NORMAN — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been criticized for failing to release emails and other information sought by press outlets who believe it was covered under the state’s Open Records Act.
Now, Fallin is coming down on the side of keeping the Open Records Act strong. She vetoed Senate Bill 1577, which would have given state colleges and universities additional exemptions on responding to requests under the act.
“The expansion of exceptions to the Open Records Act serves only to limit public access to information,” the governor said in her veto message.
We agree that exceptions tend to water down the act, which has served the public and the press for decades.
The items that the schools were trying to close included proprietary items such as business plans and trade secrets, marketing plans and other information.
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