[NFBOK-Talk] Fw: Legislative Update

Rhonda Hutson rhondahutson3 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 20 21:03:02 UTC 2017

From: Jean Jones 
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 2:44 PM
To: All VS Employees 
Subject: Legislative Update

Legislative Update

March 20, 2017


Action pending on bills of interest to blind


Business Enterprise Program:  Although a Senate author was not procured for HB-2230 by the internal House deadline for doing that, the bill will apparently still be considered on the House floor.  Senator Anthony Sykes (R-Moore) will reportedly be the Senate author.  The House Rules Committee has decided to “strike the title” of this bill – so if passed by the House it will ultimately come back before the House before being finalized.  HB-2230 by Glen Mulready would exempt county jail commissaries from the state law that gives licensed blind managers priority to manage vending facilities on county and state property.  It can now be considered by the full House any time this week.


HB-1861 by Rep. Leslie Osborn is expected to come before the full House very soon – probably Tuesday.  This bill requires DRS to contract out its independent living program for older blind individuals.  Rep. Faught of Muskogee has filed an amendment that makes any contracting out optional, not mandatory.  The House will need to vote on this amendment first, when the bill comes to the floor.  


Both bills will impact employment of blind individuals now and in the future, and HB-1861 will impact the kind of services received by older individuals who are legally blind.



Jean Jones, Legislative Information Rep.

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services 

Vocational Rehabilitation

DRS State Office 


Toll Free: 800-845-8476 | Ofc: 405-951-3488 | Cell: 405-365-9502 | www.okdrs.gov 



Empower Oklahomans with Disabilities


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