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March 12, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Bill would open Oklahoma trooper dash cam videos

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Videos shot from the dashboards of Oklahoma Highway Patrol cruisers would be subject to the state’s Open Records Act under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 40-3 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Sen. David Holt.

The bill eliminates a current exemption to the state’s Open Records Act that allows the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to keep the videos secret. Holt says the OHP supports the bill and that the exemption has “caused them to come under more suspicion.”

Holt says the bill includes exceptions that would allow the OHP to keep from public view videos that showed nudity, minors, fatalities, or officer conduct that is subject of a current investigation.

 

Senate approves pay raise for Oklahoma troopers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase of as much as 20 percent under a bill that has passed unanimously in the state Senate.

The bill the Senate approved Tuesday would provide for an across-the-board pay raise for troopers based on the recommendations of a recent study on state employee compensation. 

That study shows troopers should receive a boost in pay of between 14 percent and 20 percent.

The measure now heads to House.

The Senate author of the bill — Edmond Republican Sen. Clark Jolley — says the bill would cost about $8.5 million annually when fully implemented.

A starting trooper is currently paid an annual salary of about $38,000. 

The trooper salary scales haven’t been increased in seven years.

 

Man sought in theft from Okla. jail phones caught

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A telephone service employee suspected of stealing more than $40,000 from phone terminals in the Oklahoma County jail has been arrested following a short standoff with deputies in Oklahoma City.

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