The city of Tulsa is refusing to release 911 recordings under the state's open records law.
The Tulsa World reports that the city denied its request last week for any emergency calls regarding a Sept. 1 police-involved fatal shooting at the Best Budget Inn. The newspaper says its request was denied even though it'd previously received 911 calls through open records requests.
Assistant City Attorney Shelton Benedict says the open records law doesn't specifically say that audio must be provided — just the radio logs.
A city councilor in Owasso has filed a lawsuit claiming the city violated Oklahoma's open meeting and open records law.
The lawsuit filed by Councilor Patrick Ross claims that an investigative report on former City Manager Rodney Ray was given to councilors during an executive session in June, then collected before the closed-door meeting ended.
Ray was suspended with pay May 24 and the council ordered an investigation to look into an undisclosed employee complaint. He resigned in June and the city council approved a severance package worth more than $185,000.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has decided to determine whether the records of telecommunications companies are confidential on a case-by-case basis.
The three-member commission Thursday agreed to dismiss a proposal that it determine what records will be kept confidential under the Oklahoma Open Records Act and decided instead to use the case-by-case method.