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Title 25 - Definitions and General Provisions


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<html> <head> <STYLE type="text/css"> body {padding-left:90pt;width:612pt} p {margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt} .cls0 {font-size:12pt;font-family:'Courier New', monospace;} .cls2 {margin-left:100pt;} .cls3 {margin-left:136pt;} .cls4 {margin-left:172pt;} .cls1 {text-align:justify;} </STYLE> <title>&sect;25-1</title> </head> <body> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1. Statutes, meaning of words in.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Words used in any statute are to be understood in their ordinary sense, except when a contrary intention plainly appears, and except also that the words hereinafter explained are to be understood as thus explained.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2914.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;252. Statutory definitions, application of.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever the meaning of a word or phrase is defined in any statute, such definition is applicable to the same word or phrase wherever it occurs, except where a contrary intention plainly appears.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2915. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;253. Degrees of care.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There are three degrees of care and of diligence, namely, slight, ordinary and great. The latter includes the former.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2916. R.L.1910, &sect; 2916. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;254. Degrees of care defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Slight care or diligence is such as persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise about their own affairs of slight importance; ordinary care or diligence is such as they usually exercise about their own affairs of ordinary importance; and great care or diligence is such as they usually exercise about their own affairs of great importance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2917. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;255. Degrees of negligence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There are three degrees of negligence, namely, slight, ordinary and gross. The latter includes the former.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 2918. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;256. Degrees of negligence defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Slight negligence consists in the want of great care and diligence; ordinary negligence in the want of ordinary care and diligence; and gross negligence in the want of slight care and diligence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2919. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;257. Children.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The term children includes children by birth and by adoption.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2920. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;258. Debtor and creditor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Except as defined and used in Sections 2892 and 2893, every one who owes to another the performance of an obligation is called a debtor, and one to whom he owes it is called a creditor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2921. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;259. Good faith.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Good faith consists in an honest intention to abstain from taking any unconscientious advantage of another, even through the forms or technicalities of law, together with an absence of all information or belief of facts which would render the transaction unconscientious.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2922. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2510. Notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Notice is either actual or constructive.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2923. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2511. Actual notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Actual notice consists in express information of a fact.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2924. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2512. Constructive notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Constructive notice is notice imputed by the law to a person not having actual notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2925. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2513. Circumstances putting one on inquiry deemed constructive notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person who has actual notice of circumstances sufficient to put a prudent man upon inquiry as to a particular fact, and who omits to make such inquiry with reasonable diligence, is deemed to have constructive notice of the fact itself.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2926. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2514. False notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A notice which is false when given is not valid by the subsequent happening of the event.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2927. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2515. Paper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "paper," means any flexible material upon which it is usual to write.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2928. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2516. Person includes corporation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "person," except when used by way of contrast, includes not only human beings, but bodies politic or corporate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2929. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2517. Several.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "several," in relation to number, means two or more.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2930. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2518. Third person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words "third person" include all who are not parties to the obligation or transaction concerning which the phrase is used.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2931. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2519. Usage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Usage is a reasonable and lawful public custom concerning transactions of the same nature as those which are to be affected thereby, existing at the place where the obligation is to be performed, and either known to the parties, or so well established, general and uniform, that they must be presumed to have acted with reference thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2938. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2520. Usual and customary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words "usual," and "customary," mean "according to usage."&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2939. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2521. Valuable consideration.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A valuable consideration is a thing of value parted with, or a new obligation assumed, at the time of obtaining a thing, which is a substantial compensation for that which is obtained thereby. It is also called simply "value."&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2940. R.L.1910, &sect; 2940. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2522. Verdict.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "verdict" includes not only the verdict of a jury, but also the finding upon the facts, of a judge, or of a referee appointed to determine the issues in a cause.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2941. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2523. Time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The word "year" means a calendar year, and "month," a calendar month. Fractions of a year are to be computed by the number of months, thus: half a year is six (6) months. Fractions of a day are to be disregarded in computations which include more than one (1) day, and involve no question of priority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2942. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2524. Gender.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Words used in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2943. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2525. Number.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Words used in the singular number include the plural, and the plural the singular, except where a contrary intention plainly appears.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2944. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2526. Other definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Words used in the present tense include future as well as the present; the word "oath" includes "affirmation;" and every mode of oral statement under oath or affirmation is embraced by the term "testify," and every written one in the term "depose;" "signature" or "subscription" includes mark, when the person cannot write, his name being written near it, and written by a person who writes his own name as a witness. The following words also have the signification attached to them in this section, unless otherwise apparent from the context:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The word "property" includes property, real and personal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The words "real property" are coextensive with lands, tenements and hereditaments.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The words "personal property" include money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The word "will" includes codicils.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2945. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2527. Compound interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words "compound interest" mean interest added to the principal as the former becomes due, and thereafter made to bear interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2946. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2528. Writing and printing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words "writing" and "written" include "printing" and "printed," except in the case of signatures, and where the words are used by way of contrast to printing. Writing may be made in any manner, except that when a person entitled to require the execution of a writing demands that it be made with ink it must be so made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2947. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2529. Liberal construction of statutes in derogation of common law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The rule of the common law, that statutes in derogation thereof are to be strictly construed, has no application to the laws of this state, which are to be liberally construed with a view to effect their objects and to promote justice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2948. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2530. Seal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the seal of a court, public officer corporation or person is required by law to be affixed to any process, commission, paper or instrument, the word "seal" includes an impression of such seal upon the paper alone, as well as upon wax, or a wafer affixed thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2949. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2531. Joint authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Words giving a joint authority to three or more public officers or other persons, are construed as giving such authority to a majority of them, unless it is otherwise expressed in the act giving the authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2950. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2532. Repeal does not revive.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any act of the Legislature is repealed, which repealed a former act, such former act shall not thereby be revived, unless it shall be expressly so provided, and the act revived be set out in full.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2951. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2533. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The terms "state agency", "agency of the state", "public officer" or "state officer", when used in any statute other than the Public Trust Act, Sections 176 through 180.55 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and Sections 164 through 166 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall not include the Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority or its Trustees, or the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority except where a contrary intention plainly and expressly appears.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, p. 1682, H.J.Res. No. 1039, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1998, c. 203, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 11, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-34. "Kerosene" defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Pursuant to the authority granted by Section 2 of Article XX of the Oklahoma Constitution, the term "kerosene" shall mean a petroleum product having an A.P.I. gravity of not less than forty (40) degrees, at a temperature of sixty (60) degrees Fahrenheit and a minimum flash point of one hundred (100) degrees Fahrenheit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1990, c. 26, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 3, 1990.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-35. Geology, geologist.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Statutes:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Geology" means the science which is:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the study of the earth and its origin and history, in general,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the investigation, including collection of specimens, of the earth's constituent rocks, minerals, fossils, solids, fluids including surface and underground waters, gases, and other materials, from the center of its core to the outer limits of its atmosphere, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the application and utilization of this knowledge of the earth for the benefit of mankind; provided, the knowledge and principles of geology may also be applied to extraterrestrial bodies; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Geologist" means a person who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;has earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a geological science from an institution of higher education which is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency, with a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours of undergraduate or graduate work in a field of geology, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has a specific and continuous record of related and verifiable geological work experience for five (5) years prior to the effective date of this act. Publication in a geologic publication or prior qualification as an expert witness in an administrative or judicial proceeding, hearing, or trial shall be prima facie verification of geological work experience.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 226, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 26, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-36. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, the term "flammable liquids" shall mean all liquids having a flash point below seventy degrees Fahrenheit (70 F) as determined in accordance with the standard method of test for flash point by means of a tag closed tester (ASTM D56-56) or equivalent test device and having a vapor pressure not exceeding forty (40) pounds per square inch absolute at one hundred degrees Fahrenheit (100 F).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 262, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 17, 1959. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 344, &sect; 30, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Renumbered from &sect; 134 of Title 63 by Laws 1995, c. 344, &sect; 36, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-40. References to persons with disabilities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Beginning November 1, 2006, all new and revised statutes, administrative rules, local laws, ordinances, charters, or regulations promulgated or any publication published by the state or any political subdivision that refers to persons with disabilities shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Avoid language that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;implies that a person as a whole is disabled, such as the &ldquo;mentally ill&rdquo; or the &ldquo;learning disabled&rdquo;, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;equates persons with their condition, such as &ldquo;epileptics&rdquo;, &ldquo;autistics&rdquo;, or &ldquo;quadriplegics&rdquo;; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Replace nonrespectful language by referring to persons with disabilities as persons first; for example, persons with disabilities, persons with developmental disabilities, persons with mental illness, persons with autism, or persons with mental retardation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Violation of this section shall not be grounds to invalidate any new or revised statutes, administrative rules, local laws, ordinances, charters, or regulations promulgated or any publication published by the state or any political subdivision; provided, however, such documents shall be changed to reflect the provisions of this section in subsequent revisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Nothing in this section shall constitute a requirement to change the name of any agency or program. Existing printed material may be utilized until such time as supplies are required to be replenished.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 296, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-51. Modification of United States Census Bureau terminology.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Legislature finds that the United States Census Bureau has initiated a number of reform efforts related to the means by which information is compiled, analyzed and reported by the Bureau, including changes in the terminology used by the Bureau to describe the methods by which data is compiled, analyzed and reported. The Legislature finds that numerous statutory provisions make direct or indirect reference to the United States Census or to the United States Census Bureau and to the information which is compiled and reported by the Bureau. The Legislature finds that there is a need to allow for flexible interpretation of statutory provisions based upon changes in terminology used by the United States Census Bureau. Periodic changes in terminology or methodology with respect to demographic and economic data gathered by the federal government should not require frequent amendments to state statutory provisions. The Legislature finds that it is desirable public policy and in the interest of established principles of statutory construction to enact the provisions of this section due to the need for consistent interpretation of statutory provisions which rely for operative effect upon specific information, such as population.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Unless a statutory provision relies for its operative effect on a population count contained in a Federal Decennial Census or a population count determined by using data from the United States Census Bureau, a reference in the Oklahoma Statutes to the &ldquo;census&rdquo;, the &ldquo;Federal Decennial Census&rdquo; or other similar reference shall include any applicable means or method used by the United States Census Bureau to report demographic or economic information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Statutory provisions which contain a reference to a specific population count or population range shall not be considered to have been modified because of a change in terminology by the United States Census Bureau or as a result of the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2010, c. 138, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2010.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-82.1. Designation and dates of holidays - Executive Order - Acts to be performed on next succeeding business day - State employees authorized to observe certain holidays - "Holiday" defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The designation and dates of holidays in Oklahoma shall be as follows: Each Saturday, Sunday, New Year's Day on the 1st day of January, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday on the third Monday in January, Presidents' Day on the third Monday in February, Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, Independence Day on the 4th day of July, Labor Day on the first Monday in September, Veterans' Day on the 11th day of November, Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday in November, the day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas on the 25th day of December, the day before or after Christmas if Christmas is not on a Saturday or Sunday, the Thursday and Friday before Christmas if Christmas is on a Saturday, the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas, if Christmas is on a Sunday; and if any of such holidays other than Christmas fall on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be a holiday in that year and if any of such holidays other than Christmas fall on Sunday, the succeeding Monday shall be a holiday in that year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Governor shall issue an Executive Order each year specifying the dates on which the holidays other than Saturdays and Sundays designated in subsection A of this section occur. If the President of the United States declares any day other than those listed in subsection A of this section as a national holiday, the Governor may issue an Executive Order declaring such day a state holiday.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any act authorized, required, or permitted to be performed on a holiday as designated in subsection A of this section may be performed on the next succeeding business day, and no liability or loss of rights of any kind shall result from such delay.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. State employees, except for temporary and other limited term employees, shall be entitled to a day off work without loss of pay on those holidays specified in an Executive Order issued by the Governor pursuant to subsection B of this section. Those state employees, except for temporary and other limited term employees, who are required to work on a holiday specified in subsection B of this section shall be entitled to a day off work, without loss of pay, on an alternative date or payment in lieu thereof at the discretion of the appointing authority and in accordance with rules of the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. For the purposes of this section, "holiday" means that agencies whose mission does not require them to be open for business every day of the year shall be closed for official business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1947, p. 235, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 3, 1947. Amended by Laws 1959, p. 114, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1959; Laws 1971, c. 54, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 2, 1971; Laws 1985, c. 50, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986; Laws 1996, c. 122, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 23, 1996; Laws 1998, c. 47, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2010, c. 371, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010; Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 96.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-82.2. Additional holidays - Acts performable - Optional closing by banks and offices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The following additional days are designated as holidays:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Jefferson Day on the 13th day of April; Oklahoma Day on the 22nd day of April; Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May; Juneteenth National Freedom Day on the third Saturday in June; Indian Day on the first Saturday after the full moon in September; Cherokee Strip Day on the 16th day of September; Will Rogers Day on the 4th day of November; Citizenship Recognition Day on such date as may be fixed by the Governor; Oklahoma Historical Day on the 10th day of October; Senior Citizens' Week beginning with the first Sunday in the month of May; Senior Citizens' Day the Wednesday of Senior Citizens' Week; Grandparents' Week beginning with the second Sunday in September; Youth Day on the third Sunday in March each year; each day in which a state election is held throughout the State of Oklahoma; and such other days as may be designated by the President of the United States or the Governor of the State of Oklahoma. Notwithstanding the day designated for Veterans' Day by Section 82.1 of this title, any bank, savings and loan association or credit union may observe the fourth Monday in October as Veterans' Day. Any act authorized, required or permitted to be performed on any holiday as designated in this section may and shall be performed on said day the same as on any business day; provided any state, national or federal reserve bank, building and loan association, credit union, state, federal, county or municipal office may close on any day designated in this section as a holiday, and, upon such bank, building and loan association, credit union, or public office being closed on such day, any act authorized, required or permitted to be performed at or by such bank, building and loan association, credit union, public office or public official may be performed on the next succeeding business day and no liability or loss of rights of any kind shall result from such delay.