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Question: Does the Open Meeting Act permit public bodies to discuss hourly employees 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 →

FOI Oklahoma selects new officers, board of directors to oversee its 25th year

News 9 investigative reporter Alex Cameron will serve as FOI Oklahoma’s president for 2015, the organization’s 25th year of advocating for the First Amendment and open government. Cameron, director of statewide special Continue Reading →

FOI Oklahoma seeks nominations for First Amendment, freedom of information awards for 2014

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Nominations are being accepted for FOI Oklahoma’s annual awards that recognize individuals and organizations that promoted the First Amendment and the free flow of information to the public in 2014. Those who Continue Reading →

Judge prohibits release of police photos of woman allegedly assaulted by OSU football player

A Payne County judge ordered Stillwater city officials on Monday not to release photos showing injuries to a pregnant woman who police say was choked and punched last week by her boyfriend, Oklahoma Continue Reading →

Okla. Supreme Court rules Gov. Fallin has qualified right under state Constitution to keep some records from public

Gov. Mary Fallin may keep secret the advice that “senior executive branch officials” give her to shape government policies and decisions, the state Supreme Court ruled today. The court said a deliberative process Continue Reading →