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Oklahoma City, OK
73105

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Resources Regarding Oklahoma's Legislative Measures

The only official legislative history for Oklahoma legislative measures is a procedural one. Official legislative intent is rare. Committee reports, minutes, and hearings are not published. The following sources provide some information about Oklahoma legislation.

Bill Files
The official bill files contain every form of a bill from its introduction to final action. Since 1989, the respective chambers of the Legislature have kept these and current bill files. 

For access to the House bill files:

Clerk of the House, Room 109, State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-2733.

For access to the Senate bill files:

Senate Records and Information, Room B-30, State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-524-0126 
(Ask for Senate Records)
.

The official bill files for legislation prior to 1989 are housed at:

Archives Division
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 N.E. 18th, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-2505 
(Archives will need to know the bill number and the year, which can be found in the bound journals)

 

Journals of the House and Senate
The journals record the activities of each legislative day and include such information as bill authors, committee assignments, and the record of votes on each bill considered, but exclude the floor debates. 

The bound journals are indexed by subject, bill number, and author and are available at ODL's Cartwright Memorial Library located in Room B-8 of the State Capitol.

Audio Tapes
The Senate has audio taped its floor debates since 1971, and now offers Podcasts. The Archives Division of the Department of Libraries has tapes for the period of 1971-1986, with the Senate holding recordings from 1987 to the present.

The House does not record its proceedings.

Bill Authors
The author(s) of a bill may be able to provide unofficial information about a bill. The most recent information on how to contact Senators and Representatives can be found at the Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House of Representatives websites.
 
Newspapers
Unofficial information about a bill may appear in one of the state newspapers, but those issues may not be indexed. 
 

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