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Overview

In effect as of November 2020, Oklahoma’s anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts with companies that boycott goods or services from Israel or territories it occupies. The law also prohibits the state from adopting policies that require a boycott of Israel or territories it occupies. A bill creating a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel and prohibiting the state from investing in those companies failed to pass in 2018. In 2016, the state adopted a resolution condemning boycotts for Palestinian rights.

State Legislation

Legislation
HB 3967
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
November 2020
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
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This anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts with for-profit entities that boycott Israel or territories occupied by Israel. The law requires contractors to sign a written certification that they are not engaged in a boycott of goods or services from Israel that form an integral part of the state contract. It excludes contracts worth less than $100,000 and contracts with individuals. The law also prohibits the state from adopting policies that require a boycott of Israel or territories occupied by Israel.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
HB 1512
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
May 2018
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
Full Text
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This anti-boycott bill prohibits state contracts with and state investment in entities, including sole proprietorships and non-profits, that boycott Israel or territories occupied by Israel. The bill requires contractors to sign a written certification that they do not and will not engage in boycotts of Israel. It excludes contracts worth less than $1,000 or contractors who bid at least 20% less than other bidders. The bill calls for the creation of a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel and prohibits Oklahoma public retirement systems from investing in these companies. It also prohibits Oklahoma public entities from boycotting Israel, a provision aimed at discouraging divestment campaigns at public universities.

Resolutions

Legislation
HR 1037
Status
Passed
Date Passed
February 2016
Full Text
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This non-binding resolution from the Oklahoma House of Representatives condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights, specifically focusing on student activism and academic boycotts. The resolution falsely links boycotts for justice with a rise in antisemitism. Related bill: HR 1035.

Defeated Legislation

Legislation
HR 1035
Status
Defeated
Defeated On
May 2016
Full Text
Read HR 1035 

This non-binding resolution from the Oklahoma House of Representatives condemns boycotts for Palestinian rights, specifically focusing on student activism and academic boycotts. The resolution falsely links boycotts for justice with a rise in antisemitism. A nearly identical resolution, HR 1037, introduced two days later with additional coauthors, was adopted. 

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