Legislature should require openess for everyone

A Shawnee state senator has filed bills to improve government transparency in Oklahoma. But, in typical “do-as-wesay-not-as-we-do” state legislature fashion, the proposed bills would put the transparency burden on everyone but those who write the laws.

State Sen. Ron Sharp, RShawnee, has filed SB 1154 and SB 1137. Both bills would impose deadlines for officials to produce requested documents. Currently, there is no requirement for public officials to produce documents or information within a certain time. This means a request can be effectively denied by officials dragging their feet.

SB 1154 would require public records to be produced within 30 days of a request. If the custodian of the records needed more time, it could have another 30 days only after notifying the requestor in writing. This is not an unfamiliar problem for those seeking public information in Oklahoma.

 

 

 

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