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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-right:15pt;} .cls1 {text-align:justify;} </STYLE> <title>&sect;75-1</title> </head> <body> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-1. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 609, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-2. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 609, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-3. Repealed by Laws 1961, p. 609, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7511. Statutes defined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Statutes of Oklahoma are hereby defined to be:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">First. Original acts enacted by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Second. Statutes taken from other sources and adopted and enacted by the Legislature as statutes of this state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8147.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7511a. Construction of statutes Severability.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In the construction of the statutes of this state, the following rules shall be observed:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. For any act enacted on or after July 1, 1989, unless there is a provision in the act that the act or any portion thereof or the application of the act shall not be severable, the provisions of every act or application of the act shall be severable. If any provision or application of the act is found to be unconstitutional and void, the remaining provisions or applications of the act shall remain valid, unless the court finds:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the valid provisions or application of the act are so essentially and inseparably connected with, and so dependent upon, the void provisions that the court cannot presume the Legislature would have enacted the remaining valid provisions without the void one; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the remaining valid provisions or applications of the act, standing alone, are incomplete and are incapable of being executed in accordance with the legislative intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For acts enacted prior to July 1, 1989, whether or not such acts were enacted with an express provision for severability, it is the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature that the act or any portion of the act or application of the act shall be severable unless:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the construction of the provisions or application of the act would be inconsistent with the manifest intent of the Legislature;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the court finds the valid provisions of the act are so essentially and inseparably connected with and so dependent upon the void provisions that the court cannot presume the Legislature would have enacted the remaining valid provisions without the void one; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;the court finds the remaining valid provisions standing alone, are incomplete and are incapable of being executed in accordance with the legislative intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1989, c. 154, &sect; 1, operative July 1, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-11b. Renumbered as &sect; 3921 of Title 74 by Laws 1999, c. 59, &sect; 23, eff. July 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7512. Original acts shall govern.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In all cases where there is a conflict between the original acts and adopted statutes, the original acts shall govern, and the adopted statutes shall be deemed as repealed, amended, or modified thereby, without reference to the date of the approval of such original acts. For purposes of this section, "original acts" means the enrolled documents of the acts as produced by the house of origin.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8148; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-12a. Legislative bills and resolutions - Enrollment - Filing in Office of Secretary of State.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Bills and resolutions referred to in Section 35, Article V of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, after their passage but before they are signed by the presiding officer of each house of the Legislature as provided in said section, shall be correctly enrolled either in permanent ink on appropriate paper or in an electronic form pursuant to rules adopted by each house. Bills and resolutions originating in one house of the Legislature which, after being duly passed and engrossed thereby, are transmitted to the other house and thereafter returned without amendment to the house in which same originated, shall, when referred for enrollment, be transmitted to the Office of Engrossing and Enrolling thereof, which office may cause each and every such engrossed bill or resolution, without retyping, to be reported properly enrolled for fourth reading and final signature by attaching or jacketing in the forefront thereof a proper jurat for certification by the presiding officer as to the previous passage of said bill or resolution. After said bills and resolutions have been duly signed by the presiding officer of each house of the Legislature, and after same have been either affirmatively or negatively approved by the Governor or passed over his objections, as provided in Section 11, Article VI of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, they shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State where they shall be permanently preserved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. For purposes of this section and subject to the provisions of subsection C of this section, bills and resolutions and amendments thereto may be transmitted between the two houses of the Legislature electronically. Enrolled bills and resolutions may be transmitted electronically to the Office of the Governor. Bills and resolutions that are filed in the Office of the Secretary of State may be transmitted electronically. If a bill or resolution is transmitted electronically, the signature of the presiding officer may be an electronic signature. All bills and resolutions transmitted electronically must be signed by the presiding officer in compliance with the provisions of Section 35 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution; provided, such signatures may be in electronic form.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Electronic transmittal of bills and resolutions shall be allowed if safeguards established by the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate are in place to protect against unauthorized users. Transmission between the respective houses shall require a written agreement signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Transmission from either house of the Legislature to the Office of the Governor shall require a written agreement signed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Transmission from either house of the Legislature to the Office of the Secretary of State shall require a written agreement signed by the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall be the guardians of electronic signatures for their respective houses of the Legislature and shall be authorized to make determinations as to validity and authenticity of electronic signatures.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1945, p. 480, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1945, p. 491, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Jan. 23, 1945; Laws 1959, p. 367, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1959; Laws 1981, c. 272, &sect; 37, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 2011, c. 339, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7513. Distribution of statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Chief ClerkAdministrator of the House of Representatives is authorized to purchase the required number of statutes and session laws for distribution pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8149; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7514. Free copies of statutes and session laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The following officers shall be entitled to receive as soon as available from the state without cost copies of the printed volumes of the statutes and session laws of the state published or purchased by the Legislature, or under its authority, for distribution:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Each state officer, including the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the chief administrative officers and assistants of state departments, boards, and commissions, upon written application and request submitted to the Chief ClerkAdministrator of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, within sixty (60) days of January 1 of each year, and said volumes shall be distributed at the discretion of the Chief ClerkAdministrator of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Each member of the Legislature; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals, and the clerk of said Courts; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The chief administrative officers of the state educational, benevolent, and penal institutions; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The judges of the district courts and district court clerks; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. County clerks; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. County treasurers; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. County assessors; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. District attorneys and one assistant district attorney in each county; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Sheriffs; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. All members of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&nbsp;&nbsp;12. Each library association organized in any county, city, or town in this state for the benefit of the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Fiftyfive (55) copies of the statutes and session laws shall be furnished to the law library of the College of Law of the University of Oklahoma, five copies to be kept for use therein and fifty copies for purposes of exchange.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Five (5) copies of the statutes and session laws shall be placed in the library of Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma, for use therein.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. One hundred ten (110) copies of the statutes and session laws shall be furnished to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for its use and exchange purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Chief ClerkAdministrator may, in his discretion, furnish from any copies of such laws on hand to state officers other than those specified in this section for the use of their offices.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8150; Laws 1957, p. 550, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1957; Laws 1959, p. 368, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 15, 1959; Laws 1976, c. 209, &sect; 1; Laws 1978, c. 165, &sect; 12; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-15. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-16. Repealed by Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7517. County clerks to make requisition Distribution Receipts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The county clerks of the several counties of this state, by the first Monday of February next succeeding the time when any regular session of the Legislature shall be held, shall make a requisition upon the Chief ClerkAdministrator of the House of Representatives for as many copies of the laws of said session as may be required to supply one copy to each county or township officer entitled to the same pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of this title. The Chief ClerkAdministrator shall forward the number of copies called for by said requisition, to said clerk, either by express, or in any other secure manner. The county clerk, upon receiving the laws, shall distribute them to the several officers entitled by law to the same, obtaining a receipt describing the volumes and the date delivered, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8153; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7518. Laws to be delivered to successors in office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any person is elected to fill any of the county or township offices, it shall be such person's duty, before taking possession of the office, to procure from the county clerk of his county a copy of the receipt filed by the outgoing officer for any volumes of the laws of this state. A copy of the receipt shall be presented to his predecessor in office, at the time when he assumes the duties of his office, and shall require from his predecessor all the volumes of the laws which he may have received, as shown by the receipt on file with the county clerk. It shall be the duty of said officer, after having received from his predecessor the volumes of the laws, to make out duplicate receipts of the same, one of said receipts to be given to his predecessor in office, and the other to be transmitted to the county clerk to be retained in his office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8154; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7519. Penalty for failure to deliver volumes of laws to successor in office.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Any person holding office in this state, or in any county or township thereof, upon relinquishing office to his successor, who fails or refuses to deliver to his successor in office all the volumes of laws that have come into his possession by virtue of holding such office shall be liable, upon conviction, to a fine of Fifty Dollars ($50.00), or to imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding twenty (20) days. The person succeeding to the office of such delinquent shall file a complaint against him. If the person so failing or refusing to deliver said volumes of laws can show to the satisfaction of the judge that said volumes have been destroyed or stolen in a manner for which the said delinquent person should not be held responsible, then no penalty shall be imposed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8155; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7520. Replacing missing copies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Whenever any county or township officer entitled to a copy of the laws of this state shall, through the neglect or refusal of his predecessor in office to turn such laws over to him, or through loss for which said person cannot be held responsible, be without such laws, such person is authorized to make a written requisition upon the county clerk of his county for such volumes of the laws as may be required. The clerk is authorized to purchase the needed volumes for the price set pursuant to law or written agreement for such volumes, which said amount shall be allowed by the board of county commissioners of said county of the official needing such replacement volumes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">R.L. 1910, &sect; 8156; Laws 1983, c. 164, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 6, 1983.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-21. Repealed by Laws 1978, c. 165, &sect; 14.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7522. Conflicting provisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If the provisions of any code, title, chapter or article conflict with or contravene the provisions of any former code, title, chapter or article, the provisions of the latter code, title, chapter or article must prevail as to all matter and questions arising thereunder out of the same subject matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1985, c. 40, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 19, 1985.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-23. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 550, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7523.1. Merging different versions of statute.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Except as otherwise provided by specific vote of the Legislature, a bill introduced for purposes of incorporating and merging different versions of a statute amended in more than one measure at the same or different sessions of the Legislature, which do not purport to amend other enacted versions of the same statute shall not be subject to regular legislative cutoff dates, shall be limited to such provisions as may be necessary for the purpose of incorporating and merging such versions of the same statute, and shall contain no other provisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1989, c. 353, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-24. Repealed by Laws 1957, p. 550, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-25. Emergency laws - Distribution to court clerks as soon as possible.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State, as soon as possible after receipt by his or her office of any act or resolution, any Civil Probate or Criminal Procedure Act passed by the Oklahoma Legislature as an emergency measure, to provide access by the United States mail, facsimile, or electronic mail transmission to the court clerk of each county of this state a copy of such act or resolution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 10, 1953; Laws 2005, c. 125, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526. Emergency laws Binder for public examination Duty of court clerks.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Immediately upon receipt from the Secretary of State of the acts and resolutions referred to in Section 1 hereof, it shall be the duty of the court clerk of each county to place the same in a binder, which shall be available for examination by the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 10, 1953.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.1. Duty of Attorney General to construe certain acts upon request Blank forms.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">It shall be the duty of the Attorney General after each session of the Legislature, upon request of the State Auditor and Inspector, or a member of the Legislature, officially to construe any act enacted by said session of the Legislature affecting the authority and duties of officers and departments of the state, the several counties, cities and towns, or school districts; and, when requested by the State Auditor and Inspector, the Attorney General shall assist the State Auditor and Inspector in the preparation of blank forms required for the administration of said acts and instructions for the administration and enforcement thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1957, p. 550, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 1957; Laws 1979, c. 30, &sect; 156, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.2. Opinions and instructions to be distributed by State Auditor and Inspector.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The State Auditor and Inspector, as soon as practicable after the receipt of any opinion of the Attorney General addressed to the State Auditor and Inspector, shall mail a copy thereof together with any applicable instructions to such governing boards or other officers on their request or if they may be affected by such opinion; and the State Auditor and Inspector may cause the publication and distribution of any official opinions of the Attorney General.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1957, p. 550, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 31, 1957; Laws 1979, c. 30, &sect; 157, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.11. Prefiling of bills and resolutions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Beginning on the 15th day of November of each evennumbered year and ending at the time of sine die adjournment of the second regular session during the following evennumbered year, members of the first regular legislative session who have taken the required oath of office therefor and holdover members of the Senate are hereby authorized to prefile legislative bills and resolutions for introduction. Such bills and resolutions shall be in the form required by the rules of the respective houses of the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1959, p. 490, &sect; 1; Laws 1965, c. 37, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. Mar. 8, 1965; Laws 1967, c. 173, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1967; Laws 1981, c. 272, &sect; 38, eff. July 1, 1981.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.12. Manner and place of filing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Senate bills and resolutions may be prefiled with the Secretary of the Senate; House of Representatives bills and resolutions may be prefiled with the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives. Bills and resolutions are prefiled when delivered in person by the author or principal author thereof or mailed to the appropriate legislative official as provided herein; provided, however, the electronic transmission of bills and resolutions, including, but not limited to electronic mailing, by the author or author&rsquo;s designee shall satisfy the requirements of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1959, p. 490, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 2009, c. 117, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.13. Numbering.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives shall, upon receipt of bills and resolutions for prefiling, number said bills and resolutions consecutively in the same manner as during regular legislative sessions and shall be responsible for the safekeeping of the such bills and resolutions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1959, p. 490, &sect; 3.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.14. Referring of bills upon convening of session Introduction and reading.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Immediately upon the convening of each regular session of the Legislature, the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives shall refer all prefiled bills and resolutions to the respective presiding officers of the two (2) houses of the Legislature. All bills and resolutions prefiled, in accordance herewith, shall, prior to the introduction of bills and resolutions, be placed immediately upon first reading in the same manner as bills and resolutions introduced after the convening of the Legislature. Bills and resolutions introduced after the first reading of prefiled bills and resolutions shall be numbered consecutively with said prefiled bills and resolutions, respectively, in the manner provided by legislative rules for bills and resolutions introduced after the convening of the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1959, p. 490, &sect; 4; Laws 1981, c. 272, &sect; 39, eff. July 1, 1981.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.21. