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Oklahoma News
10:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Attorneys Skeptical Of Oklahoma Dash-Cam Video Bill

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Some attorneys who specialize in obtaining arrest videos from police say they're concerned a bill designed to make Highway Patrol dash-cam videos open to the public could actually have the opposite effect.

 

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Oklahoma Watch
11:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Fallin To Release Withheld Emails After Leaving Office

Gov. Mary Fallin
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Thirty-one documents related to the Affordable Care Act that Gov. Mary Fallin has refused to release and that are the subject of a lawsuit against her will be archived and made available to the public after Fallin leaves office, her spokesman said.

Fallin’s office, however, has not yet decided whether to stipulate that release of the archived records be delayed for a certain period after her term ends.

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Open Records
8:26 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Tulsa Refuses 911 Audio Records Release

The Tulsa World is pushing for release of 911 audio recordings under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
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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.

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Open Records
9:54 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Keeping Secrets: Owasso City Councilor Sues Over Document Release

Patrick Ross, member of the Owasso City Council.
Credit City of Owasso

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.

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Open Records
1:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Norman State Rep. Stiles Wants More Consistency With Court Records

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A state lawmaker frustrated by the Oklahoma court system's hodgepodge of procedures for making court records publicly available online plans to explore the issue during the legislative interim.

Meanwhile, a court official says a $13 million project to make all records available online is moving forward.

State Rep. Aaron Stiles (R-Norman), an attorney, says it's frustrating that court clerks across the state have different policies for what court documents they scan and make available online.

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Open Records
8:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Corporation Commission Sets Phone Records Privacy Policy

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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.

The commission uses information in annual reports by telephone companies to review which companies are doing business in a particular exchange and to determine the public utility assessment fee for each company.

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