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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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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OU opens Sunshine Week with conference held in Gaylord Hall on freedom of information

From The Oklahoma Daily:

Oklahomans gathered to learn about the importance of open government and freedom of information at an annual conference Saturday to kick off Sunshine Week.

The public has a right to know what its government is doing, said Joey Senat, media law professor at Oklahoma State University and the master of ceremony for the conference. However, people must understand their rights in order to use them.


Two Oklahoma newspapers, legislator garner FOI honors during Sunshine Week

From Tulsa World:

Two Oklahoma newspapers and a state lawmaker were honored Saturday during FOI Oklahoma's Sunshine Week activities at the University of Oklahoma.

The Enid News & Eagle was awarded the Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise was given the Ben Blackstock Award.


Request for city of Tulsa records in police case brings no response

From Tulsa World:

The city of Tulsa has not responded to a request made by the Tulsa World more than two months ago for records on police arbitration proceedings.

A second request for a more limited number of records involving two Tulsa police officers has been pending more than seven weeks without a formal response. Both requests have been sitting in the city’s legal department for weeks.