Openness laws play critical role in bringing investigations of crime and government to light in Oklahoma

relies on open government records and meetings to provide a variety of stories to its readers every day. March 13-19 is Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote open government.

BY BRYAN DEAN Published: March 15, 2011
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Political candidates with criminal backgrounds and financial problems; accusations of incompetence, laziness and fraud at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation; and ongoing coverage of a pharmacist accused of killing a teenager during an attempted armed robbery were among the stories readers of The Oklahoman never would have seen without laws requiring government meetings and documents be open to the public.
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