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March 7, 2014

Make dash-cams available

NORMAN — Adding Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash-cam video recordings to the list of items available to the public under the Oklahoma Open Records Act seems like a no-brainer.

The state House this week approved legislation removing the exemption that the highway patrol currently enjoys. It passed 67-13 and now goes to the Senate. We urge our senators to support this change and the governor to sign legislation if it passes.

The videos are as much protection for troopers as the public. It makes the agency more transparent and accountable to taxpayers. The OHP supports the measure, according to the House author.

An amendment was defeated that would have named the legislation after a hearing-impaired motorist arrested by troopers in January near Interstate 40 and Eastern Avenue in Oklahoma City.

Those troopers were cleared of any wrongdoing and the man will go to court on resisting arrest charges this month.

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