DATES OF BIRTH→AT STAKE: Senate Bill 1753 exempts public employee dates of birth from the Open Records Act; dates of birth of public workers are now presumed open.
→WHERE IT STANDS: Passed the Senate, 44-0. →WHAT’S NEXT: Awaiting hearing in House Appropriations and Budget Committee. →AUTHORS: Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore.
HIGHWAY PATROL VIDEOS→AT STAKE: House Bill 3382 makes audio and video recordings taken from Oklahoma Highway Patrol cruisers public records in certain situations. →WHERE IT STANDS: Passed the House, 96-0. →WHAT’S NEXT: Awaiting hearing in Senate Appropriations Committee. →AUTHORS: Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore.
AUTOPSY REPORTS→AT STAKE: House Bill 3155 lets district attorneys decide whether autopsy reports should be made public; autopsy reports are now open records. →WHERE IT STANDS: Passed the House, 86-7. →WHAT’S NEXT: Awaiting hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee. →AUTHORS: Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, and Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha.
OPEN BOOKS 2.0→AT STAKE: House Bill 3422 improves the state’s Open Books Web site by requiring all purchases made with state funds be disclosed there as individual expenses rather than lump sums. →WHERE IT STANDS: Passed the House, 94-0. →WHAT’S NEXT: Awaiting hearing in Senate general government and transportation subcommittee.