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1947, p. 235, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 3, 1947. Amended by Laws 1955, p. 201, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 23, 1955; Laws 1959, p. 115, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 1959; Laws 1971, c. 54, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. April 2, 1971; Laws 1972, c. 170, &sect; 1; Laws 1977, c. 115, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 30, 1977; Laws 1983, c. 10, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 17, 1983; Laws 1994, S.J.R. No. 21, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 2, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 42, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2582.3. Place and time for celebration of Oklahoma Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The city of Guthrie, in the county of Logan, is declared to be the official city for the celebration of Oklahoma Day on the 22nd day of April of each year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1949, p. 768, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-82.4. Juneteenth National Freedom Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The third Saturday in June of each year is hereby declared an official holiday, to be known as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, S.J.R. No. 21, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 2, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2583. Flag week Observance and display of flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor is hereby authorized and requested to proclaim June 8 to June 14, 1939 and each succeeding year thereafter as Flag Week. To direct each state, county, municipal and district official to arrange for a suitable observance of Flag Week in all public schools, cities and communities throughout the state. To provide for the display of the Flag in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the National Americanism Commission of the American Legion, focusing the attention of the people upon the National Emblem and uniting reverence and devotion to the principal of liberty in order that the spirit of the Union may be regenerated, and the perpetuity of democracy be insured now and forever.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, H.C.Res. No. 18. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2584. Oklahoma Historical Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Now, Therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the Seventeenth Session of the Oklahoma Legislature, the Senate joining therein, that October 10th be declared Oklahoma Historical Day and that the same be observed by the Governor issuing a proclamation setting forth that Major Jean Pierre Chouteau established the first white settlement on October 10th, 1796 at Salina, and from that date many struggles for the advancement of civilization worthy of mention and discussion, and that it is fitting and proper for universities, colleges and schools throughout the state to observe said day by extra programs depicting the advancement and history of the State of Oklahoma, that all officers, state, county, and city be requested to observe and call attention of the citizens everywhere, that the mayors of cities and towns be requested to issue proclamations calling attention to Oklahoma Historical Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 665. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2585. Citizenship Recognition Day Setting aside and proclaiming.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">That the Governor of the State of Oklahoma be, and he is hereby empowered and directed to issue a proclamation setting aside a day each year as "Citizenship Recognition Day" which will as nearly as possible conform to a day which the Congress or the President of the United States may set aside as Citizenship Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1941, p. 90, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2586. Will Rogers Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The fourth day of November each year is hereby declared a public holiday, to be known as "Will Rogers Day". Provided, this act shall not affect the legality of judicial proceedings, the service of process, making or execution of agreements or instruments in writing, or the transaction of other business on said day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1947, p. 236, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2587. Bird day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">May 1st of each year is hereby established as "Bird Day" in Oklahoma, to be commemorated in such manner as the Societies for the Preservation of Wildlife may prescribe, from time to time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1951, p. 356, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2588. Oklahoma week.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">That the week beginning with November 11th through November 16th (Statehood Day) of each year is hereby designated as "Oklahoma Week".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">That every city in Oklahoma, every business, every organization, every man, woman and child are hereby urged during this week to conduct a personal campaign to let the world know that "we are proud of Oklahoma, and prouder to be Oklahomans."&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1957, p. 663, &sect;&sect; 1, 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2589. Official day for Indian tribes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor of the State of Oklahoma shall declare an official day for each Indian tribe in the State of Oklahoma. The particular designated day for each Indian tribe shall be selected by the respective Indian tribes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1972, p. 619, S.J.R.No.29, &sect; 1. der&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2590.1. Oklahoma Heritage Week.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The week in each year in which November 16 falls is hereby declared to be "Oklahoma Heritage Week," beginning on a Sunday when November 16 falls on such day or a following day of the week through Saturday.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1972, p. 621, S.J.R.No.51, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2590.2. Oklahoma Heritage Association Duties.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Oklahoma Heritage Association, aforementioned herein, is hereby designated as the coordinating and planning agency for statewide annual observance of "Oklahoma Heritage Week", and is charged with the duty of creating observance thereof through pulpits and mass communication media, through public and parochial schools, through private and state institutions of higher learning and other dignified noncommercial means, so that the patriotism and idealism of our heritage be not forgotten but the lives of the citizens of the state may be enriched by reminders from our history.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1972, p. 621, S.J.R.No.51, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2590.3. ShutIn Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The first Sunday in June each year is hereby established as "ShutIn Day" in Oklahoma to be commemorated by calling upon the people of Oklahoma to observe such day by visiting at least one shutin person on the special day if possible, and by participating in other appropriate ceremonies and activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1982, H.J.R. No. 1028, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2590.4. Prisoners of War Remembrance Day in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">April ninth of each year is hereby established as "Prisoners of War Remembrance Day" in Oklahoma. The sacrifices of those persons who suffered captivity in foreign lands while in the service of their country shall be commemorated on this day. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Prisoners of War Remembrance Day to solemn contemplation on the plight of the men and women of this country who have been held prisoners of war. Teachers and students of the schools of this state are requested to observe the day with appropriate exercises.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 6, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 10, 1988. d&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.5. Bill of Rights Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The 15th day of December of each year is hereby established as "Bill of Rights Day" in Oklahoma. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Bill of Rights Day to reflection on the liberties and freedoms guaranteed to American citizens by the Bill of Rights.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 69, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.6. Bill of Responsibilities Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The 16th day of December of each year is hereby established as "Bill of Responsibilities Day" in Oklahoma. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Bill of Responsibilities Day to reflection and acceptance of the responsibilities of being a citizen of this nation in order to secure and expand our freedom as individual members of a free society.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 69, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.7. Purple Heart Week.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The last week of May of each year is hereby established as "Purple Heart Week" in Oklahoma. The Purple Heart, as established by George Washington in 1782 and revived in 1932, is a decoration of honor awarded to members of the Armed Forces and to United States citizens honorably wounded in action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All residents of this state are requested to devote some portion of Purple Heart Week to recognizing and commemorating the recipients of the Purple Heart who have demonstrated a commitment to fighting for the ideals which have made this nation great, have served this nation so valiantly, and are role models for all to emulate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Governor execute a proclamation each year in recognition of Purple Heart Week;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs encourage the observance of Purple Heart Week with appropriate activities; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Each local chapter of all veterans' organizations plan special activities and events to honor the Purple Heart recipients in that chapter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 8, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 24, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.8. Jim Thorpe Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The 22nd day of May of each year is hereby established as "Jim Thorpe Day" in Oklahoma. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Jim Thorpe Day to commemorate the accomplishments of Jim Thorpe, the greatest American athlete of the half century and this true native son of Oklahoma, to pay tribute to his athletic versatility, and to recognize the inspiration that his personal achievements have provided to all of the citizens of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 62, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Sept. 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.9. Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">April nineteenth of each year is hereby established as "Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Day" in Oklahoma. The sacrifices of those persons who lost their lives or were injured in the bombing and their loved ones shall be commemorated on this day. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Oklahoma City Bombing Remembrance Day to solemn contemplation of the tragedy and to reflect on the courage and spirit of cooperation demonstrated by the people of Oklahoma during and after the tragedy. Teachers and students of the schools of this state are requested to observe the day with appropriate exercises.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 44, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.10. Oklahoma Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">December 7 of each year is designated as "Oklahoma Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day", and the Governor is authorized and requested to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Issue annually a proclamation calling on the citizens of the State of Oklahoma to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Urge all state agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff each December 7 in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor and in honor of those who died or were injured in World War II.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, H.J.R. No. 1074, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.11. Vietnam Veterans Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The third Thursday of March of each year is hereby designated as "Vietnam Veterans Day", and the Governor is authorized and requested to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Issue annually a proclamation calling on the citizens of this state to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Urge all state agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff the third Thursday of each March in honor of the veterans who served in Vietnam, Cambodia, or Laos during the Vietnam Conflict.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 7, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 11, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.12. Oklahoma Native American Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Third Monday in November of each year is designated as "Oklahoma Native American Day" in Oklahoma. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Oklahoma Native American Day to commemorate the accomplishments of Oklahoma's Native Americans. Teachers and students of the schools of this state are requested to observe the day with appropriate activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1998, c. 27, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Editorially renumbered from &sect; 90.11 of this title to avoid a duplication in numbering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.13. POW/MIA Recognition Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The third Friday of September of each year is hereby designated as &ldquo;POW/MIA Recognition Day&rdquo;, and the Governor is authorized and requested to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Issue annually a proclamation calling on all the citizens of this state to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Authorize all state agencies, interested organizations, groups and individuals to fly the flag of the National League of Families of American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action on the third Friday of each September to symbolize America&rsquo;s missing military personnel and our determination to account for them.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1999, c. 42, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 5, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.14. Injury Prevention Month.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">May of each year is hereby established as "Injury Prevention Month&rdquo;. Recognizing that injuries are the third leading cause of death in Oklahoma, and are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of one (1) and forty-four (44), that many injuries are preventable, that the number of injuries can be substantially reduced through the use of proven, cost-effective injury prevention approaches and that these approaches should be promoted through public information and education:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Governor shall annually issue a proclamation encouraging the widespread dissemination of injury prevention information; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All state agencies, businesses, and interested organizations should take the opportunity to provide their employees and members with injury prevention information during Injury Prevention Month.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 54, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 11, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.15. Senator Keith Leftwich Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The first Tuesday in February in a presidential election year is hereby designated as &ldquo;Senator Keith Leftwich Day&rdquo; to commemorate the Senator who was the principal author of the legislation that moved the presidential primary to the first Tuesday in February and made the State of Oklahoma a player on the national political stage.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, c. 38, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 30, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.16. Motorcycle Safety Month.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The month of May of each year is hereby designated as &ldquo;Motorcycle Safety Month&rdquo; in the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2004, S.J.R. No. 50, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Editorially renumbered from Title 25, &sect; 90.15 to avoid a duplication in numbering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.17. President Ronald Reagan Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The sixth day of February of each year is hereby designated as "President Ronald Reagan Day" to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the 40th President of the United States of America.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, H.J.R. No. 1001, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 18, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.18. Medal of Honor Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The twenty-fifth of March of each year is hereby designated as &ldquo;Medal of Honor Day&rdquo;, and the Governor is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation honoring Oklahomans, while serving as a member of the Armed Services, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty engaged in action against any enemy of the United States. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Oklahoma&rsquo;s Medal of Honor Day to recognize the recipients of the Medal of Honor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 35, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.19. Legislative Findings - Flying flags at half-staff for service member memorial services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Legislature finds that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Congress of the United States has authorized the President to use military force against "nations, organizations, or persons the President determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons", Pub. L. 107-40, and has further authorized the President to use military force in order to "defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq", Pub. L. 107-243;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Although these policies have resulted in some degree of controversy, it is incontrovertible that the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been deployed with respect thereto have served with honor, dignity, and bravery, and that public support for the members of the Armed Forces, and for their families, has been steadfast and unwavering; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. For as long as members of the Armed Forces are so deployed, such public support must continue and be demonstrated in every way possible.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Until such time as such use of military force as referenced in subsection A of this section is concluded, whether by Presidential or congressional action, the Governor is directed to order flags of the United States and the State of Oklahoma, on state property, be flown at half-staff on the day of the memorial service for any Oklahoman who lost his or her life while a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. On each such day of remembrance, all state agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals are authorized and requested to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff. The Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services shall cause the provisions of this section to be implemented by all appropriate agencies of state government.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2009, c. 9, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2009. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, &sect; 97.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-90.20. Second Amendment Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is the intent of the Legislature to commemorate the date that the United States Supreme Court, in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, Illinois, 130 S.Ct 3020 (2010), declared that through the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Second Amendment right of individuals to bear arms is fully applicable to the states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The twenty-eighth of June of each year is hereby designated &ldquo;Second Amendment Day&rdquo; in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 61, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 14, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-91. State flag - Design.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The banner, or flag, of the design prescribed by Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 25, Third Legislature of the State of Oklahoma shall be, and it hereby is superseded and replaced by the following design, to wit:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A sky blue field with a circular rawhide shield of an American Indian Warrior, decorated with six painted crosses on the face thereof, the lower half of the shield to be fringed with seven pendant eagle feathers and superimposed upon the face of the shield a calumet or peace pipe, crossed at right angles by an olive branch, as illustrated by the design accompanying this resolution, and underneath said shield or design in white letters shall be placed the word "Oklahoma", and the same is hereby adopted as the official flag and banner of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The standard design and colors in the state flag shall be as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Osage Indian warrior&rsquo;s circular rawhide shield of amber buckskin is center upon a field of French Blue. On the face of the shield shall be six small gold brown crosses that match the thongs lacing the edge of the shield. The vertical bar of each cross shall be twenty-five percent (25%) longer than the horizontal bar, the lower width line of which shall be placed at the fifty percent (50%) mark of the vertical bar and the top width line shall be placed at the top twenty-five percent (25%) mark of the vertical bar. The width of the horizontal bar shall be seventy-five percent (75%) of the vertical bar;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The edge of the lower half of the shield shall be fringed with seven pendant eagle feathers of white tipped with gold brown; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Across the face of the shield at right angle shall be a calumet or Indian pipe of peace, which shall have a ruby red bowl, flesh stem and be decorated with a ruby red tassel at the end. Above the calumet, lying at a right angle shall be an olive branch of Dartmouth green; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The name Oklahoma in white letters shall appear under the shield on the face of the flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The standard colors used in production of the state flag shall be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Pantone Matching System, Pantone Inc., latest edition:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;field: French Blue PMS 285c,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;shield: amber PMS 465c,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;feathers shading: flesh and gold brown combination PMS 486c and PMS 174c,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;crosses and thongs: gold brown PMS 174c, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;calumet: stem of pipe flesh PMS 486c, body of pipe and tassel ruby red PMS 195c, and olive branch Dartmouth green PMS 554c; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Colors shall be colorfast and shall not bleed one into another.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1925, c. 234, p. 340, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1941, p. 90, &sect; 1; Laws 2006, c. 181, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2591.1. Public institutions Display of state flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every officer, board or person having jurisdiction over the main administration building of any public institution in this state, shall have the flag of the State of Oklahoma displayed on the respective administration building every day except Sunday and when the weather is inclement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 99, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2591.2. Public schools Display of state flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the district boards or boards of education of every public school in this state, to cause the flag of the State of Oklahoma to be displayed during every school day from a flagstaff or pole, except that the flag need not be displayed in inclement weather.