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.31. Repealed by Laws 1975, c. 361, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.32. Repealed by Laws 1975, c. 361, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.33. Repealed by Laws 1975, c. 361, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.34. Repealed by Laws 1975, c. 361, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-26.35. Repealed by Laws 1975, c. 361, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.41. Submission of the question Procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">When a question, "Shall the Legislature of this state ratify a proposed amendment of the Constitution of the United States," is for legislative decision, said matter shall be introduced by joint resolution. In each house the joint resolution submitting said proposal shall be read in full on three (3) different days but, in either house, the first reading may be dispensed with by twothirds (2/3) vote of the quorum present. Following the second reading the joint resolution by which the proposed Constitutional amendment is presented shall be assigned to committee. After favorable committee report, the joint resolution by which the proposed amendment of the United States Constitution is presented shall be placed on the calendar for third reading and final passage. When the joint resolution is considered on final passage, the question shall be "Shall the proposed amendment of the United States Constitution be ratified?", which question shall be decided by roll call vote, opportunity being given first for debate. Unless a majority of the members elected to and constituting the membership of the body considering the question vote in favor of ratifying the amendment of the Constitution, the same shall have failed. If a majority of the members elected to and constituting the membership of the body indicate their approval, the presiding officer shall sign the joint resolution and direct that it be made available to the other, or second, legislative house.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The procedure shall be the same in each legislative house except that the presiding officer of the second house that has by vote approved said ratification of the amendment of the United States Constitution shall sign the joint resolution and attest to the state's action, through its Legislature, of ratifying the said Constitutional amendment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1974, c. 182, &sect; 1.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7526.42. Expiration of approval Rescission of ratification.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The joint resolution shall expire on the date of sine die adjournment of the 2nd Session of the Legislature by which it was adopted unless the resolution states another expiration date. The joint resolution shall not be counted in favor of ratification after the expiration date thereof. The Legislature may rescind any ratification resolution previously approved; in which event, the ratification resolution shall not be counted in favor of ratification if such rescission occurs before the proposed amendment becomes part of the United States Constitution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1974, c. 182, &sect; 2.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7527. Declaration and designation of reports of decisions of Supreme Court and Criminal Court of Appeals.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">From and after the effective date of this act the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court of Appeals shall have authority, in such manner as they deem advisable, to declare the published volumes of the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court of Appeals of the State of Oklahoma, as the same may be published by one or more persons, firms or corporations, and containing only the decisions of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and/or the Criminal Court of Appeals of Oklahoma, to be official reports of the decisions of said Courts, whether the decisions of said Courts are published in separate volumes or the same volume.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7528. Examination and approval of manuscripts of decisions Assistant Salary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">If in the opinion of the Courts it is advisable to have the manuscripts of the decisions examined and approved before the same are permanently bound by any person, firm or corporation whose published decisions have, by the Courts, been declared to be official reports, the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court of Appeals are hereby authorized to employ a qualified person to aid the Courts in said examination and approval at a salary of not to exceed Four Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($4,200.00) per annum.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 3, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-29. Renumbered as &sect; 73.5 of Title 20 by Laws 1969, c. 11, &sect; 2, eff. Feb. 4, 1969.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7530. Right to publish, edit or bind reports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit the publication, editing or binding of the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court of Appeals by any person, firm or corporation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1953, p. 426, &sect; 6, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-31. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-32. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-33. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-34. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-35. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-35.1. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-35.2. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-35.3. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-35.4. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-36. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-37. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-41. Repealed by Laws 1941, p. 463, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 7, 1941.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-51. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-52. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-53. Repealed by Laws 1943, p. 252, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. April 13, 1943.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-53.1. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-53.2. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-54. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-55. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-56. Repealed by Laws 1953, p. 425, &sect; 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1954.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;7557. Copies of court reports to Publications Clearinghouse Exchange of reports.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Administrative Director of the Courts shall provide to the Publications Clearinghouse of the Department of Libraries a maximum of fifty copies of each of the published volumes of the official reports of the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals of this state for use and for exchange purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1978, c. 165, &sect; 9; Laws 1984, c. 13, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-101. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-102. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-103. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-104. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-105. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-106. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-107. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-108. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-109. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-110. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-111. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-112. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-113. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-114. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-115. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-131. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-132. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-133. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-134. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-135. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-136. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-137. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-138. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-139. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-140. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-141. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-142. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-143. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-144. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-151. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-152. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-153. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-154. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-155. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-156. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-157. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-158. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-159. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-160. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-161. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-162. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-163. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-164. Executed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-171. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-172. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-173. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-174. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-175. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-176. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-177. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-178. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-179. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-180. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-181. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-182. Repealed by Laws 1978, c. 165, &sect; 14.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-183. Repealed by Laws 1982, c. 356, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 2, 1982.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-184. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-185. Repealed by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-191. Oklahoma Statutes 2011 and annual cumulative supplements - Publishing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The &ldquo;Oklahoma Statutes 2011&rdquo; and annual cumulative supplements thereto shall be compiled, codified, annotated, printed and published by a publisher selected by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, from bids submitted for that purpose. Publication shall be in accordance with the terms, specifications and conditions directed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2009, c. 372, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2009.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-192. Oklahoma Statutes 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The &ldquo;Oklahoma Statutes 2011&rdquo; certified by the Justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court on November 7, 2011, are hereby adopted as the official Statutes of the State of Oklahoma and are declared to be in full force and effect. Provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to repeal or in any way affect or modify any special or local laws or any law making an appropriation or any law relating to any special election or validating act, or any law affecting any bond issue or by which any bond issue may have been authorized, nor to affect any pending proceedings or any existing rights or remedies, nor the running of the statutes of limitations in force at the time of the approval of this section; but all such local and special laws, laws making appropriations, laws relating to special elections, validating acts, and laws relating to or authorizing bond issues, pending proceedings, and existing rights and remedies, and statutes of limitations running and in force at the time of the approval of this section shall continue and exist in all respects as if this section had not been passed. Provided, further, that this section shall not be construed to alter, change, impair, disparage, vest or divest, or in any way affect any right or interest in the United States, the State of Oklahoma, any Indian tribes or Nations of Indians within the State of Oklahoma, nor shall the same be construed to repeal any act of the Legislature of the State of Oklahoma enacted subsequent to the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the Fifty-third Legislature of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Secretary of State shall issue a proclamation and publish it in a newspaper of general circulation within the State of Oklahoma stating the date upon which the statutes were published.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2012, c. 293, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 2012.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. This section and Sections 250.1 through 323 of this title shall be known and may be cited as the "Administrative Procedures Act".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. All statutes hereinafter enacted and codified as part of the Administrative Procedures Act shall be considered and deemed part of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.1. Composition of act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Administrative Procedures Act shall be composed of two Articles. Sections 250, 250.1, 250.3, 250.4, 250.5 and 250.8 of this title are applicable to both Articles I and II. Article I relating to agency filing and publication requirements for rules shall consist of Sections 250.2, 250.6, 250.7 and 250.9 through 308.2 of this title and Section 5 of this act. Article II relating to agency notice and hearing requirements for individual proceedings shall consist of Sections 308a through 323 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Except as otherwise specifically provided in Section 250.4 of this title, all agencies shall comply with the provisions of Article I and Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.2. Legislative intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution vests in the Legislature the power to make laws, and thereby to establish agencies and to designate agency functions, budgets and purposes. Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution charges the Executive Branch of Government with the responsibility to implement all measures enacted by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In creating agencies and designating their functions and purposes, the Legislature may delegate rulemaking authority to executive branch agencies to facilitate administration of legislative policy. The delegation of rulemaking authority is intended to eliminate the necessity of establishing every administrative aspect of general public policy by legislation. In so doing, however, the Legislature reserves to itself:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The right to retract any delegation of rulemaking authority unless otherwise precluded by the Oklahoma Constitution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The right to establish any aspect of general policy by legislation, notwithstanding any delegation of rulemaking authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The right and responsibility to designate the method for rule promulgation, review and modification;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The right to approve or disapprove any adopted rule by joint resolution; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The right to disapprove a proposed permanent, promulgated or emergency rule at any time if the Legislature determines such rule to be an imminent harm to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the state or if the Legislature determines that a rule is not consistent with legislative intent.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.3. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Administrative Procedures Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Administrative head" means an official or agency body responsible pursuant to law for issuing final agency orders;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Adopted" means a proposed emergency rule which has been approved by the agency but has not been approved or disapproved by the Governor as provided by Section 253 of this title, or a proposed permanent rule which has been approved by the agency, but has not been approved or disapproved by the Legislature or by declaration of the Governor as provided by subsection D of Section 6 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Agency" includes but is not limited to any constitutionally or statutorily created state board, bureau, commission, office, authority, public trust in which the state is a beneficiary, or interstate commission, except:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Legislature or any branch, committee or officer thereof, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the courts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. "Emergency rule" means a rule that is made pursuant to Section 253 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. "Final rule" or "finally adopted rule" means a rule other than an emergency rule, which has not been published pursuant to Section 255 of this title but is otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act, and is:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;approved by the Legislature pursuant to Section 6 of this act, provided that any such joint resolution becomes law in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;approved by the Governor pursuant to subsection D of Section 6 of this act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;approved by a joint resolution pursuant to subsection B of Section 308 of this title, provided that any such resolution becomes law in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;disapproved by a joint resolution pursuant to subsection B of Section 308 of this title or Section 6 of this act, which has been vetoed by the Governor in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution and the veto has not been overridden;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. "Final agency order" means an order that includes findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Section 312 of this title, is dispositive of an individual proceeding unless there is a request for rehearing, reopening, or reconsideration pursuant to Section 317 of this title and which is subject to judicial review;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. "Hearing examiner" means a person meeting the qualifications specified by Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act and who has been duly appointed by an agency to hold hearings and, as required, render orders or proposed orders;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. "Individual proceeding" means the formal process employed by an agency having jurisdiction by law to resolve issues of law or fact between parties and which results in the exercise of discretion of a judicial nature;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. "License" includes the whole or part of any agency permit, certificate, approval, registration, charter, or similar form of permission required by law;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. "Office" means the Office of the Secretary of State;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. "Order" means all or part of a formal or official decision made by an agency including but not limited to final agency orders;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. "Party" means a person or agency named and participating, or properly seeking and entitled by law to participate, in an individual proceeding;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. "Permanent rule" means a rule that is made pursuant to Section 303 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision, or public or private organization of any character other than an agency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. "Political subdivision" means a county, city, incorporated town or school district within this state;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. "Promulgated" means a finally adopted rule which has been filed and published in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, or an emergency rule or preemptive rule which has been approved by the Governor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. "Rule" means any agency statement or group of related statements of general applicability and future effect that implements, interprets or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedure or practice requirements of the agency. The term "rule" includes the amendment or revocation of an effective rule but does not include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the issuance, renewal, denial, suspension or revocation or other sanction of an individual specific license,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;the approval, disapproval or prescription of rates. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term "rates" shall not include fees or charges fixed by an agency for services provided by that agency including but not limited to fees charged for licensing, permitting, inspections or publications,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;statements and memoranda concerning only the internal management of an agency and not affecting private rights or procedures available to the public,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;declaratory rulings issued pursuant to Section 307 of this title,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;orders by an agency, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;press releases or "agency news releases", provided such releases are not for the purpose of interpreting, implementing or prescribing law or agency policy;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. "Rulemaking" means the process employed by an agency for the formulation of a rule; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. "Secretary" means the Secretary of State.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1969, c. 128, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 1969; Laws 1978, c. 64, &sect; 28; Laws 1983, c. 327, &sect; 2; Laws 1985, c. 196, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 26, 1985; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 11. Renumbered from &sect; 301 of this title by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 27. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 182, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2010, c. 174, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2010; Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.4. Compliance with act - Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Except as is otherwise specifically provided in this subsection, each agency is required to comply with Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Corporation Commission shall be required to comply with the provisions of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act except for subsections A, B, C and E of Section 303 of this title and Section 306 of this title. To the extent of any conflict or inconsistency with Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act, pursuant to Section 35 of Article IX of the Oklahoma Constitution, it is expressly declared that Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act is an amendment to and alteration of Sections 18 through 34 of Article IX of the Oklahoma Constitution.