County delegation sees bills advance through Legislature

Reps. Tammy Townley (R-Lone Grove) and Josh Cantrell (R-Kingston) along with Sen. Jerry Alvord (R-Wilson) are each sponsoring bills currently moving through the Oklahoma legislative process.

On Thursday, HB 1734, authored by Townley, was referred to the Senate’s Business and Commerce Committee. The bill seeks to require dispensaries to display standardized signs to warn pregnant people about the dangers of marijuana to unborn children. It received approval from the House earlier this month.

HB 1893 was referred to Senate committees this week and seeks to add enhanced penalties for assaulting some county employees. The bill, authored by Cantrell, adds county officials like commissioners and clerks to an existing list of court workers protected by the enhanced penalties. If approved, someone convicted of assaulting the identified employees could face felony charges, five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The bill was first received by the Senate last month.

SB 390 received its first reading in the House on Tuesday and is among Alvord’s first pieces of legislation. The bill seeks to create a sales tax exemption for nonprofit organizations dealing with highly trained search-and-rescue K9s. A legislative summary says the bill defines which organizations have to recognize the nonprofit and estimates the state could lose between $3,000 and $5,000 each year. SB 390 received Senate committee amendments last month and was approved by the Senate on Monday.

The dome of the Oklahoma Capitol Building on October 24, 2015 (File / Carter Observer)