Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another Open Government Pledge signer elected to Oklahoma House

Republican Todd Russ was elected to represent House District 55 in a special election on Tuesday.

Russ joins 11 other House members who have signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge.

The seven Republicans and five Democrats have pledged “to support legislation to strengthen the letter and the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws.”

They also 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.”

Signers are listed on the FOI Oklahoma Web site, where the pledge form is available for download.

FOI Oklahoma began the Open Government Pledge in spring 2008 as part of a national effort to spur public commitments to government transparency from candidates for president down to city council contests.

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
OSU School of Journalism

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