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Title 51. Officers

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§51-1.Beginning of term - Time of qualifying. Except when otherwise specially provided, the regular term of all officers elected under the laws of the state, when elected to a full term, shall commence on the second Monday of January next succeeding their election, and any officer so elected shall qualify and enter upon the duties of his office on said date or within ten (10) days thereafter; but if the office to which any person is elected be vacant at the time of his election or becomes vacant before his time for qualifying, even if he were not elected to fill the vacancy, he shall forthwith qualify and enter upon the duties of his office. R.L. 1910, § 4269.§51-2.Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 408, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004. §51-3.Repealed by Laws 1945, p. 154, § 2. §51-3.1.Failure to qualify - Filling vacancy - Temporary appointment in case of military service. When any person elected to a public office has died or failed to qualify and enter upon the duties of such office for any reason or cause at the time and in the manner provided by law, and for six (6) months or more thereafter has not qualified and entered upon the duties of said office, such public office shall be deemed vacant and shall be filled by the officer or board authorized to fill such vacancy, provided, however, that any appointment made under the provisions of this section to fill an office of any person who has failed to qualify on account of military service shall be only for the period of enforced absence of said person, or until said person qualifies for said office.The person holding over in such office shall surrender the same to the person so appointed upon his qualifying for said office as provided by law.The provisions of this act shall be retroactive as well as prospective in its operation. Added by Laws 1945, p. 154, § 1.§51-4.Re-election bond not approved until satisfactory accounting. When the incumbent of any office is re-elected he shall qualify as above required; but his bond shall not be approved until he has produced or fully accounted for all public funds and property in his control under color of his office during the expiring term, to the person or authority to whom he should account, and the fact and date of such satisfactory exhibit shall be endorsed upon the new bond before its approval. R.L. 1910, § 4272.§51-5.Rights of parties in contest. If there be a contest over the election, between a person holding an office, who was voted for at the polls for election, and some other competitor for the same office, the one shown by the election returns to have been elected, shall, after qualifying and giving bond as required by law, and on demand, be entitled to the possession of the office, and perform the duties pending the determination of the contest.When the contest is determined, the successful party shall, on qualifying and giving bond, and on demand, be entitled to the office.The salary shall, after the contest is determined, be paid to the rightful claimant of the office, and if paid in fees, the incumbent, if defeated in the contest, shall be liable therefor on his official bond to the rightful claimant.When the contest is determined adversely to the occupant of the office, or if the former officer was not voted for for re-election, or does not contest the election, then he shall at once, at the expiration of his term, and on demand, surrender the office to the successor elected, when he has qualified and given bond as required by law, and on his failure so to surrender the office he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty (30) days, nor more than six (6) months, and shall be liable to a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00), and each and every week the officer so holds over shall be deemed a separate offense. R.L. 1910, § 4273.§51-6.Officers and deputies not to hold other offices - Exemptions. A.Except as may be otherwise provided, no person holding an office under the laws of the state and no deputy of any officer so holding any office shall, during the person's term of office, hold any other office or be the deputy of any officer holding any office, under the laws of the state.The provisions of this section shall not apply to: 1.Notaries public; 2.Members of the State Textbook Committee; 3.County free fair board members; 4.Municipal and county law enforcement officers serving in positions as law enforcement officers of both such governmental entities upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by resolutions adopted by the board of county commissioners and governing body of the municipality employing such officers; 5.Any person holding a county or municipal office or position, or membership on any public trust authority, who is a member of a board or commission that relates to federal, state, county or municipal government and is created by the United States Government, the State of Oklahoma or a political subdivision of the state, except where the duties of the offices or positions conflict; 6.Any elected municipal officers and school board members who are appointed to a state board, commission, or similar entity if there is no compensation for such services other than reimbursement for necessary travel expenses pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act; 7.Any trustee of a public trust, who is appointed as a trustee of a different public trust or any trustee of the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority who may also be employed by the Department of Transportation; 8.Law enforcement officers employed by municipal or county law enforcement departments or agencies, other than those law enforcement officers elected or appointed as sheriff, chief of police or some similar position in which they are the head of a county or municipal law enforcement agency, who are elected to local boards of education; provided, the provisions of this paragraph shall not prohibit any law enforcement officer employed by a municipality having a population of ten thousand (10,000) or fewer people from serving as a member of a local board of education; 9.Any member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety who is elected to a local board of education; 10.Any District Supervisor, Assistant District Supervisor, Team Supervisor, Parole Officer 1 or Parole Officer 2 of the Department of Corrections who is elected or appointed to a city council; 11.Any trustee or director of a rural electric cooperative, or port authority who is appointed or elected to a state, county or municipal board, commission or similar entity; 12.County employees who are elected as members of town or city councils; 13.Municipal, county, state or tribal law enforcement or peace officers operating under cross-deputization agreements with an Indian tribe or branch of the federal government; 14.Municipal or county law enforcement or peace officers serving in positions as campus police officers or campus public safety officers pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Campus Security Act, upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by resolution adopted by the governing body of the municipality or county and the governing board of the institution of higher education; 15.State law enforcement or peace officers serving in positions as campus police officers or campus public safety officers pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Campus Security Act, upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by written agreement between the Commissioner of Public Safety and the governing board of the institution of higher education; 16.Municipal and county law enforcement officers serving in positions as part-time rangers under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; 17.The Administrator of a Scenic Rivers Commission serving in the position of a park ranger under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; 18.Members of the University Hospitals Authority; 19.Any person holding a state office or position who is a reserve force deputy sheriff or a reserve municipal police officer; 20.Any person holding a state office or position who serves as a special assistant district attorney without compensation; 21.Any elected or appointed member of a local school board who is a member of a municipal planning commission; 22.Any elected or appointed member of a local school board who is a member or an officer of a volunteer fire department; 23.Directors or officers of a rural water district and chiefs of municipal fire departments or rural fire districts who are appointed or elected to an unsalaried office in a state, county, municipal, school, or technology center school board, commission, or similar entity, except where the duties of the office would create a conflict of interest; 24.Any person who is a dispatcher or confinement officer at a municipal or county jail who is a noncompensated reserve municipal police officer or a reserve deputy sheriff; 25.Any person who is an assistant district attorney serving as a municipal judge or prosecutor; 26.Any park ranger under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department who is elected or appointed to a local board of education or to a municipal board, commission or similar entity; 27.Members of the Oklahoma State University Medical Center Authority or the Oklahoma State University Medical Trust; and 28.Any member of the state Legislature or any state officer who serves on the board of trustees of the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The provisions of this section shall not prohibit any person holding an office under the laws of the state or any deputy of any officer so holding any office from serving upon the board of Oklahoma Futures or upon the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.The provisions of this section shall not prohibit a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology from serving upon the board of Oklahoma Futures. B.Any salaries, emoluments or benefits that would otherwise be paid by the agency or political subdivision to a loaned employee or officer shall instead be paid to the regular employer of such employee.The loaned employee shall in turn be paid regular salary and benefits the same as if continuing regular employment with the permanent employer. R.L. 1910, § 4274.Amended by Laws 1929, c. 255, p. 363, § 1; Laws 1939, p. 22, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1939; Laws 1981, c. 47, § 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 54, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 222, § 116, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1987, c. 236, § 128, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 357, § 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 230, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 202, § 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 298, § 9, operative July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 43, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1992, c. 373, § 11, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 331, § 3, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, § 18, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 127, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 24, § 5, emerg. eff. April 3, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 317, § 1, emerg. eff. May 29, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 184, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 162, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, § 39, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 414, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 389, § 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 387, § 4, emerg. eff. June 4, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 51, § 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 2004; Laws 2007, c. 170, § 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 2007; Laws 2009, c. 453, § 4. NOTE:Laws 1992, c. 2, § 2 repealed by Laws 1992, c. 373, § 22, eff. July 1, 1992.Laws 1993, c. 330, § 22 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, § 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994.Laws 2001, c. 19, § 1 repealed by Laws 2001, c. 414, § 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.§51-6.1.Repealed by Laws 1996, c. 5, § 6, eff. April 1, 1996. §51-7.Place of office. It shall be unlawful for any officer elected or appointed under the laws of the state to keep the books, papers, records, or other public property used in his office, at any place other than that in which he is required by law to keep said office. R.L. 1910, § 4275.