Oklahoma state capitol building in Oklahoma City.
Photographer: Thomas Berger/ KJRH
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Electronic benefit transfer cards are no longer welcome at Oklahoma liquor stores, casinos, strip clubs or tobacco shops.
That was the aim of one of 74 new laws that went into effect yesterday, and it's one of a few strange ones.
Such cards are used for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, among others. They can be swiped like a debit or credit card for eligible purchases.
Senate Bill 667 means Oklahoma now conforms with a federal law signed into law in February 2012. The federal law applied only to forms of federal assistance. Oklahoma's law applies to state and federal assistance.
READ THE BILL (http://bit.ly/sb667)
Last year the Oklahoma Department of Human Services said EBT cards make it easier to track spending and that many stores are set up to automatically separate eligible purchases from ineligible ones.
But there was still no law on the books, and OKDHS didn't keep statistics on EBT fraud.
The bill progressed from introduction to Gov. Mary Fallin's signature in just over three months, garnering no votes against it in either the House or the Senate.
Besides clarifying that EBT cards shouldn't be used for booze, gambling, strippers or tobacco, the state legislature also addressed beekeeping and golf carts in the last session.
Beekeepers who produce fewer than 500 gallons of honey a year entirely from hives in Oklahoma are exempt from health department regulation if they only sell in person. That covers many beekeepers who sell their products at farmer's markets or fairs.
From now on, those beekeepers must include on their labels the statement, "Bottled or packaged in a facility not inspected by the Oklahoma Department of Health."
The legislature also lifted restrictions on driving a golf cart at night on city roads. As long as a city allows golf carts on its roads, people may now drive them at any time as long as their carts have the proper lighting and other safety features.
Before, golf cart operation on roads was limited to daylight hours.
Click here http://bit.ly/71others to see the 71 other new laws. Once on the page click on Effective Date, check the All Types box, select the Either button, type July 1 2013 in the From box and then click the Retrieve button.
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