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Oklahoma Military Department shall be exempt from the provisions of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act to the extent it exercises its responsibility for military affairs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority, the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma College Savings Plan shall be exempt from Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Transportation Commission and the Department of Transportation shall be exempt from Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act to the extent they exercise their authority in adopting standard specifications, special provisions, plans, design standards, testing procedures, federally imposed requirements and generally recognized standards, project planning and programming, and the operation and control of the State Highway System.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall be exempt from Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act with respect to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;prescribing standards of higher education,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;prescribing functions and courses of study in each institution to conform to the standards,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;granting of degrees and other forms of academic recognition for completion of the prescribed courses,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;allocation of state-appropriated funds, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;fees within the limits prescribed by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. Institutional governing boards within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education shall be exempt from Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">8.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Commissioner of Public Safety shall be exempt from Sections 303.1, 303.2, 304, 307.1, 308 and 308.1 of this title insofar as it is necessary to promulgate rules pursuant to the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, to maintain a current incorporation of federal motor carrier safety and hazardous material regulations, or pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to maintain a current incorporation of federal commercial driver license regulations, for which the Commissioner has no discretion when the state is mandated to promulgate rules identical to federal rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Such rules may be adopted by the Commissioner and shall be deemed promulgated twenty (20) days after notice of adoption is published in "The Oklahoma Register". Such publication need not set forth the full text of the rule but may incorporate the federal rules and regulations by reference.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;Such copies of promulgated rules shall be filed with the Secretary as required by Section 251 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;For any rules for which the Commissioner has discretion to allow variances, tolerances or modifications from the federal rules and regulations, the Commissioner shall fully comply with Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. The Council on Judicial Complaints shall be exempt from Section 306 of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act, with respect to review of the validity or applicability of a rule by an action for declaratory judgment, or any other relief based upon the validity or applicability of a rule, in the district court or by an appellate court. A party aggrieved by the validity or applicability of a rule made by the Council on Judicial Complaints may petition the Court on the Judiciary to review the rules and issue opinions based upon them.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. The Department of Corrections, State Board of Corrections, county sheriffs and managers of city jails shall be exempt from Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act with respect to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;prescribing internal management procedures for the management of the state prisons, county jails and city jails and for the management, supervision and control of all incarcerated prisoners, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;prescribing internal management procedures for the management of the probation and parole unit of the Department of Corrections and for the supervision of probationers and parolees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. As specified, the following agencies or classes of agency activities are not required to comply with the provisions of Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The Oklahoma Tax Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Commission for Human Services;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Corporation Commission;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Pardon and Parole Board;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Midwestern Oklahoma Development Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The Grand River Dam Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. The Council on Judicial Complaints;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. The Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma College Savings Plan;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. The supervisory or administrative agency of any penal, mental, medical or eleemosynary institution, only with respect to the institutional supervision, custody, control, care or treatment of inmates, prisoners or patients therein; provided, that the provisions of Article II shall apply to and govern all administrative actions of the Oklahoma Alcohol Prevention, Training, Treatment and Rehabilitation Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. The Board of Regents or employees of any university, college, or other institution of higher learning, except with respect to expulsion of any student for disciplinary reasons; provided, that upon any alleged infraction by a student of rules of such institutions, with a lesser penalty than expulsion, such student shall be entitled to such due process, including notice and hearing, as may be otherwise required by law, and the following grounds of misconduct, if properly alleged in disciplinary proceedings against a student, shall be cause to be barred from the campus and be removed from any college or university-owned housing, upon conviction in a court of law:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;participation in a riot as defined by the penal code,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;possession or sale of any drugs or narcotics prohibited by the penal code, Section 1 et seq. of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;willful destruction of or willful damage to state property;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, its employees or agents only with respect to hearing and notice requirements on the following classes of violations which are an imminent peril to the public health, safety and welfare:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;any rule regarding the running of a race,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;any violation of medication laws and rules,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any suspension or revocation of an occupation license by any racing jurisdiction recognized by the Commission,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;any assault or other destructive acts within Commission-licensed premises,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;any violation of prohibited devices, laws and rules, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;any filing of false information;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. The Commissioner of Public Safety only with respect to driver license hearings and hearings conducted pursuant to the provisions of Section 2-115 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. The Administrator of the Department of Securities only with respect to hearings conducted pursuant to provisions of the Oklahoma Take-over Disclosure Act of 1985;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">16. Hearings conducted by a public agency pursuant to Section 962 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">17. The Oklahoma Military Department;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">18. The University Hospitals Authority, including all hospitals or other institutions operated by the University Hospitals Authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">19. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board and the Administrator of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">20. The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 12. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 236, &sect; 125, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 136, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 25, 1990; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. May 30, 1990; Laws 1993, c. 330, &sect; 30, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 330, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 8, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 320, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 12, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 42, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999; Laws 1999, c. 423, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 10, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 6, &sect; 30, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 131, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 402, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 279, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. May 26, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 157, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. April 26, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 176, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1987, c. 231, &sect; 5 repealed by Laws 1987, c. 236, &sect; 203, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987. Laws 1998, c. 203, &sect; 10 repealed by Laws 1999, c. 1, &sect; 45, emerg. eff. Feb. 24, 1999. Laws 1999, c. 142, &sect; 4 repealed by Laws 2000, c. 6, &sect; 33, emerg. eff. March 20, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.4a. Certain rules to be available for public inspection - Deletion of obsolete rules and internal policy statements - Private rights and procedures not affected.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any agency exempt from all or part of the Administrative Procedures Act pursuant to subsection A of Section 250.4 of this title shall maintain and make available for public inspection its exempt rules at its principal place of business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. It is recognized by the Oklahoma Legislature that agencies specified by subsection A of this section have published rules containing obsolete rules or internal policy statements or agency statements which do not meet the Administrative Procedures Act definition of rules. Therefore, by December 31, 2005, each such agency shall conduct an internal review of its rules to determine whether each of its rules is current and is a rule as such term is defined by the Administrative Procedures Act. Any rule determined by an agency to be obsolete or an internal policy statement or any agency statement which does not meet the definition of a rule pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act shall be deleted by the agency. Notice of such deletion shall be submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Governor for informational purposes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to authorize any agency to amend any rule or to delete any rule which affects any private rights or procedures available to the public.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1997. Amended by Laws 2005, c. 227, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75250.5. Act not to apply to certain governments, authorities, etc.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">This act shall not apply to municipalities, counties, school districts, and other agencies of local government; nor to specialized agencies, authorities, and entities created by the legislature, performing essentially local functions, such as, but not limited to, Urban Renewal Authorities, Port Authorities, City and CityCounty Planning Commissions, Conservancy and other Districts, and public trusts having a municipality or county, or agency thereof, as beneficiary; but this act shall apply to public trusts having the state, or any department or agency thereof, as beneficiary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 24. Renumbered from &sect; 324 by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 27.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.6. Commission for Human Services - Preemptive rules - Approval by Governor - Filing of approval and rule - Publication - Disapproval by Legislature - Exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Commission for Human Services may promulgate a preemptive rule pursuant to the provisions of this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;when the Commission for Human Services is required by federal law, federal rules, a state law enacted pursuant to federal law or federal rule, or order of a court of competent jurisdiction to adopt a rule, or an amendment, revision or revocation of an existing rule, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;which if such rule is not immediately adopted would result in the imposition of a financial penalty, or a reduction, withholding or loss of federal funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A preemptive rule must be approved by the Governor pursuant to this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The conditions specified in this subsection for the promulgation of a preemptive rule shall be the only conditions authorized for promulgation of such rule by the Commission for Human Services.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Upon the adoption of such preemptive rule by the Commission, the Director of the Department of Human Services shall request the Governor to approve the rules on the basis that such rules are required to comply with a federal law, federal rule, a state law enacted pursuant to federal law or rule, or order of a court of competent jurisdiction and which if such rules are not immediately adopted would result in a financial penalty, or a reduction, withholding or loss of federal funds.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Upon the filing of the request for approval of a preemptive rule, the Governor shall review such rule and decide as to whether such rule should be approved. Prior to approval of a preemptive rule, the Governor shall submit the preemptive rule to the Office of the Secretary of State for review of proper formatting unless the preemptive rule has been reviewed by the Office prior to agency submission to the Governor. Failure of the Governor to approve such rule within twenty-eight (28) calendar days shall constitute denial of the rule as a preemptive rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Upon approval of a preemptive rule, the Governor shall immediately notify the Commission. Upon receipt of notice of the approval of the preemptive rule, the Commission shall file the number of copies specified by the Secretary of the approval issued by the Governor and the number of copies specified by the Secretary of the preemptive rule with the Office pursuant to Section 251 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The preemptive rule shall be published in accordance with the provisions of Section 255 of this title in "The Oklahoma Register" following approval by the Governor. The Governor's approval and the approved rules shall be retained as official records by the Office of Administrative Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. For informational purposes only, a copy of the Governor's approval and the preemptive rule shall be submitted by the Commission to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate within ten (10) days of the approval of the preemptive rule by the Governor.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Upon approval by the Governor, the rule shall be considered promulgated and shall be in force immediately, or if a later date is required by statute or specified in the rule, the later date is the effective date.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. A preemptive rule shall be considered to be a permanent rule and shall remain in full force and effect unless and until specifically disapproved during the first thirty (30) legislative days of the next regular legislative session following promulgation of such preemptive rule or unless an earlier expiration date is specified by the Commission. The Legislature may disapprove such rule pursuant to Section 308 of this title. Any resolution introduced for the purpose of disapproving such rule shall not be subject to regular legislative cut off dates.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Except as otherwise provided by this section, preemptive rules shall be promulgated and published in compliance with Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act. Preemptive rules promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be exempt from the provisions of Sections 253, 303, 303.1, 303.2, 304, 308 and 308.1 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 266, &sect; 25, operative July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2005, c. 227, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.7. Conflicts between filed rules and published rules - Corrections of errors - Status of Code rules - Presumption of compliance with act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Prior to publication in the "Code" or any of its supplements, in cases where there is a conflict between the finally adopted rules filed with the Office pursuant to Section 251 of this title and rules published in "The Oklahoma Register", the rules published in "The Oklahoma Register" pursuant to Section 255 of this title shall govern and shall constitute the official rule of the agency. Except as provided in subsection C of this section, permanent rules published in "The Oklahoma Register" shall be void and of no effect upon publication of the next succeeding "Code" or "Code" supplement, if not published in such "Code" or "Code" supplement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Secretary is authorized to establish procedures for correcting spelling errors in:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The finally adopted rules of any agency or any document submitted for publication in "The Oklahoma Register" or the "Code"; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any rules or other document published in "The Oklahoma Register".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Rules published in the "Code" and in the supplements thereto, and permanent rules published in "The Oklahoma Register" after the closing date for publication in the last preceding "Code" or "Code" supplement, as announced by the Secretary, but prior to publication of the next succeeding "Code" or "Code" supplement, shall constitute the official permanent rules of the state.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. For any rule published in the "Code" or the supplements thereto, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that such rule has been promulgated in compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.8. Time computations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by the Administrative Procedures Act, the day of the act, or event, from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included, unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday as defined by the Oklahoma Statutes or any other day when the receiving office does not remain open for public business until 4:00 p.m., in which event the period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday as defined by the Oklahoma Statutes, or any other day when the receiving office does not remain open for public business until 4:00 p.m.; provided, permanent rules shall become effective on the tenth day after the rules are published in &ldquo;The Oklahoma Register&rdquo;, as set forth in subsection B of Section 304 of this title, regardless of the day of the week.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989. Amended by Laws 2004, c. 183, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 3, 2004.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.9. Transfer of powers, duties and responsibilities of Director of Department of Libraries relating to publication of The Oklahoma Register and Administrative Code to Secretary of State.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">There is hereby established an Office of Administrative Rules within the Office of the Secretary of State. The Office of Administrative Rules shall have the primary responsibility for publishing "The Oklahoma Register" and the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" and otherwise implementing the provisions of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act. The Secretary of State shall provide for the adequate staffing of the Office to implement the provisions of this section including but not limited to an editor-in-chief.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1991. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-250.10. Request for agency review of rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Governor by Executive Order or either house of the Legislature or both houses of the Legislature by resolution, or a small business, may request an agency to review its rules to determine whether or not the rules in question should be amended, repealed or redrafted. The agency shall respond to requests from the Governor or the Legislature within ninety (90) calendar days of such request.