Friday, December 7, 2012
Gov. Fallin's office says up to 2 months to respond to request for emails regarding health insurance exchange
Gov. Mary Fallin's spokesman said it will take as long as two month to compile emails that could shed light on why she refused to create a state health insurance exchange, The Oklahoman reported today.
Fallin will decide which emails she will keep from the public under a claim of executive privilege, Alex Weintz told the newspaper in a meeting Thursday.
He estimated that compiling the "hundreds of thousands” of emails covering six months will take 100-plus man-hours.
"This is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process, and right now we're processing the request and we haven't denied any documents," Weintz said.
Fallin's legal advisers will review the emails individually, but Fallin will decide which records will be considered privileged, Weintz said.
FOI Oklahoma and others have criticized Fallin's unprecedented claims of executive branch privileges in response to various records requests since the spring.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Media & Strategic Communications
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