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House-Senate Conference Committee To Take Up Open Records Bill

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The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

Among other things, the bill would authorize law enforcement agencies to withhold footage that depicts acts of violence resulting in severe injuries unless they are perpetrated by a law enforcement officer.

It also allows the withholding of test forms for state licensure examinations.

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