Saturday, March 31, 2012
Norman City Council candidate promises to uphold the letter, spirit of the state’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws.
A Cleveland County deputy sheriff has signed FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge in his bid for the Norman City Council Ward 8 seat.
The election is Tuesday.
By signing the Open Government Pledge, Steve Lucas promised, "I and the public bodies that I am elected to govern will comply with not only the letter but also the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws."
Lucas 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."
Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc. invites all candidates for local and statewide offices as well as legislative seats to sign the pledge. Instructions and lists of signers can be found on FOI Oklahoma’s website.
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.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications
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