Open Records Act amendment intended to end first-come, first-served response to requests

Gov. Mary Fallin’s policy of responding to records requests on a first-come, first-served basis should end under a recent amendment to the state Open Records Act. Any delay in providing access to Continue Reading →

Former Chickasha city manager alleges open records, meeting violations

Chickasha’s former city manager has accused city officials of open government violations centered around his firing in early October. In a lawsuit filed Oct. 24, Alan Guard said officials violated the state Open Continue Reading →

Stillwater police official blames Open Records Act for department’s lack of body cameras on officers

The Stillwater Police Department doesn’t use body cameras because video of officers responding to domestic violence calls must be released under the state Open Records Act, the department’s spokesman told a Citizen’s Continue Reading →

Social Security numbers exempted under change to Oklahoma Open Records Act

Oklahoma governments may redact Social Security numbers from all documents under an Open Records Act amendment that takes effect Nov. 1. “All Social Security numbers included in a record may be confidential Continue Reading →

OKC school district, NOC reconsider banning public from taking notes when reading docs

Oklahoma City Public School District and Northern Oklahoma College officials are reviewing their procedures/policies with an eye toward removing bans on the public using “writing instruments while viewing” records. Rather than take Continue Reading →

Sorry, government bureaucrats; But Oklahomans may make their own copies of public records

A reporter reviewing state Health Department records recently was told she couldn’t take photos of the documents with her smartphone. Meanwhile, the state Department of Education, Northern Oklahoma College and the Oklahoma City Public Continue Reading →

Court of Civil Appeals rejects coach’s plea to seal court record of DUI

A coach’s concern about the consequences if her players and students discovered her “conviction for driving under the influence and revocation of her driver’s license” was not a compelling reason to seal Continue Reading →