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Okla. Lawmakers Mull More Openness in Legislature (Nov 10, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of a House committee focused on government efficiency is pushing a bill that would apply Oklahoma's Open Meetings and Open Records acts to the state Legislature.

Guthrie Republican Rep. Jason Murphey held an interim study on his proposal on Thursday before the House Modernization Committee.

Murphey's bill last session failed to advance from a House committee, but he says he's optimistic the measure could gain some traction next session.

Murphey says House Speaker Kris Steele has endorsed changes to make the legislative process more transparent, but that more needs to be done.

The state's Open Records and Open Meetings acts apply to state agencies, but the Legislature currently is exempt.

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