Local & Regional
Thu March 15, 2012
Speaker: Open records for Oklahoma lawmakers unlikely
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House Speaker Kris Steele says he doubts a bill to require the Oklahoma Legislature to be subjected to provisions of the state's Open Records and Open Meetings laws will pass this year.
Steele told reporters it's "unlikely" the bill would be considered before Thursday's deadline for hearing bills on the floor. A House committee already approved the bill by Guthrie Republican Rep. Jason Murphey.
The plan was likely to face resistance in the Senate, where a similar measure was not granted a hearing in committee.
Oklahoma is one of the few states in which the Legislature is not subjected to so-called "sunshine" laws that require meetings and records to be open to the public.