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1994. Amended by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 49, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-251. Furnishing copies of permanent rules - Rules for administration of section - Filing of new rules and amendments, revisions or revocations - Format - Incorporation of standards by reference - Publication of executive orders - Electronic filing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Upon the request of the Secretary, each agency shall furnish to the Office a complete set of its permanent rules in such form as is required by the Secretary or as otherwise provided by law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Secretary shall promulgate rules to ensure the effective administration of the provisions of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act. The rules shall include, but are not limited to, rules prescribing paper size, numbering system, and the format of documents required to be filed pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act or such other requirements as deemed necessary by the Secretary to implement the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Each agency shall file the number of copies specified by the Secretary of all new rules, and all amendments, revisions or revocations of existing rules attested to by the agency, pursuant to the provisions of Section 254 of this title, with the Office within thirty (30) calendar days after they become finally adopted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. An agency filing rules pursuant to the provisions of this subsection:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall prepare the rules in plain language which can be easily understood,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall not unnecessarily repeat statutory language. Whenever it is necessary to refer to statutory language in order to effectively convey the meaning of a rule interpreting that language, the reference shall clearly indicate the portion of the language which is statutory and the portion which is the agency's amplification or interpretation of that language,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall indicate whether a rule is new, amends an existing permanent rule or repeals an existing permanent rule. If a rule amends an existing rule, the rule shall indicate the language to be deleted typed with a line through the language and language to be inserted typed with the new language underscored,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall state if the rule supersedes an existing emergency rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall include a reference to any rule requiring a new or revised form in a note to the rule. The Secretary shall insert that reference in "The Oklahoma Register" as a notation to the affected rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall prepare, in plain language, an analysis of new or amended rules. The analysis shall include but not be limited to a reference to any statute that the rule interprets, any related statute or any related rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;may include with its rules, brief notes, illustrations, findings of facts, and references to digests of Supreme Court cases, other court decisions, or Attorney General's opinions, and other explanatory material. Such material may be included if the material is labeled or set forth in a manner which clearly distinguishes it from the rules,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;shall include other information, in such form and in such manner as is required by the Secretary, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;may change the format of existing rules without any rulemaking action by the agency in order to comply with the standard provisions established by the Secretary for "Code" and "The Oklahoma Register" publication so long as there is no substantive change to the rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Secretary is authorized to determine a numbering system and other standardized format for documents to be filed and may refuse to accept for publication any document that does not substantially conform to the promulgated rules of the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In order to avoid unnecessary expense, an agency may use the published standards established by organizations and technical societies of recognized national standing, other state agencies, or federal agencies by incorporating the standards or rules in its rules or regulations by reference to the specific issue or issues of publications in which the standards are published, without reproducing the standards in full. The standards shall be readily available to the public for examination at the administrative offices of the agency. In addition, a copy of such standards shall be kept and maintained by the agency pursuant to the provisions of the Preservation of Essential Records Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Secretary shall provide for the publication of all Executive Orders received pursuant to the provisions of Section 664 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The Secretary may authorize or require the filing of rules or Executive Orders by or through electronic data or machine readable equipment in such form and manner as is required by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 602, &sect; 1. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 154, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 4; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 4, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75252. Filing as condition of validity Notification of failure to comply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Any rule, amendment, revision, or revocation of an existing rule made by an agency on or after October 16, 1987, may be held void and of no effect pursuant to Sections 306 and 307 of this title. All provisions herein shall also apply to all agencies that may hereafter be created. All courts, boards, commissions, agencies, authorities, instrumentalities, and officers of the State of Oklahoma shall take judicial or official notice of any rule, amendment, revision, or revocation of an existing rule promulgated pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon failure of an agency to comply with the provisions of Sections 251 through 256 of this title except when not applicable, the Secretary shall forward a written notice of the failure to comply to the chief administrative officer of the agency. The notice shall state a reasonable time, not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days, in which the agency shall fully comply. Further failure to comply shall be reported in writing to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Governor, and the Attorney General. Upon such notification, the Attorney General shall immediately seek agency compliance and if required, to institute mandamus proceedings to secure compliance by said agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1961, p. 603, &sect; 2; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 5; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 5, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 6, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1991.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-253. Emergency rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. If an agency finds that a rule is necessary as an emergency measure, the rule may be promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section, if the rule is first approved by the Governor. The Governor shall not approve the adoption, amendment, revision or revocation of a rule as an emergency measure unless the agency submits substantial evidence that the rule is necessary as an emergency measure to do any of the following:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;protect the public health, safety or welfare,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;comply with deadlines in amendments to an agency's governing law or federal programs,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;avoid violation of federal law or regulation or other state law,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;avoid imminent reduction to the agency's budget, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;avoid serious prejudice to the public interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in this subsection, "substantial evidence" shall mean credible evidence which is of sufficient quality and probative value to enable a person of reasonable caution to support a conclusion.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In determining whether a rule is necessary as an emergency measure, the Governor shall consider whether the emergency situation was created due to the agency's delay or inaction and could have been averted by timely compliance with the provisions of this chapter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. An emergency rule adopted by an agency shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be prepared in the format required by Section 251 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Include an impact statement which meets the requirements set forth in subparagraph b of this paragraph unless the Governor waives the requirement in writing upon a finding that the rule impact statement or the specified contents thereof are unnecessary or contrary to the public interest.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The rule impact statement shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(1)&nbsp;&nbsp;a brief description of the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(2)&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the persons who most likely will be affected by the proposed rule, including classes that will bear the costs of the proposed rule, and any information on cost impacts received by the agency from any private or public entities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(3)&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the classes of persons who will benefit from the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(4)&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the probable economic impact of the proposed rule upon affected classes of persons or political subdivisions, including a listing of all fee changes and, whenever possible, a separate justification for each fee change,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(5)&nbsp;&nbsp;the probable costs and benefits to the agency and to any other agency of the implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule, and any anticipated effect on state revenues, including a projected net loss or gain in such revenues if it can be projected by the agency,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(6)&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of whether implementation of the proposed rule may have an adverse economic effect on small business as provided by the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(7)&nbsp;&nbsp;an explanation of the measures the agency has taken to minimize compliance costs and a determination of whether there are less costly or nonregulatory methods or less intrusive methods for achieving the purpose of the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(8)&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of the effect of the proposed rule on the public health, safety and environment and, if the proposed rule is designed to reduce significant risks to the public health, safety and environment, an explanation of the nature of the risk and to what extent the proposed rule will reduce the risk,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(9)&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of any detrimental effect on the public health, safety and environment if the proposed rule is not implemented, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls3"><span class="cls0">(10)&nbsp;&nbsp;the date the rule impact statement was prepared and if modified, the date modified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;The rule impact statement shall be prepared on or before the date the emergency rule is adopted;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Be transmitted pursuant to Section 464 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes to the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, along with the information required by this subsection within ten (10) days after the rule is adopted; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Not be invalidated on the ground that the contents of the rule impact statement are insufficient or inaccurate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Within forty-five (45) calendar days of receipt of a proposed emergency rule filed with the Governor, the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Governor shall review the demonstration of emergency pursuant to subsection A of this section, and shall separately review the rule in accordance with the standards prescribed in paragraph 3 of this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Prior to approval of emergency rules, the Governor shall submit the emergency rule to the Secretary of State for review of proper formatting.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. If the Governor determines the agency has established the rule is necessary as an emergency measure pursuant to subsection A of this section, the Governor shall approve the proposed emergency rule if the rule is:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;clear, concise and understandable,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;within the power of the agency to make and within the enacted legislative standards, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;made in compliance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. Within the forty-five-calendar-day period set forth in paragraph 1 of subsection C of this section, the Governor may approve the emergency rule or disapprove the emergency rule. Failure of the Governor to approve an emergency rule within the specified period shall constitute disapproval of the emergency rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the Governor disapproves the adopted emergency rule, the Governor shall return the entire document to the agency with reasons for the disapproval. If the agency elects to modify the rule, the agency shall adopt the modifications, and shall file the modified rule in accordance with the requirements of subsection B of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Upon disapproval of an emergency rule, the Governor shall, within fifteen (15) days, make written notification to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Office of Administrative Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. 1. Upon approval of an emergency rule, the Governor shall immediately make written notification to the agency, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Office of Administrative Rules. Upon receipt of the notice of the approval, the agency shall file with the Office of Administrative Rules as many copies of the notice of approval and the emergency rule as required by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Emergency rules shall be subject to legislative review pursuant to Section 308 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The emergency rule shall be published in accordance with the provisions of Section 255 of this title in "The Oklahoma Register" following the approval by the Governor. The Governor's approval and the approved rules shall be retained as official records by the Office of Administrative Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. Upon approval by the Governor, an emergency rule shall be considered promulgated and shall be in force immediately, or on such later date as specified therein. An emergency rule shall only be applied prospectively from its effective date.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The emergency rule shall remain in full force and effect through the first day of the next succeeding regular session of the Legislature following promulgation of such emergency rule until September 14 following such session, unless it is made ineffective pursuant to subsection H of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. No agency shall adopt any emergency rule which establishes or increases fees, except during such times as the Legislature is in session, unless specifically mandated by the Legislature or federal legislation, or when the failure to establish or increase fees would conflict with an order issued by a court of law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. 1. If an emergency rule is of a continuing nature, the agency promulgating such emergency rule shall initiate proceedings for promulgation of a permanent rule pursuant to Sections 303 through 308.2 of this title. If an emergency rule is superseded by another emergency rule prior to the enactment of a permanent rule, the latter emergency rule shall retain the same expiration date as the superseded emergency rule, unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Any promulgated emergency rule shall be made ineffective if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;disapproved by the Legislature,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;superseded by the promulgation of permanent rules,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;any adopted rules based upon such emergency rules are subsequently disapproved pursuant to Section 308 of this title, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;an earlier expiration date is specified by the agency in the rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Emergency rules in effect on the first day of the session shall be null and void on September 15 following sine die adjournment of the Legislature unless otherwise specifically provided by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature, an agency shall not adopt any emergency rule, which has become null and void pursuant to subparagraph a of this paragraph, as a new emergency rule or adopt any emergency rules of similar scope or intent as the emergency rules which became null and void pursuant to subparagraph a of this paragraph.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">I. Emergency rules shall not become effective unless approved by the Governor pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">J. 1. The requirements of Section 303 of this title relating to notice and hearing shall not be applicable to emergency rules promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section. Provided this shall not be construed to prevent an abbreviated notice and hearing process determined to be necessary by an agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The rule report required pursuant to Section 303.1 of this title shall not be applicable to emergency rules promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section. Provided this shall not be construed to prevent an agency from complying with such requirements at the discretion of such agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The statement of submission required by Section 303.1 of this title shall not be applicable to emergency rules promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">K. Prior to approval or disapproval of an emergency rule by the Governor, an agency may withdraw from review an emergency rule submitted pursuant to the provisions of this section. Notice of such withdrawal shall be given to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in accordance with the requirements set forth in Section 464 of Title 74 and to the Office of Administrative Rules as required by the Secretary. In order to be promulgated as emergency rules, any replacement rules shall be resubmitted pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">L. Upon completing the requirements of this section, an agency may promulgate a proposed emergency rule. No emergency rule is valid unless promulgated in substantial compliance with the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">M. Emergency rules adopted by an agency or approved by the Governor shall be subject to review pursuant to the provisions of Section 306 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 603, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 6; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 7, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 3, emerg. eff. May 27, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 182, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 225, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 211, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2010, c. 174, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2010; Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-254. Attestation of rules - Proof of publication - Copies - Preservation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Prior to the submission to the Governor of emergency rules, or prior to the transmission of a finally adopted rule to the Secretary, the rulemaking authority or its designee shall attest:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. To the correctness of copies of any rule and any amendment, revision, or revocation thereof; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. That such rules were made and adopted if the rules are emergency rules or finally adopted if the rules are permanent rules in substantial compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Such attested rules shall then be transmitted to the Secretary or if the rules are emergency to the Governor's office, for filing and publication pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Upon publication of such transmitted rules pursuant to Section 255 of this title, the Secretary shall send proof of publication to the agency submitting the rules for publication. The agency submitting the rules shall make such rules available to the public in accordance with the Open Records Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Copies of such rules shall be permanently preserved by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 603, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 7; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-255. Publication of The Oklahoma Register - Publication of rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Secretary is hereby authorized, directed, and empowered to publish "The Oklahoma Register" not less than monthly for the publication of new rules, any amendment, revision or revocation of an existing rule, emergency rules, any notices of such rulemaking process and Executive Orders as are required by law to be published in "The Oklahoma Register". Said rules or amendments, revisions, or revocations of existing rules shall be published in the first issue of "The Oklahoma Register" published pursuant to Sections 251, 253, 256, 303, 303.1, 303.2 and 308 of this title after the date of acceptance by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Secretary shall cause a copy of each publication of "The Oklahoma Register" to be sent to those county clerks who request it, to members of the Legislature upon request, and to such other agencies, libraries, and officials as the Secretary may select. The Secretary may charge recipients of the publication a cost sufficient to defray the cost of publication and mailing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Secretary shall cause a copy of all rules, all new rules, and all amendments, revisions, or revocations of existing rules to be on file and available for public examination in the Office during normal office hours.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The Secretary shall promulgate rules to systematize the designations of rules. To establish said system or to preserve uniformity of designations, the Secretary may require the agency to change the title or numbering of any rule or any amendment, revision, or revocation thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Secretary is authorized to provide for the publication of rules in summary form when the rules are of such length that publication of the full text would be too costly. The summary shall be prepared by the agency submitting the rules and shall state where the full text of the rule may be obtained.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The notice required pursuant to the provisions of Section 303 of this title shall be published in "The Oklahoma Register" prior to the adoption of a new rule, or amendment, revision or revocation of any existing rule. The notice shall include the information required by Section 303 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 603, &sect; 5. Amended by Laws 1983, c. 76, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 8; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 8, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1996, c. 35, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-256. Oklahoma Administrative Code - Publication - Task Force on Administrative Rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The Secretary shall provide for the codification, compilation, indexing and publication of agency rules and Executive Orders in a publication which shall be known as the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" in the following manner:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;On or before January 1, 1992, the Secretary shall compile Executive Orders which are effective pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection B of this section, and agency rules which have been submitted pursuant to the agency schedule of compliance and have been accepted as properly codified, as set forth in this section, and rules promulgated by the Secretary. Such compilation shall be maintained by the Office of Administrative Rules and shall be updated by agencies, in a manner prescribed by the Secretary, to reflect subsequent permanent rulemaking. Prior to publication of the first "Code", as set forth in subparagraph b of this paragraph, the compilation shall constitute the official permanent rules of the state. Effective January 1, 1992, any permanent rule not included in such compilation shall be void and of no effect.