OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 60 new laws went into effect Friday in Oklahoma, addressing everything from Holocaust education to vehicle title changes.
Here is a breakdown of eight new laws that could impact Oklahomans:
— Anyone who takes out a loan to buy a vehicle or boat will no longer receive paper title until their final payment has been paid and the lien holder has issued a clear certificate of title. Senate Bill 1276 aligns Oklahoma’s title law with that of more than 40 other states. While the titles will be sent to the lien holder first, the owners will retain the record. This does not affect existing titles issued with liens, unless someone requests a replacement. The replacement title would then be sent to the lien holder.
— Expected to cost approximately $41 million by FY 2027, Bill 3564 aims to bolster the state’s struggling teacher pipeline by creating an incentive scholarship program and a teacher employment incentive for K-12 public school teachers. Prospective teachers are eligible if they graduate from an Oklahoma high school, major in education, agree to teach at an Oklahoma public school for at least five consecutive years after graduation degree and obtain a teaching permit. Participants can receive $1,000 per year for up to three academic years and $2,500 for their final year. Young educators can then receive up to $4,000 in annual stipend for the first five years they work in an Oklahoma classroom.
– Going forward, any net annual lottery proceeds exceeding $65 million will be deposited into a revolving fund for teacher empowerment under Bill 4388. Until the funds are depleted each year, local school districts can apply for matching dollars to increase the salaries of their lead, lead and certified master teachers. The law is an effort to keep the best teachers in Oklahoma classrooms
– The Progressive Rural Economic Prosperity Fund, or PREP Fund, goes into effect without Gov. Kevin Stitt’s blessing. It is setting aside $250 million to be distributed to economic development sites across the state in an effort to make them more competitive in recruiting new industries to Oklahoma. But the money won’t be spent until lawmakers craft rules for how the dollars will be allocated.
— Medicaid outsourcing is officially progressing. Proponents say the change to the state insurance delivery system is designed to provide greater fiscal predictability for taxpayers. Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, which relies on state and federal funding, serves about 1 million children, low-income adults and pregnant women. The law bars the state from implementing the change until it gets federal approval for the new managed care plan.
– House Bill 3422 requires the state to conduct a state employee compensation study to determine whether it is necessary to increase or decrease the number of state employees. A related study will look at overall HR functions and consider consolidation. The study must be completed by December 31 and must be conducted every four years in the future.
— Senate Bill 1671 requires the State Department of Education to develop a Holocaust curriculum for students in grades six through 12. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, Holocaust education must be taught to these grades within the framework of state academic standards.
– House Bill 3530 creates a fund to support county sheriffs’ efforts to enforce state laws regulating the commercial cultivation of medical marijuana.