Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 9, 2016
Sen. Nathan Dahm Sen. Anthony Sykes
Bill to improve transparency of
agency rules heads to House
A measure to improve transparency of state agency rules was approved
Tuesday by the full Senate. Sen. Nathan Dahm is the author of the
bill that he says will also allow the legislature more oversight
of agency rules.
“The legislature delegates rulemaking authority to agencies
to enact legislative policy but it’s important that we still
have the ability to amend those rules when necessary given that
ultimately we’re who has to be accountable to the public and
protect their best interests,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.
“The bill also ensures that agency rules are easily accessible
to the public to improve transparency so that they can see how their
tax dollars are being used.”
SB 1130 clarifies that the legislature has the right to amend agency
rules, rather than just approve or disapprove them. It requires
state agencies to publish rules exempt from the Administrative Procedures
Act on their respective websites if they are not copyrighted. If
copyrighted, the contact information of the copyright owner must
be provided or a weblink to the protected information.
Sen. Anthony Sykes, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was
pleased with the bill’s passage.
“Administrative agencies combine all of the powers from the
three branches of government while not being subject to the checks
and balances designed to make them accountable to the people,”
said Sykes, R-Moore. “Senate Bill 1130 returns the people’s
voice to the government.”
It also requires that an agency must respond to rule review requests
by the governor, legislature or a small business within 60 calendar
days rather than 90. The bill also changes the date that rule changes
must be submitted by agencies to the legislature from April 1 to
February 1 to allow more time for the legislature to review proposed
rules that could impact businesses in Oklahoma.
SB 1130 will now move to the House for further consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Dahm: (405) 521-5551
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569