Monday, April 27, 2009

Governor Signs Major Adoption Reform Bill

The Oklahoman article regarding the signing of HB2174 by Rep. Jason Nelson:
"A measure to crack down on law firms charging excessive fees — which follows through on findings of a state grand jury three years ago — and a bill to change the way Oklahoma’s school year is calculated were signed into law during the weekend."

HB2174 is the first House Bill by Nelson to be signed into law and represents the first step toward comprehensive adoption reform in Oklahoma. SB1029, which is set to be amended in a conference committee, will follow in the next few weeks completing the reform efforts for this legislative session.

Rep. Nelson also serves as the House Co-chair of the Adoption Reform Task Force with Sen. Steve Russell. The task force was created last session by former State Rep. Susan Winchester. The task force began its work earlier this year and will likely work throughout the end of next year. Ideas for legislation developed by the task force will be considered during the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions.
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