabetes, and the debate over rising insulin prices has raged in the United States for years
This law will cap the co-payment for a 30-day supply of insulin at just $ 30. A 90-day insulin supply will be capped at $ 90.
HB2774: Ice Holders
This law will require all law enforcement officials in Oklahoma to comply with Immigration and Customs Officers (ICE) for all claims. All sheriffs, prison staff, deputies and jailers will have to allow ICE officers access to their inmates.
After an Oklahoma County jail refused to respond to an immigration application, calls for a law that would require law enforcement to comply became prominent in the state.
The requests will give ICE officers more time to place an inmate into federal custody if they suspect the inmate has violated immigration laws or if their citizenship status is in question. Many have said these demands are unconstitutional and are the subject of debate across the country.
HB2030: Compulsory Civic Education Tests
For the 2022-2023 school years, Oklahoma high school students will be required to take a civics test to graduate. The questions will be taken directly from the United States naturalization exam. To be successful, students must achieve a score of 60% or better on the 100-question exam that draws directly from U.S. history, the Constitution, and the test administered to those seeking to become U.S. citizens.
SB624: “President Donald J. Trump Highway”
A 20-mile stretch of highway crossing the Oklahoma enclave will soon be named after a controversial figure and former President Donald Trump. The “President Donald J Trump Highway” is located on a section of US 287 that runs from Boise City to the Oklahoma-Texas border in Cimarron County.
Another new law will allow elected officials to use their campaign funds to cover the costs of signs listing the names of Oklahoma’s memorial highways, roads and bridges.
HB1643: Law Enforcement Anti-doxxing Law
As of Monday, it will be illegal in Oklahoma to publish the personal information of law enforcement officers with the intent to intimidate or harass officers. This practice is more commonly referred to as doxxing.
It could mean the badge number or the officer’s name. If it is determined that any postings were made with the intent to harass or intimidate, legal action may be taken against the person who posted the information. The publisher can be charged with a misdemeanor if the officer has a “reasonable fear” of death or bodily harm as a result of the information disclosed.
HB 2646: “Try before you buy” Cannabis samples
Local dispensaries in Green Country will be able to offer samples to clients.
Patients who have a prescription for medical marijuana will be able to smell and touch various varieties of cannabis in dispensaries. This will be allowed as long as these samples are used for testing and display purposes only. Once someone has tasted a product, it cannot be sold to customers.
The law will also give cannabis dispensaries more distribution options. Companies will be able to sell pre-rolled joints. Prior to this law, previous legislation only allowed cannabis farms licensed to roll and package marijuana cigarettes. On November 1, companies will be able to roll their own joints in-house.
SB172: Ida’s Law
This legislation addresses the issue of unresolved cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous peoples in Oklahoma. The law was unanimously approved by the Oklahoma State Senate.
The law is named after Ida Beard, 29. Beard was a citizen of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, and she was originally from El Reno. She went missing in 2015 and has never been found.
Ida’s law will direct state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies to work together on missing persons and homicides involving indigenous peoples. It will also fund a liaison office for missing and murdered indigenous people.
SB368: Religious Freedom Act
This law declares that all churches in Green Country are âessentialâ.
No institution or government entity will have the power to shut down a religious institution for health or safety reasons, according to the text of the law. These protections are more important to churches than to private businesses in the state of Oklahoma.
After the massive closures of businesses, public spaces and churches during COVID-19, Governor Stitt and other Oklahoma elected officials wanted to prevent religious buildings from being considered “non-essential.”
SB1679: The Sarah Stitt Law
Governor Stitt’s wife Sarah Stitt has championed this law for inmates on the verge of reintegration into society.
This law will allow people on the verge of release from prison to obtain an identity document, a social security card, a driving license, a job interview and professional training records.
Law enforcement entities will also be required to assist detainees in retrieving government documents prior to their release.
HB2122: Cocktails to go
In May, Governor Stitt signed the Oklahoma Cocktails To Go Act of 2021. This law will allow companies with mixed drink and catering licenses to sell cocktails, wine or mixed drinks for the purposes of “consumption outside”. establishment”.
Beverages must be single-serve and packaged in sealed containers in order to be sold for that purpose, in accordance with the law.
HB 2687: No patient left alone acts
The new law will require hospitals to let in at least one visitor with one patient. This law came in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where patients died of the disease alone in a hospital room.
Even though Oklahoma is in a state of emergency, the law will ensure that patients have at least one visitor with them.
SB1080: Education tax credits
This law creates the “Oklahoma Student Borrower Bill of Rights” which will prevent predatory student loan practices. This law also provides basic state protections for people who take out student loans to pay for their higher education.
The law also increases the tax credit limit 10 times higher than it is currently. Currently, the education tax credit limit is $ 5 million. On Monday, the cap will be raised to $ 50 million. Oklahoma’s public and private schools will also each receive a $ 25 million cap on tax credits.
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