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City of Tulsa sued for lengthy delay in responding to Open Records Requests

Tulsa Firefighters Local 176 has filed a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa for failing to respond to FFs request for records for over 10 months.

The International Association of Firefighters, Local 176, out of Tulsa has sued the City of Tulsa for violation of the Oklahoma Open Records Act. The firefighters had attorney Steven Hickman request records for them in March of 2022. Allegedly the City promised numerous times to provide the records but never did. This led to the Firefighters filling a lawsuit in December 2022.

Newly elected Oklahoma Attorney General, Gentner Drummond, has said that enforcing open records and open meeting laws would be a priority of his agency. In what is quite unusual for an AG to do, he has weighed in on this lawsuit and voiced support for government transparency. We here at applaud Attorney General Drummond for his support of government transparency.

It is no surprise to us that the City of Tulsa is ignoring the law on Open Records. Tulsa has a history of being very secretive and not forthcoming with records. Too many governments in this state believe the laws

We will be watching to see how this case develops of the next few months. The Firefighters lawsuit is linked below and so is the City of Tulsa’s Answer.

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond

“The records of any governmental entity belongs to the people”

Firefighters Petition

Tulsa's Answer

OSCN Case Link

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