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;On or before December 1, 1992, the Secretary shall have indexed and published the "Oklahoma Administrative Code". To effectuate this provision, the Secretary may contract for the publishing and indexing, or both of the "Oklahoma Administrative Code". Any permanent rule not published in the "Code" shall be void and of no effect. A finally adopted rule filed and published in "The Oklahoma Register" may be valid until publication of the next succeeding "Code" or "Code" supplement following the date of its final adoption. Provided, a permanent rule which is finally adopted after the closing date for publication in a "Code" or "Code" supplement as announced by the Secretary may be valid until publication of the next succeeding "Code" or "Code" supplement. A permanent rule which is published in "The Oklahoma Register" after the closing date for publication in the first "Code", as announced by the Secretary, shall be void and of no effect upon publication of the next succeeding "Code" or "Code" supplement, if not published in the "Code" or "Code" supplement.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Compilations or revisions of the "Code" or any part thereof shall be supplemented or revised annually. The "Code" shall be organized by state agency and shall be arranged, indexed and printed in a manner to permit separate publications of portions thereof relating to individual agencies.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Annual supplements to the "Code" shall be cumulative. Emergency rules shall not be published in the "Code" or in any supplements thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The "Code" and the supplements shall include a general subject index and an agency index of all rules and Executive Orders contained therein. "The Oklahoma Register" shall also include a sections-affected index of the "Code". The "Code" and supplements shall contain such notes, cross references and explanatory materials as required by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The Secretary in preparing such rules for publication in the "Code" or supplements shall omit all material shown in canceled type. The Secretary shall not prepare any rule for publication in the "Code" which amends or revises a rule unless the rule so amending or revising conforms to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. The Secretary is authorized to determine a numbering system and other standardized format for documents to be filed and may refuse to accept for publication any document that does not substantially conform to the promulgated rules of the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Rules submitted and accepted for publication in the "Code" by August 15 of each year shall be published in the next succeeding "Code" or supplement thereto.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. As soon as possible after August 15 of each year, the Secretary shall assemble all rules and Executive Orders, except emergency rules, promulgated after the publication of the preceding "Code" or "Code" supplement in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act for publication in the "Oklahoma Administrative Code". The "Code" or supplements thereto should be published as soon as possible after August 30 of each year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Executive Orders of previous gubernatorial administrations shall terminate ninety (90) calendar days following the inauguration of the next Governor unless otherwise terminated or continued during that time by Executive Order. Copies of all Executive Orders shall be published and indexed in the "Oklahoma Administrative Code". All Executive Orders placing agencies or employees under the State Merit System of Personnel Administration shall remain in effect unless otherwise modified by action of the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The Secretary is hereby authorized and empowered to publish or to contract to publish the "Oklahoma Administrative Code", and to publish or contract to publish such annual cumulative supplements so as to keep the "Code" current. All such agreements shall provide that the publisher shall make such publications in such form and arrangement as shall be approved by the Secretary. The Secretary may publish or authorize the publication of the "Code" in part.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The Secretary is authorized to correct spelling errors in rules submitted for publication in the "Code" or any such supplements or in "The Oklahoma Register". Any other errors in rules submitted for publication in the "Code" may be noted in editorial notes provided by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The Secretary shall make copies of the "Code" generally available at a cost sufficient to defray the cost of publication and mailing. Except as otherwise provided by Section 257.1 of this title, the Secretary is authorized to sell or otherwise distribute the "Code" and its supplements.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. 1. The codification system, derivations, cross references, notes of decisions, source notes, authority notes, numerical lists, and codification guides, other than the actual text of rules, indexes, tables and other aids relevant to the publication of the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" and "The Oklahoma Register" shall be the property of the state and may be reproduced only with the written consent of the Secretary. The information which appears on the same page with the text of a rule may be reproduced incidentally with the reproduction of the rule, if the reproduction is for the private use of the individual and not for resale. No person shall attempt to copyright or publish the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" or "The Oklahoma Register", in printed or electronic media, without expressed written consent of the Secretary of State. The Secretary shall notify the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of any requests to copyright or publish the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" or "The Oklahoma Register", prior to consent by the Secretary.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Secretary may provide for the electronic access to the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" and "The Oklahoma Register" by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;subscription, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;an exclusive or a nonexclusive contract for public and private access.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Publications of rules by agencies are not official publications.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The sale or resale of the "Oklahoma Administrative Code" or any part thereof by the Secretary of State shall be exempt from any requirement mandating acquisition of a resale number and payment of sales tax.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1961, p. 604, &sect; 6. Amended by Laws 1978, c. 165, &sect; 13; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 9; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 100, &sect; 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-256.1. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-256.2. Repealed by Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-256.3. Fees for copying, reproducing or certifying records.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The Office of Administrative Rules shall charge the public for the costs of copying, reproducing or certifying records of the Office of Administrative Rules pursuant to Section 24A.5 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75257. Implementation of Article I of Act Legal assistance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Upon the request of the Secretary, the Office of the Attorney General shall provide such legal assistance to the Office as is necessary to implement the provisions of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Attorney General shall prepare and provide for the publication and distribution to the agencies, a pamphlet or information sheet as to the procedures required by the Administrative Procedures Act for the adoption, review, and promulgation of rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 10. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 1991.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-257.1. Reciprocal agreements for exchange of administrative codes - Offices entitled to free copy of Code.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Secretary is authorized to enter into and make reciprocal agreements with other states to allow exchanges of administrative codes of such states.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Each of the following offices shall be entitled to receive, as soon as available from the Secretary, without cost, one copy of the printed volumes of the "Code" and the supplements thereto or, upon request from an office, one copy of the &ldquo;Code&rdquo; and the supplements thereto on compact disc:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;County clerk of each county;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;Clerk of the Supreme Court;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;Attorney General;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;Governor;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Research, Legal and Fiscal Divisions of the House of Representatives;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Legislative Division of the Senate; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;the Department of Libraries for the Law Library.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The Department of Libraries is authorized to obtain number of copies of the "Code" and the supplements thereto necessary for use for deposit with the Publications Clearinghouse pursuant to Sections 3-113.1 through 3-115 of Title 65 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The Secretary is authorized to retain sufficient copies for exchange purposes with other states for copies of their rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 13, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 15, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2005, c. 227, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-301. Renumbered as &sect; 250.3 by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 27.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-302. Promulgation of certain rules - Public inspection of rules, orders, decisions and opinions - Rulemaking record - Prohibited actions - Violations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In addition to other rulemaking requirements imposed by law, each agency which has rulemaking authority, shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Promulgate as a rule a description of the organization of the agency, stating the general course and method of the operations of the agency and the methods whereby the public may obtain information or make submissions or requests;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Promulgate rules of practice setting forth the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures available, including a description of all forms and instructions issued by the agency for use by the public;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Make available for public inspection all rules and all other written statements of policy or interpretations formulated, adopted, promulgated or used by the agency in the discharge of its functions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Make available for public inspection pursuant to the provisions of the Open Records Act all final orders, decisions and opinions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. An agency shall maintain an official rulemaking record for each proposed rule or promulgated rule. The record and materials incorporated by reference shall be available for public inspection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The agency rulemaking record shall contain:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;copies of all publications in "The Oklahoma Register" with respect to the rule or the proceeding upon which the rule is based,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;copies of any portions of the agency's public rulemaking docket containing entries relating to the rule or the proceeding upon which the rule is based,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;all written petitions, requests, submissions, and comments received by the agency and all other written materials considered by the agency in connection with the formulation, proposal, or adoption of the rule or the proceeding upon which the rule is based,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;any official transcript of oral presentations made in the proceeding upon which the rule is based or, if not transcribed, any tape recording or stenographic record of those presentations, and any memorandum prepared by a presiding official summarizing the contents of those presentations,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;a copy of any regulatory analysis prepared for the proceeding upon which the rule is based,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;a copy of the rule and analysis of each such rule filed with the Office pursuant to Section 251 of this title,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;all petitions for exceptions to, amendments of, or repeal or suspension of, the rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;a copy of the rule impact statement, if made, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;such other information concerning such rules as may be determined necessary by the agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Upon judicial review, the record required by this section constitutes the official agency rulemaking record with respect to a rule. Except as otherwise required by a provision of law, the agency rulemaking record need not constitute the exclusive basis for agency action on that rule or for judicial review thereof.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. By December 31, 2002, each agency that issues precedent-setting orders shall maintain and index all such orders that the agency intends to rely upon as precedent. The index and the orders shall be available for public inspection and copying in the main office and each regional or district office of the agency. The orders shall be indexed by subject.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. After December 31, 2002, an order shall not be relied upon as precedent by an agency to the detriment of any person until it has been made available for public inspection and indexed in the manner described in this subsection.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. An agency shall consistently apply rules to each person subject to the jurisdiction of the agency regarding issuance of orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. An agency shall not by internal policy, memorandum, or other form of action not otherwise authorized by the Administrative Procedures Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Amend, interpret, implement, or repeal a statute or a rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Expand upon or limit a statute or a rule; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Except as authorized by the Constitution of the United States, the Oklahoma Constitution or a statute, expand or limit a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, the Oklahoma Constitution, a statute, or a rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Any agency memorandum, internal policy, or other form of action violative of this section or the spirit thereof is null, void, and unenforceable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. This section shall not be construed to prohibit an agency issuing an opinion or administrative decision which is authorized by statute provided that, unless such opinion or administrative decision is issued pursuant to the procedures required pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, such decision or opinion shall not have the force and effect of law.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 2. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 13; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-303. Adoption, amendment or revocation of rule - Procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Prior to the adoption of any rule or amendment or revocation of a rule, the agency shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Cause notice of any intended action to be published in "The Oklahoma Register" pursuant to subsection B of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. For at least thirty (30) days after publication of the notice of the intended rulemaking action, afford a comment period for all interested persons to submit data, views or arguments, orally or in writing. The agency shall consider fully all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Hold a hearing, if required, as provided by subsection C of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Consider the effect its intended action may have on the various types of business and governmental entities. Except where such modification or variance is prohibited by statute or constitutional constraints, if an agency finds that its actions may adversely affect any such entity, the agency may modify its actions to exclude that type of entity, or may "tier" its actions to allow rules, penalties, fines or reporting procedures and forms to vary according to the size of a business or governmental entity or its ability to comply or both. For business entities, the agency shall include a description of the probable quantitative and qualitative impact of the proposed rule, economic or otherwise, and use quantifiable data to the extent possible, taking into account both short-term and long-term consequences; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Consider the effect its intended action may have on the various types of consumer groups. If an agency finds that its actions may adversely affect such groups, the agency may modify its actions to exclude that type of activity.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The notice required by paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. In simple language, a brief summary of the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The proposed action being taken;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The circumstances which created the need for the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The specific legal authority authorizing the proposed rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The intended effect of the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. If the agency determines that the rule affects business entities, a request that such entities provide the agency, within the comment period, in dollar amounts if possible, the increase in the level of direct costs such as fees, and indirect costs such as reporting, recordkeeping, equipment, construction, labor, professional services, revenue loss, or other costs expected to be incurred by a particular entity due to compliance with the proposed rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. The time when, the place where, and the manner in which interested persons may present their views thereon pursuant to paragraph 3 of subsection A of this section;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. Whether or not the agency intends to issue a rule impact statement according to subsection D of this section and where copies of such impact statement may be obtained for review by the public;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. The time when, the place where, and the manner in which persons may demand a hearing on the proposed rule if the notice does not already provide for a hearing. If the notice provides for a hearing, the time and place of the hearing shall be specified in the notice; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. Where copies of the proposed rules may be obtained for review by the public. An agency may charge persons for the actual cost of mailing a copy of the proposed rules to such persons.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The number of copies of such notice as specified by the Secretary shall be submitted to the Secretary who shall publish the notice in "The Oklahoma Register" pursuant to the provisions of Section 255 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Prior to or within three (3) days after publication of the notice in "The Oklahoma Register", the agency shall cause a copy of the notice of the proposed rule adoption and the rule impact statement, if available, to be mailed to all persons who have made a timely request of the agency for advance notice of its rulemaking proceedings. Provided, in lieu of mailing copies, an agency may electronically notify interested persons that a copy of the proposed rule and the rule impact statement, if available, may be viewed on the agency's website. If an agency posts a copy of the proposed rule and rule impact statement on its website, the agency shall not charge persons for the cost of downloading or printing the proposed rule or impact statement. Each agency shall maintain a listing of persons or entities requesting such notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. If the published notice does not already provide for a hearing, an agency shall schedule a hearing on a proposed rule if, within thirty (30) days after the published notice of the proposed rule adoption, a written request for a hearing is submitted by:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;at least ten persons,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a political subdivision,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;an agency, or&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;an association having not less than twenty-five members.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">At that hearing persons may present oral argument, data, and views on the proposed rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A hearing on a proposed rule may not be held earlier than thirty (30) days after notice of the hearing is published pursuant to subsection B of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent an agency from holding a hearing or hearings on the proposed rule although not required by the provisions of this subsection; provided that notice of such hearing shall be published in "The Oklahoma Register" at least thirty (30) days prior to such hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, an agency shall issue a rule impact statement of a proposed rule prior to or within fifteen (15) days after the date of publication of the notice of proposed rule adoption. The rule impact statement may be modified after any hearing or comment period afforded pursuant to the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the rule impact statement shall include, but not be limited to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;a brief description of the purpose of the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the classes of persons who most likely will be affected by the proposed rule, including classes that will bear the costs of the proposed rule, and any information on cost impacts received by the agency from any private or public entities,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the classes of persons who will benefit from the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;a description of the probable economic impact of the proposed rule upon affected classes of persons or political subdivisions, including a listing of all fee changes and, whenever possible, a separate justification for each fee change,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;the probable costs and benefits to the agency and to any other agency of the implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule, the source of revenue to be used for implementation and enforcement of the proposed rule, and any anticipated effect on state revenues, including a projected net loss or gain in such revenues if it can be projected by the agency,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of whether implementation of the proposed rule will have an economic impact on any political subdivisions or require their cooperation in implementing or enforcing the rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">g.