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 99, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2591.3. State Flag Day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Statehood Day, the 16th day of November of each year, is also designated as the official Oklahoma State Flag Day, and it is recommended that said day be observed by the people of this state by the display of the official flag of the State of Oklahoma and in such other ways as will be in harmony with the general character of the day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, p. 823, H.J.R.No. 563, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 29, 1968. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-91a. State agencies and boards of education - Display of state flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of all state agencies and boards of education of this state to display the state flag with the standard design and colors as specified in Section 91 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 181, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-92. State floral emblem and official flower.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The mistletoe shall be the floral emblem of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Rose shall be the official flower of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2952. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 89, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2592.1. State wild flower Indian Blanket.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The official state wild flower of the State of Oklahoma shall be the Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella).&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2952. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2593. State colors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The said colors of green and white be adopted as permanent and appropriate colors for the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1915, House Concurrent Resolution, No. 9. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2593.1. Governor's flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The flag of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma shall be forest green, bearing on each side the following: the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma, centered, surrounded by five equidistant white stars with one of the stars placed directly above the Great Seal; and the flag to be edged with golden fringe.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1957, p. 657, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-93.2. Alfred P. Murrah Federal building commemorative flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In memory of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City which killed or injured hundreds of residents of this and other states, flags commemorating this incident and the courage and compassion of the people of this state, this country and the world who have been involved in the rescue of and aid to these residents are encouraged to be flown on flagpoles throughout this state the week of each year in which April 19th falls beginning on the Sunday of such week through to the following Saturday.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor may select which commemorative flag may be flown on state property each year, and citizens and the governing body of each political subdivision of the state may select the commemorative flag of choice for their own respective property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 4, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 12, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.1. Official state song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The official song and anthem of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma," composed and written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1953, p. 101, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2594.2. Official depository of state song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Library shall be the official depository of the official State song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy thereof to be kept in the State Library.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 101, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.3. Words of state song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">"Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Plen'y of room to swing a rope!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the wind comes right behind the rain.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">We know we belong to the land&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And the land we belong to is grand!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And when we say - Yeeow! A-yip-i-o-ee ay!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma - O.K."&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1953, p. 101, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.5. Official state children's song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The official children's song of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma, My Native Land", composed and written by Martha Kemm Barrett.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 25, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.6. Official depository of state children's song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Library, maintained by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, shall be the official depository of the official state children's song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy of the song to be kept in the State Library.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 25, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.7. Words of the state children's song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words of the official state children's song are:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">"As I travel the roads of America, such wonderful sights I can see.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">But nothing compares to the place I love;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The perfect home for you and for me.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Yes, Oklahoma, my native land. I am proud to say your future's looking grand. Yes, Oklahoma, such history. Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I see a Scissortail Flycatcher cut through the clean air as mistletoe kisses the branches ev'rywhere. Redbuds open ev'ry single spring. I hear a Pow Wow beat the rhythm of the old ways as oil wells pump back mem'ries of the boom days. Only Oklahoma has these things.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Yes, Oklahoma, my native land. I am proud to say your future's looking grand. Yes, Oklahoma, such history. Ev'ry day you give a gift just for me. Perfect home for you. The perfect home for me. It's only Oklahoma for me."&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 25, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.8. State Folk Song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The official Oklahoma State Folk Song is hereby declared to be the words and music of the song "Oklahoma Hills", composed and written by Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie. Except for nonprofit educational use, state use of the state folk song shall be preceded by notice of the intended nonprofit use to the copyright holder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2001, c. 47, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.9. Official depository of the state folk song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Library shall be the official depository of the official Oklahoma State Folk Song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy thereof to be kept in the State Library.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2001, c. 47, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.10. Lyrics to state folk song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words to the Oklahoma State Folk Song, "Oklahoma Hills", words and music by Woody Guthrie and Jack Guthrie, are as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Many a month has come and gone&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Since I&rsquo;ve wandered from my home&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In those Oklahoma Hills&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where I was born&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Many a page of my life has turned&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Many lessons I have learned&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And I feel like in those hills&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where I belong&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">CHORUS:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Way down yonder in the Indian nation&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Ridin&rsquo; my pony on the reservation&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Way down yonder in the Indian nation&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A cowboy&rsquo;s life is my occupation&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the Oklahoma Hills where I was born&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">But as I sit here today&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Many miles I am away&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">From the place I rode my pony&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Through the draw&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where the oak and black-jack trees&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Kiss the playful prairie breeze&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And I feel back in those hills&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where I belong&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">CHORUS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Now as I turn life a page&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">To the land of the great Osage&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In those Oklahoma hills&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where I was born&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where the black oil rolls and flows&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And the snow white cotton grows&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">And I feel like in those hills&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Where I belong&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">CHORUS&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">©Renewed 1973 Michael H. Goldsen, Inc.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2001, c. 47, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.11. Official state gospel song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The official state gospel song of the State of Oklahoma is hereby declared to be the words of the song &ldquo;Swing Low, Sweet Chariot&rdquo;, composed and written by Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman living in Indian Territory before 1862.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 118, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.12. Official depository of state gospel song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Library shall be the official depository of the official Oklahoma State Gospel Song, and the State Librarian shall cause a copy thereof to be kept in the State Library.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 118, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-94.13. Words to official state gospel song.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The words to the Oklahoma State Gospel Song, &ldquo;Swing Low, Sweet Chariot&rdquo;, words by Wallis Willis, are as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot, &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Coming for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A band of angels comin&rsquo; after me,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot, &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If you get there before I do,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Tell all my friends I&rsquo;m comin&rsquo; too,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I&rsquo;m sometimes up and sometimes down,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">But still my soul feels heavenly bound,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The brightest day that I can say,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When Jesus washed my sins away,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Swing low, sweet chariot,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Comin&rsquo; for to carry me home.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 118, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2598. State bird.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The scissortailed flycatcher, Muscivora Forficata, is hereby designated and adopted as the state bird of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1951, p. 356, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2598.1. State rock.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Barite Rose, commonly known and referred to as the "rose rock", is hereby designated as the official rock of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 140, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 8, 1968. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;2598.2. State fish.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The white bass, Morone chrysops, sometimes known as sand bass, is hereby designated and adopted as the state fish of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1974, c. 38, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1974. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.3. State percussive musical instrument.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The drum is hereby designated and adopted as the percussive musical instrument of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 286, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.4. State Poet Laureate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby designated the honorary position of State Poet Laureate. The State Poet Laureate shall be appointed by the Governor from lists provided by poetry societies and organizations and such person shall have this honorary position for a period of two (2) years. Each appointment shall be made by January 1 of every odd year beginning January 1, 1995. The person appointed to the honorary position of State Poet Laureate shall not be considered a state official or a state employee for such person's service in the honorary position of State Poet Laureate. The State Poet Laureate shall not be prohibited because of said appointed position from:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Running for and being elected to any office in the state or a political subdivision of the state; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Being employed as a classified or unclassified employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 53, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.5. State butterfly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The black swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes, is hereby designated and adopted as the state butterfly of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1996, c. 11, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.6. State fossil.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Because of the extraordinarily rich paleontological heritage of the State of Oklahoma, the Legislature hereby declares Saurophaganax Maximus to be the State Fossil of Oklahoma. This spectacular dinosaur, the &ldquo;greatest king of reptile eaters&rdquo;, once roamed this great land. It is only known from Oklahoma and has surpassed the Tyrannosaurus rex, the &ldquo;king of the dinosaurs&rdquo;, as the greatest predator of earth&rsquo;s history.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2000, c. 72, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 14, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.7. Official state drink.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Milk is hereby designated and adopted as the official drink of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 173, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 6, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.8. Official state crystal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The hourglass selenite crystal is hereby designated and adopted as the official crystal of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 14, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.9. State cartoon character.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">GUSTY® is hereby designated and adopted as the state cartoon character of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 32, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 6, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.10. Official state fruit.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The strawberry is hereby designated and adopted as the official fruit of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2005, c. 63, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Editorially renumbered from &sect; 98.8 of this title to avoid duplication in numbering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.11. Official state flying mammal.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Mexican free-tailed bat, Tadarida brasiliensis, is hereby designated and adopted as the official state flying mammal of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 37, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.13. State game bird.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The wild turkey Meleagris gallopavo is hereby designated and adopted as the state game bird of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 232, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.14. State dinosaur.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus atokensis is hereby designated and adopted as the state dinosaur of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2006, c. 232, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.15. Official state vegetable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The watermelon is hereby designated and adopted as the official vegetable of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 45, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-98.16. National Day of the Cowboy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The fourth Saturday of July of each year shall be declared as the National Day of the Cowboy and set aside to celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to this state and all of America's culture and heritage. All citizens of this state are encouraged to recognize and celebrate annually on this day our state's long and proud tradition of cowboy culture with appropriate ceremonies, events and activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 182, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 29, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25101. Daily paper defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any newspaper which is regularly published as often as five (5) days in each week shall be considered to be a daily newspaper. This section shall apply to publications heretofore made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">R.L.1910, &sect; 2953. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25103. Sufficiency of publication of legal notices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall not be necessary to publish a legal notice, when published in a daily newspaper or in a semiweekly newspaper, in every issue thereof, but it shall be sufficient to publish such notice one (1) day each week during the required period of publication. Said one (1) day of publishing legal notice each week may be any day of the week in which the newspaper is published but the said legal notice must appear in said newspaper on the same day each week during the required period of publication as it was originally published.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Legal notices, within the meaning of this act, shall include all notices, the publication of which is provided for by some law of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1925, c. 55, p. 83, &sect; 1; Laws 1961, p. 240, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25104. Change of name of newspaper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be lawful for any legal newspaper now published in this state to change the name of such newspaper, without removing from the city of its publication, and without losing its qualifications to carry legal notices; provided, that said newspaper has been published for sufficient time and is already otherwise qualified to carry legal advertising; and provided, further, that it shall carry the new name of such paper as successor to the name theretofore used by it for a period of at least one (1) year; and providing, further, that all legal notices running in said paper at the date of such change shall be completed and as valid as though no change had been made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1925, c. 55, p. 83, &sect; 1; Laws 1961, p. 240, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25105. Designation of newspaper by party or attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all cases provided by law for the publication of notice in a newspaper, the party or attorney upon whose application or behalf the notice shall be published shall have the right to designate the newspaper in which such publication shall be had, and it shall be the duty of the officer whose duty it shall be to sign or certify to such notice to have the publication in the newspaper so designated, and no other; provided such newspaper shall come within the provisions of Section 2954 of the Revised Laws of Oklahoma, 1910.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1915, c. 45, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25106. Newspapers for publication of legal notices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No legal notice, advertisement, or publication of any kind required or provided for by the laws of this state to be published in a newspaper shall have force or effect unless published in a legal newspaper of the county. A legal newspaper of the county is any newspaper which, during a period of one hundred four (104) consecutive weeks immediately prior to the first publication of such notice, advertisement, or publication:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. has maintained a paid general subscription circulation in the county; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. has been admitted to the United States mails as paid secondclass mail matter; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. has been continuously and uninterruptedly published in the county.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If there is no legal newspaper in a county, then all legal notices, advertisements, or publications of any kind required or provided for by the laws of this state shall be published in a legal newspaper in an adjoining county of this state, which newspaper has general circulation in the county or political subdivision in which such notice is required.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this section shall invalidate the publication of such legal notices, advertisements, or publications in a newspaper which has moved its place of publication from one location in the county to another location in the same county without breaking the continuity of its regular issues for the requisite length of time, or the name of which may have been changed when said change of location was made as permitted by United States postal laws and regulations. Failure to issue or publish said newspaper for a period of fourteen (14) days due to fire, accident, or other unforeseen cause, or by reason of the pendency of mortgage foreclosure, attachment, execution, or other legal proceedings against the type, presses, or other personal property used by the newspaper, shall not be deemed a failure to maintain continuous and consecutive publication as required by the provisions of this section, nor shall said failure invalidate the publication of a notice otherwise valid. Failure to issue or publish a newspaper qualified to publish legal notices, advertisements, or publications of any kind, for a period totaling not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days during a calendar year shall not be deemed a failure to maintain continuous and consecutive publication as required by the provisions of this section, nor shall said failure invalidate the publication of a notice otherwise valid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1983, c. 22, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25107. Honest Mistake Act Papers within provisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Only such newspapers as are defined in Section 1 hereof shall come within the provisions of Title 12, Section 1446a, O.S. 1951, "The Honest Mistake Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 85, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25108. Proof of publication.