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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 →

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 →

FOI Oklahoma bestows Black Hole award on judge who closed courtroom, records of billionaire oil baron’s divorce trial

An administrator with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, a state lawmaker and a persistent University of Oklahoma student won FOI Oklahoma’s top awards Saturday at the organization’s Sunshine Week program. The Black Hole recognition, Continue Reading →

House committee passes bill to gut Oklahoma Open Records Act

Fees for public records would be significantly expanded and 10 exemptions would be added to the Oklahoma Open Records Act under a bill approved Thursday by the House Public Safety Committee. Government Continue Reading →