Enforcing Oklahoma’s Open Records Act is largely left to average¬†citizens

From Tulsa World:

A Yukon couple took the rare path of filing an open records lawsuit after their school district refused to turn over records involving an investigation into a school agricultural program.

Joey Senat, associate professor of journalism at Oklahoma State University and an expert in media law, noted that Gov. Mary Fallin's office has cited "executive privilege" in refusing several recent records requests. He said the state's constitution and laws do not specify such an exemption for the governor.

Senat said that as a candidate, Fallin signed an open government pledge when she spoke at a conference sponsored by Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc., a statewide nonprofit group that advocates for openness in government.

Freedom of Information Oklahoma, Inc. is a member of NFOIC.–eds.