§51-8.Office vacant, when. Every office shall become vacant on the happening of any one of the following events before the expiration of the term of such office: First.The death of the incumbent or his resignation. Second.His removal from office or failure to qualify as required by law. Third.Whenever any final judgment shall be obtained against him for a breach of his official bond. Fourth.Ceasing to be a resident of the state, county, township, city or town, or of any district thereof, in which the duties of his office are to be exercised or for which he may have been elected or appointed. Fifth.Conviction in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction of any felony or any offense involving a violation of his official oath; provided, that no conviction, as a cause of vacation of office, shall be deemed complete so long as an appeal may be pending, or until final judgment is rendered thereon. Sixth.Upon entering of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction for any felony or any offense involving a violation of his official oath. The fact by reason whereof the vacancy arises shall be determined by the authority authorized to fill such vacancy. R.L. 1910, § 4276.Amended by Laws 1941, p. 211, § 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1941; Laws 1957, p. 450, § 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1957; Laws 1981, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 1, § 1, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981.§51-9.Resignations. Resignations may be made as follows: 1.Of state officers, officers of districts of the state, and county commissioners, to the Governor. 2.Of members of the Legislature, to the presiding officers of their branches respectively, when in session, and when not in session, to the Governor; and when made to the presiding officer he shall at once notify the Governor thereof. 3.Of the officers of the Legislature, to the respective branches thereof. 4.Of elective county officers, by filing or depositing such resignation in writing in the office of the county clerk, except that of county clerk, which shall be filed or deposited with the board of county commissioners, which resignations, unless a different time is fixed therein, shall take effect upon such filing or deposit. 5.Of officers of districts of the county and officers of municipal townships, to the board of county commissioners. 6.Of officers holding their offices by appointment, to the body, board, court or officer that appointed them. R.L. 1910, § 4277.§51-10.Vacancies - Appointments - Special elections. A.All vacancies in state offices, except in offices of the members of the Legislature, members of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma in the Congress of the United States of America and members of the Senate of the United States of America, shall be filled by appointment by the Governor.When a vacancy occurs in the office of district judge, associate district judge, or judge of any intermediate appellate court, the Governor shall, in filling such vacancy, utilize the services of the Judicial Nominating Commission in the manner as provided for in the filling of judicial offices under Section 4, Article 7B of the Oklahoma Constitution. B.All vacancies in county offices except the board of county commissioners or except for any elective county office of any county in the State of Oklahoma having a population of more than six hundred thousand (600,000), according to the latest Federal Decennial Census shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners.If such an appointment is made prior to the prescribed filing period for county officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 131 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the county commissioners shall, at the time said appointment is made, proclaim a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term, providing the balance of the term does not expire in the year following the next succeeding general election.In making the proclamation, the county commissioners shall establish the dates for the filing period, primary election, runoff primary election and general election to be the same as the next succeeding filing period, primary election, runoff primary election and general election for county officers.The appointee shall be eligible to become a candidate at said special election, providing said appointee is otherwise qualified.The office to be filled shall be printed on the same ballot as other county offices. R.L. 1910, § 4278.Amended by Laws 1933, c. 166, p. 383, § 1, emerg. eff. April 26, 1933; Laws 1965, c. 116, § 1, emerg. eff. May 24, 1965; Laws 1968, c. 49, § 1, emerg. eff. March 18, 1968; Laws 1971, c. 107, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1971; Laws 1978, c. 20, § 1, emerg. eff. March 8, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 272, § 28, eff. July 1, 1980; Laws 1985, c. 178, § 22, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 316, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 2000, c. 167, § 1, eff. April 1, 2001.§51-11.Vacancy within thirty days of election. If a vacancy occurs within thirty (30) days previous to an election day at which it may be filled, no appointment shall be made unless it be necessary to carry out said election and the canvass of the same according to law; in that case an appointment may be made at any time previous to said election to hold until after said election or until his successor is elected and qualified. R.L. 1910, § 4279.§51-12.Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 116, § 4, eff. May 24, 1965. §51-12.1.Deceased officer's spouse - Eligibility for appointment. If any officer of the state, district, county, city, town or other governmental subdivision of this state shall die while in office, and shall leave a surviving spouse, the said surviving spouse shall be eligible (if otherwise qualified) to be appointed to and to hold said office during the term for which the said officer was elected or appointed, regardless of the degree of relationship by either affinity or consanguinity to the appointing officer or to any member of the appointing board, commission, or other appointing authority, and it shall not be unlawful for any officer, board, commission, appointing authority, or member thereof to appoint or vote for the appointment of said surviving spouse to said office during said term, regardless of any such relationship. Added by Laws 1953, p. 218, § 1.Amended by Laws 1975, c. 268, § 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1975.§51-13.How appointments made. Appointments under the provisions of this chapter shall be made in writing and filed with the Secretary of State or with the proper county officer. R.L. 1910, § 4280.§51-14.Appointees to qualify. Persons appointed to offices as herein provided, shall qualify in the same manner as is required of those elected, the time of which shall be prescribed in their appointments. R.L. 1910, § 4281.§51-15.Term of appointed officer. Every appointed officer shall hold his office until the end of the term for which the officer whom he succeeds was elected or appointed, and until his successor is elected and qualified. R.L. 1910, § 4282.§51-16.Special officers to be voters - Tribal peace officers excepted. No officer authorized by law to appoint special deputies, marshals or policemen, to preserve the public peace and prevent or quell disturbances, shall appoint as any such special deputy marshal or policeman any person who shall not be a qualified voter in the county where such appointment is made.Provided, however, this restriction shall not apply to any tribal peace officer appointed or cross-deputized to assist and serve in multiple jurisdictions. R.L. 1910, § 4283.Amended by Laws 1991, c. 202, § 2, emerg. eff. May 17, 1991.§51-17.Private persons cannot deputize officers. No private person or corporation shall call bodies of men to enforce any of their orders, but must in all cases call upon civil authorities for protection, which shall be furnished. R.L. 1910, § 4284.§51-18.Violating Sections 16 and 17 - Penalty. Any officer violating any of the provisions of the two preceding sections, upon conviction, shall be imprisoned for any period not more than one (1) year, and fined in any sum not exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). R.L. 1910, § 4285.§51-19.Successor to receive records, etc. Upon the death, resignation, suspension or removal from office of any officer, or upon the expiration of his term, all public monies, books, records, accounts, papers, documents and property of other kind in his hands or held by him by virtue of his office, shall be delivered to his successor. R.L. 1910, § 4286.§51-20.Books turned over to successor before salary paid. No officer who receives, for the use of his office, the statutes, state reports, digests or other books, shall be entitled to receive a warrant for the payment of his salary for the last month of his term of service until he shall have filed with the person issuing such warrant a receipt from his successor in office, showing all of such books to be in said office. R.L. 1910, § 4287.§51-21.Oaths, officers authorized to administer. The following officers are authorized to administer oaths: 1.Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals. 2.The Clerk of the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals. 3.Judges and clerks of the district, superior and county courts, and other courts of record within their respective districts or counties. 4.County clerks and their deputies, and county commissioners, within their respective counties. 5.Justices of the peace and notaries public within their respective counties. 6.Sheriffs and their deputies in cases where they are authorized by law to select commissioners or appraisers, or to impanel juries for the view or appraisement of property, or are directed as an official duty to have property appraised, or to take the answers of garnishees, or are authorized to take delivery bonds. 7.Such other officers as are authorized by law in special cases. 8.Clerks of boards of education, city auditor, city and town clerks. 9.Court clerks, deputy clerks, or violations bureau clerks as shall be appointed by judges of courts not of record. R.L. 1910, § 4288.Amended by Laws 1963, c. 343, § 1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1963; Laws 1967, c. 156, § 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1967.§51-22.Violations are misdemeanors. Any officer violating any of the provisions of this chapter, except as herein otherwise provided, is guilty of a misdemeanor. R.L. 1910, § 4289.§51-23.Official bonds - Sureties for part of amount - Actions and judgments - Contribution. When the penal sum of any bond required to be given for the faithful performance of the duties of any state, county or municipal officer of the appointee or employee of such officer amounts to more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) the sureties may become severally liable for portions of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) thereof, making in the aggregate at least two sureties for the whole penal sum.And if any such bond becomes forfeited, an action may be brought thereon against all or any number of the obligors, and judgment entered against them, either jointly or severally, as they may be liable.The judgment must not be entered against a surety severally bound for a greater sum than that for which he is specially liable by the terms of the bond.Each surety is liable to contribution to his co-sureties in proportion to the amount for which he is liable by the terms of the bond. Added by Laws 1915, c. 259, § 1, emerg. eff. March 31, 1915.