8 new Oklahoma laws in effect Nov. 1 -- School bullying, beer sampling, horse slaughter and more

Friday marks the culmination of the 2013 Oklahoma Congressional Session, with nearly 250 new laws going into effect across the state.

Here are eight laws worth remembering:

Stacie's Law: Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 295 into law after a startling trend of deaths inside Pittsburg County's Narconon Arrowhead non-medical drug rehab facility. 

The bill's namesake, specifically, was only 20 years old when she overdosed while in Narconon care, prompting State Sen. Tom Ivester and Rep. David Derby to draw up the legislation.

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"There have been a total of seven deaths in seven years at Narconon Arrowhead and no requirement for state certification," said Ivester, D-Sayre. "There have been multiple lawsuits for wrongful death, fraud and deceit filed against that facility. I wanted to figure to out what we could do as a state to provide a safe environment for the people who go there and make sure there's no fraud or deception."

The law will allow for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to regulate a broad range of rehab centers.

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School Bullying: House Bill 1661's passing signifies a greater focus on classroom bullying. Schools must have a comprehensive policy in place, from reporting procedures to annual training requirements for school employees. 

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Schools will also be tasked with publishing an annual report on the State Department of Education website regarding the number of verified bullying incidents.

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Postconviction DNA Act: The new law gives convicted felons sentenced to 25 years or more the opportunity to request DNA testing. 

If inmates receive a favorable result, a judge can then overturn the previous conviction or order a new trial or review of the case.

Oklahoma became the last state in the U.S. to pass similar legislation.

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Beer Sampling: Thanks to the passing of House Bill 1431, Oklahoma beer connoisseurs can receive samples inside breweries.

Beer samples still won't be present at Farmer's Markets and trade shows, but for people like Marshall Brewing Company founder Eric Marshall, it's a step in the right direction. 

"We want people to come in and see what we've built. We want people to come in and understand the process of brewing," Marshall said in April.

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Driver's License Charges: They're going up. Oklahomans with standard driver's licenses will cost $33.50, $12 more than the previous cost. Other license costs will also see an uptick.

The hike is expected to generate nearly $9 million annually for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

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Drinking Arrests, Prosecution: This law allows for people to call 911 without consequence in an alcohol-related event. The law, an attempt to quell fears so that emergency crews can offer aid as quickly as possible, also eliminates the possibility of criminal prosecution.

The only requirements are that the person asking for help provide his or her full name, along with any other relevant information, stay with the intoxicated person and cooperate with those on scene.

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Horse Slaughter: Selling horse meat inside Oklahoma still isn't legal, but as for exporting..totally OK. House Bill 1999's proponents say the new law will help resolve the issue of horse mal-treatment and abandonment. 

The author of the legislation, State Rep. Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, said in March the move was an effort to manage the horse population in a "more humane way."

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Aerial hog hunting: Oklahoma residents with a big game hunting license will be able to target feral hogs from the sky. 

An amendment to 29 O.S. 2011, Section 4-107.2 will allow permits to be issued to "any landowner or to any person who has contracted with a landowner to manage depredating animals to engage in the management of depredating animals by use of aircraft." 

As with most laws, there are additional restrictions, so take a look before joining in that helicopter hunt.

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