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any publisher or any authorized employee of any newspaper making proof of publication by affidavit of any legal notice, advertisement, or publication of any kind, required or provided by any of the laws of the State of Oklahoma shall specifically set forth in said affidavit that said newspaper carrying said notice, advertisement or publication, comes within the prescription and requirement of Section 1 of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 85, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25109. Suspension of publication because of induction or enlistment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">From and after the effective date of this act all newspapers in this state having the status of a legal publication under existing laws, which by reason of induction or enlistment into the Armed Service of the United States of the owner or principal owner thereof, in the war between the United States of America, Germany, Italy and Japan, or in service during a state of national emergency as declared by the President of the United States, which are forced to suspend publication, may upon resuming publication do so without loss of status as such legal publication by reason of the failure to publish said newspaper during the period covered herein by complying with the provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 85, &sect; 4; Laws 1951, p. 64, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25110. Affidavit as to suspension Resumption of publication.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When the owner or principal owner of any newspaper in this state determines that he shall enter the Armed Forces of the United States to serve in the war against Germany, Italy and Japan, or during a state of national emergency as declared by the President of the United States, and that by reason thereof it is determined that the publication of the newspaper of which he is owner or principal owner must suspend publication, such owner or principal owner may file with the court clerk of the county in which said newspaper is located, an affidavit setting forth the fact, and said affidavit shall be docketed and recorded by the court clerk in the manner of cases filed in the district court; and any time such owner or principal owner desires to resume publication of such suspended newspaper, he may file an application with a district judge of the county in which such newspaper is printed, which application shall state the date when said newspaper was suspended and the reason therefor and pray for an order of the district court authorizing that said newspaper resume publication without loss of status as a legal publication. Upon a hearing and proper showing of fact before a judge of the district court of said county, the judge of the district court may issue an order finding that said newspaper has complied with the provisions of this act and ordering that said newspaper upon resuming publication shall have the same legal status as it possessed before such involuntary suspension of such newspaper. The application and court order provided for herein shall be docketed and recorded in the same manner as the affidavit originally filed. The court clerk shall collect no fee for filing and recording the papers required under the provisions of this act; and providing further that when any newspaper resumes publication upon the order of the court as provided herein, the original subscription list and circulation list used by said newspaper shall be used by said owner or principal owner in reestablishing its publication.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 86, &sect; 5; Laws 1951, p. 65, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25111. Owners to whom act applicable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this act shall be applicable to any owner or principal owner, his heirs or assigns, of any newspaper during his services in the Armed Forces of the United States of America in the war between the United States and Germany, Italy and Japan, and for six (6) months after the termination of hostilities between the United States of America and the enemy countries mentioned herein, or during a state of national emergency as declared by the President of the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 86, &sect; 6; Laws 1951, p. 65, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25112. Change in frequency of publication Status as legal newspaper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any newspaper qualified to publish legal notices and advertisements as a legal newspaper, as defined in 25 O.S.Supp.1967, Section 106, may change its frequency of publication without losing its status and qualifications as a legal newspaper to publish all legal notices and advertisements so long as said newspaper complies with the provisions of 25 O.S.Supp.1967, Section 106.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1943, p. 86, &sect; 7; Laws 1968, c. 45, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 7, 1968. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25113. Publication in newspaper published in county, but not at county seat.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all cases under the statutes of this state where publication of any notice or advertisement is required to be made in a newspaper published in the county seat of any county, and there is no legal newspaper published in such county seat, it shall be sufficient for such notice to be published in any newspaper published in the county which shall comply with the requirements of 25 O.S.1951, Section 106.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 101, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25114. Validation of publication elsewhere than at county seat.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All publications of notices or advertisements, required by law to be published in a newspaper published in the county seat of any county, which publications or advertisements were made in a newspaper published in the county and complying with the requirements of 25 O.S.1951, Section 106, and at such time there was no legal newspaper published in the county seat, hereby are validated.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 102, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25115. Value defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the mandatory duty of the minute clerk of the board of each school district and the clerk of the governing body of each city and town to furnish the tentative minutes of every regular and/or special meeting of such school boards and municipal governing bodies to legal newspapers requesting the same in writing, provided any such newspaper must be located in the same county as all or a part of the school district or municipality to which such request is made.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Provided further that such minutes shall be furnished within five (5) days after all such regular and/or special meetings to eligible newspapers requesting the same and that any such written request shall be effective and said minutes shall be furnished in compliance therewith for the current calendar year or remaining portion thereof unless a shorter period shall be specified in said request.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1988, c. 90, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1988. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25151. Flag day Proclamation by Governor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor of this state shall, on or before the 1st day of June of each year, issue a proclamation recommending that June 14th, Flag Day, be observed by the people of this state by the display of the flag of the United States of America, and in such other ways as will be in harmony with the general character of the day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 7, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25152. Administration buildings Display of flag daily.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every officer, board or person having jurisdiction of the main administration building of any public institution in this state shall have the flag of the United States of America displayed on said administration building each day except the flag need not be so displayed when the weather in inclement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 7, &sect; 2. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25153. Schools to display flag daily.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the district boards or boards of education of every public school, or proprietor of a private or parochial school in this state, to provide a suitable flag of the United States of America with staff or flagpole for every schoolhouse, and cause the flag to be displayed during every school day either from a flagstaff or pole, and in inclement weather, within the school building.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 7, &sect; 3. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25154. Election polling places Display of flag.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Every person in this state charged with the duty of providing supplies at any election polling place, shall provide a suitable flag of the United States of America and shall cause the same to be displayed in each polling place on the day of each and every municipal, county, state and national election.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 8, &sect; 4. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25155. Printing or lettering on flag prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to cause any printing or lettering of any kind to be placed on any flag of the United States of America or to use such a flag in any manner for advertising purpose or as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything whatsoever.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 8, &sect; 5. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25156. Parades Carrying flag without color guards prohibited.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be unlawful for any lodge, fraternity, association, or club, when putting on a parade, to carry the flag without proper color guards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 8, &sect; 6. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25157. Violation of act a misdemeanor Fine.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person, firm, association, lodge, fraternity, or club who shall fail to comply with the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not less than Ten Dollars ($10.00) nor more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1939, p. 8, &sect; 7. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-158. Purchase of flags manufactured in United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All state agencies and political subdivisions shall only purchase flags of the United States and state flags of Oklahoma that are manufactured in the United States. A flag is manufactured in the United States if a substantial majority of the principal components are assembled into the final product in an assembly plant in the United States.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2008, c. 45, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25221. Use of certified mail with return receipt requested in place of registered mail.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is hereby declared and directed that use of "certified United States mail with return receipt requested," or "certified mail," "restricted delivery" shall be a full and complete legal compliance with the statutes of Oklahoma permitting, directing, or requiring use of "Registered United States mail" or "certified United States mail" or "certified United States mail" a return receipt requested, or "certified United States mail," "restricted delivery," or any other such similar designations by any person in a public or private capacity, and all provisions of the statutes of Oklahoma are hereby modified to effect such change.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1961, p. 240, &sect; 1; Laws 1977, c. 217, &sect; 1. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25301. Citation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall be known as the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25302. Public policy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is the public policy of the State of Oklahoma to encourage and facilitate an informed citizenry's understanding of the governmental processes and governmental problems.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25303. Times and places Advance notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">All meetings of public bodies, as defined hereinafter, shall be held at specified times and places which are convenient to the public and shall be open to the public, except as hereinafter specifically provided. All meetings of such public bodies, except for executive sessions of the State Banking Board and Oklahoma Savings and Loan Board, shall be preceded by advance public notice specifying the time and place of each such meeting to be convened as well as the subject matter or matters to be considered at such meeting, as hereinafter provided.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Amended by Laws 1987, c. 61, &sect; 19, emerg. eff. May 4, 1987. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-304. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Public body&rdquo; means the governing bodies of all municipalities located within this state, boards of county commissioners of the counties in this state, boards of public and higher education in this state and all boards, bureaus, commissions, agencies, trusteeships, authorities, councils, committees, public trusts or any entity created by a public trust, including any committee or subcommittee composed of any of the members of a public trust or other legal entity receiving funds from the Rural Economic Action Plan Fund as authorized by Section 2007 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, task forces or study groups in this state supported in whole or in part by public funds or entrusted with the expending of public funds, or administering public property, and shall include all committees or subcommittees of any public body. Public body shall not include the state judiciary, the Council on Judicial Complaints when conducting, discussing, or deliberating any matter relating to a complaint received or filed with the Council, the Legislature, or administrative staffs of public bodies, including, but not limited to, faculty meetings and athletic staff meetings of institutions of higher education when those staffs are not meeting with the public body, or entry-year assistance committees. Furthermore, public body shall not include the multidisciplinary team provided for in subsection C of Section 1-502.2 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes or any school board meeting for the sole purpose of considering recommendations of a multidisciplinary team and deciding the placement of any child who is the subject of the recommendations. Furthermore, public body shall not include meetings conducted by stewards designated by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission pursuant to Section 203.4 of Title 3A of the Oklahoma Statutes when the stewards are officiating at races or otherwise enforcing rules of the Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Meeting&rdquo; means the conduct of business of a public body by a majority of its members being personally together or, as authorized by Section 307.1 of this title, together pursuant to a videoconference. Meeting shall not include informal gatherings of a majority of the members of the public body when no business of the public body is discussed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. &ldquo;Regularly scheduled meeting&rdquo; means a meeting at which the regular business of the public body is conducted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Special meeting&rdquo; means any meeting of a public body other than a regularly scheduled meeting or emergency meeting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. &ldquo;Emergency meeting&rdquo; means any meeting called for the purpose of dealing with an emergency. For purposes of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, an emergency is defined as a situation involving injury to persons or injury and damage to public or personal property or immediate financial loss when the time requirements for public notice of a special meeting would make such procedure impractical and increase the likelihood of injury or damage or immediate financial loss;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. &ldquo;Continued or reconvened meeting&rdquo; means a meeting which is assembled for the purpose of finishing business appearing on an agenda of a previous meeting. For the purposes of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, only matters on the agenda of the previous meeting at which the announcement of the continuance is made may be discussed at a continued or reconvened meeting; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. &ldquo;Videoconference&rdquo; means a conference among members of a public body remote from one another who are linked by interactive telecommunication devices permitting both visual and auditory communication between and among members of the public body and members of the public. During any videoconference both the visual and auditory communications functions of the device shall be utilized. Whenever the term &ldquo;teleconference&rdquo; appears in any law in relation to a meeting of a public body, it shall be deemed to mean a videoconference as defined in this paragraph.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 4, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 342, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. June 2, 1982; Laws 1988, c. 153, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 282, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1998, c. 370, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 423, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 10, 1999; Laws 2007, c. 142, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2007; Laws 2010, c. 378, &sect; 4.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1998, c. 315, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25305. Recording of votes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all meetings of public bodies, the vote of each member must be publicly cast and recorded.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25306. Circumvention of act - Teleconferences excepted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No informal gatherings or any electronic or telephonic communications, except teleconferences as authorized by Section 3 of this act, among a majority of the members of a public body shall be used to decide any action or to take any vote on any matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 6, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1993, c. 282, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-307. Executive sessions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No public body shall hold executive sessions unless otherwise specifically provided in this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Executive sessions of public bodies will be permitted only for the purpose of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Discussing the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of any individual salaried public officer or employee;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Discussing negotiations concerning employees and representatives of employee groups;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Discussing the purchase or appraisal of real property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning a pending investigation, claim, or action if the public body, with the advice of its attorney, determines that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the public body to process the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding in the public interest;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Permitting district boards of education to hear evidence and discuss the expulsion or suspension of a student when requested by the student involved or the student&rsquo;s parent, attorney or legal guardian;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Discussing matters involving a specific handicapped child;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Discussing any matter where disclosure of information would violate confidentiality requirements of state or federal law; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Engaging in deliberations or rendering a final or intermediate decision in an individual proceeding pursuant to Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. Discussing the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the investigation of a plan or scheme to commit an act of terrorism,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;assessments of the vulnerability of government facilities or public improvements to an act of terrorism,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;plans for deterrence or prevention of or protection from an act of terrorism,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;plans for response or remediation after an act of terrorism,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;information technology of the public body but only if the discussion specifically identifies:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;design or functional schematics that demonstrate the relationship or connections between devices or systems,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;system configuration information,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;security monitoring and response equipment placement and configuration,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;specific location or placement of systems, components or devices,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;system identification numbers, names, or connecting circuits,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;business continuity and disaster planning, or response plans, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(7)&nbsp;&nbsp;investigation information directly related to security penetrations or denial of services, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the investigation of an act of terrorism that has already been committed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">For the purposes of this subsection, the term &ldquo;terrorism&rdquo; means any act encompassed by the definitions set forth in Section 1268.1 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection B of this section, the following public bodies may hold executive sessions:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The State Banking Board, as provided for under Section 306.1 of Title 6 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority, as provided for in Section 854 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority, as provided for in Section 5062.6 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, as provided for in Section 5060.7 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Oklahoma Savings and Loan Board, as provided for under subsection A of Section 381.74 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Oklahoma Health Research Committee for purposes of conferring on matters pertaining to research and development of products, if public disclosure of the matter discussed would interfere with the development of patents, copyrights, products, or services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. A review committee, as provided for in Section 855 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The Child Death Review Board for purposes of receiving and conferring on matters pertaining to materials declared confidential by law;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board as provided in Section 1601 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. All nonprofit foundations, boards, bureaus, commissions, agencies, trusteeships, authorities, councils, committees, public trusts, task forces or study groups supported in whole or part by public funds or entrusted with the expenditure of public funds for purposes of conferring on matters pertaining to economic development, including the transfer of property, financing, or the creation of a proposal to entice a business to remain or to locate within their jurisdiction if public disclosure of the matter discussed would interfere with the development of products or services or if public disclosure would violate the confidentiality of the business; &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System Board for purposes of discussing negotiating strategies in connection with making possible counteroffers to offers to contract to provide legal representation to indigent criminal defendants and indigent juveniles in cases for which the System must provide representation pursuant to the provisions of the Indigent Defense System Act; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. The Quality Investment Committee for purposes of discussing applications and confidential materials pursuant to the terms of the Oklahoma Quality Investment Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An executive session for the purpose of discussing the purchase or appraisal of real property shall be limited to members of the public body, the attorney for the public body, and the immediate staff of the public body. No landowner, real estate salesperson, broker, developer, or any other person who may profit directly or indirectly by a proposed transaction concerning real property which is under consideration may be present or participate in the executive session.