§51-24.Repealed by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. §51-24.1.Suspension or forfeiture of office or employment upon conviction of felony - Vacancy - Salary and benefits - Governor notified in writing. A.Any elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who, during the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, is, or has been, found guilty by a trial court of a felony in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction shall be automatically suspended from the office or employment. B.The Governor shall appoint an interim successor to serve during the period of suspension of any county commissioner or any state officer other than a member of the State Legislature. C.A vacancy created by the suspension of a member of the State Legislature shall be filled as provided in Section 20 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution. D.A vacancy created by the suspension of a county officer other than a county commissioner shall be filled as provided by Section 10 of this title. E.In the event any elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who, during the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or any offense involving a violation of his or her official oath in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction, he or she shall, immediately upon the entry of the plea, forfeit the office or employment. F.Any such officer or employee upon final conviction of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction shall vacate such office or employment and if such felony is for bribery, corruption, forgery or perjury or any other crime related to the duties of his or her office or employment, or related to campaign contributions or campaign financing for that or any other office, shall forfeit all benefits of the office or employment, including, but not limited to, retirement benefits provided by law, however, the forfeiture of retirement benefits shall not occur if any such officer or employee received a deferred sentence, but retirement benefits shall not commence prior to completion of the deferred sentence.The forfeiture of retirement benefits required by this subsection shall not include such officer's or employee's contributions to the retirement system or retirement benefits that are vested on the effective date of this act. G.The forfeiture of retirement benefits as provided by subsection F of this section shall also apply to any such officer or employee who, after leaving the office or employment, is convicted of, or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction, a felony committed while in such office or employment, where the felony is for bribery, corruption, forgery or perjury or any other crime related to the duties of his or her office or employment, or related to campaign contributions or campaign financing for that or any other office. H.Any claims for payment of salary or wages, or any claims for payment of any other benefits, to any such officer or employee suspended from or forfeiting his or her office or employment shall be rejected by the proper authority. I.Such suspension or forfeiture shall continue until such time as the conviction or guilty plea is reversed by the highest appellate court to which the officer or employee may appeal. J.The attorney responsible for prosecuting such elected or appointed state or county officers or employees shall notify the retirement system in which such officer or employee is enrolled of the forfeiture of such officer's or employee's retirement benefits.Upon receipt of the notice of forfeiture, the retirement system shall immediately suspend all benefits of the officer or employee, and notify the officer or employee of his or her right to a hearing to review whether the conviction or plea qualifies for forfeiture of benefits under this section.If the conviction or plea occurs in federal court or the notice of forfeiture is not forthcoming from the State prosecutor, the retirement system may investigate and gather court documents and contact prosecutors to determine whether the conviction or plea qualifies under this section.Upon obtaining sufficient documentation of the conviction or plea, the retirement system shall immediately suspend all benefits of the officer or employee, and notify the officer or employee of his or her right to a hearing to review whether the conviction or plea qualifies for forfeiture of benefits under this section. K.Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of a county commissioner, the district attorney of the county where such county commissioner served shall notify the Governor, in writing, of the suspension, the date of conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the felony committed. L.Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of an elected or appointed state officer, the attorney responsible for prosecuting such state officer, shall notify the Governor in writing of the suspension, the date of conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the felony committed. Added by Laws 1965, c. 345, § 1, emerg. eff. June 28, 1965.Amended by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 3, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981; Laws 1987, c. 30, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1998, c. 419, § 8, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2009, c. 77, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.§51-24.2.Repealed by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 8, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981. §51-24.3.Sale of real or personal property to state or political subdivision by certain persons prohibited. No person, firm or corporation who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony involving fraud, bribery, corruption or sales to the state or to any of its political subdivisions may make sale of real or personal property to the state or any political subdivision thereof. Added by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 2, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981.§51-24.4.Directives interpreting county purchasing procedure to be issued. Prior to November 1, 1981, the State Auditor and Inspector shall issue written directives to all county clerks specifying the State Auditor and Inspector's interpretation of county purchasing procedures contained in the Oklahoma Statutes.These directives shall be updated at such times as the State Auditor and Inspector deems necessary.Such directives shall be advisory only. Added by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 6, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981.§51-24A.1.Short title. Section 24A.1 et seq. of this title shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Open Records Act". Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.Amended by Laws 1988, c. 68, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1996, c. 247, § 41, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 2, § 10, emerg. eff. Feb. 26, 1997.NOTE:Laws 1996, c. 209, § 1 repealed by Laws 1997, c. 2, § 26, emerg. eff. Feb. 26, 1997.§51-24A.2.Public policy - Purpose of act. As the Oklahoma Constitution recognizes and guarantees, all political power is inherent in the people.Thus, it is the public policy of the State of Oklahoma that the people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government. The Oklahoma Open Records Act shall not create, directly or indirectly, any rights of privacy or any remedies for violation of any rights of privacy; nor shall the Oklahoma Open Records Act, except as specifically set forth in the Oklahoma Open Records Act, establish any procedures for protecting any person from release of information contained in public records.The purpose of this act is to ensure and facilitate the public's right of access to and review of government records so they may efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power.The privacy interests of individuals are adequately protected in the specific exceptions to the Oklahoma Open Records Act or in the statutes which authorize, create or require the records.Except where specific state or federal statutes create a confidential privilege, persons who submit information to public bodies have no right to keep this information from public access nor reasonable expectation that this information will be kept from public access; provided, the person, agency or political subdivision shall at all times bear the burden of establishing such records are protected by such a confidential privilege. Except as may be required by other statutes, public bodies do not need to follow any procedures for providing access to public records except those specifically required by the Oklahoma Open Records Act. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.Amended by Laws 1988, c. 187, § 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988.§51-24A.3.Definitions. As used in this act: 1."Record" means all documents, including, but not limited to, any book, paper, photograph, microfilm, data files created by or used with computer software, computer tape, disk, record, sound recording, film recording, video record or other material regardless of physical form or characteristic, created by, received by, under the authority of, or coming into the custody, control or possession of public officials, public bodies, or their representatives in connection with the transaction of public business, the expenditure of public funds or the administering of public property."Record" does not mean: a.computer software, b.nongovernment personal effects, c.unless public disclosure is required by other laws or regulations, vehicle movement records of the Oklahoma Transportation Authority obtained in connection with the Authority's electronic toll collection system, d.personal financial information, credit reports or other financial data obtained by or submitted to a public body for the purpose of evaluating credit worthiness, obtaining a license, permit, or for the purpose of becoming qualified to contract with a public body, e.any digital audio/video recordings of the toll collection and safeguarding activities of the Oklahoma Transportation Authority, f.any personal information provided by a guest at any facility owned or operated by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department or the Board of Trustees of the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and Nature Park to obtain any service at the facility or by a purchaser of a product sold by or through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department or the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and Nature Park, g.a Department of Defense Form 214 (DD Form 214) filed with a county clerk, including any DD Form 214 filed before the effective date of this act, or h.except as provided for in Section 2-110 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, (1)any record in connection with a Motor Vehicle Report issued by the Department of Public Safety, as prescribed in Section 6-117 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, (2)personal information within driver records, as defined by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, 18 United States Code, Sections 2721 through 2725, which are stored and maintained by the Department of Public Safety, or (3)audio or video recordings of the Department of Public Safety; 2."Public body" shall include, but not be limited to, any office, department, board, bureau, commission, agency, trusteeship, authority, council, committee, trust or any entity created by a trust, county, city, village, town, township, district, school district, fair board, court, executive office, advisory group, task force, study group, or any subdivision thereof, supported in whole or in part by public funds or entrusted with the expenditure of public funds or administering or operating public property, and all committees, or subcommittees thereof.Except for the records required by Section 24A.4 of this title, "public body" does not mean judges, justices, the Council on Judicial Complaints, the Legislature, or legislators; 3."Public office" means the physical location where public bodies conduct business or keep records; 4."Public official" means any official or employee of any public body as defined herein; and 5."Law enforcement agency" means any public body charged with enforcing state or local criminal laws and initiating criminal prosecutions, including, but not limited to, police departments, county sheriffs, the Department of Public Safety, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.Amended by Laws 1987, c. 222, § 117, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 3, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 39, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1996, c. 209, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1998, c. 315, § 4, emerg. eff. May 28, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 368, § 11, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2001, c. 355, § 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 478, § 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, § 42, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 328, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 199, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2005. NOTE:Laws 2002, c. 293, § 3 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 3, § 43, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003.§51-24A.4.Record of receipts and expenditures. In addition to other records which are kept or maintained, every public body and public official has a specific duty to keep and maintain complete records of the receipt and expenditure of any public funds reflecting all financial and business transactions relating thereto, except that such records may be disposed of as provided by law. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.