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§ 12002. Definitions

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 74. State GovernmentEffective: November 1, 2022

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 74. State Government (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 113. Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022
Effective: November 1, 2022
74 Okl.St.Ann. § 12002
§ 12002. Definitions
A. As used in the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022:
1. “Boycott energy company” means, without an ordinary business purpose, refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations with a company because the company:
a. engages in the exploration, production, utilization, transportation, sale, or manufacturing of fossil-fuel-based energy and does not commit or pledge to meet environmental standards beyond applicable federal and state law, or
b. does business with a company described by subparagraph a of this paragraph;
2. “Company” means a for-profit sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or limited liability company, including a wholly owned subsidiary, majority-owned subsidiary, parent company, or affiliate of those entities or business associations, that exists to make a profit;
3. “Treasurer” means the State Treasurer or their designee;
4. “Direct holdings” means, with respect to a financial company, all securities of that financial company held directly by a state governmental entity in an account or fund in which a state governmental entity owns all shares or interests;
5. “Financial company” means a publicly traded financial services, banking, or investment company;
6. “Indirect holdings” means, with respect to a financial company, all securities of that financial company held in an account or fund, such as a mutual fund, managed by one or more persons not employed by a state governmental entity, in which the state governmental entity owns shares or interests together with other investors not subject to the provisions of this act. The term does not include money invested under a plan described by Section 401(k)1 or 4572 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
7. “Listed financial company” means a financial company listed by the Treasurer; and
8. “State governmental entity” means all state retirement systems.
B. With respect to actions taken in compliance with the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022, including all good-faith determinations regarding financial companies as required by this act, a state governmental entity and the Treasurer are exempt from any conflicting statutory or common law obligations including any obligations with respect to making investments, divesting from any investment, preparing or maintaining any list of financial companies, or choosing asset managers, investment funds, or investments for the state governmental entity's securities portfolios.
C. In a cause of action based on an action, inaction, decision, divestment, investment, financial company communication, report, or other determination made or taken in connection with the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022, the state shall indemnify and hold harmless for actual damages, court costs, and attorney fees adjudged against, and defend:
1. An employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity;
2. A contractor of a state governmental entity;
3. A former employee, a former member of the governing body, or any other former officer of a state governmental entity who was an employee, member of the governing body, or other officer when the act or omission on which the damages are based occurred;
4. A former contractor of a state governmental entity who was a contractor when the act or omission on which the damages are based occurred; and
5. A state governmental entity.
D. 1. A person, including a member, retiree, or beneficiary of a retirement system to which the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act of 2022 applies, an association, a research firm, a financial company, or any other person shall not sue or pursue a private cause of action against the state, a state governmental entity, a current or former employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity, or a contractor of a state governmental entity, for any claim or cause of action, including breach of fiduciary duty, or for violation of any constitutional, statutory, or regulatory requirement in connection with any action, inaction, decision, divestment, investment, financial company communication, report, or other determination made or taken in connection with this act.
2. A person who files suit against the state, a state governmental entity, an employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity, or a contractor of a state governmental entity, is liable for paying the costs and attorney fees of a person sued in violation of this section.
3. A state governmental entity shall not be subject to any requirement of this act if the state governmental entity determines that such requirement would be inconsistent with its fiduciary responsibility with respect to the investment of entity assets or other duties imposed by law relating to the investment of entity assets.

Credits

Laws 2022, c. 231, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2022.

Footnotes

26 U.S.C.A. § 401.
26 U.S.C.A. § 457.
74 Okl. St. Ann. § 12002, OK ST T. 74 § 12002
Current with emergency effective legislation through Chapter 3 of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024). Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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