Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2019
Sen. Jason Smalley
Senate votes to preserve county
The Senate voted Monday to protect county court documents by digitizing
them. Sen. Jason
Smalley, R-Stroud, is the author of Senate Bill 483, which assesses
a $10 fee for filing a civil case to be deposited in the Court Clerk’s
Records Management and Preservation Fund.
“All 77 Oklahoma counties are required to maintain court documents.
The history of our state can be found in those court records, and
it’s important that we preserve them,” Smalley said.
“There are so many problems with storing paper records. Many
have been permanently lost or damaged by fires and flooding. Counties
are also having to lease additional space to store the massive amount
of records, which is extremely costly to them. Establishing a fund
to pay for the digitizing and automation of these important documents
is an easy way to protect them and save counties a lot of money.”
SB 483 only applies to civil filings. Criminal cases will not contribute
to the fund.
The measure now moves to the House for further consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Smalley: (405) 521-5547