§51-24A.5.Inspection, copying and/or mechanical reproduction of records - Exemptions. All records of public bodies and public officials shall be open to any person for inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction during regular business hours; provided: 1.The Oklahoma Open Records Act, Sections 24A.1 through 24A.28 of this title, does not apply to records specifically required by law to be kept confidential including: a.records protected by a state evidentiary privilege such as the attorney-client privilege, the work product immunity from discovery and the identity of informer privileges, b.records of what transpired during meetings of a public body lawfully closed to the public such as executive sessions authorized under the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, Section 301 et seq. of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, c.personal information within driver records as defined by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, 18 United States Code, Sections 2721 through 2725, or d.information in the files of the Board of Medicolegal Investigations obtained pursuant to Sections 940 and 941 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes that may be hearsay, preliminary unsubstantiated investigation-related findings, or confidential medical information. 2.Any reasonably segregable portion of a record containing exempt material shall be provided after deletion of the exempt portions; provided however, the Department of Public Safety shall not be required to assemble for the requesting person specific information, in any format, from driving records relating to any person whose name and date of birth or whose driver license number is not furnished by the requesting person. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall not be required to assemble for the requesting person any criminal history records relating to persons whose names, dates of birth, and other identifying information required by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation pursuant to administrative rule are not furnished by the requesting person. 3.Any request for a record which contains individual records of persons, and the cost of copying, reproducing or certifying each individual record is otherwise prescribed by state law, the cost may be assessed for each individual record, or portion thereof requested as prescribed by state law.Otherwise, a public body may charge a fee only for recovery of the reasonable, direct costs of record copying, or mechanical reproduction.Notwithstanding any state or local provision to the contrary, in no instance shall the record copying fee exceed twenty-five cents ($0.25) per page for records having the dimensions of eight and one-half (8 1/2) by fourteen (14) inches or smaller, or a maximum of One Dollar ($1.00) per copied page for a certified copy.However, if the request: a.is solely for commercial purpose, or b.would clearly cause excessive disruption of the essential functions of the public body, then the public body may charge a reasonable fee to recover the direct cost of record search and copying; however, publication in a newspaper or broadcast by news media for news purposes shall not constitute a resale or use of a record for trade or commercial purpose and charges for providing copies of electronic data to the news media for a news purpose shall not exceed the direct cost of making the copy.The fee charged by the Department of Public Safety for a copy in a computerized format of a record of the Department shall not exceed the direct cost of making the copy unless the fee for the record is otherwise set by law. Any public body establishing fees under this act shall post a written schedule of the fees at its principal office and with the county clerk. In no case shall a search fee be charged when the release of records is in the public interest, including, but not limited to, release to the news media, scholars, authors and taxpayers seeking to determine whether those entrusted with the affairs of the government are honestly, faithfully, and competently performing their duties as public servants. The fees shall not be used for the purpose of discouraging requests for information or as obstacles to disclosure of requested information. 4.The land description tract index of all recorded instruments concerning real property required to be kept by the county clerk of any county shall be available for inspection or copying in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Records Act; provided, however, the index shall not be copied or mechanically reproduced for the purpose of sale of the information. 5.A public body must provide prompt, reasonable access to its records but may establish reasonable procedures which protect the integrity and organization of its records and to prevent excessive disruptions of its essential functions. 6.A public body shall designate certain persons who are authorized to release records of the public body for inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction.At least one person shall be available at all times to release records during the regular business hours of the public body. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.Amended by Laws 1986, c. 213, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1986; Laws 1986, c. 279, § 29, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 4, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1992, c. 231, § 2, emerg. eff. May 19, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 97, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1996, c. 209, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 2000, c. 342, § 8, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 137, § 1, emerg. eff. April 24, 2001; Laws 2005, c. 199, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 16, § 34, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006. NOTE:Laws 2005, c. 223, § 1 repealed by Laws 2006, c. 16, § 35, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006.§51-24A.6.Public body maintaining less than 30 hours of regular business per week - Inspection, copying or mechanical reproduction of records. A.If a public body or its office does not have regular business hours of at least thirty (30) hours a week, the public body shall post and maintain a written notice at its principal office and with the county clerk where the public body is located which notice shall: 1.Designate the days of the week when records are available for inspection, copying or mechanical reproduction; 2.Set forth the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the individual in charge of the records; and 3.Describe in detail the procedures for obtaining access to the records at least two days of the week, excluding Sunday. B.The person requesting the record and the person authorized to release the records of the public body may agree to inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction on a day and at a time other than that designated in the notice. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.§51-24A.7.Personnel records - Confidentiality - Inspection and copying. A.A public body may keep personnel records confidential: 1.Which relate to internal personnel investigations including examination and selection material for employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline, or resignation; or 2.Where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy such as employee evaluations, payroll deductions, employment applications submitted by persons not hired by the public body, and transcripts from institutions of higher education maintained in the personnel files of certified public school employees; provided, however, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed to exempt from disclosure the degree obtained and the curriculum on the transcripts of certified public school employees. B.All personnel records not specifically falling within the exceptions provided in subsection A of this section shall be available for public inspection and copying including, but not limited to, records of: 1.An employment application of a person who becomes a public official; 2.The gross receipts of public funds; 3.The dates of employment, title or position; and 4.Any final disciplinary action resulting in loss of pay, suspension, demotion of position, or termination. C.Except as may otherwise be made confidential by statute, an employee of a public body shall have a right of access to his own personnel file. D.Public bodies shall keep confidential the home address, telephone numbers and social security numbers of any person employed or formerly employed by the public body. Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.Amended by Laws 1990, c. 257, § 6, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 177, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 2005, c. 116, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.§51-24A.8.Law enforcement records - Disclosure. A.Law enforcement agencies shall make available for public inspection, if kept, the following records: 1.An arrestee description, including the name, date of birth, address, race, sex, physical description, and occupation of the arrestee; 2.Facts concerning the arrest, including the cause of arrest and the name of the arresting officer; 3.A chronological list of all incidents, including initial offense report information showing the offense, date, time, general location, officer, and a brief summary of what occurred; 4.Radio logs, including a chronological listing of the calls dispatched; 5.Conviction information, including the name of any person convicted of a criminal offense; 6.Disposition of all warrants, including orders signed by a judge of any court commanding a law enforcement officer to arrest a particular person; 7.A crime summary, including an agency summary of crimes reported and public calls for service by classification or nature and number; and 8.Jail registers, including jail blotter data or jail booking information recorded on persons at the time of incarceration showing the name of each prisoner with the date and cause of commitment, the authority committing the prisoner, whether committed for a criminal offense, a description of the prisoner, and the date or manner of discharge or escape of the prisoner. B.Except for the records listed in subsection A of this section and those made open by other state or local laws, law enforcement agencies may deny access to law enforcement records except where a court finds that the public interest or the interest of an individual outweighs the reason for denial. C.Nothing contained in this section imposes any new recordkeeping requirements.Law enforcement records shall be kept for as long as is now or may hereafter be specified by law.Absent a legal requirement for the keeping of a law enforcement record for a specific time period, law enforcement agencies shall maintain their records for so long as needed for administrative purposes. D.Registration files maintained by the Department of Corrections pursuant to the provisions of the Sex Offenders Registration Act shall be made available for public inspection in a manner to be determined by the Department. E.The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (C.L.E.E.T.) shall keep confidential all records it maintains pursuant to Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and deny release of records relating to any employed or certified full-time officer, reserve officer, retired officer or other person; teacher lesson plans, tests and other teaching materials; and personal communications concerning individual students except under the following circumstances: 1.To verify the current certification status of any peace officer; 2.As may be required to perform the duties imposed by Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes; 3.To provide to any peace officer copies of the records of that peace officer upon submitting a written request; 4.To provide, upon written request, to any law enforcement agency conducting an official investigation, copies of the records of any peace officer who is the subject of such investigation; 5.To provide final orders of administrative proceedings where an adverse action was taken against a peace officer; and 6.Pursuant to an order of the district court of the State of Oklahoma. F.The Department of Public Safety shall keep confidential: 1.All records it maintains pursuant to its authority under Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes relating to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division, the Communications Division, and other divisions of the Department relating to: a.training, lesson plans, teaching materials, tests, and test results, b.policies, procedures, and operations, any of which are of a tactical nature, and c.the following information from radio logs: (1)telephone numbers, (2)addresses other than the location of incidents to which officers are dispatched, and (3)personal information which is contrary to the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protecti
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  • §51-1. Beginning of term - Time of qualifying. 

