A similar measure failed to advance last year.
Mark Thomas, executive director of the Oklahoma Press Association, said the bill has several flaws.
The measure’s restrictions started out dealing only with homicides, but have expanded to include unknown and pending causes of death, he said.
The bill also doesn’t place a time limit on withholding the information, he said.
"It can be confidential forever,” Thomas said.
"There has to be some time limit when the public has a right to know about violent murders that were committed in their midst.”
The Judiciary Committee also passed HB 2541, which would make Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers confidential when used to pay municipal fines and fees.