FOI Oklahoma

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FOI Oklahoma is an advocate for open records and meetings in Oklahoma.

Mission

"When individuals or organizations in Oklahoma believe that their access rights are threatened, they turn to FOI Oklahoma for help. We contact those who are limiting freedom of access to encourage them to comply with the laws. We also conduct workshops for educators, students, government officials, attorneys and the general public. Our Web site provides a number of resources, including a model letter for records requests and primers on Oklahoma's open meeting and records laws. Our services and resources are made possible by paid memberships and donations."

Research

Awards

Marian Opala First Amendment Award: Named in honor of the late Marian P. Opala, the former Polish freedom fighter who served 32 years on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The award recognizes individuals who have promoted education about or protection of the individual rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Ben Blackstock Award: Named for the retired head of the Oklahoma Press Association and is presented to a non-governmental person or organization that has shown a commitment to freedom of information.

Black Hole Award: Presented to an individual, agency or organization that has done the most to thwart the free flow of information.

Sunshine Award: Presented to a public official or governmental body that has shown a commitment to transparency.

Membership

FOI Oklahoma Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Membership Application

Annual dues:

  • $30 - Individual dues
  • $50 - Supporting individual member
  • $15 - Student (high school or college)
  • $150 - Academic/public/government organizations
  • $250 - Non-profits (e.g., professional associations and non-commercial media)
  • $500 - For-profits (e.g., companies and commercial media)

Additional contributions, along with dues, are used to present open government seminars across the state, help offset the costs of open government lawsuits, and sponsor First Amendment workshops for teachers, along with other related activities.

Contact information

Kay Bickham
(405) 341-3169
kaybickham@sbcglobal.net

Joey Senat, Ph.D.
(405) 744-8277
joey.senat@okstate.edu

External links

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