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. No public body may go into an executive session unless the following procedures are strictly complied with:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The proposed executive session is noted on the agenda as provided in Section 311 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The executive session is authorized by a majority vote of a quorum of the members present and the vote is a recorded vote; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Except for matters considered in executive sessions of the State Banking Board and the Oklahoma Savings and Loan Board, and which are required by state or federal law to be confidential, any vote or action on any item of business considered in an executive session shall be taken in public meeting with the vote of each member publicly cast and recorded.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. A willful violation of the provisions of this section shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Subject each member of the public body to criminal sanctions as provided in Section 314 of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Cause the minutes and all other records of the executive session, including tape recordings, to be immediately made public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 7, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 218, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1986, c. 264, &sect; 12, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 61, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. May 4, 1987; Laws 1987, c. 222, &sect; 115, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 153, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 7, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 27, 1989; Laws 1989, c. 200, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 8, 1989; Laws 1992, c. 12, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 69, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1993, c. 195, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 315, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 28, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999; Laws 2001, c. 284, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 175, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 5, 2003; Laws 2006, c. 1, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 2007, following passage of State Question No. 725 (SB 755, Laws 2005, c. 239) on Nov. 7, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1985, c. 168, &sect; 9 repealed by Laws 1986, c. 264, &sect; 13, operative July 1, 1986. Laws 1998, c. 201, &sect; 6 repealed by Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-307.1. Videoconferences.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A public body may hold meetings by videoconference where each member of the public body is visible and audible to each other and the public through a video monitor, subject to the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. No less than a quorum of the public body shall be present in person at the meeting site as posted on the meeting notice and agenda;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The meeting notice and agenda prepared in advance of the meeting, as required by law, shall indicate the meeting will include videoconferencing locations and shall state:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the location, address, and telephone number of each available videoconference site, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the identity of each member of the public body and the specific site from which each member of the body shall be physically present and participating in the meeting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. After the meeting notice and agenda are prepared and posted, as required by law, no member of the public body shall be allowed to participate in the meeting from any location other than the specific location posted on the agenda in advance of the meeting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. In order to allow the public the maximum opportunity to attend and observe each public official carrying out the duties of the public official, a member or members of a public body desiring to participate in a meeting by videoconference shall participate in the videoconference from a site and room located within the district or political subdivision from which they are elected, appointed, or are sworn to represent;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Each site and room where a member of the public body is present for a meeting by videoconference shall be open and accessible to the public, and the public shall be allowed into that site and room. Public bodies may provide additional videoconference sites as a convenience to the public, but additional sites shall not be used to exclude or discourage public attendance at any videoconference site;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The public shall be allowed to participate and speak, as allowed by rule or policy set by the public body, in a meeting at the videoconference site in the same manner and to the same extent as the public is allowed to participate or speak at the site of the meeting;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Any materials shared electronically between members of the public body, before or during the videoconference, shall also be immediately available to the public in the same form and manner as shared with members of the public body; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. All votes occurring during any meeting conducted using videoconferencing shall occur and be recorded by roll call vote.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. No public body shall conduct an executive session by videoconference.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1993, c. 282, &sect; 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 323, &sect; 37, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 152, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 358, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 108, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 315, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 28, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 397, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. June 10, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 6, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000; Laws 2000, c. 148, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2003, c. 57, &sect; 28, emerg. eff. April 10, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 474, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 5, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 232, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 16, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006; Laws 2006, c. 245, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2006; Laws 2007, c. 142, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1994, c. 293, &sect; 14 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 40, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995. Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 6 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 358, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. Laws 1999, c. 259, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 2000, c. 6, &sect; 33, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000. Laws 2003, c. 318, &sect; 2 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 5, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004. Laws 2003, c. 324, &sect; 1 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 5, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. March 1, 2004. Laws 2005, c. 129, &sect; 24 repealed by Laws 2006, c. 16, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25308. Meeting between Governor and majority members of public body.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any meeting between the governor and a majority of members of any public body shall be open to the public and subject to all other provisions of this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 8, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25309. Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Legislature shall conduct open meetings in accordance with rules to be adopted by each house thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 9, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25310. Legislative committee members attending executive sessions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any member of the Legislature appointed as a member of a committee of either house of the Legislature or joint committee thereof shall be permitted to attend any executive session authorized by the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act of any state agency, board or commission whenever the jurisdiction of such committee includes the actions of the public body involved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 10, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1981, c. 272, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1981. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25311. Public bodies Notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, all regularly scheduled, continued or reconvened, special or emergency meetings of public bodies shall be preceded by public notice as follows:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. All public bodies shall give notice in writing by December 15 of each calendar year of the schedule showing the date, time and place of the regularly scheduled meetings of such public bodies for the following calendar year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. All state public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and other bodies with the state as beneficiary, shall give such notice to the Secretary of State.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. All county public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and any other bodies with the county as beneficiary, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county wherein they are principally located.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. All municipal public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and any other bodies with the municipality as beneficiary, shall give such notice to the municipal clerk of the municipality wherein they are principally located.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. All multicounty, regional, areawide or district public bodies, including, but not limited to, district boards of education, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county wherein they are principally located, or if no office exists, to the county clerk of the county or counties served by such public body.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. All governing boards of state institutions of higher education, and committees and subcommittees thereof, shall give such notice to the Secretary of State. All other public bodies covered by the provisions of this act which exist under the auspices of a state institution of higher education, but a majority of whose members are not members of the institution's governing board, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county wherein the institution is principally located.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The Secretary of State and each county clerk or municipal clerk shall keep a record of all notices received in a register open to the public for inspection during regular office hours, and, in addition, shall make known upon any request of any person the contents of said register.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. If any change is to be made of the date, time or place of regularly scheduled meetings of public bodies, then notice in writing shall be given to the Secretary of State or county clerk or municipal clerk, as required herein, not less than ten (10) days prior to the implementation of any such change.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. In addition to the advance public notice in writing required to be filed for regularly scheduled meetings, all public bodies shall, at least twentyfour (24) hours prior to such meetings, display public notice of said meeting, setting forth thereon the date, time, place and agenda for said meeting, such twentyfour (24) hours prior public posting shall exclude Saturdays and Sundays and holidays legally declared by the State of Oklahoma; provided, however, the posting of an agenda shall not preclude a public body from considering at its regularly scheduled meeting any new business. Such public notice shall be posted in prominent public view at the principal office of the public body or at the location of said meeting if no office exists. "New business", as used herein, shall mean any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. In the event any meeting is to be continued or reconvened, public notice of such action, including date, time and place of the continued meeting, shall be given by announcement at the original meeting. Only matters appearing on the agenda of the meeting which is continued may be discussed at the continued or reconvened meeting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. Special meetings of public bodies shall not be held without public notice being given at least fortyeight (48) hours prior to said meetings. Such public notice of date, time and place shall be given in writing, in person or by telephonic means to the Secretary of State or to the county clerk or to the municipal clerk by public bodies in the manner set forth in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this section. The public body also shall cause written notice of the date, time and place of the meeting to be mailed or delivered to each person, newspaper, wire service, radio station, and television station that has filed a written request for notice of meetings of the public body with the clerk or secretary of the public body or with some other person designated by the public body. Such written notice shall be mailed or delivered at least fortyeight (48) hours prior to the special meeting. The public body may charge a fee of up to Eighteen Dollars ($18.00) per year to persons or entities filing a written request for notice of meetings, and may require such persons or entities to renew the request for notice annually. In addition, all public bodies shall, at least twentyfour (24) hours prior to such special meetings, display public notice of said meeting, setting forth thereon the date, time, place and agenda for said meeting. Only matters appearing on the posted agenda may be considered at said special meeting. Such public notice shall be posted in prominent public view at the principal office of the public body or at the location of said meeting if no office exists. Twentyfour (24) hours prior public posting shall exclude Saturdays and Sundays and holidays legally declared by the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. In the event of an emergency, an emergency meeting of a public body may be held without the public notice heretofore required. Should an emergency meeting of a public body be necessary, the person calling such a meeting shall give as much advance public notice as is reasonable and possible under the circumstances existing, in person or by telephonic or electronic means.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. All agendas required pursuant to the provisions of this section shall identify all items of business to be transacted by a public body at a meeting, including, but not limited to, any proposed executive session for the purpose of engaging in deliberations or rendering a final or intermediate decision in an individual proceeding prescribed by the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If a public body proposes to conduct an executive session, the agenda shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;contain sufficient information for the public to ascertain that an executive session will be proposed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;identify the items of business and purposes of the executive session; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;state specifically the provision of Section 307 of this title authorizing the executive session.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 11, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1987, c. 184, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1992, c. 12, &sect; 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25312. Minutes of meetings - Recording of proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The proceedings of a public body shall be kept by a person so designated by such public body in the form of written minutes which shall be an official summary of the proceedings showing clearly those members present and absent, all matters considered by the public body, and all actions taken by such public body. The minutes of each meeting shall be open to public inspection and shall reflect the manner and time of notice required by this act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In the written minutes of an emergency meeting, the nature of the emergency and the proceedings occurring at such meeting, including reasons for declaring such emergency meeting, shall be included.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Any person attending a public meeting may record the proceedings of said meeting by videotape, audiotape or by any other method; providing, however, such recording shall not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 12, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1992, c. 78, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25313. Actions taken in willful violation of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any action taken in willful violation of this act shall be invalid.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 13, eff. Oct. 1, 1977. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-314. Violations &ndash; Misdemeanor - Penalty.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person or persons willfully violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding one (1) year or by both such fine and imprisonment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1977, c. 214, &sect; 14, eff. Oct. 1, 1977.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1101. Purposes - Construction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This act provides for exclusive remedies within the state of the policies for individuals alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, creed, age, disability or genetic information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. This act shall be construed according to the fair import of its terms to further the general purposes stated in this section and the special purposes of the particular provision involved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 101. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 1; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1201. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In Section 1101 et seq. of this title, unless the context otherwise requires:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Discriminatory practice" means a practice designated as discriminatory under the terms of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "National origin" includes the national origin of an ancestor; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Person" includes an individual, association, corporation, joint apprenticeship committee, joint-stock company, labor union, legal representative, mutual company, partnership, receiver, trust, trustee, trustee in bankruptcy, unincorporated organization, any other legal or commercial entity, the state, or any governmental entity or agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 201. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1301. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in Section 1101 et seq. of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Employer" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a legal entity, institution or organization that pays one or more individuals a salary or wages for work performance, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a legal entity, institution or organization which contracts or subcontracts with the state, a governmental entity or a state agency to furnish material or perform work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Employer does not include a Native American tribe or a bona fide membership club, other than a labor organization, that is exempt from taxation under Title 26, Section 501(c) of the United States Code;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Employment agency" means a person regularly undertaking with or without compensation to procure employees for an employer or to procure for employees opportunities to work for an employer and includes an agent of such a person;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Labor organization" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;an organization of any kind, an agency or employee representation committee, group, association, or plan in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours, or other terms or conditions of employment,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a conference, general committee, joint or system board, or joint council so engaged which is subordinate to a national or international labor organization, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;an agent of a labor organization;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Individual with a disability&rdquo; means a person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Age discrimination in employment" means discrimination in employment of persons who are at least forty (40) years of age;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. &ldquo;Sex&rdquo;, &ldquo;because of sex&rdquo; or &ldquo;based on sex&rdquo; includes, but is not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions; women affected by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-related purposes as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. &ldquo;Genetic information&rdquo; means information derived from the results of a genetic test. &ldquo;Genetic information&rdquo; shall not include family history, the results of a routine physical examination or test, the results of a chemical, blood or urine analysis, the results of a test to determine drug use, the results of a test for the presence of the human immunodeficiency virus, or the results of any other test commonly accepted in clinical practice at the time it is ordered; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. &ldquo;Employee&rdquo; means an individual who receives a salary or wages from an employer. Employee shall not include independent contractors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 301. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 195, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1973; Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 1; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1992, c. 100, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 17, 1992; Laws 2010, c. 74, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1302. Discriminatory practices - Employers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It is a discriminatory practice for an employer:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To fail or refuse to hire, to discharge, or otherwise to discriminate against an individual with respect to compensation or the terms, conditions, privileges or responsibilities of employment, because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the employer can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such employer; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To limit, segregate, or classify an employee or applicant for employment in a way which would deprive or tend to deprive an individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status of an employee, because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the employer can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such employer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. This section does not apply to the employment of an individual by his or her parents, spouse, or child or to employment in the domestic service of the employer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 302. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 2; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1303. Discriminatory practices - Employment agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for an employment agency to fail or refuse to refer for employment, or otherwise to discriminate against, an individual because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the agency can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such agency, or to classify or refer for employment an individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the agency can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 303. