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Oklahoma legislators focused on freedom of information rules

Oklahoma legislators focused on freedom of information rules

Several bills in the state legislature dealt with open meeting, records laws

NewsOK
Published: May 31, 2010

Open records draw action

The Legislature dealt with several issues affecting freedom of information this session:

Dates of birth
→THE BILL: Senate Bill 1753 exempted public employee birth dates from the Open Records Act.

→AUTHORS: Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore.

→RESULT: Failed. The bill did not receive a vote on the House floor after Rep. Lucky Lamons, D-Tulsa, added an amendment requiring the Legislature operate under the Open Records and Open Meeting acts. Terrill later put the birth date exemption in other bills he controlled, but those bills weren't voted on until the birth date exemption was removed.

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