There are cases where releasing such information could be damaging to an investigation. Any suchrequest should be reviewed carefully, but by an independent body such as a judge in the case of policeevidence. But any such video or audio footage should be made available to anyone related to the footageor incident involved.
2.2 What are your thoughts on recent legislation passed by states making it a crime to videotapelaw enforcement officials in public places?
Oklahoma is a one party consent state, meaning that only one side of a conversation being recordedwhether in audio or video is required to consent to the recording. Any attempt to change those laws wouldviolate our rights and a needed protection for the people. Our police force are public servants and theyshould be accountable to the people they serve. Retaining our one party consent status would allow thepeople to protect themselves from corruption and abuse.
“Records of the legislature or of individual legislators are not subject to the [
Open Records] Act except for records kept and maintained on receipt and expenditure of any public funds reflecting all financial and business transactions relating
thereto.” 51 Okla. Stat. Supp. 2005 Art. 14A.3.2
2.3 What is your opinion on the current wording of the Oklahoma Open Records Act and theOklahoma Open Meeting Act and the exception provided for the Legislature of Oklahoma asstated in Oklahoma Statues?
All city, county and school government and agencies are required to comply with the open records act.There is not reason why our Legislative branch should not be held to the exact same standard. In order tohold our legislative members accountable, we need to have an open and accurate record of what they aredoing in office. I can see a need to
protect correspondence with individuals of a legislator’s constituency,
but any correspondence with registered lobbyists, state agencies and other legislators should be open topublic scrutiny.
2.4 What are your opinion regarding current regulations regarding lobbying in the State ofOklahoma? What are your plans for making sure that your time in office will be as transparent aspossible?
The state has made great strides in reducing lobbyist influence in the capital by reducing the amount alobbyist can gift to members of the legislature. But the state should provide protection for legislators whodo not wish to receive any gifts. Such efforts have been blocked in the past. I plan to work with other
members of the Legislative Branch and implement a “No Gift List” that would make it illegal for lobbyists
to give gifts to any legislator who has put their name on that list.
2.5 Please feel free to add any comments regarding your position on issues affectingtransparency that are facing the people of Oklahoma. If you are running for re-election pleaseinclude examples of bills that you have supported or opposed that would have affectedTransparency in Government.
While in office, I plan on writing legislation what would require the rewriting of our current bill trackingsoftware to a more user friendly format and opening the API so that 3
parties can write their ownsoftware to use this information. The information what will be made available would be the bill language,all amendments to a bill, result from committees, and all votes made on the legislation.
3.1 Currently many sources rank Oklahoma as having the worst Ballot Access laws in the nation.What is your opinion on the current status of Ballot Access in Oklahoma? Are you satisfied withthe current Ballot Access status in Oklahoma? If you are not satisfied with the current laws, whatare your goals for improving Ballot Access in our State?