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 3; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1304. Discriminatory practices - Labor organizations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for a labor organization:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To exclude or to expel from membership, or otherwise to discriminate against, a member or applicant for membership because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the organization can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such organization;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To limit, segregate, or classify membership, or to classify or to fail or refuse to refer for employment an individual in a way:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;which would deprive or tend to deprive an individual of employment opportunities, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;which would limit employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status of an employee or of an applicant for employment, because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the organization can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such organization; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To cause or attempt to cause an employer to violate Section 1101 et seq. of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 304. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 4; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1305. Discriminatory practices - Training programs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for an employer, labor organization, or joint labor-management committee controlling apprenticeship, on-the-job, or other training or retraining program, to discriminate against an individual because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the employer, organization or committee can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such employer, organization or committee, in admission to, or employment in, a program established to provide apprenticeship or other training.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 305. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 5; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1306. Other discriminatory practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for an employer, labor organization, or employment agency to print or publish or cause to be printed or published a notice or advertisement relating to employment by the employer or membership in or a classification or referral for employment by the labor organization, or relating to a classification or referral for employment by the employment agency, indicating a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or disability, unless the employer, organization or agency can demonstrate that accommodation for the disability would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of such employer, organization or agency; but a notice or advertisement may indicate a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on religion, sex, or national origin when religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification for employment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 306. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 6; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251307. Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This chapter does not apply to a religious corporation, association, or society with respect to the employment of individuals of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on by the corporation, association, or society of its religious activities.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 307; Laws 1973, c. 195, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 16, 1973. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1308. Exceptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is not a discriminatory practice:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. For an employer to hire and employ an employee, or an employment agency to classify or refer for employment an individual, for a labor organization to classify its membership or to classify or refer for employment an individual, or for an employer, labor organization, or joint labor-management committee controlling an apprenticeship or other training or retraining program to admit or employ an individual in the program, on the basis of religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information if such action is related to a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the business or enterprise; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For a school, college, university, or other educational institution to hire and employ an employee of a particular religion if the school, college, university, or other educational institution is, in whole or substantial part, owned, supported, controlled, or managed by a particular religion or by a particular religious corporation, association, or society, or if the curriculum of the school, college, university, or other educational institution is directed toward the propagation of a particular religion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 308. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 7; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1309. Seniority and merit systems - Compulsory retirement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Notwithstanding any other provision of Section 1101 et seq. of this title, it is not a discriminatory practice for an employer:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To apply different standards of compensation or different terms, conditions, privileges, or responsibilities of employment pursuant to a bona fide seniority or merit system, or a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production or to employees who work in different locations, if the differences are not the result of an intention to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To give and to act upon the results of a professionally-developed ability test if the test, its administration, or action upon the results is not designed, intended, or used to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To require the compulsory retirement of any person who has attained the age of sixty-five (65) and who, for the two-year period immediately before retirement, is employed in a bona fide executive or high policymaking position, if such person is entitled to an immediate nonforfeitable annual retirement benefit from a pension, profit-sharing, savings or deferred compensation plan, or any combination of such plans, of the employer, which equals, in the aggregate, at least Forty-four Thousand Dollars ($44,000.00).&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 309. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 8; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1310. Imbalance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing contained in Section 1101 et seq. of this title requires an employer, employment agency, labor organization, or joint labor-management committee subject to Section 1101 et seq. of this title to grant preferential treatment to an individual or to a group because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information of the individual or group on account of an imbalance which may exist with respect to the total number or percentage of persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information employed by an employer, referred or classified for employment by an employment agency or labor organization, admitted to membership or classified by a labor organization, or admitted to, or employed in, an apprenticeship, or other training or retraining program, in comparison with the total number or percentage of persons of the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information in the state or a community, section, or other area, or in the available work force in the state or a community, section, or other area. However, it is not a discriminatory practice for a person subject to Section 1101 et seq. of this title to adopt and carry out a plan to eliminate or reduce imbalance with respect to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information if the plan has been filed with the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 310. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 9; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251311. Male and female employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, it shall not be an unlawful employment practice because of sex to differentiate in employment, compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment between male and female employees if such differences are otherwise required or permitted by the laws of this state, or by the provisions of Section 703 of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, or by the provisions of Section 6(d) of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended; nor shall it be an unlawful employment practice because of sex for an employer, pursuant to a plan, to provide differences in annuity, death and survivors' benefits between widows and widowers of employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 311; Laws 1976, c. 2, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Jan. 19, 1976. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1312. Status Verification System - Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in Sections 6 and 7 of this act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. &ldquo;Status Verification System&rdquo; means an electronic system operated by the federal government, through which an authorized official of an agency of the State of Oklahoma or of a political subdivision therein may make an inquiry, by exercise of authority delegated pursuant to Section 1373 of Title 8 of the United States Code, to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by Section 7 of this act. The Status Verification System shall be deemed to include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the electronic verification of work authorization program of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996, P.L. 104-208, Division C, Section 403(a); 8 U.S.C., Section 1324a, and operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security, known as the Basic Pilot Program,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any equivalent federal program designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security or any other federal agency authorized to verify the work eligibility status of newly hired employees, pursuant to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), D.L. 99-603,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any other independent, third-party system with an equal or higher degree of reliability as the programs, systems, or processes described in this paragraph, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Social Security Number Verification Service, or such similar online verification process implemented by the United States Social Security Administration;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. &ldquo;Public employer&rdquo; means every department, agency, or instrumentality of the state or a political subdivision of the state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. &ldquo;Subcontractor&rdquo; means a subcontractor, contract employee, staffing agency, or any contractor regardless of its tier; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. &ldquo;Unauthorized alien&rdquo; means an alien as defined in Section 1324a(h)(3) of Title 8 of the United States Code.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 112, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1313. Status Verification System - Registration and use by public employers - Discriminatory discharge of citizens or permanent resident aliens.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Every public employer shall register with and utilize a Status Verification System as described in subparagraphs a or b of paragraph 1 of Section 6 of this act to verify the federal employment authorization status of all new employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. After July 1, 2008, no public employer shall enter into a contract for the physical performance of services within this state unless the contractor registers and participates in the Status Verification System to verify the work eligibility status of all new employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. After July 1, 2008, no contractor or subcontractor who enters into a contract with a public employer shall enter into such a contract or subcontract in connection with the physical performance of services within this state unless the contractor or subcontractor registers and participates in the Status Verification System to verify information of all new employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any contracts entered into prior to the effective date of this section even though such contracts may involve the physical performance of services within this state after July 1, 2008.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. It shall be a discriminatory practice for an employing entity to discharge an employee working in Oklahoma who is a United States citizen or permanent resident alien while retaining an employee who the employing entity knows, or reasonably should have known, is an unauthorized alien hired after July 1, 2008, and who is working in Oklahoma in a job category that requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which is performed under similar working conditions, as defined by 29 U.S.C., Section 206(d)(1), as the job category held by the discharged employee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. An employing entity which, on the date of the discharge in question, was currently enrolled in and used a Status Verification System to verify the employment eligibility of its employees in Oklahoma hired after July 1, 2008, shall be exempt from liability, investigation, or suit arising from any action under this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. No cause of action for a violation of this subsection shall arise anywhere in Oklahoma law but from the provisions of this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2007, c. 112, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2007.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1350. Employment based discrimination - Cause of action - Remedies - Procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A cause of action for employment-based discrimination is hereby created and any common law remedies are hereby abolished.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In order to have standing in a court of law to allege discrimination arising from an employment-related matter, in a cause of action against an employer for discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information with respect to the employee, or retaliation, an aggrieved party must, within one hundred eighty (180) days from the last date of alleged discrimination, file a charge of discrimination in employment with the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the basis of discrimination believed to have been perpetrated on the aggrieved party. Upon completion of any investigation, the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement may transmit the results of any administrative hearing and determination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or issue the complaining party a Notice of a Right to Sue.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Should a charge of discrimination be filed with the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement and not be resolved to the satisfaction of the charging party within one hundred eighty (180) days from the date of filing of such charge, the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, upon request of any party shall issue a Notice of a Right to Sue, which must be first obtained in order to commence a civil action under this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. All civil actions brought pursuant to a Notice of a Right to Sue from the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement for redress against any person who is alleged to have discriminated against the charging party and against any person named as respondent in the charge shall be commenced in the district court of this state for the county in which the unlawful employment practice is alleged to have been committed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Either party in any such action shall be entitled to a jury trial of any facts in dispute in the action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The defending party may allege any defense that is available under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. If it is determined in such action that the defendant or defendants in such action have discriminated against the charging party as charged in the petition, the court may enjoin the defendant or defendants from engaging in such unlawful employment practice charged in the petition, the court may enjoin respondent from engaging in such unlawful practice and order such affirmative action as reinstatement or hiring of employees. A prevailing aggrieved party shall also be entitled to backpay and an additional amount as liquidated damages. Interim earnings or amounts earnable with reasonable diligence by the person discriminated against shall operate to reduce the backpay otherwise allowable. If an individual was refused employment or advancement, was suspended and/or was discharged for legitimate reasons other than discrimination as provided by this act, then no order of the court shall require the hiring, reinstatement or promotion of that individual as an employee, nor shall it order payment of any backpay.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. In any action or proceeding under this section, the court may allow a prevailing plaintiff or defendant a reasonable attorney fee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. No action may be filed in district court as provided in this section more than ninety (90) days after receiving a Notice of a Right to Sue from the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 2011. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251401. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this act unless the context requires otherwise:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) "place of public accommodation" includes any place, store or other establishment, either licensed or unlicensed, which supplies goods or services to the general public or which solicits or accepts the patronage or trade of the general public or which is supported directly or indirectly by government funds: except that&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(i) a private club is not a place of public accommodation, if its policies are determined by its members and its facilities or services are available only to its members and their bona fide guests;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) "place of public accomodation" does not include barber shops or beauty shops or privatelyowned resort or amusement establishments or an establishment located within a building which contains not more than five rooms for rent or hire and which is actually occupied by the proprietor of the establishment as his residence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 401. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1402. Discriminatory practice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for a person to deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a "place of public accommodation" because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 402. Amended by Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1451. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. As used in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Elderly person" means any natural person fifty-five (55) years of age or older;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Dwelling" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;any building, structure, or part of a building or structure that is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any vacant land that is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location of a building, structure, or part of a building or structure described in subparagraph a of this paragraph;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Person" includes one or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers and fiduciaries, the state, and all political subdivisions and agencies thereof;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Restrictive covenants" means any specification limiting the transfer, rental, or lease of any dwelling because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or familial status;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Discriminatory housing practices" means an act that is prohibited pursuant to Section 1452 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Disability" means a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity, when there is a record of such an impairment, or the individual is regarded as having such an impairment. The term does not include current illegal use of or addiction to any drug or illegal or federally controlled substance. For purposes of Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title, "an individual with a disability" or "disability" does not apply to an individual because of sexual orientation or the sexual preference of the individual or because that individual is a transvestite;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Unlawful discriminatory practice because of age" means an act prohibited pursuant to Section 1452 of this title against a person at least eighteen (18) years of age or older solely on that basis;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Aggrieved person" means any person who:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;claims to have been injured by a discriminatory housing practice, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;believes that he or she will be injured by a discriminatory housing practice that is about to occur;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "Complainant" means a person or the Attorney General who files a complaint pursuant to Section 1452 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Conciliation" means the attempted resolution of issues raised by a complaint or by the investigation of the complaint, through informal negotiations involving the aggrieved person, the respondent, and the Attorney General&rsquo;s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Conciliation agreement" means a written agreement setting forth the resolution of the issues in conciliation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Discriminatory housing practice" means an act prohibited by Section 1452 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Family" includes a single individual;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Respondent" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the person accused of a violation of Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title in a complaint of a discriminatory housing practice, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any person identified as an additional or substitute respondent pursuant to Section 1502.5 of this title or an agent of an additional or substitute respondent; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "To rent" means to lease, to sublease, to let, or to otherwise grant for a consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For purposes of Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title, a discriminatory act is committed because of familial status only if the act is committed because the person who is the subject of discrimination is:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Pregnant;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Domiciled with an individual less than eighteen (18) years of age in regard to whom the person:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is the parent or legal custodian, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has the written permission of the parent or legal custodian for domicile with that person; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In the process of obtaining legal custody of an individual less than eighteen (18) years of age.