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Oklahoma News
3:22 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

House-Senate Conference Committee To Take Up Open Records Bill

Oklahoma Capitol Building
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The Oklahoma Senate has approved Open Records Act legislation that would limit access by the public and media to audio and video recordings obtained from equipment attached to a law enforcement officer or vehicle.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the House-passed bill Tuesday and sent it to a joint House-Senate conference committee for more work. Its Senate author, Republican Sen. David Holt of Bethany, says lawmakers are working with law enforcement and media representatives to fashion the bill's final form.

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Open Records
6:00 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Fallin’s Office Didn’t Release Records Sought in Past 11 Months

Gov. Mary Fallin and other state leaders observe a PowerPoint presentation of revenue projections.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Until Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin’s office had not released records requested in the previous 11 months by members of the news media and other groups, according to her office’s catalog of Open Records Act requests.

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Politics and Government
8:41 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Access To Police Videos Prompts Open Records Clash

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt is now the sponsor of a Senate bill that will affect current open records law in Oklahoma.
Credit oksenate.gov

Public and media access to police footage from cameras worn by officers or in their patrol cars has led to a clash over Oklahoma's Open Records Act as police and prosecutors seek to limit what kinds of videos are publicly released.

Advocates for more government openness raised concerns after a bill in a House committee was amended to gut a law that allows the public to access government records.

Rep. Mike Christian, a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and the committee's chairman, acknowledged his amendment went too far and says he will work with prosecutors, police and the press on a compromise.

Meanwhile, freshman Democratic Rep. Claudia Griffith, who authored the original bill, said she would not bring it to her colleagues without a major rewrite.

"In no way will I let it be heard on the House floor in this way," said Griffith, D-Norman. Her original bill would have let police hold back videos from dashboard cameras and other records that might be used as evidence in criminal trials.

At issue now is how much access the media and public should have to police videos. In a letter to police chiefs across the state, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater urged departments not to outfit their officers with body-worn video cameras until the Open Records Act can be changed.

"My biggest concern is to protect law enforcement officers, victims, witnesses and the integrity of law enforcement investigations," Prater said. "There is a lot of privacy interests involved here."

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Open Records
9:35 am
Thu November 13, 2014

University Of Oklahoma To Release Parking Ticket Details After Lawsuit

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the school will now release university parking ticket records after a student filed a federal lawsuit seeking the information.

Journalism student Joey Stipek sued the university in 2013 after he was denied parking ticket records for a story in The Oklahoma Daily. The paper explained its rationale for joining the lawsuit in a Wednesday editorial:

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Oklahoma News
6:00 am
Sat November 8, 2014

OHP Dash Cam Footage Now Available To Public And Media

Dash cameras
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New legislation that took effect Nov. 1 requires audio and video recordings attached to law enforcement or law enforcement vehicles to be made available to the public for inspection and copying.

HB2676, by Rep. Ken Walker and Sen. David Holt, previously exempted the Department of Public Safety (DPS) from releasing any audio or video recordings.

All other law enforcement agencies were subject to the same policy that required the release of information when requested.

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Open Records
6:59 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Fallin Releases 31 Previously Withheld Documents

Gov. Mary Fallin has released 31 documents that her administration previously withheld involving her administration's decision to reject a state health insurance exchange under the federal health care law.

Fallin said in a statement that even though a judge ruled she could withhold certain emails, she decided to waive that right because she is "committed to transparency."

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Open Records Act
5:45 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Judge Rules Gov. Mary Fallin Can Withhold Documents From News Organizations

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An Oklahoma County judge has rejected a request to reconsider a ruling that says Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

Quinton Gentry, a clerk for District Judge Barbara Swinton, says the judge Thursday denied a reconsideration motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.

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Open Records
10:06 am
Tue July 29, 2014

City Must Pay Law Firm In Oklahoma Dash-Cam Case

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An Oklahoma judge has ruled the city of Claremore owes a law firm more than $41,000 in a public records case relating to dashboard camera video.

A state appeals court ruled in 2013 the videos are public records. The Oklahoma Supreme Court declined later that year to hear an appeal by Claremore officials. The state's highest court also ordered the city to pay attorney's fees as determined by a trial court.

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Government Transparency
4:35 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Judge Upholds Fallin's Right To Withhold Documents On Rejecting State Health Insurance

District Judge Barbara Swinton
Credit Oklahoma County Judges

 

An Oklahoma County judge has upheld Gov. Mary Fallin's legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

District Judge Barbara Swinton handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Oklahoma News
9:18 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oklahoma Judge To Hear Arguments In Fallin Records Case

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma County judge has scheduled a hearing in a lawsuit that challenges Gov. Mary Fallin's refusal to turn over some documents requested under the state's Open Records Act.

District Judge Barbara Swinton will hear arguments from attorneys in the case Thursday in a lawsuit filed last year by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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