Office of the
House Democratic Leader

State Representative
District 94

January 19, 2017

Honorable Scott Pruitt
Attorney General
313 N.E. 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK

Mr. Attorney General:

Please issue your official opinion in response the following questions:
1. The Open Meeting Act specifically excludes the Legislature from the definition of “Public Body” yet, the Legislature is not exempt from the Open Meeting Act. In fact, 25 O.S. Section 309, expressly shows that the Legislature is bound by the Open Meeting Act wherein it states that “the Legislature shall conduct open meetings in accordance with the rules to be adopted by each house thereof.” Title 25 of the Oklahoma statutes addresses the authority by which the Legislature or Legislative Committees are empowered to close a meeting through the adoption of a rule. Seeing as the House has not adopted rules for the 56th Legislature, and considering that the previous rules under the 55th Legislature are no longer in effect; what is the legal authority that would exempt the Chairman and Members of the House Rules Committee/Special Investigation Committee from a willful violation of the Open Meeting Act of the State of Oklahoma each time that they participate/meet or cast a vote in a closed/executive session?​

2. How would the Committee be exempted from the application of the penalty provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, specifically section 314, each time that they meet and each time they cast a vote?​​​​​​​​​
Respectfully submitted,

Scott Inman