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 2; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1452. Discriminatory housing practices - Categories or classes of persons protected - Jurisdiction of Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. It shall be an unlawful discriminatory housing practice for any person, or any agent or employee of such person:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To refuse to sell or rent after the making of a bona fide offer, or to refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental of any housing, or otherwise make unavailable or deny any housing because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of housing, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with any housing because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To make, print, publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of housing that indicates any preference, limitation, discrimination, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To represent to any person, for reasons of discrimination, that any housing is not available for inspection, sale, or rental when such housing is in fact so available because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To deny any person access to, or membership or participation in, a multiple-listing service, real estate brokers' organization or other service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings, or discriminate against a person in the terms or conditions of access, membership, or participation in such an organization, service, or facility because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. To include in any transfer, sale, rental, or lease of housing any restrictive covenant that discriminates, or for any person to honor or exercise, or attempt to honor or exercise, any discriminatory covenant pertaining to housing because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. To refuse to consider the income of both applicants when both applicants seek to buy or lease housing because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. To refuse to consider as a valid source of income any public assistance, alimony, or child support, awarded by a court, when that source can be verified as to its amount, length of time received, regularity, or receipt because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. To discriminate against a person in the terms, conditions, or privileges relating to the obtaining or use of financial assistance for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, repair, or maintenance of any housing because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status, or disability;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. To discharge, demote, or discriminate in matters of compensation or working conditions against any employee or agent because of the obedience of the employee or agent to the provisions of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. To solicit or attempt to solicit the listing of housing for sale or lease, by door to door solicitation, in person, or by telephone, or by distribution of circulars, if one of the purposes is to change the racial composition of the neighborhood;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. To knowingly induce or attempt to induce another person to transfer an interest in real property, or to discourage another person from purchasing real property, by representations regarding the existing or potential proximity of real property owned, used, or occupied by persons of any particular race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, familial status or disability, or to represent that such existing or potential proximity shall or may result in:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the lowering of property values,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a change in the racial, religious, or ethnic character of the block, neighborhood, or area in which the property is located,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;an increase in criminal or antisocial behavior in the area, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;a decline in quality of the schools serving the area;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. To refuse to rent or lease housing to a blind, deaf, or disabled person on the basis of the person's use or possession of a bona fide, properly trained guide, signal, or service dog;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. To demand the payment of an additional nonrefundable fee or an unreasonable deposit for rent from a blind, deaf, or disabled person for such dog. Such blind, deaf, or disabled person may be liable for any damage done to the dwelling by such dog;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">15. a.&nbsp;&nbsp;to discriminate in the sale or rental or otherwise make available or deny a dwelling to any buyer or renter because of a disability of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;that buyer or renter,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;a person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is sold, rented, or made available, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;any person associated with that buyer or renter, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling or in the provision of services or facilities in connection with the dwelling because of a disability of:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;that person,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;a person residing in or intending to reside in that dwelling after it is so sold, rented, or made available, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;any person associated with that person;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. For purposes of disability discrimination in housing pursuant to Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title, discrimination includes:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a refusal to permit, at the expense of the disabled person, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by the person if the modifications may be necessary to afford the person full enjoyment of the premises, provided that such person also provides a surety bond guaranteeing restoration of the premises to their prior condition, if necessary to make the premises suitable for nondisabled tenants,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a refusal to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services, when the accommodations may be necessary to afford the person equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;in connection with the design and construction of covered multifamily dwellings for first occupancy thirty (30) months after the date of enactment of the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-430), a failure to design and construct those dwellings in a manner that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the public use and common use portions of the dwellings are readily accessible to and usable by disabled persons,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;all the doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises within the dwellings are sufficiently wide to allow passage by disabled persons in wheelchairs, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;all premises within the dwellings contain the following features of adaptive design:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;an accessible route into and through the dwelling,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(c)&nbsp;&nbsp;reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(d)&nbsp;&nbsp;usable kitchen and bathrooms so that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about the space,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;compliance with the appropriate requirements of the American National Standard for buildings and facilities providing accessibility and usability for physically disabled people, commonly cited as "ANSI A 117.1", suffices to satisfy the requirements of division (3) of this subparagraph,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;as used in this subsection, the term "covered multifamily dwellings" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;buildings consisting of four or more units if the buildings have one or more elevators, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;ground floor units in other buildings consisting of four or more units,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;nothing in this subsection requires that a dwelling be made available to an individual whose tenancy would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">17.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;A person whose business includes engaging in residential real estate related transactions may not discriminate against a person in making a real estate related transaction available or in the terms or conditions of a real estate related transaction because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, national origin or age.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;In this section, "residential real estate related transaction" means:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;making or purchasing loans or providing other financial assistance:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;to purchase, construct, improve, repair, or maintain a dwelling, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;to secure residential real estate, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;selling, brokering, or appraising residential real property.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. This section does not prohibit discrimination against a person because the person has been convicted under federal law or the law of any state of the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. No other categories or classes of persons are protected pursuant to Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title. The Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement shall have no authority or jurisdiction to act on complaints based on any kind of discrimination other than those kinds of discrimination prohibited pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title or any other specifically authorized by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 3; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1453. Exempt practices and acts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Prohibit a religious organization, association, or society, or any nonprofit institution or organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious organization, association, or society, from limiting the sale, rental, or occupancy of housing which it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion, or from giving preferences to such persons, unless membership in such religion is restricted on account of race, color, or national origin. Nor shall anything in Sections 1451, 1452, 1453, 1501 and 1505.1 of this title apply to a private membership club which is a bona fide club and which is exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Prohibit a religious organization, association, or society, or a nonprofit institution or organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious organization, association, or society, from:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;limiting the sale, rental, or occupancy of dwellings that it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose to persons of the same religion, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;giving preference to persons of the same religion, unless membership in the religion is restricted because of race, color, or national origin; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Prohibit a private club not open to the public that, as an incident to its primary purpose, provides lodging that it owns or operates for other than a commercial purpose from limiting the rental or occupancy of that lodging to its members or from giving preference to its members.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title relating to familial status applies to housing for older persons. As used in this section, "housing for older persons" means housing:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. That the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons pursuant to a federal or state program;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Intended for, and solely occupied by, persons sixty-two (62) years of age or older; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person fifty-five (55) years of age or older per unit as determined by rules of the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">C. 1. Subject to division (2) of subparagraph a of this paragraph, Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title do not apply to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the sale or rental of a single-family house sold or rented by an owner if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;the owner does not:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;own more than three single-family houses at any one time, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;own any interest in, or is there owned or reserved on his or her behalf, pursuant to any express or voluntary agreement, title to or any right to any part of the proceeds from the sale or rental of more than three single-family houses at any one time, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;the house was sold or rented without:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(a)&nbsp;&nbsp;the use of the sales or rental facilities or services of a real estate broker, agent, or salesman licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Real Estate License Code, or of an employee or agent of a licensed broker, agent, or salesman, or the facilities or services of the owner of a dwelling designed or intended for occupancy by five or more families, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">(b)&nbsp;&nbsp;the publication, posting, or mailing of a notice, statement, or advertisement prohibited by Section 1452 of this title, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the sale or rental of rooms or units in a dwelling containing living quarters occupied or intended to be occupied by no more than four families living independently of each other, if the owner maintains and occupies one of the living quarters as the owner's residence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The exemption in subparagraph a of paragraph 1 of this subsection applies to only one sale or rental in a twenty-four-month period, if the owner was not the most recent resident of the house at the time of the sale or rental.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall prohibit a person engaged in the business of furnishing appraisals of real property from taking into consideration factors other than race, color, age, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall affect a reasonable local or state restriction on the maximum number of occupants permitted to occupy a dwelling or restriction relating to health or safety standards.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall prevent or restrict the sale, lease, rental, transfer, or development of housing designed or intended for the use of the disabled.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall affect a requirement of nondiscrimination in any other state or federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Nothing provided for in Sections 1451 through 1453 of this title shall prohibit the transfer of property by will, intestate succession, or by gift.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 4; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1501. Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement - Powers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Within the limitations provided by law, the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement has the following additional powers:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To promote the creation of local commissions on human rights, and to contract with individuals and state, local and other agencies, both public and private, including agencies of the federal government and of other states;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To accept public grants or private gifts, bequests, or other payments;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To receive, investigate, seek to conciliate, hold hearings on, and pass upon complaints alleging violations of Section 1101 et seq. of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To furnish technical assistance requested by persons subject to this act to further compliance with Section 1101 et seq. of this title or an order issued thereunder;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To make provisions for technical and clerical assistance to an advisory committee or committees appointed in accordance with paragraph (b) of Section 953 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. To require answers to interrogatories, under the procedures established by Section 3233 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes, compel the attendance of witnesses, examine witnesses under oath or affirmation, and require the production of documents in connection with complaints filed under Section 1101 et seq. of this title, said powers to be exercised only in relation to areas directly and materially related to the complaint;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. To hear, and issue orders on, complaints involving state government agencies and departments on the same basis as complaints involving private employers; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. To provide technical assistance and public information to assist in preventing and eliminating discriminatory housing practices; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. To promulgate rules as necessary to implement the provisions of Section 1101 et seq. of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Attorney General shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. At least annually, publish a written report recommending legislative or other action to carry out the purposes of Section 1101 et seq. of this title as it relates to housing discrimination;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Make studies relating to the nature and extent of discriminatory housing practices in this state; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Cooperate with and, as appropriate, may provide technical and other assistance to federal, state, local, and other public or private entities that are formulating or operating programs to prevent or eliminate discriminatory housing practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 501, emerg. eff. May 17, 1968. Amended by Laws 1970, c. 186, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1970; Laws 1973, c. 195, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 16, 1973; Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 5; Laws 1989, c. 353, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 5; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 12 repealed by Laws 1989, c. 353, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502. Proceedings after complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory practice, his or her attorney, or a nonprofit organization chartered for the purpose of combatting discrimination may file with the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement a written sworn complaint stating that a discriminatory practice has been committed, and setting forth the facts upon which the complaint is based, and setting forth facts sufficient to enable the Attorney General to identify the person charged, hereinafter called the respondent. The Attorney General shall promptly furnish the respondent with a copy of the complaint and shall promptly investigate the allegations of discriminatory practice set forth in the complaint. The complaint must be filed within one hundred eighty (180) days after the alleged discriminatory practice occurs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If within sixty (60) days after the complaint is filed it is determined by the Attorney General that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice, the Attorney General shall issue an order dismissing the complaint and shall furnish a copy of the order to the complainant, the respondent and such other public officers and persons as the Attorney General deems proper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The complainant, within thirty (30) days after receiving a copy of an order dismissing the complaint, may file with the Attorney General an application for reconsideration of the order. Upon such application, the Attorney General shall make a new determination whether there is a reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice. If it is determined within thirty (30) days after the application is filed that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice, the Attorney General shall issue an order dismissing the complaint and furnish a copy of the order to the complainant, the respondent and such other public officers as the Attorney General deems proper.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. This section does not apply to persons claiming to be aggrieved by a discriminatory housing practice to the extent that it is inconsistent with specific provisions of Section 1101 et seq. of this title relating to a discriminatory housing complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 502. Amended by Laws 1973, c. 195, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. May 16, 1973; Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 6; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.1. Temporary injunction or restraining order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If, at any time after the receipt of a verified charge, the Attorney General has reason to believe that a respondent has engaged in any unlawful discriminatory practice, the Attorney General may file a petition in the district court in a county in which the subject of the complaint occurs, or in a county in which a respondent resides or transacts business, seeking appropriate temporary injunctive relief against the respondent pending final determination of proceedings pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title. The court shall have power to grant injunctive relief or a restraining order as it deems just and proper, but no relief or order shall be granted except by consent of the respondent or after hearing upon notice to the respondent and a finding by the court that there is reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice. Except as modified by this section, the Oklahoma rules of civil procedure shall apply to an application, and the district court shall have authority to grant or deny the relief sought on conditions as it deems just and equitable. This section is subject to the provisions of Section 1502.7 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 7; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.2. Investigations - Complaint - Limitation - Filing by Attorney General - Amendment of complaint - Notice to respondent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Attorney General shall investigate alleged discriminatory housing practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A complaint must be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. In writing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Under oath; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In the form prescribed by the Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An aggrieved person may, not later than one (1) year after an alleged discriminatory housing practice has occurred or terminated, whichever is later, file a complaint with the Attorney General alleging the discriminatory housing practice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Not later than one (1) year after an alleged discriminatory housing practice has occurred or terminated, whichever is later, the Attorney General may file his or her own complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. A complaint may be amended at any time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. On the filing of a complaint the Attorney General shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Give the aggrieved person notice that the complaint has been received;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Advise the aggrieved person of the time limits and choice of forums pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Not later than the 20th day after the filing of the complaint or the identification of an additional respondent pursuant to Section 1502.5 of this title, serve on each respondent:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a notice identifying the alleged discriminatory housing practice and advising the respondent of the procedural rights and obligations of a respondent pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a copy of the original complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 8. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 12, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.3. Answer to complaint - Amendment - Effect of investigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Not later than the 10th day after receipt of the notice and copy pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection F of Section 1502.2 of this title, a respondent may file an answer to the complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An answer must be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. In writing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Under oath; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. In the form prescribed by the Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An answer may be amended at any time.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An answer does not inhibit the investigation of a complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 9. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.4. Referral of complaint from federal government - Investigations - Administrative proceedings - Time limits - Delays.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the federal government has referred a complaint to the Attorney General or has deferred jurisdiction over the subject matter of the complaint to the Attorney General, the Attorney General shall promptly investigate the allegations set forth in the complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 10. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.5. Joinder of additional or substitute respondent - Notice - Explanation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commission may join a person not named in the complaint as an additional or substitute respondent if in the course of the investigation the Commission determines that the person should be accused of a discriminatory housing practice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In addition to the information required in the notice pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection F of Section 8 of this act, the Commission shall include in a notice to a respondent joined pursuant to this section an explanation of the basis for the determination that the person is properly joined as a respondent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 11.