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Open Meetings & Records Laws

July 26, 2008

Oklahoma Open Records Act


§ 24A.20. Records in litigation or

investigation file—Access

Access to records which, under the Oklahoma Open Records Act, would otherwise be available for public inspection and copying, shall not be denied because a public body or public official is using or has taken possession of such records for investigatory purposes or has placed the records in a litigation or investigation file. However, a law enforcement agency may deny access to a copy of such a record in an investigative file if the record or a true and complete copy thereof is available for public inspection and copying at another public body.

§ 24A.21. Increment district reports

—Exemption from copying fees

The fees that may be charged by a public body pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 3 of Section 24A.5 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall not be charged when a state agency or taxing entity located within the boundaries of any district created pursuant to the provisions of the Local Development Act [Section 850 et seq. of Title 62] request a copy of the reports required by subsections A and B of Section 18 of this act [Section 867 of Title 62].

§ 24A.22. Public Utilities

— Confidential books, records and trade secrets

A. The Corporation Commission shall keep confidential those records of a public utility, its affiliates, suppliers and customers which the Commission determines are confidential books, records, or trade secrets.

B. As used in this section, “public utility” means any entity regulated by the Corporation Commission, owning or operating for compensation in this state equipment or facilities for:

1. Producing, generating, transmitting, distributing, selling or furnishing electricity;

2. The conveyance, transmission, or reception of communication over a telephone system; or

3. Transmitting directly or indirectly or distributing combustible hydrocarbon natural or synthetic natural gas for sale to the public.

§ 24A.23. Department of Wildlife

A. The Department of Wildlife Conservation shall keep confidential the information provided by persons, including the name and address of the person applying for or holding any permit or license issued by the Department, to the extent the information individually identifies the person. The Department may use the information for Department purposes or allow the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to use the information for survey purposes only. The Department shall allow any public body to have access to the information for purposes specifically related to the public bodies function.

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