&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of whether implementation of the proposed rule may have an adverse economic effect on small business as provided by the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">h.&nbsp;&nbsp;an explanation of the measures the agency has taken to minimize compliance costs and a determination of whether there are less costly or nonregulatory methods or less intrusive methods for achieving the purpose of the proposed rule,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">i.&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of the effect of the proposed rule on the public health, safety and environment and, if the proposed rule is designed to reduce significant risks to the public health, safety and environment, an explanation of the nature of the risk and to what extent the proposed rule will reduce the risk,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">j.&nbsp;&nbsp;a determination of any detrimental effect on the public health, safety and environment if the proposed rule is not implemented, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">k.&nbsp;&nbsp;the date the rule impact statement was prepared and if modified, the date modified.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. To the extent an agency for good cause finds the preparation of a rule impact statement or the specified contents thereof are unnecessary or contrary to the public interest in the process of adopting a particular rule, the agency may request the Governor to waive such requirement. Upon request by an agency, the Governor may also waive the rule impact statement requirements if the agency is required to implement a statute or federal requirement that does not require an agency to interpret or describe the requirements, such as federally mandated provisions which afford the agency no discretion to consider less restrictive alternatives. If the Governor fails to waive such requirement, in writing, prior to publication of the notice of the intended rulemaking action, the rule impact statement shall be completed. The determination to waive the rule impact statement shall not be subject to judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. The rule shall not be invalidated on the ground that the contents of the rule impact statement are insufficient or inaccurate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Upon completing the requirements of this section, an agency may adopt a proposed rule. No rule is valid unless adopted in substantial compliance with the provisions of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 3. Amended by Laws 1982, c. 284, &sect; 1, operative Oct. 1, 1982; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 14; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 15, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 17, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 38, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 225, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 211, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 75, &sect; 3, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2003, c. 317, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 28, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 227, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 50, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1994, c. 182, &sect; 3 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 40, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-303.1. Filing of rules, amendments, revisions or revocations and agency rule report with Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Senate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Within ten (10) days after adoption of a permanent rule, the agency shall file two copies of the following with the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate: all such new rules or amendments; revisions or revocations to an existing rule proposed by an agency; and the agency rule report as required by subsection E of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. If the agency determines in the rule impact statement prepared as part of the agency rule report that the proposed rule will have an economic impact on any political subdivisions or require their cooperation in implementing or enforcing a proposed permanent rule, a copy of the proposed rule and rule report shall be filed within ten (10) days after adoption of the permanent rule with the Oklahoma Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations for its review. Said Committee may communicate any recommendations that it may deem necessary to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Senate during the period that the permanent rules are being reviewed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. When the rules have been submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the agency shall also submit to the Office of Administrative Rules for publication in "The Oklahoma Register", a statement that the adopted rules have been submitted to the Governor and the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. The text of the adopted rules shall be submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate in the same format as required by the Secretary pursuant to Section 251 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. The report required by subsection A of this section shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The date the notice of the intended rulemaking action was published in "The Oklahoma Register" pursuant to Section 255 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The name and address of the agency;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The title and number of the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A citation to the statutory authority for the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The citation to any federal or state law, court ruling, or any other authority requiring the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. A brief summary of the content of the adopted rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. A statement explaining the need for the adopted rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">8. The date and location of the meeting, if held, at which such rules were adopted or the date and location when the rules were adopted if the rulemaking agency is not required to hold a meeting to adopt rules;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">9. A summary of the comments and explanation of changes or lack of any change made in the adopted rules as a result of testimony received at all hearings or meetings held or sponsored by an agency for the purpose of providing the public an opportunity to comment on the rules or of any written comments received prior to the adoption of the rule. The summary shall include all comments received about the cost impact of the proposed rules;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">10. A list of persons or organizations who appeared or registered for or against the adopted rule at any public hearing held by the agency or those who have commented in writing before or after the hearing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">11. A rule impact statement if required pursuant to Section 303 of this title;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">12. An incorporation by reference statement if the rule incorporates a set of rules from a body outside the state, such as a national code;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">13. The members of the governing board of the agency adopting the rules and the recorded vote of each member;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">14. The proposed effective date of the rules, if an effective date is required pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection B of Section 304 of this title; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">15. Any other information requested by the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate or either rule review committee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 17, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 9, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 18, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1996, c. 225, &sect; 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2011, c. 59, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-303.2. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-304. Filing of adopted rules - Effective date of adopted rule or Executive Order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Each agency shall file copies of each rule finally adopted by it with the Secretary, as required by Section 251 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. Each rule finally adopted is effective ten (10) calendar days after publication in "The Oklahoma Register" pursuant to Section 255 of this title unless a later date is required by statute or specified in the rule, the agency rule report, or "The Oklahoma Register", the later date is the effective date. A rule shall only be applied prospectively from its effective date.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">2.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;Subject to applicable constitutional or statutory provisions, an emergency rule becomes effective immediately or at a stated date after certification by the Governor. An emergency rule shall only be applied prospectively from its effective date.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The agency shall take appropriate measures to make emergency rules known to the persons who may be affected by them.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Executive Orders signed by the Governor shall become effective upon the date specified therein or immediately upon issuance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 4. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 15; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 16, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 19, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75305. Petition requesting promulgation, amendment or repeal of a rule Form and procedure.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An interested person may petition an agency requesting the promulgation, amendment, or repeal of a rule. Each agency shall prescribe by rule the form for petitions and the procedure for their submission, consideration, and disposition. The agency shall act upon said petition within a reasonable time. If, within thirty (30) calendar days after submission of a petition, the agency has not initiated rulemaking proceedings in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, the petition shall be deemed to have been denied.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 5; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 16.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75306. Validity or applicability of rules Action Parties Presumption of validity Burden of proof when rule appealed Declaratory judgment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The validity or applicability of a rule may be determined in an action for declaratory judgment in the district court of the county of the residence of the person seeking relief or, at the option of such person, in the county wherein the rule is sought to be applied, if it is alleged the rule, or its threatened application, interferes with or impairs, or threatens to interfere with or impair, the legal rights or privileges of the plaintiff.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The agency shall be made a party to the action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Rules promulgated pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act are presumed to be valid until declared otherwise by a district court of this state or the Supreme Court. When a rule is appealed pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act it shall be the duty of the promulgating agency to show and bear the burden of proof to show:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. that the agency possessed the authority to promulgate the rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. that the rule is consistent with any statute authorizing or controlling its issuance and does not exceed statutory authority;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. that the rule is not violative of any other applicable statute or the Constitution; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. that the laws and administrative rules relating to the adoption, review and promulgation of such rules were faithfully followed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to impair the power and duty of the Attorney General to review such rules and regulations and issue advisory opinions thereon.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. A declaratory judgment may be rendered whether or not the plaintiff has requested the agency to pass upon the validity or applicability of the rule in question.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 6; Laws 1977, c. 114, &sect; 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 17.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75307. Filing and disposition of petitions for declaratory rulings Judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each agency shall provide by rule for the filing and prompt disposition of petitions for declaratory rulings as to the applicability of any rule or order of the agency. A declaratory ruling, or refusal to issue such ruling, shall be subject to a judicial review in the manner provided for review of decisions in individual proceedings as provided in Sections 317 through 323 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 7; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 18.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75307.1. Legislative review of adopted rules and rulemaking process.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore ofthe Senate may each establish a rule review committee or designate standing committees of each such house to review administrative rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Such committees may meet separately or jointly at any time, during sessions of the Legislature and in the interim.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The function of the committees so established or designated shall be the review and promotion of adequate and proper rules by agencies and developing an understanding on the part of the public respecting such rules. Such function shall be advisory only.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Each committee may review all adopted rules and such other rules the committee deems appropriate and may make recommendations concerning such rules to their respective house of the Legislature, or to the agency adopting the rule, or to both their respective house of the Legislature and the agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In addition to the review of agencyadopted rules pursuant to this act, each such committee shall have the power and duty to:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Conduct a continuous study and investigations as to whether additional legislation or changes in legislation are needed based on various factors, including but not limited to, review of proposed rules, review of existing rules including but not limited to consideration of amendments to or repeal of existing rules, the lack of rules, the ability of agencies to promulgate such rules, and the needs of administrative agencies;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Conduct a continuous study of the rulemaking process of all state agencies including those agencies exempted by Section 250.4 of this title for the purpose of improving the rulemaking process;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Conduct such other studies and investigations relating to rules as may be determined to be necessary by the committee; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Monitor and investigate compliance of agencies with the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, make periodic investigations of the rulemaking activities of all agencies and evaluate and report on all rules in terms of their propriety, legal adequacy, relation to statutory authorization, economic and budgetary effects and public policy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 19. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 18, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-307.2. Repealed by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 22, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-308. Review of proposed rules by Legislature - Approval or disapproval.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Upon receipt of any adopted rules, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall assign such rules to the appropriate committees of each house of the Legislature for review. Except as otherwise provided by this section:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. If such rules are received on or before April 1, the Legislature shall have until the last day of the regular legislative session of that year to review such rules; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If such rules are received after April 1, the Legislature shall have until the last day of the regular legislative session of the next year to review such rules.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. By the adoption of a joint resolution during the review period specified in subsection A of this section, the Legislature may disapprove or approve any rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Unless otherwise authorized by the Legislature, whenever a rule is disapproved as provided in subsection B of this section, the agency adopting such rules shall not have authority to resubmit an identical rule, except during the first sixty (60) calendar days of the next regular legislative session. Any effective emergency rule which would have been superseded by a disapproved permanent rule shall be deemed null and void on the date the Legislature disapproves the permanent rule. Rules may be disapproved in part or in whole by the Legislature. Upon enactment of any joint resolution disapproving a rule, the agency shall file notice of such legislative disapproval with the Secretary for publication in "The Oklahoma Register".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Unless otherwise provided by specific vote of the Legislature, joint resolutions introduced for purposes of disapproving or approving a rule or the omnibus joint resolution described in Section 6 of this act shall not be subject to regular legislative cutoff dates, shall be limited to such provisions as may be necessary for disapproval or approval of a rule, and any such other direction or mandate regarding the rule deemed necessary by the Legislature. The resolution shall contain no other provisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. A proposed permanent rule shall be deemed finally adopted if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Approved by the Legislature pursuant to Section 6 of this act, provided that any such joint resolution becomes law in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Approved by the Governor pursuant to subsection D of Section 6 of this act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Approved by a joint resolution pursuant to subsection B of this section, provided that any such resolution becomes law in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Disapproved by a joint resolution pursuant to subsection B of this section or Section 6 of this act which has been vetoed by the Governor in accordance with Section 11 of Article VI of the Oklahoma Constitution and the veto has not been overridden.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. Prior to final adoption of a rule, an agency may withdraw a rule from legislative review. Notice of such withdrawal shall be given to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and to the Secretary for publication in "The Oklahoma Register".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. An agency may promulgate an emergency rule only pursuant to Section 253 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Any rights, privileges, or interests gained by any person by operation of an emergency rule, shall not be affected by reason of any subsequent disapproval or rejection of such rule by either house of the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 8. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 289, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1975; Laws 1978, c. 253, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 48, &sect; 1; Laws 1982, c. 18, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. March 23, 1982; Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 21; Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 19, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 10, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 20, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 39, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 20, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2011, c. 59, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011; Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">NOTE: Laws 1994, c. 182, &sect; 4 repealed by Laws 1995, c. 1, &sect; 40, emerg. eff. March 2, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-308.1. Adoption of rule upon approval by Legislature and Governor - Submission for publication.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Upon final adoption, the agency shall submit the rule to the Secretary for filing and publishing such rule pursuant to Sections 251 and 255 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The text of the rule submitted for publication shall be the same as the text of the rule that has been finally adopted.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 22. