Sunday, July 8, 2012
Hinton chamber president signs FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge
The Hinton Chamber of Commerce president has pledged to "support legislation to strengthen the letter and the spirit" of Oklahoma's open government laws if elected to the House District 60 seat.
In signing FOI Oklahoma's Open Government Pledge, Kendra Menz-Kimble, a Democrat, also endorsed "the purpose of Oklahoma’s Open Meeting and Open Records laws to ensure and facilitate the public's understanding of governmental processes and problems."
The general election is Nov. 6.
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.
In signing the pledge, candidates promise "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."
Candidates for local and statewide offices also pledge that they and the public bodies they are "elected to govern will comply with not only the letter but also the spirit of Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records laws."
Instructions for signing the pledge and lists of signers are on the FOI Oklahoma website.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the commentators and do not necessarily represent the position of FOI Oklahoma Inc., its staff, or its board of directors. Differing interpretations of open government law and policy are welcome.