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At a glance: Oklahoma's Open Records Act

Oklahoma's Open Records Act, passed in 1985, allows people to review and get copies of most government records.
Modified: February 9, 2013 at 1:14 am •  Published: February 11, 2013
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• Information supplied to a government body that would comprise the bidding process for government contracts such as preliminary bid specifications and contents of sealed bids.

• Litigation and investigatory files of the attorney general and district and municipal attorneys.

• Individual student records, teachers' lesson plans and other education information required to be confidential.

Copying and search fees

Most government agencies can charge up to 25 cents per page for paper copies of records, although certified copies may cost more in some offices. Agencies may charge the actual cost of copying electronic files to a blank disk or CD. A search fee can only be charged if the records are being requested for a purely commercial purpose or if the request would clearly cause excessive disruption of the essential functions of the public body. A search fee cannot be charged when the release is in the public interest, including to those seeking to determine if public officials are performing their duties honestly, faithfully and competently.

BRYAN DEAN,

STAFF WRITER


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