Oklahoma Senate embracing efforts to improve transparency

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 14, 2012

So the Senate now deserves praise for dramatic improvement in transparency. In recent months, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, has announced several significant initiatives.

All Senate committee rooms now provide streaming audio and video, and real-time committee votes will be available on the Internet. All materials presented in interim studies and committee meetings are being made available online. High-resolution cameras have been added to the Senate chamber, and those watching proceedings online will be able to link to associated bill text. Archived, searchable audio archives of the Senate's legislative sessions will be available online.

Most Oklahomans may never need to use those services, but they remain a wise investment of resources. Transparency fosters better government. The Senate leadership is to be commended for advancing that cause.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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