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.6. Conciliation - Time period - Conciliation agreement - Provisions - Disclosure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Attorney General may, during the period beginning with the filing of a complaint and ending with the filing of a charge or a dismissal by the Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, to the extent feasible, engage in conciliation with respect to the complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A conciliation agreement is an agreement between a respondent and the complainant and is subject to the Attorney General's approval.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A conciliation agreement may provide for binding arbitration or other method of dispute resolution. Dispute resolution that results from a conciliation agreement may authorize appropriate relief, including monetary relief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A conciliation agreement shall be made public unless the complainant and respondent agree otherwise, and the Attorney General determines that disclosure is not necessary to further the purpose of Section 1101 et seq. of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Nothing said or done in the course of conciliation may be made public or used as evidence in a subsequent proceeding pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title without the written consent of the persons concerned.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. After completion of any investigation conducted by the Attorney General, the Attorney General shall make available to the aggrieved person and the respondent, at any time, information derived from the investigation and the final investigation report relating to that investigation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 12. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.7. Civil action for temporary or preliminary relief - Filing by Attorney General - Effects on administrative hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. If the Attorney General concludes at any time following the filing of a discriminatory housing complaint that prompt judicial action is necessary to carry out the purposes of Section 1101 et seq. of this title, the Attorney General may commence a civil action for appropriate temporary or preliminary relief pending final disposition of the complaint.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A temporary restraining order or other order granting preliminary or temporary relief on a discriminatory housing complaint filed under this section is governed by the provisions of Section 1502.1 of this title and the applicable Oklahoma rules of civil procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 13. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.8. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.9. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.10. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.11. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.12. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.13. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.14. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1502.15. Civil action on behalf of aggrieved person - Venue - Intervention - Relief - Compliance with discovery orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Attorney General may file a civil action on behalf of the aggrieved person in a district court seeking relief pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Venue for an action pursuant to this section is in the county in which the alleged discriminatory housing practice occurred, or in a county where the respondent resides or transacts business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An aggrieved person may intervene in the action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the court finds that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur, the court may grant as relief any relief that a court may grant in a civil action pursuant to Section 1506.3 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. If monetary relief is sought for the benefit of an aggrieved person who does not intervene in the civil action, the court may not award the monetary relief if that aggrieved person has not complied with discovery orders entered by the court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 21. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1503. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1504. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1505. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1505.1. Determination of housing discrimination.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the Attorney General upon final determination finds that an act of housing discrimination pursuant to Section 1452 of this title has been committed by a person holding a real estate license pursuant to state law, the Attorney General will certify such determination to the licensing agency. Unless such determination of discriminatory practice is reversed in the course of judicial review, a final determination is binding on the licensing agency. Such agency shall take appropriate administrative action, including suspension or revocation of the license of the respondent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 289, &sect; 7. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.1. Civil action - Time period - Tolling - Restrictions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. An aggrieved person may file a civil action in district court not later than the second year after the occurrence of the termination of an alleged discriminatory housing practice, or the breach of a conciliation agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title, whichever occurs last, to obtain appropriate relief with respect to the discriminatory housing practice or breach.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The two-year period does not include any time during which an administrative hearing pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title is pending with respect to a complaint or charge pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title based on the discriminatory housing practice. This subsection does not apply to actions arising from a breach of a conciliation agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An aggrieved person may file an action pursuant to this section whether or not a complaint has been filed pursuant to Section 1502.2 of this title and without regard to the status of any complaint filed pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. If the Attorney General has obtained a conciliation agreement with the consent of an aggrieved person, the aggrieved person may not file an action pursuant to this section with respect to the alleged discriminatory housing practice that forms the basis for the complaint except to enforce the terms of the agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. An aggrieved person may not file an action pursuant to this section with respect to an alleged discriminatory housing practice that forms the basis of a charge issued by the Attorney General if the Attorney General has begun a hearing on the record pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title with respect to the charge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 24. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 19, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.2. Court-appointed attorney.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">On application by a person alleging a discriminatory housing practice or by a person against whom such a practice is alleged, the court may appoint an attorney for the person.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 25.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.3. Remedies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In an action pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title, if the court finds that a discriminatory housing practice has occurred or is about to occur, the court may award to the plaintiff:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Actual and punitive damages;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Reasonable attorney fees;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Court costs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Subject to Section 1506.4 of this title, any permanent or temporary injunction, temporary restraining order, or other order, including an order enjoining the defendant from engaging in the practice or ordering appropriate affirmative action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 26. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.4. Effect of relief granted upon contracts, sales, encumbrances, or leases.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Relief granted pursuant to Section 1506.3 of this title does not affect a contract, sale, encumbrance, or lease that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Was consummated before the granting of the relief; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Involved a bona fide purchaser, encumbrancer, or tenant who did not have actual notice of the filing of a complaint pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title or a civil action pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 27. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 21, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.5. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 32, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.6. Civil action relating to pattern of discrimination or issue of general public importance - Remedies - Persons who may intervene.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. On request of the Commission, the Attorney General may file a civil action in district court for appropriate relief if the Commission has reasonable cause to believe that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. a person is engaged in pattern or practice of resistance to the full enjoyment of any right granted by this act; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. a person has been denied any right granted by this act and that denial raises an issue of general public importance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In an action pursuant to this section the court may:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. award preventive relief, including a permanent or temporary injunctive, restraining order, or other order against the person responsible for a violation of this act as necessary to assure the full enjoyment of the rights granted by this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. award other appropriate relief, including monetary damages, reasonable attorneys fees, and court costs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. to vindicate the public interest, assess a civil penalty against the respondent in an amount that does not exceed:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00), for a first violation, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), for a second or subsequent violation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A person may intervene in an action pursuant to this section if the person is:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. an aggrieved person to the discriminatory housing practice; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. a party to a conciliation agreement concerning the discriminatory housing practice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 29.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.7. Subpoenas - Enforcement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Attorney General may issue subpoenas pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title and may enforce the subpoena in appropriate proceedings in district court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 30. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 22, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.8. Attorney fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A court in a civil action brought pursuant to Section 1101 et seq. of this title may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party and assess court costs against the nonprevailing party.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 31. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 23, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1506.9. Violations - Misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A person commits an offense if the person, whether or not acting under color of law, by force or threat of force, intentionally intimidates or interferes with a person:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Because of the person's race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin and because the person is or has been selling, purchasing, renting, financing, occupying, contracting, or negotiating for the sale, purchase, rental, financing, or occupation of any dwelling, or applying for or participating in a service, organization, or facility relating to the business of selling or renting dwellings; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Because the person is or has been, or has attempted to intimidate the person from:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;participating, without discrimination because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin, in an activity, service, organization, or facility described in paragraph 1 of this subsection,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;affording another person opportunity or protection to so participate, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;lawfully aiding or encouraging other persons to participate, without discrimination because of race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status, or national origin, in an activity, service, organization, or facility described in paragraph 1 of this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An offense pursuant to this section is a misdemeanor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1991, c. 177, &sect; 32. Amended by Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1507. Inspection - Records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In connection with an investigation of a complaint filed under Section 1101 et seq. of this title, the Attorney General shall have access at any reasonable time to premises, records and documents relevant to the complaint and the right to examine, photograph and copy evidence, in accordance with the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. So as to avoid undue burden on persons subject to the act, records and reports required by the Attorney General under this section shall conform as near as may be to similar records and reports required by federal law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. It is unlawful for an officer or employee of the Attorney General to make public with respect to a particular person without his consent information obtained by the Attorney General pursuant to his or her authority under this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 507. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 24, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1508. Subpoenas - Witnesses.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Subpoenas shall issue in proceedings under Section 1101 et seq. of this title as provided in the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act. A subpoena so issued shall show on its face the name and address of the party at whose request the subpoena was issued. On petition of the individual to whom the subpoena is directed and notice to the requesting party, the Attorney General may vacate or modify the subpoena.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Witnesses whose depositions are taken or who are summoned before the Attorney General or employees of the Attorney General's office shall be entitled to the same witness and mileage fees as are paid to witnesses in the courts of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 508. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 25, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251601. Other discriminatory practices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for a person, or for two or more persons to conspire,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) to retaliate or discriminate against a person because he has opposed a discriminatory practice, or because he has made a charge, filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) to aid, abet, incite, or coerce a person to engage in a discriminatory practice;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(3) willfully to interfere with the performance of a duty or the exercise of a power by the Commission or one of its members or representatives; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(4) willfully to obstruct or prevent a person from complying with the provisions of this act or an order issued thereunder.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 601. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1602. Conciliation agreements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It is a discriminatory practice for a party to a conciliation agreement made under this act to violate the terms of the agreement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 602.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251603. Attempts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An attempt to commit, directly or indirectly, a discriminatory practice is a discriminatory practice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 603. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1604. Public contractors.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the case of a respondent who is found by the Attorney General to have engaged in a discriminatory practice in the course of performing under a contract or subcontract with the state or any governmental entity, or agency thereof, if the discriminatory practice was authorized, requested, commanded, performed or recklessly tolerated by the board of directors of the respondent or by a high managerial agent acting within the scope of his or her employment, the Attorney General shall so certify to the contracting agency. Unless the Attorney General&rsquo;s finding of a discriminatory practice is upheld in the course of judicial review, the finding of discrimination is not binding on the contracting agency. Upon receiving a certification made under this section, a contracting agency may take appropriate action to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Terminate a contract or portion thereof previously entered into with the respondent, either absolutely or on condition that the respondent carry out a program of compliance with the provisions of Section 1101 et seq. of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Assist the state and all governmental entities and agencies thereof to refrain from entering into further contracts, or extensions or other modifications of existing contracts, with the respondent until the Attorney General is satisfied that the respondent will carry out policies in compliance with the provisions of Section 1101 et seq. of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 604. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 26, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251605. Prima facie evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In a proceeding under this act a written, printed, or visual communication, advertisement, or other form of publication, or written inquiry, or other document purporting to have been made by a person is prima facie evidence that it was authorized by him.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 605. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;251701. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In this chapter&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) "political subdivision" means a city, incorporated town, or county within this state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) "local commission" means a commission on human relations created by one or more political subdivisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 701. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1702. Local ordinances.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A political subdivision may adopt and enforce an ordinance prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information not in conflict with a provision of Section 1101 et seq. of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 702. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 10; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1703. Local commissions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A political subdivision, or two or more political subdivisions acting jointly, may create a local commission to promote the purposes of Section 1101 et seq. of this title and to secure for all individuals within the jurisdiction of the political subdivision or subdivisions freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information, and may appropriate funds for the expenses of the local commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 703. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 11; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 18, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1704. Powers of local commissions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A local commission may have the following powers in addition to powers authorized by other laws:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To employ an executive director and other employees and agents and fix their compensation;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. To cooperate with individuals and state, local, and other agencies, both public and private, including agencies of the federal government and other states and municipalities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To accept gifts, bequests, grants, or other payments, public or private, to help finance its activities;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. To receive, initiate, investigate, and seek to conciliate complaints alleging violations of Section 1101 et seq. of this title or of an ordinance prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information or legislation establishing the commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. To make studies appropriate to effectuate its purposes and policies and to make the results thereof available to the public; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. To render at least annually a report, a copy of which shall be furnished to the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 704. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 12; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1705. Referral to local commission.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Attorney General:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Whether or not a complaint has been filed under the provisions of Section 1502 or 1704 of this title, may refer a matter involving discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information to a local commission for investigation, study, and report; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. May refer a complaint alleging a violation of Section 1101 et seq. of this title to a local commission for:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;investigation,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;determination whether there is reasonable cause to believe that the respondent has engaged in a discriminatory practice, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;assistance in eliminating a discriminatory practice by conference, conciliation, or persuasion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon referral by the Attorney General, the local commission shall make a report and may make recommendations to the Attorney General and take other appropriate action within the scope of its powers.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 705. Amended by Laws 1981, c. 231, &sect; 13; Laws 1985, c. 165, &sect; 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 20, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 27, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1706. Transfer to Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A local commission may refer a matter under its jurisdiction to the Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. At any time after a complaint under Section 1101 et seq. of this title is filed, the Attorney General may require a local commission to transfer any related proceeding to the Attorney General. After the local commission is requested to transfer a proceeding, the local commission has no further jurisdiction over the proceeding except to take appropriate action to implement the transfer to the Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1968, c. 388, &sect; 706. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 214, &sect; 28, emerg. eff. May 7, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;25-1901. Repealed by Laws 2011, c. 270, &sect; 21, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html>

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