The Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislative Alumni Association met September 20-21, 2016 at their annual conference. With a brief description, here are the five top bills in prioritized order the OSHLAA will propose to the 2017 legislative session:
Establish a Registry for those convicted of senior abuse (molesters, fraud/scams), similar to the one in place for child abusers.
Nursing facilities licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health can install a standby generator for emergency needs and receive a tax credit for doing so.
A nursing facility shall maintain professional liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000 for each occurrence of negligence.
Amend current law by allowing optometrists to rent space in mass merchandiser stores, (Target, Walmart, Sam’s club, etc.) to create a one-stop shopping opportunity for seniors (and others) to take care of eyewear needs.
Amend a current law that requires vehicle headlights to be on due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet or less-(add the following to it) or the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in continuous use as a result of rain, sheet or snow.