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 →

OSU SGA Senate mandates FOI training for SGA members, but Open Meeting Act compliance still a problem

All new OSU SGA senators, executive branch officials, and Supreme Court justices must undergo training in Oklahoma’s open government laws or be removed from office, under legislation passed by the Student Government Association Continue Reading →

AG’s Office: Meeting minutes must include member votes

Enid city commissioners have made at least 35 appointments since June 2013 using a procedure the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office said violates the Open Meeting Act requirement that such votes be “publicly Continue Reading →

Enid City Commission voting by secret ballots that violate Open Meeting Act

Enid city commissioners are considering using a secret ballot to appoint an interim commissioner — a procedure the board has used before to “whittle down multiple applicants for other city boards and Continue Reading →

Mustang School Board members met secretly to discuss Bible course

Hours before the Mustang School Board publicly voted to approve a Bible-based curriculum, three members met secretly at the Hobby Lobby headquarters in small groups in an attempt to circumvent the Open Meeting Continue Reading →

Gov. Fallin signs major pro-transparency bills

Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law this week two major legislative victories for government transparency and the public’s right to know under the state’s Open Records and Open Meeting statutes. Senate Bill Continue Reading →

Bill granting attorney fees in Open Meeting Act lawsuits going to governor

A bill granting attorney fees to successful plaintiffs in Open Meeting Act lawsuits is headed to Gov. Mary Fallin after the state Senate approved it today by vote of 40 to 1. Continue Reading →