Transparency bills in the Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoman Published: March 19, 2010
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Legislative update

Bills in the Legislature affecting freedom of information include:

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.