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 292, &sect; 20, emerg. eff. July 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 360, &sect; 11, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 300, &sect; 21, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 21, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-308.2. Rules - Necessity of promulgation - Interpretations not to change - Prospective effect only - Limitation period on contest proceedings - Force of law and prima facie evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. No agency rule is valid or effective against any person or party, or may be invoked by the agency for any purpose, until it has been promulgated as required in the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. A proceeding to contest any promulgated rule on the ground of noncompliance with the procedural requirements of Article I of the Administrative Procedures Act must be commenced within two (2) years from the effective date of the promulgated rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Rules shall be valid and binding on persons they affect, and shall have the force of law unless amended or revised or unless a court of competent jurisdiction determines otherwise. Except as otherwise provided by law, rules shall be prima facie evidence of the proper interpretation of the matter to which they refer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 23. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 326, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1996, c. 225, &sect; 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 22, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-308.3. Joint resolution of the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Legislature shall have an omnibus joint resolution prepared for consideration each session.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The joint resolution shall be substantially in the following form: "All proposed permanent rules of Oklahoma state agencies filed on or before April 1 are hereby approved except for the following:".&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. For the purpose of this section, a proposed permanent rule may be disapproved, in whole or in part, in the omnibus joint resolution considered by the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. 1. If an agency believes that a rule has not been approved by the Legislature pursuant to this section and should be approved and finally adopted, the agency may seek the Governor's declaration approving the rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In seeking the approval of a proposed permanent rule, the agency shall submit a petition to the Governor that affirmatively states:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;the rule is necessary, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;a citation to the source of its authority to make the rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;If the Governor finds that the necessity does exist, and that the agency has the authority to make the rule, the Governor may declare the rule to be approved and finally adopted by publishing that declaration in "The Oklahoma Register" on or before July 17 of that year.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;The declaration shall set forth the rule to be approved, the reasons the approval is necessary, and a citation to the source of the agency's authority to make the rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. If the omnibus joint resolution fails to pass both houses of the Legislature and be signed by the Governor or is found by the Governor to have a technical legal defect preventing approval of administrative rules intended to be approved by the Legislature, the Governor may declare all rules to be approved and finally adopted by publishing a single declaration in "The Oklahoma Register" on or before July 17 without meeting requirements of paragraphs 2 and 3 of this subsection. If the Governor finds that the joint resolution has a technical legal defect, the Governor shall make the finding in writing and submit the finding to the Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2013, c. 357, &sect; 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-308a. Jurisdiction.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The provisions of Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act govern the hearing procedures of agencies, and does not grant jurisdiction, not otherwise provided by law. The Legislature recognizes that agencies take actions and make decisions, other than by individual proceedings for which the right to judicial review is intended to be exercised pursuant to other laws.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 7, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75309. Individual proceedings Notice Hearing.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. In an individual proceeding, all parties shall be afforded an opportunity for hearing after reasonable notice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The notice shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A statement of the time, place and nature of the hearing;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A reference to the particular sections of the statutes and rules involved; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A short and plain statement of the matters asserted. If the agency or other party is unable to state the matters in detail at the time the notice is served, the initial notice may be limited to a statement of the issues involved. Thereafter upon application a more definite and detailed statement shall be furnished.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Opportunity shall be afforded all parties to respond and present evidence and argument on all issues involved.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. Deliberations by administrative heads, hearing examiners, and other persons authorized by law may be held in executive session pursuant to paragraph 8 of subsection B of Section 307 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. Unless precluded by law, informal disposition may be made of any individual proceeding by stipulation, agreed settlement, consent order, or default.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">F. The record in an individual proceeding shall include:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. All pleadings, motions and intermediate rulings;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Evidence received or considered at the individual proceeding;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A statement of matters officially noticed;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Questions and offers of proof, objections, and rulings thereon;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Proposed findings and exceptions;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">6. Any decision, opinion, or report by the officer presiding at the hearing; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">7. All other evidence or data submitted to the hearing examiner or administrative head in connection with their consideration of the case provided all parties have had access to such evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">G. Oral proceedings shall be electronically recorded. Such recordings shall be maintained for such time so as to protect the record through judicial review. Copies of the recordings shall be provided by the agency at the request of any party to the proceeding. Costs of transcription of the recordings shall be borne by the party requesting the transcription. For judicial review, electronic recordings of an individual proceeding, as certified by the agency, may be submitted to the reviewing court by the agency as part of the record of the proceedings under review without transcription unless otherwise required to be transcribed by the reviewing court. In such case, the expense of transcriptions shall be taxed and assessed against the nonprevailing party. Parties to any proceeding may have the proceedings transcribed by a court reporter at their own expense.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">H. Findings of fact shall be based exclusively on the evidence received and on matters officially noticed in the individual proceeding unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties on the record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 9. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 8, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-310. Procedures before agency.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">In individual proceedings:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Agencies may admit and give probative effect to evidence which possesses probative value commonly accepted by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs. They shall give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law in respect to: self-incrimination; confidential communications between husband and wife during the subsistence of the marriage relation; communication between attorney and client, made in that relation; confessions made to a clergyman or priest in his or her professional capacity in the course of discipline enjoined by the church to which he or she belongs; communications made by a patient to a licensed practitioner of one of the healing arts with reference to any physical or supposed physical disease or of knowledge gained by a practitioner through a physical examination of a patient made in a professional capacity; records and files of any official or agency of any state or of the United States which, by any statute of a state or of the United States are made confidential and privileged. No greater exclusionary effect shall be given any such rule or privilege than would obtain in an action in court. Agencies may exclude incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial, and unduly repetitious evidence. Objections to evidentiary offers may be made and shall be noted in the record. Subject to these requirements, when a hearing will be expedited and the interests of the parties will not be prejudiced substantially, any part of the evidence may be received in written form;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Documentary evidence may be received in the form of copies or excerpts, if the original is not readily available. Upon request, parties shall be given an opportunity to compare the copy with the original;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A party may conduct cross-examinations required for a full and true disclosure of the facts;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Notice may be taken of judicially cognizable facts. In addition, notice may be taken of generally recognized technical or scientific facts within the agency's specialized knowledge. Parties shall be notified either before or during the hearing, or by reference in preliminary reports or otherwise, of the material noticed, including any staff memoranda or data, and they shall be afforded an opportunity to contest the material so noticed. The agency's experience, technical competence, and specialized knowledge may be utilized in the evaluation of the evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. Any party shall at all times have the right to counsel, provided that such counsel must be duly licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, and provided further that counsel shall have the right to appear and act for and on behalf of the party represented.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls4"><span class="cls0">6. A party may request the exclusion of witnesses to the extent and for the purposes stated in Section 2615 of Title 12 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Exclusion of a witness shall not be a violation of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 10. Amended by Laws 1999, c. 46, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-311. Proposed orders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise provided by Section 311.1 of this title, if the administrative head of an agency has not heard the case or read the record of an individual proceeding, a final agency order adverse to a party shall not be made until a proposed order is served upon the party, and an opportunity is afforded to the party to file exceptions and present briefs and oral argument to the administrative head who is to render the final agency order. The proposed order shall be accompanied by a statement of the reasons therefor and of each issue of fact or law necessary to the proposed order, prepared by the hearing examiner or by one who has read the record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Such proposed order shall be served upon the parties at least fifteen (15) days prior to a hearing or meeting at which the administrative head is to consider or render a decision on the proposed order. At such hearing or meeting, the parties shall be afforded an opportunity to present briefs and oral arguments concerning the proposed order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. The parties by written stipulation may waive compliance with this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 11. Amended by Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 9, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1995, c. 317, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1995; Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-311.1. Department of Health - Final agency orders - Authority.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. The Commissioner of the State Department of Health may delegate the authority to issue a final agency order adverse to a party to an agency administrative law judge if:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The administrative law judge has a general knowledge of the Public Health Code, and rules promulgated thereto;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The administrative law judge:&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">a.&nbsp;&nbsp;is currently licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of this state,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">b.&nbsp;&nbsp;has a working knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act and administrative rules of the State Department of Health,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">c.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not an owner, stockholder, employee or officer of, nor has any other business relationship with, any corporation, partnership, or other business or entity that is subject to regulation by the State Department of Health,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">d.&nbsp;&nbsp;is separate and apart from the legal division or office of general counsel of the State Department of Health,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">e.&nbsp;&nbsp;is not responsible to or subject to the supervision or direction of an employee or agent engaged in the performance of investigative or prosecuting functions for the State Department of Health, and&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls2"><span class="cls0">f.&nbsp;&nbsp;has not been engaged in the performance of investigative or prosecuting functions for the State Department of Health regarding the party receiving the final agency order; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The Commissioner in delegating the authority to issue final agency orders adverse to a party pursuant to this section specifically designates by written agency policy and procedure the type or category of final agency order which may be issued by the administrative law judge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to authorize or allow restraints on the authority of the Commissioner to adopt, reject, review, modify or correct the findings of fact and conclusions of law or any proposed order issued by the administrative law judge.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. When the administrative law judge issues a final agency order, that order becomes the final order of the State Department of Health without further proceeding unless there is a request for rehearing, reopening, or reconsideration pursuant to Section 317 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes or a filing for judicial review pursuant to Section 318 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1995, c. 317, &sect; 2, emerg. eff. June 5, 1995.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75312. Final agency orders - Contents - Notification.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A final agency order adverse to a party shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Be in writing; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Include findings of fact and conclusions of law, separately stated. Findings of fact, if set forth in statutory language, shall be accompanied by a concise and explicit statement of the underlying facts supporting the findings. If, in accordance with agency rules, a party submitted proposed findings of fact, the final agency order shall include a ruling upon each proposed finding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Parties shall be notified either personally or by certified mail, return receipt requested, of any final agency order. Upon request, a copy of the order shall be delivered or mailed forthwith to each party and to his attorney of record.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 12; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75313. Agency members not to communicate.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Unless required for the disposition of ex parte matters authorized by law, members or employees of an agency assigned to render a decision or to make findings of fact and conclusions of law in an individual proceeding shall not communicate, directly or indirectly, in connection with any issue of fact, with any person or party, nor, in connection with any issue of law, with any party or his representative, except upon notice and opportunity for all parties to participate. An agency member (1) may communicate with other members of the agency, and (2) may have the aid and advice of one or more personal assistants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 13.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75314. Issuance or denial of new license - Revocation, suspension, annulment, withdrawal or nonrenewal of existing license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, the issuance or denial of a new license shall not require an individual proceeding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Except as otherwise prohibited by law, if a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for renewal of a license or a new license with reference to any transfer of an activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency. In case the application for renewal or for a new license with reference to any transfer of an activity of a continuing nature is denied or the terms of the new license limited, the existing license does not expire until the last day for seeking review of the final agency order or a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. Unless otherwise provided by law, an existing license shall not be revoked, suspended, annulled, withdrawn or nonrenewed unless, prior to the institution of such final agency order, the agency gave notice by mail to the licensee of facts or conduct which warrant the intended action, and the licensee was given an opportunity to show compliance with all lawful requirements for the retention or renewal of the license.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action, and incorporates a finding to that effect in its order, summary suspension of a license may be ordered pending proceedings for revocation or other action. These proceedings shall be promptly instituted and determined.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 14; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 11, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-314.1. Implementation of emergency action pending final outcome of proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As authorized by or pursuant to law, if an agency finds that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action, has promulgated administrative rules which provide for such action and incorporates a finding regarding the emergency in its order, emergency actions may be ordered pending the final outcome of proceedings instituted pursuant to this article.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1994, c. 384, &sect; 10, eff. July 1, 1994.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75315. Furnishing of information, attendance of witnesses and production of books, records, etc. Subpoenas.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. The agency conducting any individual proceeding shall have power to require the furnishing of such information, the attendance of such witnesses, and the production of such books, records, papers or other objects as may be necessary and proper for the purposes of the proceeding.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The agency, or any party to a proceeding before it, may take the depositions of witnesses, within or without the state, in the same manner as is provided by law for the taking of depositions in civil actions in courts of record. Depositions so taken shall be admissible in any proceeding affected by this act. Provided, however, all or any part of the deposition may be objected to at time of hearing, and may be received in evidence or excluded from the evidence by the agency or individual conducting the hearing in accordance with the law with reference to evidence in this act or with reference to evidence in courts of record under the law of the State of Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. In furtherance of the powers granted by subsection A of this section, any agency, administrative head, hearing examiner or any other duly authorized member or employee thereof, upon its own motion may, and upon the request of any party appearing in an individual proceeding shall:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Issue subpoenas for witnesses;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Issue subpoenas duces tecum to compel the production of books, records, papers or other objects, which may be served by the marshal of the agency or by any person in any manner prescribed for the service of a subpoena in a civil action; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Quash a subpoena or subpoenas duces tecum so issued; provided, prior to quashing a subpoena or subpoenas duces tecum the agency shall give notice to all parties. A subpoena or subpoenas duces tecum may not be quashed if any party objects.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. 1. In case of disobedience to any subpoena issued and served under this section or to any lawful agency requirement for information, or of the refusal of any person to testify to any matter regarding which he may be interrogated lawfully in a proceeding before an agency, the agency may apply to the district or superior court of the county of such person's residence or to any judge thereof for an order to compel compliance with the subpoena or the furnishing of information or the giving of testimony. Forthwith the court or the judge shall cite the respondent to appear and shall hear the matter as expeditiously as possible.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. If the disobedience or refusal is found to be unlawful, the court, or the judge, shall enter an order requiring compliance. Disobedience of such an order shall be punished as contempt of court in the same manner and by the same procedure as is provided for like conduct committed in the course of judicial proceedings.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 15; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 12, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75315.1. Public hearings Fees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">No agency shall charge a fee to any person wishing to submit evidence, views or arguments at any public hearing authorized by the Oklahoma Administrative Procedures Act concerning rules, regulations, licenses, permits, orders or any other proposed agency action. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit the collection of any licensing or permit fees or other fees otherwise prescribed by statute.