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Will Okla. Ethics Commission treat members of state boards as volunteers exempt from financial disclosure rules?

I first heard this argument in the summer. Mayors, city councilors and other local officials were grumbling about now having to file financial disclosure reports. In particular, school board members complained that Continue Reading →

2015 First Amendment Essay Contest


Oklahoma high school students can win cash prizes by entering the 2015 Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest sponsored by FOI Oklahoma Inc. Entrants have until Oct. 9 to submit their essays. Continue Reading →

The First Amendment in Action


Our 2015 First Amendment Congress will be Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Constitution Hall  in the University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. The theme is The First Amendment in Action. We’ll look Continue Reading →

Stillwater Medical Center employee salaries are public information, judge rules

Like other government workers, Stillwater Medical Center employees do not have an expectation of privacy that shields their salaries or compensation from public disclosure, a Payne County district judge has ruled. “The Continue Reading →

Does Open Meeting Act permit public bodies to discuss hourly workers in executive session?

Under the Open Meeting Act, public bodies may meet in executive session to discuss the “employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of any individual salaried public officer or employee.” (Okla. Continue Reading →