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Public Body meeting minutes are Open Records as soon as they are created, even if not yet approved.

We have heard public officials refuse to turn over meeting minutes of public bodies until the minutes are “approved” by the public body at its next meeting. This excuse is not supported by the Open Records Act or the Open Meeting Act. In fact former Attorney General, Drew Edmondson, was once quoted on this exact issue and stated this excuse is wrong.

The Oklahoman: Officials' education Excuses plentiful for violating law Edmondson says ignorance is a common claim.

Edmondson said officials often err in thinking they can withhold a draft of meeting minutes until it's approved by the public body. "It's a document, and once it's created, it's subject to the Open Records Act, Edmondson said.

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