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Stillwater council candidates, mayor sign Open Government Pledge

Four candidates for the Stillwater City Council have signed FOI Oklahoma’s Open Government Pledge, promising to uphold the letter and spirit of the state’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws if elected April Continue Reading →

House passes bill removing exemption for Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash-cam recordings

A bill to make all law enforcement recordings public records passed the state House by a 67-13 vote on Wednesday. HB 2676, sponsored by Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, would remove an Open Records Act exemption Continue Reading →

Secrecy surrounding Oklahoma’s lethal injection drugs is wrong in a democratic society

The recent lawsuit filed by two Oklahoma death-row inmates should remind opponents and proponents of the death penalty why open government is crucial to an informed public’s oversight of its policy-makers. The Continue Reading →

Simply revoting won’t excuse Open Meeting Act violation by State Board of Education

The State Board of Education, which has a history of skirting the Open Meeting Act, clearly violated the statute this week by not giving the public enough notice that the location of its Continue Reading →

House committee approves bill removing Open Records Act exemption for Oklahoma Highway Patrol dash cam recordings

No law enforcement recordings would be exempted under a House bill approved unanimously by a  committee Thursday. HB 2676, sponsored by Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, would remove an Open Records Act exemption for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Continue Reading →

Senate committee: Both sides entitled to attorney fees in Open Meeting Act lawsuits

A public body that successfully defends itself against an Open Meeting Act lawsuit is entitled to its reasonable attorney fees if the court finds that the suit was “clearly frivolous,” a state Senate Continue Reading →

House committee: Oklahomans may sue for Open Meeting Act violations, be awarded attorney fees

Oklahomans may sue to enforce the state Open Meeting Act without having to prove they were individually injured by the alleged violation, a state House committee unanimously agreed Thursday. And successful plaintiffs in such Continue Reading →