Open Records Act

The clear purpose of Oklahoma's Open Records Act is to ensure citizens can review government records to help them exercise their "inherent political power." But when it comes to the Oklahoma Legislature - not so much.

Three of the state's top four legislative leaders - Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and Senate Minority Leader John Sparks - all refused to disclose their weekly schedules and emails requested by The Associated Press.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin facing calls for an investigation of possible interference in an investigation of a Tulsa doctor who also happened to be a donor to former Texas Governor Rick Perry and a lawsuit on an open records request that has taken a year and a half.

The trio also discuss a study giving Oklahoma an "F" in transparency and the appointment of a new Labor Commissioner.

An Oklahoma newspaper and a nursing home reform group are suing Gov. Mary Fallin's office, claiming the governor is taking too long to respond to requests for documents under the state's Open Records Act.

the Oklahoma Observer newspaper and the advocacy group A Perfect Cause filed a lawsuit Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Both groups submitted formal requests for records to the governor's office in 2014 and have yet to receive copies of the documents they are seeking.

Despite claims of transparency and accountability, Oklahoma gets a failing grade in a new report focusing on state integrity. As Cary Aspinwall reports The Center for Public Integrity, Oklahoma is one of 11 states to receive a failing grade.

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

Headlines for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • A bill that some say would have gutted the state’s Open Records Act is getting pulled. (Journal Record)
     
  • An Oklahoma City school gets closer to naming a new mascot. (NewsOK)

  • Cold beer in liquor stores moves one step closer to reality. (Tulsa World)

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSUs Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a judges ruling that the Governor has some exemptions when it comes to the Open Records Act.

Conversation then moves to the primary elections already underway starting with the State Superintendent.

The trio then looks at the Senate race to fill Tom Coburn's seat and the Congressional race to fill the seat being vacated by James Lankford.