New laws started on Nov. 1

A host of new state laws took effect November 1, including laws about gun permits, cell phones, alcohol sales, child abuse, tanning beds and driving too long in the left-lane of a highway.

Here are a few of the new laws passed in the 2017 session of the Oklahoma Legislature.

House Bills

  • HB 1324 — This increases to $500 the maximum fee courts can impose for a presentence investigation upon a felony conviction.
  • HB 1427 — This creates an out-of-state tax collection enforcement division to pursue collection of Oklahoma taxes owed by people and corporations outside of Oklahoma.
  • HB 1428 — It exempts military personnel and members of the Reserves or National Guard and their veterans from having to be 21 to receive a handgun permit. Such individuals can obtain a permit if they are 18 or older.
  • HB 1466 — This allows victims of domestic abuse to get their cell telephone numbers transferred and billed to themselves, without giving their addresses to the account holder.
  • HB 1470 — This increases the statute of limitations for victims of child abuse victims to the 45th birthday of the victim.
  • HB 1540 — This allows wineries to sell alcohol for consumption both on- and off-premises. Part of the bill is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2018.
  • HB 1888 — It grants subpoena power to Department of Human Services’ Office of Inspector General to investigate crimes against DHS and Medicaid recipient fraud.
  • HB 2312 — This mandates that the left lane of multilane highways may only be used for passing, with a few exceptions.
  • House SB 12 — It authorizes private schools to hire campus police departments.

Senate Bills

  • SB 34 — This eliminates lack of knowledge of a victim’s age from being used as a legal defense to human trafficking of a minor.
  • SB 35 — This allows active military personnel and members of the Reserve or National Guard who are 21 and older to carry concealed or unconcealed handguns without a handgun permit.
  • SB 89 — This raises the registration fee for CLEET law enforcement training from $20 to $30.
  • SB 191 — This amends the Open Records Act to restrict delays in providing access to records solely to the time required to prepare the requested documents, while avoiding excessive disruptions of the public body’s essential functions. It forbids delaying response due to other pending requests that will take much longer to fill.
  • SB 227 — This allows military service members to terminate a number of contracts without penalty when called up for active duty.
  • SB 286 — This repeals an old law that made it a felony to seduce a virgin with promises of marriage.
  • SB 425 — This lets higher education institutions pursue financial penalties against coaches, sports agents or others who cause financial loss by violating rules of a governing authority (like the NCAA).
  • SB 433 — Raises aircraft registration fees by 50 percent.
  • SB 765 — This prohibits use of tanning facilities by minors.
  • SB 813 — This raises from $300 to $1,000 the cap on fees that the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services can charge for the certification of any program.