We’ve urged the Oklahoma Senate to increase legislative transparency in that chamber by posting committee votes online and providing audio and video archives of floor debates and committee activity. So we’re pleased the Senate has announced that all materials presented during legislative interim studies will be posted online.
Those materials will include lists of speakers, Power Point presentations and other information.
Interim studies are often used to lay the groundwork for proposals tol be filed in the coming legislative session, and they can cover controversial issues. Providing citizens easier access to the material presented during those proceedings is an important reform. The meetings are also streamed live online, although they aren’t yet archived for review after the fact.
More still needs to be done, particularly recording and posting all proceedings and votes online, but the Senate is moving in the right direction.