VIDEO: March 20 Capitol Insider

Last week, the Oklahoma State Legislature met a pivotal deadline for this year’s session. In order to remain active, all bills had to be out of the house of origin (Senate Bills out of the Senate and House Bills out of the House).

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is actively working on several measures important to the real estate industry. Some measures represent significant concerns as they proceed through the legislative process:

  • SB 695 (Holt/Dank)
    This measure allows municipalities to place liens on property whose owners are delinquent on municipal trash service payments
    OAR opposes this bill
  • SB 379 (Newberry/Brumbaugh)
    This measure, called the Real Estate Owner’s Rights Act confirms property owners have the right to conduct improvements to their own property (i.e. electrical, plumbing, etc.) without requiring a licensed service provider to be hired. The bill also includes “property management” language which seems to allow unlicensed individuals to conduct this service.
    OAR is currently negotiating with the authors so our concerns are addressed.
  • SB 429 (Brinkley/Wallace)
    This bill revises current statutes regarding the number of names OAR submits to the Governor in the case of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC) vacancies.
    OAR requested and supports this bill
  • Cell Phone Usage
    There are “cell phone usage restriction” measures in both the Senate and the House.
    OAR is closely tracking these measures and supports making “physical texting while driving” illegal.

Always be prepared to immediately respond to any OAR Calls for Action!

The following measures were addressed by OAR and were not heard in their respective chambers so they are now dormant for this year.

  • SB 325 (Halligan/Denney)
    This measure would have allowed municipalities containing institutions of higher learning to create fee-based registries for rental property.
  • SB 350 (Stanislawski/Derby)
    This measure would have required property condition disclosure for every property transaction. Although OAR supports disclosure, this measure would expand government intrusion into our industry; was un-enforceable; and, would lead to an insurmountable level of litigation.
  • HB 1666 (Dank)
    This measure would have allowed neighborhood petitions to enable court ordered receivership of properties which are considered a nuisance.

Don’t forget!

April 8 is OAR’s Legislative & Economic Summit, REALTOR® Day at the Capitol, and Legislative Reception.