    Except when otherwise specially provided, the regular term of all officers elected under the laws of the state, when elected to a full term, shall commence on the second Monday of January next succeeding their election, and any officer so elected shall qualify and enter upon the duties of his office on said date or within ten (10) days thereafter; but if the office to which any person is elected be vacant at the time of his election or becomes vacant before his time for qualifying, even if he were not elected to fill the vacancy, he shall forthwith qualify and enter upon the duties of his office. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4269. 

     

    §51-2. Repealed by Laws 2004, c. 408, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004. 

    §51-3. Repealed by Laws 1945, p. 154, § 2. 

    §51-3.1. Failure to qualify - Filling vacancy - Temporary appointment in case of military service. 

    When any person elected to a public office has died or failed to qualify and enter upon the duties of such office for any reason or cause at the time and in the manner provided by law, and for six (6) months or more thereafter has not qualified and entered upon the duties of said office, such public office shall be deemed vacant and shall be filled by the officer or board authorized to fill such vacancy, provided, however, that any appointment made under the provisions of this section to fill an office of any person who has failed to qualify on account of military service shall be only for the period of enforced absence of said person, or until said person qualifies for said office. The person holding over in such office shall surrender the same to the person so appointed upon his qualifying for said office as provided by law. The provisions of this act shall be retroactive as well as prospective in its operation. 

    Added by Laws 1945, p. 154, § 1. 

     

    §51-4. Re-election bond not approved until satisfactory accounting. 

    When the incumbent of any office is re-elected he shall qualify as above required; but his bond shall not be approved until he has produced or fully accounted for all public funds and property in his control under color of his office during the expiring term, to the person or authority to whom he should account, and the fact and date of such satisfactory exhibit shall be endorsed upon the new bond before its approval. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4272. 

     

    §51-5. Rights of parties in contest. 

    If there be a contest over the election, between a person holding an office, who was voted for at the polls for election, and some other competitor for the same office, the one shown by the election returns to have been elected, shall, after qualifying and giving bond as required by law, and on demand, be entitled to the possession of the office, and perform the duties pending the determination of the contest. When the contest is determined, the successful party shall, on qualifying and giving bond, and on demand, be entitled to the office. The salary shall, after the contest is determined, be paid to the rightful claimant of the office, and if paid in fees, the incumbent, if defeated in the contest, shall be liable therefor on his official bond to the rightful claimant. When the contest is determined adversely to the occupant of the office, or if the former officer was not voted for for re-election, or does not contest the election, then he shall at once, at the expiration of his term, and on demand, surrender the office to the successor elected, when he has qualified and given bond as required by law, and on his failure so to surrender the office he shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty (30) days, nor more than six (6) months, and shall be liable to a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00), and each and every week the officer so holds over shall be deemed a separate offense. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4273. 

     

    §51-6. Officers and deputies not to hold other offices - Exemptions. 

    A. Except as may be otherwise provided, no person holding an office under the laws of the state and no deputy of any officer so holding any office shall, during the person's term of office, hold any other office or be the deputy of any officer holding any office, under the laws of the state. The provisions of this section shall not apply to: 

    1. Notaries public; 

    2. Members of the State Textbook Committee; 

    3. County free fair board members; 

    4. Municipal and county law enforcement officers serving in positions as law enforcement officers of both such governmental entities upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by resolutions adopted by the board of county commissioners and governing body of the municipality employing such officers; 

    5. Any person holding a county or municipal office or position, or membership on any public trust authority, who is a member of a board or commission that relates to federal, state, county or municipal government and is created by the United States Government, the State of Oklahoma or a political subdivision of the state, except where the duties of the offices or positions conflict; 

    6. Any elected municipal officers and school board members who are appointed to a state board, commission, or similar entity if there is no compensation for such services other than reimbursement for necessary travel expenses pursuant to the provisions of the State Travel Reimbursement Act; 

    7. Any trustee of a public trust, who is appointed as a trustee of a different public trust or any trustee of the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority who may also be employed by the Department of Transportation; 

    8. Law enforcement officers employed by municipal or county law enforcement departments or agencies, other than those law enforcement officers elected or appointed as sheriff, chief of police or some similar position in which they are the head of a county or municipal law enforcement agency, who are elected to local boards of education; provided, the provisions of this paragraph shall not prohibit any law enforcement officer employed by a municipality having a population of ten thousand (10,000) or fewer people from serving as a member of a local board of education; 

    9. Any member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety who is elected to a local board of education; 

    10. Any District Supervisor, Assistant District Supervisor, Team Supervisor, Parole Officer 1 or Parole Officer 2 of the Department of Corrections who is elected or appointed to a city council; 

    11. Any trustee or director of a rural electric cooperative, or port authority who is appointed or elected to a state, county or municipal board, commission or similar entity; 

    12. County employees who are elected as members of town or city councils; 

    13. Municipal, county, state or tribal law enforcement or peace officers operating under cross-deputization agreements with an Indian tribe or branch of the federal government; 

    14. Municipal or county law enforcement or peace officers serving in positions as campus police officers or campus public safety officers pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Campus Security Act, upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by resolution adopted by the governing body of the municipality or county and the governing board of the institution of higher education; 

    15. State law enforcement or peace officers serving in positions as campus police officers or campus public safety officers pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Campus Security Act, upon such terms and conditions as are mutually approved by written agreement between the Commissioner of Public Safety and the governing board of the institution of higher education; 

    16. Municipal and county law enforcement officers serving in positions as part-time rangers under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; 

    17. The Administrator of a Scenic Rivers Commission serving in the position of a park ranger under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department; 

    18. Members of the University Hospitals Authority; 

    19. Any person holding a state office or position who is a reserve force deputy sheriff or a reserve municipal police officer; 

    20. Any person holding a state office or position who serves as a special assistant district attorney without compensation; 

    21. Any elected or appointed member of a local school board who is a member of a municipal planning commission; 

    22. Any elected or appointed member of a local school board who is a member or an officer of a volunteer fire department; 

    23. Directors or officers of a rural water district and chiefs of municipal fire departments or rural fire districts who are appointed or elected to an unsalaried office in a state, county, municipal, school, or technology center school board, commission, or similar entity, except where the duties of the office would create a conflict of interest; 

    24. Any person who is a dispatcher or confinement officer at a municipal or county jail who is a noncompensated reserve municipal police officer or a reserve deputy sheriff; 

    25. Any person who is an assistant district attorney serving as a municipal judge or prosecutor; 

    26. Any park ranger under the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department who is elected or appointed to a local board of education or to a municipal board, commission or similar entity; 

    27. Members of the Oklahoma State University Medical Center Authority or the Oklahoma State University Medical Trust; and 

    28. Any member of the state Legislature or any state officer who serves on the board of trustees of the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts. 

    The provisions of this section shall not prohibit any person holding an office under the laws of the state or any deputy of any officer so holding any office from serving upon the board of Oklahoma Futures or upon the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. The provisions of this section shall not prohibit a member of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology from serving upon the board of Oklahoma Futures. 

    B. Any salaries, emoluments or benefits that would otherwise be paid by the agency or political subdivision to a loaned employee or officer shall instead be paid to the regular employer of such employee. The loaned employee shall in turn be paid regular salary and benefits the same as if continuing regular employment with the permanent employer. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4274. Amended by Laws 1929, c. 255, p. 363, § 1; Laws 1939, p. 22, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1939; Laws 1981, c. 47, § 1, emerg. eff. April 13, 1981; Laws 1986, c. 207, § 54, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1987, c. 222, § 116, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1987, c. 236, § 128, emerg. eff. July 20, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 357, § 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 230, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1991, c. 202, § 1, emerg. eff. May 17, 1991; Laws 1991, c. 298, § 9, operative July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 43, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1992; Laws 1992, c. 373, § 11, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 331, § 3, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 2, § 18, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 127, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 24, § 5, emerg. eff. April 3, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 317, § 1, emerg. eff. May 29, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 184, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 162, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 33, § 39, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2001, c. 414, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 389, § 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 387, § 4, emerg. eff. June 4, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 51, § 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 2004; Laws 2007, c. 170, § 1, emerg. eff. May 31, 2007; Laws 2009, c. 453, § 4. 

    NOTE: Laws 1992, c. 2, § 2 repealed by Laws 1992, c. 373, § 22, eff. July 1, 1992. Laws 1993, c. 330, § 22 repealed by Laws 1994, c. 2, § 34, emerg. eff. March 2, 1994. Laws 2001, c. 19, § 1 repealed by Laws 2001, c. 414, § 16, eff. Nov. 1, 2001. 

