2016 Bill Watch

Here is a list of bills we are looking at this session. We will add more details and links as we move forward.

Primary Watch List:

SB896 Lowers the percentage of vote a new party needs to retain party access. Loveless(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee
  • Passed Senate Rules Committee Unanimously. Moves on to full Senate
  • Passed the Senate on a vote of 42-1, Senator Sharp was the only no vote.
  • Passed House Election and Ethics committee unanimously.
  • Passed the House on a vote of 69-15
  • Senate Approved House Amendments 26-14
  • Signed into law by Governor Fallin on 5-5-2016

SB1108 Elections; modifying information to be printed on ballots. Effective date. Emergency. Justice(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred To Rules Committee
  • Passed Senate Rules Committee Unanimously. Moves to full senate
  • Passed the Senate unanimously.
  • Passed House Election and Ethics committee unanimously.
  • Passed the House on a vote of 64-20
  • Signed by Governor Fallin on 4-11-2016

SB1016 Elections; modifying provisions relating to voter registration. Emergency. Holt(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee
  • Passed Senate Rules Committee Unanimously. Moves to full Senate.
  • Passed the Senate unanimously.
  • Passed House Election and Ethics committee unanimously.
  • Amended version passed the House on a vote of 76-11
  • House Amendments rejected by Senate
  • Senate named Conference Committee members
  • House Named Conference Committee Members

SJR45 Constitutional amendment; modifying limits on terms of office for certain elected officials. Ballot title. Schulz(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee
  • Passed Senate Rules Committee on a vote of 10-2
  • Passed the Senate on a vote of 32-12
  • Passed the House Rules Committee unanimously.
  • Failed in the House on a vote of 14-56

Other Bills

SB158 Initiative and referendum; modifying procedures for circulation of petitions; requiring notifications. Emegency. Griffin(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB233 Elections; modifying date of Presidential Preferential Primary election. Effective date. Crain(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB315 Elections; modifying procedures relating to absentee ballot applications. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB428 Elections; modifying dates upon which certain elections may be held. Effective date. Crain(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB775 Elections; modifying period of ineligibility for filing for office after conviction. Effective date. Bass(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB318 Reduces the number of signatures needed to form a new party and to place an Independent Presidential candidate on the ballot to 2%. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015
  • Coauthored by Representative Echols
  • Referred To Rules Committee

SB999 Elections; allowing certain persons to preregister to vote. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee

HB2588 Elections; providing for elections to be conducted by mail; providing procedures; effective date. Perryman(H)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee

HB2589 Elections; creating the Voter Convenience Act of 2016; extending days for certain voting; effective date. Perryman(H)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee

HB2592 Elections; requiring computerized finger imaging for voter registration; effective date. Perryman(H)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • referred to Appropriations and Budget Committee

HB2277 Elections; voter registration; clarifying conditions for voter eligibility; effective date. Goodwin(H)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Elections and Ethics Committee

SJR13 Constitutional amendment to greatly reduce the number of signatures needed for citizens to place state questions on the ballot. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015
  • Coauthored by Representative Echols
  • Referred to Rules Committee

HB1159 Initiative and referendum; modifying time limit for filing; effective date. Montgomery(H)

  • Carries over from 2015
  • Referred to Rules Committee

SB1334 Elections; modifying procedure for selection of party nominees for office of United States Senator. Effective date. Dahm(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Coauthored by Representative Sean Roberts
  • Referred to Rules Committee

SB1042 Elections; creating Oklahoma Restoration of Voting Rights Act; modifying voting rights of convicted felons. Emergency.

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee

SB1293 Elections; deleting provision that certain judicial office ballots be without party designation. Effective date. Sykes(S)

  • Introduced in 2016
  • Referred to Rules Committee

SB566 Initiative and referendum; modifying procedures for petition circulation; stating time period; requiring notification. Emergency. Marlatt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB311 Elections; changing procedures for Primary and General Elections; eliminating Runoff Primary Election; modifying dates. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB310 Elections; providing for elections to be conducted by mail; providing procedures. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB314 Elections; allowing voter registration on certain days. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB316 Allows voters to permanently sign up for absentee ballots. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB317 Elections; modifying days and hours for in-person absentee voting. Effective date. Holt(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB662 Legislative districts; modifying method by which population is counted for certain purpose. Effective date. Shortey(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB778 Elections; providing for system of electronic voter registration. Effective date. Bass(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

SB780 Elections; requiring preparation of voter information pamphlet. Effective date. Bass(S)

  • Carries over from 2015

HB1298 Allows anyone to contest any candidate for office. Wesselhoft(H)

  • Carries over from 2015

HB1846 Allows many people to register to vote via the internet.  Inman(H)

  • carries over from 2015

HJR1007 Constitutional amendment; modifying legislative term limits for future Legislatures; ballot title; filing. Wesselhoft(H)

  • Carries over from 2015

HJR1019 Constitutional amendment; providing for Governor and Lt. Governor to be elected jointly; ballot title; filing. Banz(H)

  • Carries over from 2015

HB1813 Reduces the number of signatures needed to forma new party to 5,000. Proctor(H)

  • Carries over from 2015

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