‘Making progress on all fronts’Doe said state groups are following the lead of the federal government when it comes to social media policy. But since state laws are so varied, it’s taking longer for states to negotiate the same types of changes with technology providers. "We’re making progress on all fronts,” Doe said. "It may not be as fast as some people would like and some agencies would like, but when the federal government did this, it didn’t happen overnight either.” Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, said several bills are pending before the Legislature that would complement what Doe is doing to open up social media platforms for state agency use. "We need to clear some statutory hurdles that I think from a policy perspective they are working hard to try to get around on their own, but statutory authority would be very helpful for allowing the use of social media and technology products,” said Murphey, chairman of the House Government Modernization committee. "It comes down to three issues: security, open records and liability. Oklahoma has some complicated limited liability interpretation which has historically prevented social media usage or discouraged it.” Murphey said educating his fellow legislators has been a struggle. Some think Twitter and Facebook are just for kids or young adults and question why state agencies should be involved in the first place, he said.