University is not above the law, should honor transparency, Oklahoma coalition leader says

The executive director of Freedom of Information Oklahoma is calling on the University of Oklahoma to be more transparent after the school refused to release reports regarding donor data and allegations of sexual misconduct by a former university president. “The University of Oklahoma has neither the responsibility nor the right to determine what is in…

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Oklahoma Governor’s Office violated state Open Records Act in slow release of records, judge finds

The Governor’s Office and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety violated the state Open Records Act when they did not respond to a Tulsa World request for records in a “prompt and reasonable” manner, an Oklahoma County district judge ruled last week. The case involves records requests filed by the Tulsa World and former World…

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Former Oklahoma Attorney General address Open Meeting concerns at Tourism Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Phone call meetings that happen before public meetings at the Department of Tourism are raising concerns among advocates of government transparency. FOX 25 detailed the phone-call meetings during our four-part investigation into the Department of Tourism. According to two former tourism employees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, it is regular…

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OU Daily: Oklahoma Open Records Act expert weighs in on OU blocking incentivized retirement records

An Oklahoma open records expert said he believes OU’s denial of three Daily open records requests goes beyond the scope of the court ruling on which OU has based its denial.

OU has denied The Daily three requests for the names of university employees who are eligible for its Special Voluntary Retirement Incentive. The program encourages eligible employees to retire early and receive a payment equal to a portion of their salaries, and it has now been implemented a second time as a cost-saving measure.

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ACLU of Oklahoma files open records request following OKCPS proposed school consolidations

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has filed an open records request into a proposed round of school consolidations in Oklahoma City.

On Monday, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora presented a plan to consolidate five schools as the school looks for cost-saving measures. The following schools were in the proposal:
Edgemere Elementary
FD Moon Academy
Gatewood Elementary
Green Pastures Elementary
Johnson Elementary

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Oklahoma: Watchdog sues Trump EPA pick to disclose contact with companies

A media watchdog group filed suit on Tuesday to force U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency to release records detailing his communications with energy companies ahead of a Senate vote to confirm his nomination.

The lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma court by the Center for Media and Democracy and accuses Scott Pruitt, who is Oklahoma's attorney general as well as Trump's nominee to become the top U.S. environmental regulator, of violating the state's Open Records Act by failing to release those emails to the public.

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OK: Governor wins right to continue fighting open records case

An Oklahoma County Judge ruled in favor of Governor Mary Fallin in one of the lawsuits filed against her and her actions regarding providing open records.

The ACLU of Oklahoma is representing two parties in a lawsuit and asked a judge for summary judgement in their favor after a local journalist and an Oklahoma City advocacy group had been waiting more than 900 days for records they requested from the governor’s office.

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OK Judge to review redacted records from Governor, Department of Public Safety

An Oklahoma County judge has agreed to conduct a closed-door review of material that was redacted from records made public by the governor and Department of Public Safety in response to a lawsuit filed by the Tulsa World and a former editor.

The review will determine whether the governor’s office and DPS complied with the Open Records Act when it redacted some material before making the documents public.

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OK: Judge will decide if governor justified in 900+ day delay in records cases

The government serves the people of Oklahoma and the law says the people have a right to know how and why the government makes its decisions.

“That means being able to look at records and if we see government doing something we don't think it ought to be doing, reacting to that and that means at the ballot box,” said Brady Henderson, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. The ACLU of Oklahoma is representing two groups suing Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for failing to provide records under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

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OK: Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in open records case; city will owe fees

On Sept. 12, the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied the City of Claremore’s petition to appeal a ruling that the city violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

The city will now owe additional attorneys’ fees to the lawfirm of Ward, Lee & Coats, P.L.C.

In July 2014, Rogers County District Court heard testimony related to an open records act lawsuit filed by Ward, Lee & Coats, P.L.C against the city, for failure to provide documents in a reasonable amount of time.

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