Oklahoma judge sets hearing in Fallin records case

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 12, 2014

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.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of The Lost Ogle, a satirical news and entertainment website. The Lost Ogle joined with several news organizations, including The Associated Press, in a request for documents from Fallin’s office related to decisions to reject a state health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law.

Fallin’s office released thousands of pages of material but withheld 31 documents consisting of 100 pages, citing executive privilege.

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