Transparency legislation proposed in Oklahoma.
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Here is a list of transparency legislation for Oklahoma in 2010:
HB 2575 would have required the state Department of Education to "finalize its reporting codes and procedures by May, and then prohibited the department from changing the codes more than once a year." It was vetoed by the Governor after passing both chambers.
HB 3155 is a bill proposed by Rep. Leslie Osborn which would create an exemption for autopsy reports of homicide or unknown deaths, provided that the district attorney may choose to release some of the files. 
HB 3382 is a bill proposed by Rep. Randy Terrill which would remove the exemption for highway patrol video recordings, excluding recordings being used in current criminal investigations. 
SB 1318 is a bill, sponsored by Senator Patrick Anderson which would cap open records fees at $0.25 a copy for county clerks. 
SB 1729 is a bill proposed by Senator Charlie Laster which would bring the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association under the public records act. 
SB 1753 is a bill proposed by Senator Debbe Leftwich which would restrict access to the birth dates of public employees in an effort to prevent identity theft. The bill has come under a great deal of criticism from media outlets who use the birth dates to distinguish between individuals with the same name when doing research.
- See also: Oklahoma Open Records Act
- State Representatives Murphey and Brogdon authored House Bill 1032  which "would put all transactions made with state purchasing cards on the Web every month. Since each transaction would include the amount spent and what it was spent on, it would provide much more information to taxpayers about how their money is being spent. It also would force state agencies to allow renewal of licenses or permits online, saving time for consumers and paperwork for the agency."
- House Representative John Carey (D-Durant) proposed House Bill 1049  that "seeks to clarify that police should make incident reports available to the public, even if there are no arrests." Executive vice president of the Oklahoma Press Association Mark Thomas is in favor of the bill since "the way some local police jurisdictions have interpreted the law, no incident reports are required unless someone is taken into custody". He said in some circumstances, that essentially permits “secret police actions” with no public accounting, and making it clear that incident reports are required could solve the problem.  HB1049 has passed the House, and moves to the Senate for further debate. 
- The Oklahoma House of Representatives Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee is considering a bill that would allow the chief medical examiner to withhold the public release of autopsy reports at the request of a district attorney or law enforcement agency if the records may impede an ongoing criminal investigation.
- ↑ KOAM News, Okla. gov. vetoes bill on school accounting codes, May 10, 2010
- ↑ Text of HB 3155
- ↑ Status of HB 3382
- ↑ Text of SB 1318
- ↑ Text pf SB 1729
- ↑ Text of SB 1753
- ↑ [http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/WebBillStatus/main.html
House Bill 1032]
- ↑ The Oklahoman, "Continue the push for transparency", March 15, 2009
- ↑ HB1049 history, use the "Basic Search Form" to find HB1049 and click on "Introduced" for the bill's text
- ↑ Oklahoma Press Association official wary of attempts to tweak state's Open Records Act, Enid News, January 25, 2009
- ↑ Enid News, New bill would ensure the public's right to know, February 27, 2009
- ↑ KSWO-TV, "Committee postpones open records bill", Feb 4, 2009