Governor signs dash cam video bill
With Governor Mary Fallin’s signature, a bill
subjecting all law enforcement dash cam videos to the Open Records
Act has become law. Previously, a statutory loophole exempted all
Oklahoma Highway Patrol videos. The authors of HB 2676 were Sen. David
Holt, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa. The measure
received overwhelming approval in both chambers, passing 38-4 in the
Senate and 76-6 in the House.
“This is an important transparency measure, and I applaud the
Governor for signing it,” Holt said. “I also want to commend
the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for supporting the bill and demonstrating
their commitment to transparency. Law enforcement has tremendous authority
over the rest of us—they can take away our liberty. I believe
these recordings will show that overwhelmingly, they are doing their
job as they should, but if they are not, the public has a right to
The legislation has exceptions that will apply uniformly for all law
enforcement. Portions of the videos may be redacted or obscured if
they show nudity, minors under 16, fatalities and dead bodies, or
officers under investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation,
the unedited video must be made available. Provisions were also made
in the bill to keep the investigation exception from being abused.
HB 2676 takes effect November 1.
For more information, contact:
Sen. David Holt: (405) 521-5636