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Over 300 OK bills headed to the Senate

Posted at 9:50 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 02:14:33-05

More than 300 bills passed through the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week and will make their way to the senate committee.

This week, otherwise known as deadline week for legislation,  was especially busy at the state capital.

2 Works For You highlights a few of the controversial bills that may have fallen under the radar.

One proposal in particular is House Bill 29-29, which added an element to the Equal Pay Act, established in 1963.

Representative Jason Dunnington, an Oklahoma City democrat, wrote the bill and says the new element makes it better.

"It adds an element of transparency to it, providing better access for women to find out if they're being paid less than their male counterparts," says Rep. Dunnington.

Lawmakers say the bill will allow women to find out if they are paid less than men in the workplace.

House bill 23-37 also passed the house. It focuses primarily on the 4th Amendment and sets ground rules for law enforcement when it concerns drones.

"If it is really urgent to actually get out there with a drone and surveil somebody without going through the process of calling a judge, you can even do that,” says Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore. “It also allows 48 hours to get back to the judge and explain why it was urgent to get out and surveil somebody."

House Joint Resolution 1062 was also up for vote. The legislation makes sure people in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to vote on whether or not to repeal Article 2, Section 5 of the state’s constitution.

"As many people would understand it, this was the provision our state supreme court used in determining that the 10 commandments monument had to be removed from the state capitol grounds. So it puts it to the vote of the people,” says Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon. 

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