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Steele Supports Open Records Legislation (Feb 02, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma House Speaker Kris Steele says he supports an initiative to require the Oklahoma Legislature to be subject to the state's Open Records and Open Meetings Act.

The Shawnee Republican said Thursday during The Associated Press' annual legislative forum that "the time has come" for the laws to apply to the Legislature.

Currently, the Legislature is exempt from both laws that require openness and transparency from any state agency, board, commission or public entity like cities or counties that receive public money.

Fellow Republican state Rep. Jason Murphey of Guthrie has introduced a bill to lift that exemption, and Steele says he's "very supportive of the spirit of that legislation."

Steele added that he believes the law should contain some exemptions for constituent correspondence and legislative caucus meetings.

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