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Oklahoma House of Representatives to share interim study reports

Process will improve openness, House Speaker Kris Steele says.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: July 9, 2011

The House of Representatives will conduct 80 interim studies this year and for the first time residents may review the findings.

Interim study reports will be required to be publicly posted and archived, House Speaker Kris Steele said Friday.

The studies will cover a wide range of topics, including public safety, education, government operations, health care, child and senior care and natural resources.

The House received 126 interim study requests this year.

Steele, R-Shawnee, said requiring public posting of interim study reports will improve the process and increase openness.

“Good work is done during these studies, but because the Legislature doesn't always document that work, it is often wondered what is actually done during the interim study process,” Steele said.

This year, once an interim study is complete, a summary report of its work and recommendations will be posted on the House website and archived for future reference. All documents and presentations used during interim study committee hearings will also be posted on the House website and archived. In addition, audio of interim study committee hearings will be streamed live on the House website and remain posted to the House website for future review.

“These changes are part of the House's ongoing commitment to transparency and increasing the public's access to the work done by their government,” Steele said. “This small change should produce big results in disseminating useful research, fostering fact-based decisions and retaining institutional knowledge.”

Beginning Aug. 2, interim study hearings can be held Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meeting notices will be posted under existing House committee meeting notice posting guidelines.


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