     

    §51-6.1. Repealed by Laws 1996, c. 5, § 6, eff. April 1, 1996. 

    §51-7. Place of office. 

    It shall be unlawful for any officer elected or appointed under the laws of the state to keep the books, papers, records, or other public property used in his office, at any place other than that in which he is required by law to keep said office. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4275. 

     

    §51-8. Office vacant, when. 

    Every office shall become vacant on the happening of any one of the following events before the expiration of the term of such office: 

    First. The death of the incumbent or his resignation. 

    Second. His removal from office or failure to qualify as required by law. 

    Third. Whenever any final judgment shall be obtained against him for a breach of his official bond. 

    Fourth. Ceasing to be a resident of the state, county, township, city or town, or of any district thereof, in which the duties of his office are to be exercised or for which he may have been elected or appointed. 

    Fifth. Conviction in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction of any felony or any offense involving a violation of his official oath; provided, that no conviction, as a cause of vacation of office, shall be deemed complete so long as an appeal may be pending, or until final judgment is rendered thereon. 

    Sixth. Upon entering of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction for any felony or any offense involving a violation of his official oath. 

    The fact by reason whereof the vacancy arises shall be determined by the authority authorized to fill such vacancy. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4276. Amended by Laws 1941, p. 211, § 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1941; Laws 1957, p. 450, § 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 1957; Laws 1981, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 1, § 1, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981. 

     

    §51-9. Resignations. 

    Resignations may be made as follows: 

    1. Of state officers, officers of districts of the state, and county commissioners, to the Governor. 

    2. Of members of the Legislature, to the presiding officers of their branches respectively, when in session, and when not in session, to the Governor; and when made to the presiding officer he shall at once notify the Governor thereof. 

    3. Of the officers of the Legislature, to the respective branches thereof. 

    4. Of elective county officers, by filing or depositing such resignation in writing in the office of the county clerk, except that of county clerk, which shall be filed or deposited with the board of county commissioners, which resignations, unless a different time is fixed therein, shall take effect upon such filing or deposit. 

    5. Of officers of districts of the county and officers of municipal townships, to the board of county commissioners. 

    6. Of officers holding their offices by appointment, to the body, board, court or officer that appointed them. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4277. 

     

    §51-10. Vacancies - Appointments - Special elections. 

    A. All vacancies in state offices, except in offices of the members of the Legislature, members of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma in the Congress of the United States of America and members of the Senate of the United States of America, shall be filled by appointment by the Governor. When a vacancy occurs in the office of district judge, associate district judge, or judge of any intermediate appellate court, the Governor shall, in filling such vacancy, utilize the services of the Judicial Nominating Commission in the manner as provided for in the filling of judicial offices under Section 4, Article 7B of the Oklahoma Constitution. 

    B. All vacancies in county offices except the board of county commissioners or except for any elective county office of any county in the State of Oklahoma having a population of more than six hundred thousand (600,000), according to the latest Federal Decennial Census shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners. If such an appointment is made prior to the prescribed filing period for county officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 131 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the county commissioners shall, at the time said appointment is made, proclaim a special election to fill the balance of the unexpired term, providing the balance of the term does not expire in the year following the next succeeding general election. In making the proclamation, the county commissioners shall establish the dates for the filing period, primary election, runoff primary election and general election to be the same as the next succeeding filing period, primary election, runoff primary election and general election for county officers. The appointee shall be eligible to become a candidate at said special election, providing said appointee is otherwise qualified. The office to be filled shall be printed on the same ballot as other county offices. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4278. Amended by Laws 1933, c. 166, p. 383, § 1, emerg. eff. April 26, 1933; Laws 1965, c. 116, § 1, emerg. eff. May 24, 1965; Laws 1968, c. 49, § 1, emerg. eff. March 18, 1968; Laws 1971, c. 107, § 1, emerg. eff. April 27, 1971; Laws 1978, c. 20, § 1, emerg. eff. March 8, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 272, § 28, eff. July 1, 1980; Laws 1985, c. 178, § 22, operative July 1, 1985; Laws 1993, c. 316, § 14, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 2000, c. 167, § 1, eff. April 1, 2001. 

     

    §51-11. Vacancy within thirty days of election. 

    If a vacancy occurs within thirty (30) days previous to an election day at which it may be filled, no appointment shall be made unless it be necessary to carry out said election and the canvass of the same according to law; in that case an appointment may be made at any time previous to said election to hold until after said election or until his successor is elected and qualified. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4279. 

     

    §51-12. Repealed by Laws 1965, c. 116, § 4, eff. May 24, 1965. 

    §51-12.1. Deceased officer's spouse - Eligibility for appointment. 

    If any officer of the state, district, county, city, town or other governmental subdivision of this state shall die while in office, and shall leave a surviving spouse, the said surviving spouse shall be eligible (if otherwise qualified) to be appointed to and to hold said office during the term for which the said officer was elected or appointed, regardless of the degree of relationship by either affinity or consanguinity to the appointing officer or to any member of the appointing board, commission, or other appointing authority, and it shall not be unlawful for any officer, board, commission, appointing authority, or member thereof to appoint or vote for the appointment of said surviving spouse to said office during said term, regardless of any such relationship. 

    Added by Laws 1953, p. 218, § 1. Amended by Laws 1975, c. 268, § 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 1975. 

     

    §51-13. How appointments made. 

    Appointments under the provisions of this chapter shall be made in writing and filed with the Secretary of State or with the proper county officer. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4280. 

     

    §51-14. Appointees to qualify. 

    Persons appointed to offices as herein provided, shall qualify in the same manner as is required of those elected, the time of which shall be prescribed in their appointments. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4281. 

     

    §51-15. Term of appointed officer. 

    Every appointed officer shall hold his office until the end of the term for which the officer whom he succeeds was elected or appointed, and until his successor is elected and qualified. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4282. 

     

    §51-16. Special officers to be voters - Tribal peace officers excepted. 

    No officer authorized by law to appoint special deputies, marshals or policemen, to preserve the public peace and prevent or quell disturbances, shall appoint as any such special deputy marshal or policeman any person who shall not be a qualified voter in the county where such appointment is made. Provided, however, this restriction shall not apply to any tribal peace officer appointed or cross-deputized to assist and serve in multiple jurisdictions. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4283. Amended by Laws 1991, c. 202, § 2, emerg. eff. May 17, 1991. 

     

    §51-17. Private persons cannot deputize officers. 

    No private person or corporation shall call bodies of men to enforce any of their orders, but must in all cases call upon civil authorities for protection, which shall be furnished. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4284. 

     

    §51-18. Violating Sections 16 and 17 - Penalty. 

    Any officer violating any of the provisions of the two preceding sections, upon conviction, shall be imprisoned for any period not more than one (1) year, and fined in any sum not exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). 

    R.L. 1910, § 4285. 

     

    §51-19. Successor to receive records, etc. 

    Upon the death, resignation, suspension or removal from office of any officer, or upon the expiration of his term, all public monies, books, records, accounts, papers, documents and property of other kind in his hands or held by him by virtue of his office, shall be delivered to his successor. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4286. 

     

    §51-20. Books turned over to successor before salary paid. 

    No officer who receives, for the use of his office, the statutes, state reports, digests or other books, shall be entitled to receive a warrant for the payment of his salary for the last month of his term of service until he shall have filed with the person issuing such warrant a receipt from his successor in office, showing all of such books to be in said office. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4287. 

     

    §51-21. Oaths, officers authorized to administer. 

    The following officers are authorized to administer oaths: 

    1. Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals. 

    2. The Clerk of the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals. 

    3. Judges and clerks of the district, superior and county courts, and other courts of record within their respective districts or counties. 

    4. County clerks and their deputies, and county commissioners, within their respective counties. 

    5. Justices of the peace and notaries public within their respective counties. 

    6. Sheriffs and their deputies in cases where they are authorized by law to select commissioners or appraisers, or to impanel juries for the view or appraisement of property, or are directed as an official duty to have property appraised, or to take the answers of garnishees, or are authorized to take delivery bonds. 

      7. Such other officers as are authorized by law in special cases. 

    8. Clerks of boards of education, city auditor, city and town clerks. 

    9. Court clerks, deputy clerks, or violations bureau clerks as shall be appointed by judges of courts not of record. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4288. Amended by Laws 1963, c. 343, § 1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1963; Laws 1967, c. 156, § 1, emerg. eff. May 1, 1967. 

     

    §51-22. Violations are misdemeanors. 

    Any officer violating any of the provisions of this chapter, except as herein otherwise provided, is guilty of a misdemeanor. 

