The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned for the year (“sine die”, in the lingo of the Capitol). I am pleased by some things, displeased by others; that is usually the way it goes. I am proud of the (so far) eight pieces of legislation I shepharded into law. If you want to catch up on what you might have missed these past four months, check out our “In the News” page.
Thank you for your support and for the honor of representing you in the Senate!
Senator David Holt recently appeared on OETA’s “The People’s Business.”
You can watch the episode here.
With my family and Commission Chair Lou Kohlman.
I was deeply honored today to have received the 2014 “Guardian Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.
They specifically cited our bills this session protecting victims of domestic violence and strengthening the Sex Offender Registry.
I said earlier this year that a recognition I was given for government transparency was the most meaningful I could receive. I may have to consider that a close second now. This award today is deeply humbling. There is nothing we could do that is more important than serving the women and children of Oklahoma.
Thank you to the Commission and especially Chair Lou Kohlman.
The Journal Record today has an editorial praising Senator David Holt for his transparency legislation this session. It can be read here.
The Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to post notice of meetings and hold votes in public. It is critically important to maintaining a transparent and accountable government, but the number one complaint about it has been the inability to enforce it. Today, Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 1497, my bill with Rep. Elise Hall that puts into statute the ability of citizens to enforce the Open Meetings Act in the courts and recover attorney fees. This is a major victory for government transparency and I especially want to commend Governor Fallin for her leadership today. This session, she has established a solid record of support for government transparency through her approval of several major transparency bills, and I do not think that should go unnoticed.
Here is coverage from The Tulsa World.
Senator David Holt recently talked about the effects of legalized gambling in Oklahoma on OETA’s Stateline. You can watch the episode here.
Our legislation to open up all law enforcement dash cam videos is now law. Effective November 1st, all law enforcement dash cam videos, including those of OHP, will be subject to the Open Records Act. Thank you to Governor Mary Fallin, who signed HB 2676 today. This is an important victory for transparency and the taxpayers.
This week, the Senate gave approval to my bill to add enforcement teeth to the Open Meetings Act. You can read coverage on this important transparency bill from The Tulsa World here.
Our legislation to open up law enforcement dash cam videos has passed the Legislature. This is an important transparency bill. Taxpayers paid for those cameras, and they should be able to see the videos and determine whether law enforcement is using their authority properly.
You can see coverage from The Oklahoman here.
You can see coverage from The Tulsa World here.
You can see coverage from KFOR here.
I am very pleased to report that though the Governor vetoed 15 of 16 House bills on her desk Tuesday, the one she signed into law was HB 2526, my bill with Rep. Kay Floyd that will help address Oklahoma’s domestic violence crisis.
For more info on the bill, click here.