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Oklahoma legislator looks to broaden Open Records Act

Published: October 8, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator quizzed two court clerks over why public court records aren't readily available online during a hearing on Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

Norman Republican Rep. Aaron Stiles requested Tuesday's interim study to review how the act applies to certain court files. The hearing was before the House Judiciary Committee.

Stiles questioned Canadian County Court Clerk Marie Ramsey-Hirst and Oklahoma County deputy court clerk Mike Sullivan on their office's decision to withhold some court records from an online system. This forces some people to drive to a county courthouse and pay a fee for the documents.

Ramsey-Hirst says all documents are posted online unless a judge seals them. She said she has also used her own discretion to not post documents with social security numbers and bank accounts.