OU student government rescinds, repasses bill because of possible Open Meeting Act violation

The UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress rescinded and then approved again on Tuesday a bill originally approved last week in a possible violation of the state Open Meeting Act, the University of Oklahoma student newspaper reported today.

The Oklahoma Daily had criticized the student legislators for violating the Open Meeting Act. The newspaper had reported that the UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress approved a bill not listed as an item on the group’s agenda in its office.

An attorney told the newspaper that the bill was not "new business" because it could have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time the agenda was posted.

“The fact that ‘Joe College’ thought of it just before the meeting does not mean it’s new business,” said Jim Milton of Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP in Tulsa.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Journalism

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