Okla. governor vetoes Open Records bill, signs 21

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would create a new exception to the Oklahoma's Open Records Act for the state's colleges and universities.

Fallin vetoed the measure Wednesday but signed 21 others dealing with a wide range of subjects, from bail bondsmen to foster care and candidates for election.

Fallin's veto message says the Open Records Act measure would have limited public access to various records containing proprietary information maintained by institutions that are part of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education.

But Fallin says current law already protects the information and says no public agency is required to produce records if disclosure would give an unfair advantage to competitors.

Fallin says that makes expansion of exceptions to the act unnecessary.

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