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More Transparency for OK Lawmakers

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
January 18, 2012

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A state lawmaker is filing two bills this session to subject the Oklahoma legislature to the open records and open meetings acts.

Republican Senator David Holt says morally Oklahoma lawmakers should not be exempt from the open records open meetings laws other agencies have faced.

The second year lawmaker worked in Oklahoma City under Mayor Mick Cornett which was subject to the open records laws.

“It worked fine, and I don’t think there’s hardly anyone who would question that Oklahoma City is putting out some of the most effective and innovative government in the last 20 years in this state. So, we not only overcame it, it may have made us a better government.”

Holt applauds legislative leaders for improving transparency in committee meetings, but says more can be done.

He says the bill allows lawmakers to redact the names of constituents during written correspondence which was a major opposition in the past to similar bills which failed to make it out of the legislature.

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