Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Open Meetings & Records Laws

July 26, 2008

Oklahoma Open Records Act

(Continued)





§ 24A.14. Personal communications relating to exercise

of constitutional rights—Confidentiality

Except for the fact that a communication has been received and that it is or is not a complaint, a public official may keep confidential personal communications received by the public official from a person exercising rights secured by the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma or the Constitution of the United States. The public official’s written response to this personal communication may be kept confidential only to the extent necessary to protect the identity of the person exercising the right.



§ 24A.15. Crop and livestock reports

—Public warehouse financial statements

—Confidentiality

A. The Division of Agricultural Statistics, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, also known as the Oklahoma Crop and Livestock Reporting Service, may keep confidential crop and livestock reports provided by farmers, ranchers, and agri-businesses to the extent the reports individually identify the providers.

B. The State Board of Agriculture is authorized to provide for the confidentiality of any financial statement filed pursuant to Section 9-22 of Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Copies of such financial statements may only be obtained upon written request to the Commissioner of Agriculture.

Upon good cause shown, and at the discretion of the Commissioner of Agriculture, such financial statements may be released.



§ 24A.16. Educational records and materials

—Confidentiality

A. Except as set forth in subsection B of this section, public educational institutions and their employees may keep confidential:

1. Individual student records;

2. Teacher lesson plans, tests and other teaching material; and

3. Personal communications concerning individual students.

B. If kept, statistical information not identified with a particular student and directory information shall be open for inspection and copying. “Directory information” includes a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. Any educational agency or institution making public directory information shall give public notice of the categories of information which it has designated as directory information with respect to each student attending the institution or agency and shall allow a reasonable period of time after the notice has been given for a parent to inform the institution or agency that any or all of the information designated should not be released without prior consent of the parent or guardian or the student if the student is eighteen (18) years of age or older.

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