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December 15, 2012

Fallin should be transparent

Gov. Mary Fallin  overstepped her office when she unilaterally created the “executive privilege” to hide information from the public.

Fallin claims she has the right to withhold certain documents from the media because the United States Supreme Court has recognized that privilege for the president.

We should not have to remind Fallin that she is not the president.

The Oklahoma Open Records Act does not grant her that privilege, nor should it.

Government of, for, and by the people needs to be as transparent as possible.

Fallin can’t grab the privilege. She can’t hold onto the privilege by saying if it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for me. And she can’t hide behind her complete disregard of the Open Records Act for years while a potential legal challenge plays out in court.

Fallin must change her attitude today.

She must follow the Open Records Act to the letter of the law.

Fallin can’t pick and choose by which laws she will abide. Her constituents can’t claim they disagree with a law and therefore should be able ignore it.

If she continues down this path, where will she stop?

This is a bad idea, Gov. Fallin.

Knock it off.

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