"Open Records Act & Freedom of Information Act" was first aired on Sunday April 25th 2010. Our Guest was Bryan Dean, Reporter, The Oklahoman.
Our topics included:
- Oklahoma's Freedom of Information Statutes and what they cover.
- Their purpose – why they are important –the policy behind having them.
- The Freedom of Information Organization.
- The Sunshine Week Activities and how it relates to the Freedom of Information Organization.
- Information flowing now about whether or not public employee's dates of birth should be made public, his position on that and why.
- How publicizing the date of birth of a public employee can advance the transparency of government.
- Are public employees not entitled to any privacy when they sign on with the government, do they waive the same rights as nongovernmental employees to maintain information in a confidential fashion.
- What he thinks about the Legislative exemption from the Freedom of Information Act and should the Legislature amend the law to allow their own proceedings and communications to be public.
- Subjecting text messages from lobbyists and emails to the Freedom of Information Act.
- His response to the argument that this will stifle the legislative process.
- Does he see that the interest in freedom of information is greater in Oklahoma than in other parts of the country or is it less or about the same.
- Are Oklahoman's minds more inquiring.
Bryan Dean, Mick Cornett, Kent Meyers