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 →

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 →

Judge rules Okla. governor may claim deliberative process privilege but must provide log of exempted documents

An Oklahoma County trial judge ruled Tuesday that Gov. Mary Fallin may keep the content of records secret pursuant to a common law deliberative process privilege. However, District Judge Barbara Swinton gave Fallin 20 days to produce a Continue Reading →

Ruling expected today on whether executive, deliberative process privileges allow Oklahoma governor to keep records secret

An Oklahoma County trial judge said Thursday she expects to rule “by the end of the week” on whether executive and deliberative process privileges permit Gov. Mary Fallin to keep records secret Continue Reading →

Gov. Fallin vetoes bill adding open records exemptions for state universities

Gov. Mary Fallin took a step toward redeeming her reputation on open government issues Wednesday when she vetoed a bill that would have granted more records exemptions to state universities. SB 1577 would Continue Reading →

FOI Oklahoma deems Gov. Fallin’s records policies a Black Hole for second year

A veteran educator, a state lawmaker and two tenacious Bartlesville residents received FOI Oklahoma’s top awards Saturday at the organization’s Sunshine Week program. For the second straight year, Gov. Mary Fallin was Continue Reading →

Third open records lawsuit filed against Gov. Fallin

Gov. Mary Fallin’s slow release of public records has earned her a third Open Records Act lawsuit and put her in contention for a second Black Hole Award from FOI Oklahoma Inc. Continue Reading →