2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 70. Schools
§70-4452. Transfer of Quartz Mountain properties and personnel – Funding - Election of retirement system - Rights and responsibilities of board.

Universal Citation: 70 OK Stat § 70-4452 (2018)

A. Effective January 1, 2002, the properties defined as Quartz Mountain in Section 4450 of this title are hereby transferred from the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Commission and the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department to the board of trustees for the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and Nature Park.

B. All Department personnel, in both the classified and unclassified service of the State Merit System of Personnel Administration, who are assigned as of January 1, 2002, to Quartz Mountain, including related liabilities for sick leave, annual leave, holidays, unemployment benefits and workers' compensation benefits accruing prior to January 1, 2002, to such personnel shall be transferred as of January 1, 2002, to the board. It is the intent of the Legislature that, to the extent possible, the board shall ensure that the employees retain pay and benefits, as much as possible, including longevity, dependent insurance benefits, seniority, rights and other privileges and benefits. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Oklahoma Personnel Act, Department employees assigned to Quartz Mountain on January 1, 2002, shall have the right, at the effective date of January 1, 2002, and not thereafter, to fill a budgeted vacancy in the classified service of the Parks Division in the Department or to fill a budgeted vacancy in the unclassified service in the Golf or Resorts Divisions of the Department, if such employee is qualified. Additionally, filling of vacancies shall be based on seniority order with the State of Oklahoma.

C. Appropriate conveyances and other documents shall be executed by January 1, 2002, to effectuate the transfer of Quartz Mountain.

D. The State Auditor and Inspector shall determine the amount of funds from available budgetary resources for Quartz Mountain, including any appropriated funds, revolving funds, or sinking funds, that should be transferred on January 1, 2002, from the Department and Commission to the State Regents to continue operation of the Center for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2002, and shall determine the amount that should be reserved to the Department for payment of obligations incurred prior to January 1, 2002. The State Auditor shall consider relevant funding and expenditure history and projected expenditures and expenses related to Quartz Mountain and available budgetary resources for Quartz Mountain in determining the amount to be transferred. The Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services is authorized and directed to coordinate and administer the funds transfer. The funds transferred to the State Regents shall not be subject to any budgetary limits that may have attached to the funds when the funds were appropriated to the Department. From July 1, 2001, through December 31, 2001, the Department shall not spend or encumber more than the funds budgeted for that period for Quartz Mountain without approval of the State Auditor and Inspector. Any extraordinary costs incurred by the State Auditor in performing the review may be subtracted from the amount transferred on January 1, 2002, to the State Regents and paid to the State Auditor.

E. The State Regents may establish appropriate funds and accounts, including a revolving fund in the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for servicing the fiscal operations of the Center. Such funds and accounts shall be subject to the direct supervision, management and control of the board of trustees for the Center created in this act.

F. 1. An employee transferred pursuant to the provisions of this act who is a member of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System or the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System may elect to remain a member of the applicable system or may elect to become a member of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma. The employee shall file an election on a form prescribed for that purpose with the applicable system not later than January 15, 2002.

2. If an employee files an election to remain in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System or the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System, the board of trustees shall pay the required employer contributions applicable to the participating employers pursuant to Section 920 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes or Section 2-304 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The employee shall continue to pay employee contributions as required by law.

3. If the employee fails to file an election by January 15, 2002, the employee shall become a member of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma.

4. Employees who become members of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma shall acquire service credit in the Teachers' Retirement System pursuant to the provisions of subsection Q of Section 17-116.2 of this title and shall have all service credit with the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System canceled. The board of trustees shall make required contributions pursuant to Section 17-108.1 of this title and the employee shall make required contributions imposed pursuant to Section 17-116.2 of this title. The board of trustees and the employees shall be subject to all requirements of the provisions of Sections 17-101 et seq. of this title governing the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma.

5. Any employee who is employed by the board after January 1, 2002, and who is otherwise eligible for membership in the Oklahoma Teacher's Retirement System or the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System shall be enrolled during employment by the board of trustees in the Oklahoma Teacher's Retirement System or the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System, as appropriate.

G. The board shall not be responsible for any claims arising under The Governmental Tort Claims Act accrued prior to January 1, 2002, claims arising from any other actions accrued prior to January 1, 2002, or tort claims arising prior to January 1, 2002, for which no claim has accrued upon the date of transfer. The board shall not be responsible for any claims arising out of construction begun before January 1, 2002, at Quartz Mountain.

H. 1. The board shall succeed to any contractual rights and responsibilities the Department or the Commission has incurred on behalf of Quartz Mountain, except as provided in subsection G of this section.

2. The board may enter into one or more contracts for management services of the Center. The duties and benefits arising under any contract for management services of any part of Quartz Mountain entered into by the Commission that is in effect on January 1, 2002, shall be assigned to the board. The contract may be renewable at the option of the board but not to exceed a cumulative period of fifty (50) years.

3. The Department and the Commission shall execute all necessary documents to memorialize the assignment to the board all rights, responsibilities, and obligations under any and all contracts the Department or the Commission has entered into relating to operation of any part of Quartz Mountain, including the golf course, as provided in this section. The board shall execute any documents necessary to memorialize acceptance of such assignment. In the absence of memorializing documents or conveyances, the transfers including all the assignments shall occur by operation of law.

I. The rules of the Commission relating to the operation of Quartz Mountain, such as traffic, fees, and other like matters, that are in effect on January 1, 2002, shall be enforceable by the board until the board establishes rules or until January 1, 2003, whichever occurs earlier. The board shall be exempt from the provisions of Articles I and II of the Administrative Procedures Act.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 347, § 3, emerg. eff. June 1, 2001. Amended by Laws 2012, c. 304, § 640.

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