    R.L. 1910, § 4289. 

     

    §51-23. Official bonds - Sureties for part of amount - Actions and judgments - Contribution. 

    When the penal sum of any bond required to be given for the faithful performance of the duties of any state, county or municipal officer of the appointee or employee of such officer amounts to more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) the sureties may become severally liable for portions of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) thereof, making in the aggregate at least two sureties for the whole penal sum. And if any such bond becomes forfeited, an action may be brought thereon against all or any number of the obligors, and judgment entered against them, either jointly or severally, as they may be liable. The judgment must not be entered against a surety severally bound for a greater sum than that for which he is specially liable by the terms of the bond. Each surety is liable to contribution to his co-sureties in proportion to the amount for which he is liable by the terms of the bond. 

    Added by Laws 1915, c. 259, § 1, emerg. eff. March 31, 1915. 

     

    §51-24. Repealed by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. 

    §51-24.1. Suspension or forfeiture of office or employment upon conviction of felony - Vacancy - Salary and benefits - Governor notified in writing. 

    A. Any elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who, during the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, is, or has been, found guilty by a trial court of a felony in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction shall be automatically suspended from the office or employment. 

    B. The Governor shall appoint an interim successor to serve during the period of suspension of any county commissioner or any state officer other than a member of the State Legislature. 

    C. A vacancy created by the suspension of a member of the State Legislature shall be filled as provided in Section 20 of Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution. 

    D. A vacancy created by the suspension of a county officer other than a county commissioner shall be filled as provided by Section 10 of this title. 

    E. In the event any elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who, during the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or any offense involving a violation of his or her official oath in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction, he or she shall, immediately upon the entry of the plea, forfeit the office or employment. 

    F. Any such officer or employee upon final conviction of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction shall vacate such office or employment and if such felony is for bribery, corruption, forgery or perjury or any other crime related to the duties of his or her office or employment, or related to campaign contributions or campaign financing for that or any other office, shall forfeit all benefits of the office or employment, including, but not limited to, retirement benefits provided by law, however, the forfeiture of retirement benefits shall not occur if any such officer or employee received a deferred sentence, but retirement benefits shall not commence prior to completion of the deferred sentence. The forfeiture of retirement benefits required by this subsection shall not include such officer's or employee's contributions to the retirement system or retirement benefits that are vested on the effective date of this act. 

    G. The forfeiture of retirement benefits as provided by subsection F of this section shall also apply to any such officer or employee who, after leaving the office or employment, is convicted of, or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction, a felony committed while in such office or employment, where the felony is for bribery, corruption, forgery or perjury or any other crime related to the duties of his or her office or employment, or related to campaign contributions or campaign financing for that or any other office. 

    H. Any claims for payment of salary or wages, or any claims for payment of any other benefits, to any such officer or employee suspended from or forfeiting his or her office or employment shall be rejected by the proper authority. 

    I. Such suspension or forfeiture shall continue until such time as the conviction or guilty plea is reversed by the highest appellate court to which the officer or employee may appeal. 

    J. The attorney responsible for prosecuting such elected or appointed state or county officers or employees shall notify the retirement system in which such officer or employee is enrolled of the forfeiture of such officer's or employee's retirement benefits. Upon receipt of the notice of forfeiture, the retirement system shall immediately suspend all benefits of the officer or employee, and notify the officer or employee of his or her right to a hearing to review whether the conviction or plea qualifies for forfeiture of benefits under this section. If the conviction or plea occurs in federal court or the notice of forfeiture is not forthcoming from the State prosecutor, the retirement system may investigate and gather court documents and contact prosecutors to determine whether the conviction or plea qualifies under this section. Upon obtaining sufficient documentation of the conviction or plea, the retirement system shall immediately suspend all benefits of the officer or employee, and notify the officer or employee of his or her right to a hearing to review whether the conviction or plea qualifies for forfeiture of benefits under this section. 

    K. Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of a county commissioner, the district attorney of the county where such county commissioner served shall notify the Governor, in writing, of the suspension, the date of conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the felony committed. 

    L. Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of an elected or appointed state officer, the attorney responsible for prosecuting such state officer, shall notify the Governor in writing of the suspension, the date of conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the felony committed. 

    Added by Laws 1965, c. 345, § 1, emerg. eff. June 28, 1965. Amended by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 3, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981; Laws 1987, c. 30, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1998, c. 419, § 8, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2009, c. 77, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009. 

     

    §51-24.2. Repealed by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 8, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981. 

    §51-24.3. Sale of real or personal property to state or political subdivision by certain persons prohibited. 

    No person, firm or corporation who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a felony involving fraud, bribery, corruption or sales to the state or to any of its political subdivisions may make sale of real or personal property to the state or any political subdivision thereof. 

    Added by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 2, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981. 

     

    §51-24.4. Directives interpreting county purchasing procedure to be issued. 

    Prior to November 1, 1981, the State Auditor and Inspector shall issue written directives to all county clerks specifying the State Auditor and Inspector's interpretation of county purchasing procedures contained in the Oklahoma Statutes. These directives shall be updated at such times as the State Auditor and Inspector deems necessary. Such directives shall be advisory only. 

    Added by Laws 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 1, § 6, emerg. eff. Sept. 8, 1981. 

     

    §51-24A.1. Short title. 

    Section 24A.1 et seq. of this title shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Open Records Act". 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 68, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1996, c. 247, § 41, eff. July 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 2, § 10, emerg. eff. Feb. 26, 1997. 

     

    NOTE: Laws 1996, c. 209, § 1 repealed by Laws 1997, c. 2, § 26, emerg. eff. Feb. 26, 1997. 

     

    §51-24A.2. Public policy - Purpose of act. 

    As the Oklahoma Constitution recognizes and guarantees, all political power is inherent in the people. Thus, it is the public policy of the State of Oklahoma that the people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government. The Oklahoma Open Records Act shall not create, directly or indirectly, any rights of privacy or any remedies for violation of any rights of privacy; nor shall the Oklahoma Open Records Act, except as specifically set forth in the Oklahoma Open Records Act, establish any procedures for protecting any person from release of information contained in public records. The purpose of this act is to ensure and facilitate the public's right of access to and review of government records so they may efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power. The privacy interests of individuals are adequately protected in the specific exceptions to the Oklahoma Open Records Act or in the statutes which authorize, create or require the records. Except where specific state or federal statutes create a confidential privilege, persons who submit information to public bodies have no right to keep this information from public access nor reasonable expectation that this information will be kept from public access; provided, the person, agency or political subdivision shall at all times bear the burden of establishing such records are protected by such a confidential privilege. Except as may be required by other statutes, public bodies do not need to follow any procedures for providing access to public records except those specifically required by the Oklahoma Open Records Act. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 187, § 2, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988. 

     

    §51-24A.3. Definitions. 

    As used in this act: 

    1. "Record" means all documents, including, but not limited to, any book, paper, photograph, microfilm, data files created by or used with computer software, computer tape, disk, record, sound recording, film recording, video record or other material regardless of physical form or characteristic, created by, received by, under the authority of, or coming into the custody, control or possession of public officials, public bodies, or their representatives in connection with the transaction of public business, the expenditure of public funds or the administering of public property. "Record" does not mean: 

    a.  computer software, 

    b.  nongovernment personal effects, 

    c.  unless public disclosure is required by other laws or regulations, vehicle movement records of the Oklahoma Transportation Authority obtained in connection with the Authority's electronic toll collection system, 

    d.  personal financial information, credit reports or other financial data obtained by or submitted to a public body for the purpose of evaluating credit worthiness, obtaining a license, permit, or for the purpose of becoming qualified to contract with a public body, 

    e.  any digital audio/video recordings of the toll collection and safeguarding activities of the Oklahoma Transportation Authority, 

    f.  any personal information provided by a guest at any facility owned or operated by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department or the Board of Trustees of the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and Nature Park to obtain any service at the facility or by a purchaser of a product sold by or through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department or the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center and Nature Park, 

    g.  a Department of Defense Form 214 (DD Form 214) filed with a county clerk, including any DD Form 214 filed before the effective date of this act, or 

    h.  except as provided for in Section 2-110 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, 

    (1)  any record in connection with a Motor Vehicle Report issued by the Department of Public Safety, as prescribed in Section 6-117 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, 

    (2)  personal information within driver records, as defined by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, 18 United States Code, Sections 2721 through 2725, which are stored and maintained by the Department of Public Safety, or 

    (3)  audio or video recordings of the Department of Public Safety; 

    2. "Public body" shall include, but not be limited to, any office, department, board, bureau, commission, agency, trusteeship, authority, council, committee, trust or any entity created by a trust, county, city, village, town, township, district, school district, fair board, court, executive office, advisory group, task force, study group, or any subdivision thereof, supported in whole or in part by public funds or entrusted with the expenditure of public funds or administering or operating public property, and all committees, or subcommittees thereof. Except for the records required by Section 24A.4 of this title, "public body" does not mean judges, justices, the Council on Judicial Complaints, the Legislature, or legislators; 

    3. "Public office" means the physical location where public bodies conduct business or keep records; 

    4. "Public official" means any official or employee of any public body as defined herein; and 

    5. "Law enforcement agency" means any public body charged with enforcing state or local criminal laws and initiating criminal prosecutions, including, but not limited to, police departments, county sheriffs, the Department of Public Safety, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 222, § 117, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 3, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1993, c. 39, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1996, c. 209, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1998, c. 315, § 4, emerg. eff. May 28, 1998; Laws 1998, c. 368, § 11, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 2001, c. 355, § 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 2001; Laws 2002, c. 478, § 2, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2003, c. 3, § 42, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 328, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 199, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2005. 

