This week is National Sunshine Week. I am a huge fan of the Open Records and Open Meetings Acts. As citizens of the United States, of the State of Oklahoma, of our local counties and our local municipalities, we have a right to know what our governments are doing and how they are spending tax dollars and operating business.
This past Saturday FOI Oklahoma issued their Awards for 2010. Click on the link to see all the award winners, but two I wish to name here are Rep. Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) who received the Sunshine Award for his sponsorship and support of bills to increase transparency in government; and, Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore) who received the Black Hole Award for working to keep government workers’ birth dates private.
There have been real problems here in my own little town with our current Mayor not releasing public documents. FOI Oklahoma offers candidates the opportunity to sign an Open Government Pledge. This week the Minco Millennium newspaper encouraged all candidates running for Mayor and City Council to sign the pledge and she will publish before the April 5th Election who did and/or did not sign the pledge.