"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.
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.
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.
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."
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.