Muskogee’s Drew Edmondson, the former Oklahoma attorney general who is running for governor, issued a call yesterday for the creation of a special office to ensure compliance with open government laws.
“Government belongs to the people,” Edmondson said. “The meetings we hold, the records we create — all of that belongs to the people. We should be working to guarantee that access. Instead, over the last seven years, we’ve seen an effort from the current administration to skirt the law and, in some cases, to outright stonewall the public. That has to stop.”
Edmondson has long been an advocate of open government, pioneering Oklahoma’s open records law. Governor Mary Fallin has long been criticized for dragging her feet on open records requests — sometimes up to two years.
“Good government dies in the dark,” Edmondson said. “Under the current administration, we have agencies with no real oversight, and no real opportunity for the general public to impact policy as it is being decided. Government leaders are employed by the taxpayers. We have a right to know what they’re doing.”