Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau of Oklahoma.


From: Caroline Haskins

Mike Jackson,

Pursuant to the state open records law, Okla. Stat. Tit. 51, Secs. 24A.1 to 24A.31, I write to request access to and a copy of the following, which I understand to be held by your agency:

1) All publicly releasable records held by your department concerning the implementation of the following state statute, passed in 2021, which will go into effect should the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade be overturned later this year:

House: SB918

When fulfilling this request, please provide copies of records including but not limited to:

A) Planning documents, including draft copies, concerning the implementation of the statute. (These planning documents may be called/titled/labeled as the following:
- Planning Document
- Implementation Plan
- Implementation Dashboard
- Strategic Plan
- Implementation Activities
- Implementation Objective
- Operation Plan
- Operating Plan.)

B) Memos and memoranda concerning the statute.

C) Slides and presentations concerning the statute.

D) Emails and other written communications concerning the statute from 01/01/2020 through the day this request is processed.

E) Notes and guidelines, including guidance for law enforcement and medical providers, concerning the statute.

F) Press releases and public communications concerning the statute.

G) Q&As and Fact Sheets concerning the statute.

H) Fiscal Impact Assessments (which may include Revenue Assessments, Savings Assessments, Costs Assessments, Losses Assessments) concerning the statute.

Thank you for your help in advance. If there are any questions about my request, or if there’s anything I can clarify, please contact me at chaskins@insider.com. I am also happy to hop on the phone.

This FOI request is being filed in pursuit of a time-sensitive news story. Therefore, I ask that my request is expedited.

I am a member of the news media as a reporter for Business Insider. The requested documents are in the public interest and not being made for commercial purposes. Therefore, I ask that all fees are waived in the processing of my request.

Please release documents on a rolling basis, as they become available. Also, I would like these records in electronic format, sent via email or other digital method. Please do not sending paper copies of the records.

If you decide that any of the information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, please note if the exemption is discretionary. And if it is discretionary, please note if it’s necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information. In any event, if you decide that any of the information is exempt and won’t be disclosed, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely.

I look forward to your reply within ten (10) business days, as the statute requires. And an even quicker reply if possible (especially if you can make a determination without having to review the records in question.)

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Caroline Haskins
Senior Reporter, Business Insider (chaskins@insider.com)

From: Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau

In your email to our office on April 25, 2022, you made the following request for information:

“All publicly releasable records held by your department concerning the implementation of the following state statute, passed in 2021, which will go into effect should the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade be overturned later this year:”
Please be advised that the Oklahoma Legislature is exempt from the Oklahoma Open Records Act, in 51 O.S. §24A.3 except for records required by 51 O.S. §24A.4, which apply to the expenditure of public funds. Paragraph 2 of 51 O.S. §24A.3 reads:

“2. "Public body" shall include, but not be limited to, any office, department, board, bureau, commission, agency, trusteeship, authority, council, committee, trust or any entity created by a trust, county, city, village, town, township, district, school district, fair board, court, executive office, advisory group, task force, study group, or any subdivision thereof, supported in whole or in part by public funds or entrusted with the expenditure of public funds or administering or operating public property, and all committees, or subcommittees thereof. Except for the records required by Section 24A.4 of this title, "public body" does not mean judges, justices, the Council on Judicial Complaints, the Legislature, or legislators;”

Pursuant to law, the type of record you have requested, such that it might exist, is exempt from the Oklahoma Open Records Act. However, I will tell you that our office does not maintain records concerning implementation of legislation. Instead, our office conducts detailed evaluations of state programs and expenditures, as directed annually by our office’s Legislative Oversight Committee.

Also, as a courtesy, I will direct you to documents available on the Senate’s website<http://www.oksenate.gov>, where the Senate journal and video archives of daily sessions are available to the public. A copy of the bill summary, which includes the fiscal impact statement, is available here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2021-22%20SUPPORT%20DOCUMENTS/BILLSUM/House/SB918%20ENGR%20BILLSUM.PDF

Mike Jackson

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