Oklahoma: State Officials Disclosing Fewer Facts Than Ever About Their Personal Finances

Each year, Oklahoma legislators and statewide elected officials must report details about their personal finances to alert the public to potential conflicts of interest.

This year, however, they generally will be asked to report fewer facts than ever – that is, since the disclosure rules were approved in 1994.

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has revised the disclosure form and slashed the number of state employees required to file it, from nearly 6,000 to 362. Only legislators, statewide elected officials and judges must file the form, with agency heads and other state workers exempt.