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1976, c. 60, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 19, 1976.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-316. Disqualification of hearing examiner or agency member.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A hearing examiner or agency member shall withdraw from any individual proceeding in which he cannot accord a fair and impartial hearing or consideration. Any party may request the disqualification of a hearing examiner or agency member, on the ground of his inability to give a fair and impartial hearing, by filing an affidavit, promptly upon discovery of the alleged disqualification, stating with particularity the grounds upon which it is claimed that a fair and impartial hearing cannot be accorded. The issue shall be determined promptly by the administrative head of the agency, or, if it affects a member or members of the agency, by the remaining members thereof, if a quorum. Upon the entry of an order of disqualification affecting a hearing examiner, the agency shall assign another in his stead or shall conduct the hearing itself. Upon the disqualification of a member of an agency, the agency shall proceed with the proceeding if a quorum remains. If a quorum no longer exists, by virtue of the member's disqualification, the Governor immediately shall appoint a member pro tempore to sit in place of the disqualified member in that proceeding. In further action, after the disqualification of a member of an agency, the provisions of Section 311 of this title shall apply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 16. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 206, &sect; 23, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 62, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75317. Rehearing, reopening or reconsideration of agency decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. A final agency order issued by an administrative head of an agency shall be subject to rehearing, reopening or reconsideration by such administrative head. Any application or request for such rehearing, reopening or reconsideration shall be made by any party aggrieved by the final agency order within ten (10) days from the date of the entry of such final agency order. The grounds for such action shall be either:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. Newly discovered or newly available evidence, relevant to the issues;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Need for additional evidence adequately to develop the facts essential to proper decision;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Probable error committed by the agency in the proceeding or in its decision such as would be ground for reversal on judicial review of the final agency order;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. Need for further consideration of the issues and the evidence in the public interest; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. A showing that issues not previously considered ought to be examined in order properly to dispose of the matter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The order of the agency granting rehearing, reconsideration or review, or the petition of a party therefor, shall set forth the grounds which justify such action.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Nothing in this section shall prevent rehearing, reopening or reconsideration of a matter by any agency in accordance with other statutory provisions applicable to such agency, or, at any time, on the ground of fraud practiced by the prevailing party or of procurement of the order by perjured testimony or fictitious evidence.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. On reconsideration, reopening, or rehearing, the matter may be heard by the agency, or it may be referred to a hearing examiner. The hearing shall be confined to those grounds upon which the reconsideration, reopening or rehearing was ordered.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">E. If an application for rehearing shall be timely filed, the period within which judicial review, under the applicable statute, must be sought, shall run from the final disposition of such application.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 17; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 13, eff. July 1, 1992.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-318. Judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. 1. Any party aggrieved by a final agency order in an individual proceeding is entitled to certain, speedy, adequate and complete judicial review thereof pursuant to the provisions of this section and Sections 319, 320, 321, 322 and 323 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. This section shall not prevent resort to other means of review, redress, relief or trial de novo, available because of constitutional provisions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Neither a motion for new trial nor an application for rehearing shall be prerequisite to secure judicial review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The judicial review prescribed by this section for final agency orders, as to agencies whose final agency orders are made subject to review, under constitutional or statutory provisions, by appellate proceedings in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, shall be afforded by such proceedings taken in accordance with the procedure and under the conditions otherwise provided by law, but subject to the applicable provisions of Sections 319 through 324 of this title, and the rules of the Supreme Court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. In all other instances, proceedings for review shall be instituted by filing a petition, in the district court of the county in which the party seeking review resides or at the option of such party where the property interest affected is situated, naming as respondents only the agency, such other party or parties in the administrative proceeding as may be named by the petitioner or as otherwise may be allowed by law, within thirty (30) days after the appellant is notified of the final agency order as provided in Section 312 of this title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. Copies of the petition shall be delivered in person or mailed, postage prepaid, to the agency and all other parties of record, and proof of such delivery or mailing shall be filed in the court within ten (10) days after the filing of the petition. Any party not named as a respondent in the petition is entitled to respond within ten (10) days of receipt of service. The court, in its discretion, may permit other interested persons to intervene.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">D. In any proceedings for review brought by a party aggrieved by a final agency order:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The agency whose final agency order was made subject to review may be entitled to recover against such aggrieved party any court costs, witness fees and reasonable attorney fees if the court determines that the proceeding brought by the party is frivolous or was brought to delay the effect of said final agency order.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The party aggrieved by the final agency order may be entitled to recover against such agency any court costs, witness fees, and reasonable attorney fees if the court determines that the proceeding brought by the agency is frivolous.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 18; Laws 1977, c. 114, &sect; 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1977; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 14, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2011, c. 189, &sect; 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75319. Staying enforcement of agency decision pending review.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) The filing of a proceeding for review shall not stay enforcement of the agency decision; but the agency may do so, or the reviewing court may order a stay upon such terms as it deems proper, and shall do so whenever required by subsection (2) of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&nbsp;&nbsp;(2) In every proceeding in any court for the review of an order of an agency, upon the filing of an application, supported by verified statements of material fact establishing that the enforcement of the order pending final decision would result in present, continuous and irreparable impairment of the constitutional rights of the applicant, a stay of the enforcement of such order and of the accrual of penalties thereunder shall be entered upon the condition that:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) injury to adverse parties or to the public, as the case may be, can be obviated through the furnishing of security adequate to compensate for any loss which may be suffered as a result of the stay in the event the order is affirmed, in whole or in part;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) a supersedeas bond, in the amount and with sureties prescribed and approved by the reviewing court, in its sound judicial discretion, as adequate to meet requirement (a), be filed with such court. If an application for supersedeas hereunder, accompanied by a proposal for a supersedeas bond, is not acted upon by the court within fortyfive (45) days from the filing thereof, the order appealed from thereupon shall be automatically superseded and stayed, during the pendency of the appeal, upon the filing of the bond proposed in the application, provided, however, that the court thereafter may reasonably modify the terms of the supersedeas as to amount and surety whereupon the appellant shall comply with such modification in order to maintain the supersedeas in effect.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1"><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 19. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-320. Transmission of record to reviewing court - Stipulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Within sixty (60) days after service of the petition for review or equivalent process upon it, or within such further time as the reviewing court, upon application for good cause shown, may allow, the agency shall transmit to the reviewing court the original or a certified copy of the entire record of the proceeding under review. For purposes of this section, "record" shall include such information as specified by Section 309 of this title. By stipulation of all parties to the review proceeding, the record may be shortened. Any party unreasonably refusing to stipulate to limit the record may be taxed by the court for the additional costs resulting therefrom. The court may require or permit subsequent corrections or additions to the record when deemed desirable.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 20; Laws 1992, c. 310, &sect; 15, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2011, c. 189, &sect; 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75321. Review without jury Additional testimony.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">The review shall be conducted by the court without a jury and shall be confined to the record, except that in cases of alleged irregularities in procedure before the agency, not shown in the record, testimony thereon may be taken in the court. The court, upon request, shall hear oral argument and receive written briefs.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 21.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75322. Setting aside, modifying or reversing of orders Remand Affirmance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(1) In any proceeding for the review of an agency order, proceeding for the review of an agency order, the Supreme Court or the district court, as the case may be, in the exercise of proper judicial discretion or authority, may set aside or modify the order, or reverse it and remand it to the agency for further proceedings, if it determines that the substantial rights of the appellant or petitioner for review have been prejudiced because the agency findings, inferences, conclusions or decisions, are:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(a) in violation of constitutional provisions; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(b) in excess of the statutory authority or jurisdiction of the agency; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(c) made upon unlawful procedure; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(d) affected by other error of law; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(e) clearly erroneous in view of the reliable, material, probative and substantial competent evidence, as defined in Section 10 of this act, including matters properly noticed by the agency upon examination and consideration of the entire record as submitted; but without otherwise substituting its judgment as to the weight of the evidence for that of the agency on question of fact; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(f) arbitrary or capricious; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(g) because findings of fact, upon issues essential to the decision were not made although requested.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(2) The reviewing court, also in the exercise of proper judicial discretion or authority, may remand the case to the agency for the taking and consideration of further evidence, if it is deemed essential to a proper disposition of the issue.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">(3) The reviewing court shall affirm the order and decision of the agency, if it is found to be valid and the proceedings are free from prejudicial error to the appellant.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 22.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75323. Review of final judgment of a district or superior court by appeal to Supreme Court.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">An aggrieved party, or the agency, without any motion for a new trial, may secure a review of any final judgment of a district or superior court under this act by appeal to the Supreme Court. Such appeal shall be taken in the manner and time provided by law for appeal to the Supreme Court from the district court in civil actions. An agency taking an appeal shall not be required to give bond.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Laws 1963, c. 371, &sect; 23.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-324. Renumbered as &sect; 250.5 by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 27.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-325. Repealed by Laws 1987, c. 207, &sect; 26.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-326. Repealed by Laws 1989, c. 154, &sect; 2, operative July 1, 1989.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-327. Repealed by Laws 1980, c. 68, &sect; 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1980.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-401. Repealed by Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 19, eff. Dec. 31, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-402. Repealed by Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 19, eff. Dec. 31, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-403. Repealed by Laws 1998, c. 239, &sect; 19, eff. Dec. 31, 2000.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-501. Short title.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Sections 1 through 6 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the &ldquo;Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 1, eff. July 1, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-502. Definitions.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">As used in the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. "Agency" is defined as provided by paragraph 3 of Section 250.3 of this title, except that agencies established by Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes that license and regulate or discipline professions and occupations shall be exempt from the definition of agency in the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. "Rule" is defined as provided by paragraph 17 of Section 250.3 of this title, provided that the definition shall not include emergency or preemptive rules; and&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. "Small business" means a for-profit enterprise consisting of fifty or fewer full-time or part-time employees.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2002. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 51, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-503. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 54, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-504. Proposed permanent rules - Determination of impact on small business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Prior to submitting proposed permanent rules for adoption, amendment, revision or revocation pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, the agency shall comply with the provisions of paragraph 4 of subsection A of Section 303 of this title in order to determine whether the proposed rules adversely affect small business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act shall not apply to proposed permanent rules by an agency to implement a statute or ordinance that does not require an agency to interpret or describe the requirements of the statute or ordinance, such as state legislative or federally mandated provisions which afford the agency no discretion to consider less restrictive alternatives.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 4, eff. July 1, 2002. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 75, &sect; 2, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 52, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-505. Promulgated rules - Petition objecting to adverse effect on small business.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. For promulgated rules, any adversely affected small business may file a written petition with the agency that has promulgated the rules objecting to all or part of any rule adversely affecting small business on any of the following grounds:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The actual effect on small business was not reflected in, or significantly exceeded, the small business impact statement formulated by the agency pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 4 of subsection A and paragraph 6 of subsection B of Section 303 of this title prior to the adoption of the rules;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. These impacts were either not previously considered at the public hearing on the rules or there was no public hearing on the rules; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. The technology, economic conditions, or other relevant factors justifying the purpose for the rules have changed or no longer exist.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. The agency shall promptly consider the petition and may seek advice and counsel regarding the petition. Within sixty (60) days after the submission of the petition, the agency shall determine whether the impact statement or the public hearing addressed the actual and significant impact on small business or if conditions justifying the rule have changed. If the agency determines that the petition merits the amendment, revision, or revocation of a rule, it may initiate proceedings in accordance with the applicable requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 5, eff. July 1, 2002. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 227, &sect; 53, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-506. Waiver of administrative penalties or fines.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Notwithstanding any other law of this state, any agency authorized to assess administrative penalties or administrative fines upon a business may waive or reduce any administrative penalty or administrative fine for a violation of any statute, ordinance, or rules by a small business under the following conditions:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. The small business corrects the violation within thirty (30) days or less after receipt of a notice of violation or citation; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. The violation was the result of an excusable misunderstanding of an agency&rsquo;s interpretation of a rule.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. Subsection A of this section shall not apply when:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">1. A small business has been notified of the violation of a statute, ordinance, or rule by the agency pursuant to paragraph 1 of subsection A of this section and has been given a prior opportunity to correct the violation on a prior occasion;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. A small business fails to exercise good faith in complying with the statute, ordinance, or rule;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. A violation involves willful or criminal conduct;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. A violation results in serious health, safety, or environmental impact; or&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">5. The penalty or fine is assessed pursuant to a federal law or regulation and for which no waiver or reduction is authorized by the federal law or regulation.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">C. An agency shall promulgate rules pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act to implement the requirements of this section.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2002, c. 495, &sect; 6, eff. July 1, 2002.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="cls0">&sect;75-507. Compliance with act - Mandated rules identical to federal rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">A. Except as is otherwise specifically provided in this subsection, each agency is required to comply with Sections 501 through 506 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">B. 1. The Commissioner of Public Safety shall be exempt from Sections 501 through 506 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes insofar as it is necessary to promulgate rules pursuant to the Oklahoma Motor Carrier Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, to maintain a current incorporation of federal motor carrier safety and hazardous material regulations, or pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, to maintain a current incorporation of federal commercial driver license regulations, for which the Commissioner has no discretion when the state is mandated to promulgate rules identical to federal rules and regulations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">2. Such rules may be adopted by the Commissioner and shall be deemed promulgated twenty (20) days after notice of adoption is published in "The Oklahoma Register". Such publication need not set forth the full text of the rule but may incorporate the federal rules and regulations by reference.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">3. Such copies of promulgated rules shall be filed with the Secretary as required by Section 251 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">4. For any rules for which the Commissioner has discretion to allow variances, tolerances or modifications from the federal rules and regulations, the Commissioner shall fully comply with Sections 501 through 506 of Title 75 of the Oklahoma Statutes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="cls0">Added by Laws 2003, c. 279, &sect; 14, emerg. eff. May 26, 2003.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="cls1">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </body> </html>

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