Oklahoma county commissioners stress transparency

Cleveland County Commissioners were at the state capitol this week to speak on the need for transparency in their statewide membership group, the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma.

Commissioners told a state House committee led by Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, they are concerned with how ACCO spends tax dollars invested in membership insurance funds. Continue… 


Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett releases ethics complaints after open records denial

City officials released public records Monday that had been previously denied to the Tulsa World by Mayor Dewey Bartlett, citing unwritten city policy that officials say exempts them from the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

The records released Monday regarded ethics complaints against Bartlett involving his decision to throw out plans for a sidewalk near A Gathering Place for Tulsa.


Oklahoma Supreme Court takes jurisdiction in OPUBCO case seeking sealed Shadid divorce records

From The Republic: OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has agreed to take jurisdiction of a case by the parent company of The Oklahoman that seeks sealed divorce records of Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Edward Shadid II.

The court said in a Monday order that the Oklahoma Publishing Company has the right to pursue records that a lower court sealed and that it is likely a similar case could arise again.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 25, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.


Oklahoma Supreme Court lets dashcam video ruling stand; attorney claims ‘big win’ for open government

From Tulsa World: OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal to a state appellate court ruling that states dash-cam video made by the Claremore Police Department in 2011 does constitute a public record under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

The City of Claremore had filed a petition for certiorari, asking the Supreme Court to review the Court of Civil Appeals ruling. That request was denied Monday, with all the Supreme Court justices concurring, court records show.


Oklahoma auditor finds possible violation of Open Records Acts, misuse of dollars in Glenpool

From KJRH: GLENPOOL, Okla. – This little city just south of Tulsa on Highway 75 has grown a lot over the past few years.

It has recently added a new community center and city hall, but it’s what Tommy Carner says is going on inside the new buildings, that prompted him to run for Glenpool city council.


Carner helped gather signatures for a state audit in February of 2012. Two years later, the 75-page audit has been released.



Okla. legislator looks to broaden Open Records Act

From ctpost.com: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator on Tuesday quizzed two court clerks over why public court records aren’t readily available online during a hearing examining broadening Oklahoma’s Open Records Act.

Norman Republican Rep. Aaron Stiles requested Tuesday’s interim study before the House Judiciary Committee to review how the act applies to certain court files.

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Rogers County (Ok.) clerk accuses Progress reporter of harassment

From Claremore Daily Progress:  Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson is accusing a Claremore Daily Progress reporter of harassing her and her staff in a confrontation over public records.

Anderson called the sheriff’s office on Aug. 14 to complain that reporter Salesha Wilken created a disturbance in her office that afternoon.