Bills Requiring Board Action 2019
Jul 03, 2019

Find a comprehensive list of bills from the 2019 Legislative session that will require Board action. Please contact Jeanene Barnett at or Andrea Kunkel at for more information. 


SB 33 Vapor Products on School Premises 70 O.S. §1210.212 and 70 O.S. §1210.213

  • Amends the 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools Act.
  • Prohibits use of a vapor product in or on an educational facility that offers an early childhood education program or in which children in grades K-12 are educated, in school vehicles and at any school-sponsored or school-sanctioned event or activity.
  • Includes definitions of the terms “vapor product” and “vapor products.”
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

SB 48 Student Self-Administration of Pancreatic Enzymes 70 O.S. §1-116.3

  • Requires school district boards of education to amend student medication policy to permit the self-administration of replacement pancreatic enzymes for treatment of cystic fibrosis.
  • The conditions applicable to self-administration of pancreatic enzymes are the same as those for self-administration of asthma and anaphylaxis medication.
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

SB 198 Social Networking and Social Media Policy and Standards 74 O.S. §840-8.1

  • To discourage abusive or offensive online behavior, all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state shall adopt a social networking and social media policy that applies to use of social media by state employees and employees of any political subdivision of the state.
  • Defines the terms “social media,” “social networking” and “comment.”
  • The policy shall apply to all state employees and employees of any political subdivision of the state who utilize social media or social networking networks for work and shall be distributed to every affected employee via email.
  • The policy shall discourage employees from sharing content or comments containing the following, when directed at an Oklahoma citizen: obscene sexual content or links to obscene sexual content; abusive behavior and bullying language or tone; conduct or encouragement of illegal activity; and disclosure of information an agency and its employees are required by law, regulation or policy to keep confidential.
  • Effective November 1, 2019.

SB 381 Option to Stock Inhalers 70 O.S. §1-116.3

  • School district boards of education may elect to stock inhalers for student use, and boards making that election shall amend district policy to include certain provisions.
  • A licensed physician with prescriptive authority may prescribe inhalers and spacers or holding chambers to an electing district.
  • An electing district may maintain in a secure location at each school a minimum of two inhalers with spacers or holding chambers, but no duty is created or imposed on the district to maintain those items at a school site or sites.
  • A school employee shall contact 911 as soon as possible when a student is believed to be having respiratory distress.
  • Defines the terms “respiratory distress” and “inhaler.”
  • OSDE, in consultation with the State Department of Health, shall develop a model policy.
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

SB 382 Human Trafficking Professional Development 70 O.S.§24-100.5

  • Adds a responsibility to the Safe School Committee: 
    • To identify the professional development needs of faculty and staff to recognize and report suspected human trafficking. 
  • This is in addition to other responsibilities of the Safe School Committee already outlined in statute (70 O.S.§ 24-100.5). 
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

SB 576 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting 10A O.S. §1-2-101 and 70 O.S. §1210.163

  • Every school employee having reason to believe that a student under age 18 is a victim of abuse or neglect shall report the matter immediately to DHS via the hotline and to local law enforcement.
  • Every school employee having reason to believe that a student age 18 or older is a victim of abuse or neglect shall report the matter immediately to local law enforcement.
  • In reports required by law, local law enforcement shall keep confidential and redact information identifying the reporting school employee, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
  •  A school employee with knowledge of a required report shall not disclose information identifying the reporting school employee, unless otherwise ordered by the court or as part of an investigation by local law enforcement or DHS.
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

SB 926 Sex Education and Consent 70 O.S. §11-105.1

  • Requires that school districts’ sex education curriculum, materials, classes, programs, tests, surveys or questionnaires include information about consent.
  • Includes a definition of “consent.”
  • Effective July 1, 2019.

HB 1228 Dyslexia Professional Development 70 O.S. §6-194

  • Beginning in 2020-2021:
    • A dyslexia awareness professional development (PD) program must be given once a year to educators to include:
      • Training in awareness of dyslexia characteristics in students;
      • Training in effective classroom instruction to meet the needs of students with dyslexia; and
      • Available dyslexia resources for teachers, students and parents.
  •  Effective November 1, 2019.

HB 1309 Service Animals 4 O.S.

  • Places of public accommodation may adopt a policy to prohibit animals, except service animals, from entering.
    • A “place of public accommodation” is a business generally open to the public that falls into 1 of 12 categories in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including restaurants, movie theaters, private schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, doctors' offices.
  • A public accommodation that adopts such a policy shall post a sign in a conspicuous location outside the entrance, stating which animals or types of animals are prohibited and that service animals are permitted.
  • Public school districts are not places of public accommodation, but they:
    • Must permit service animals to accompany qualified individuals with disabilities on school property;
    • Must permit emotional support animals and therapy animals to accompany students with disabilities under the IDEA and Section 504 only to the extent their IEP or 504 team determines the animal is  necessary for the student to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education;
    • May exclude all other animals pursuant to Board policy; and 
    • Should remind outside groups using school district property of the U.S. Department of Justice Service Animal regulations and HB 1309 because a public accommodation operating an after care program or conducting an event on district property, for example, must permit service animals. 
  • Effective November 1, 2019.

HB 2339 Vaccinations and Parental Consent 70 O.S. §1-116.2

  • Prohibits a student from being vaccinated at school or on school grounds or receiving a vaccine as part of a mobile vaccination effort without prior written authorization, including the signature of the student’s parent or legal guardian for the vaccine or group of vaccines to be administered during a single visit.
  • Effective November 1, 2019.