All 3 AG candidates say government workers' birth dates should be public; 2 support keeping autopsy records open
All three announced candidates for state attorney general say the birth dates of government employees should be a matter of public record, The Norman Transcript noted in an editorial today.
Republican candidates Ryan Leonard and Scott Pruitt also said they support keeping autopsy records open. Democratic candidate Jim Priest took a neutral stance, saying he needs to study the issue.
Priest and Leonard have signed FOI Oklahoma Inc.'s Open Government Pledge. In doing so, each promised “to support at every opportunity the public policy of the State of Oklahoma that the people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government so that they can efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power.”
Edmondson said public bodies must decide each case individually and may not enact policies blocking access to all employee dates of birth. (2009 OK AG 33)
The judge also allowed The Oklahoman to intervene as a defendant and FOI Oklahoma, Tulsa World, KWTV, KOTV, the Oklahoma Press Association and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to file briefs in support of the public's right to the information.
Dixon also granted requests by the Oklahoma State Troopers Association and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to join with the Oklahoma Public Employees Association in seeking the order against the state Office of Personnel Management.
(CJ-2010-2623, Oklahoma Public Employees Association v. Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management)
The next scheduled court date is Friday.