Oklahoma: Senate approves plan to put Judicial Nominating Commission under Open Meetings Law, Kansas Senate approved similar proposal in 2015

In addition to the major constitutional overhaul the Oklahoma House approved to the state’s method of selecting its appellate judges, the Senate also approved on March 9 a change to the state’s statutes related to open meetings and the Judicial Nominating Commission.

SB 770 would specifically include within the definition of a “public body” subject to the state’s Open Meetings law the JNC. The bill is very similar to one approved by the Kansas Senate in 2015 (SB 197) that would subject that state’s version of the JNC (Supreme Court Nominating Commission) to the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

SB 770 has been referred to the House but not yet assigned to a committee.

One thought on “Oklahoma: Senate approves plan to put Judicial Nominating Commission under Open Meetings Law, Kansas Senate approved similar proposal in 2015

  1. Having the Judicial Nominating Committee meeting a meeting open to the public would give the public more insight into and understanding of the nominating process.

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