Woodward, Okla. —
And while Senat blasted legislators for keeping in place their exemption from open records and open meetings laws, he acknowledged that some of the legislation being considered this year is favorable toward openness in government.
Besides Murphey's bill to add an appeals process for a denial of records, Senat said he's encouraged about a bill that would prohibit judges from sealing records without specific constitutional or statutory authority to do so.
"That's been a common practice for a long time," Senat said. "It's a problem in this state and elsewhere.
"The Supreme Court has said it should be difficult to close off court records, but judges don't listen to that."