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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
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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

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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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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
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.
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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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