    NOTE: Laws 2002, c. 293, § 3 repealed by Laws 2003, c. 3, § 43, emerg. eff. March 19, 2003. 

     

    §51-24A.4. Record of receipts and expenditures. 

    In addition to other records which are kept or maintained, every public body and public official has a specific duty to keep and maintain complete records of the receipt and expenditure of any public funds reflecting all financial and business transactions relating thereto, except that such records may be disposed of as provided by law. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. 

     

    §51-24A.5. Inspection, copying and/or mechanical reproduction of records - Exemptions. 

    All records of public bodies and public officials shall be open to any person for inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction during regular business hours; provided: 

    1. The Oklahoma Open Records Act, Sections 24A.1 through 24A.28 of this title, does not apply to records specifically required by law to be kept confidential including: 

    a.  records protected by a state evidentiary privilege such as the attorney-client privilege, the work product immunity from discovery and the identity of informer privileges, 

    b.  records of what transpired during meetings of a public body lawfully closed to the public such as executive sessions authorized under the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, Section 301 et seq. of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, 

    c.  personal information within driver records as defined by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, 18 United States Code, Sections 2721 through 2725, or 

    d.  information in the files of the Board of Medicolegal Investigations obtained pursuant to Sections 940 and 941 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes that may be hearsay, preliminary unsubstantiated investigation-related findings, or confidential medical information. 

    2. Any reasonably segregable portion of a record containing exempt material shall be provided after deletion of the exempt portions; provided however, the Department of Public Safety shall not be required to assemble for the requesting person specific information, in any format, from driving records relating to any person whose name and date of birth or whose driver license number is not furnished by the requesting person. 

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shall not be required to assemble for the requesting person any criminal history records relating to persons whose names, dates of birth, and other identifying information required by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation pursuant to administrative rule are not furnished by the requesting person. 

    3. Any request for a record which contains individual records of persons, and the cost of copying, reproducing or certifying each individual record is otherwise prescribed by state law, the cost may be assessed for each individual record, or portion thereof requested as prescribed by state law. Otherwise, a public body may charge a fee only for recovery of the reasonable, direct costs of record copying, or mechanical reproduction. Notwithstanding any state or local provision to the contrary, in no instance shall the record copying fee exceed twenty-five cents ($0.25) per page for records having the dimensions of eight and one-half (8 1/2) by fourteen (14) inches or smaller, or a maximum of One Dollar ($1.00) per copied page for a certified copy. However, if the request: 

    a.  is solely for commercial purpose, or 

    b.  would clearly cause excessive disruption of the essential functions of the public body, 

    then the public body may charge a reasonable fee to recover the direct cost of record search and copying; however, publication in a newspaper or broadcast by news media for news purposes shall not constitute a resale or use of a record for trade or commercial purpose and charges for providing copies of electronic data to the news media for a news purpose shall not exceed the direct cost of making the copy. The fee charged by the Department of Public Safety for a copy in a computerized format of a record of the Department shall not exceed the direct cost of making the copy unless the fee for the record is otherwise set by law. 

    Any public body establishing fees under this act shall post a written schedule of the fees at its principal office and with the county clerk. 

    In no case shall a search fee be charged when the release of records is in the public interest, including, but not limited to, release to the news media, scholars, authors and taxpayers seeking to determine whether those entrusted with the affairs of the government are honestly, faithfully, and competently performing their duties as public servants. 

    The fees shall not be used for the purpose of discouraging requests for information or as obstacles to disclosure of requested information. 

    4. The land description tract index of all recorded instruments concerning real property required to be kept by the county clerk of any county shall be available for inspection or copying in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Records Act; provided, however, the index shall not be copied or mechanically reproduced for the purpose of sale of the information. 

    5. A public body must provide prompt, reasonable access to its records but may establish reasonable procedures which protect the integrity and organization of its records and to prevent excessive disruptions of its essential functions. 

    6. A public body shall designate certain persons who are authorized to release records of the public body for inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction. At least one person shall be available at all times to release records during the regular business hours of the public body. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1986, c. 213, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 1986; Laws 1986, c. 279, § 29, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 187, § 4, emerg. eff. June 6, 1988; Laws 1992, c. 231, § 2, emerg. eff. May 19, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 97, § 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1996, c. 209, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 2000, c. 342, § 8, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2001, c. 137, § 1, emerg. eff. April 24, 2001; Laws 2005, c. 199, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2006, c. 16, § 34, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006. 

    NOTE: Laws 2005, c. 223, § 1 repealed by Laws 2006, c. 16, § 35, emerg. eff. March 29, 2006. 

     

    §51-24A.6. Public body maintaining less than 30 hours of regular business per week - Inspection, copying or mechanical reproduction of records. 

    A. If a public body or its office does not have regular business hours of at least thirty (30) hours a week, the public body shall post and maintain a written notice at its principal office and with the county clerk where the public body is located which notice shall: 

    1. Designate the days of the week when records are available for inspection, copying or mechanical reproduction; 

    2. Set forth the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the individual in charge of the records; and 

    3. Describe in detail the procedures for obtaining access to the records at least two days of the week, excluding Sunday. 

    B. The person requesting the record and the person authorized to release the records of the public body may agree to inspection, copying, or mechanical reproduction on a day and at a time other than that designated in the notice. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. 

     

    §51-24A.7. Personnel records - Confidentiality - Inspection and copying. 

    A. A public body may keep personnel records confidential: 

    1. Which relate to internal personnel investigations including examination and selection material for employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline, or resignation; or 

    2. Where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy such as employee evaluations, payroll deductions, employment applications submitted by persons not hired by the public body, and transcripts from institutions of higher education maintained in the personnel files of certified public school employees; provided, however, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed to exempt from disclosure the degree obtained and the curriculum on the transcripts of certified public school employees. 

    B. All personnel records not specifically falling within the exceptions provided in subsection A of this section shall be available for public inspection and copying including, but not limited to, records of: 

    1. An employment application of a person who becomes a public official; 

    2. The gross receipts of public funds; 

    3. The dates of employment, title or position; and 

    4. Any final disciplinary action resulting in loss of pay, suspension, demotion of position, or termination. 

    C. Except as may otherwise be made confidential by statute, an employee of a public body shall have a right of access to his own personnel file. 

    D. Public bodies shall keep confidential the home address, telephone numbers and social security numbers of any person employed or formerly employed by the public body. 

    Added by Laws 1985, c. 355, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 257, § 6, emerg. eff. May 23, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 177, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 2005, c. 116, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005. 

     

    §51-24A.8. Law enforcement records - Disclosure. 

    A. Law enforcement agencies shall make available for public inspection, if kept, the following records: 

    1. An arrestee description, including the name, date of birth, address, race, sex, physical description, and occupation of the arrestee; 

    2. Facts concerning the arrest, including the cause of arrest and the name of the arresting officer; 

    3. A chronological list of all incidents, including initial offense report information showing the offense, date, time, general location, officer, and a brief summary of what occurred; 

    4. Radio logs, including a chronological listing of the calls dispatched; 

    5. Conviction information, including the name of any person convicted of a criminal offense; 

    6. Disposition of all warrants, including orders signed by a judge of any court commanding a law enforcement officer to arrest a particular person; 

    7. A crime summary, including an agency summary of crimes reported and public calls for service by classification or nature and number; and 

    8. Jail registers, including jail blotter data or jail booking information recorded on persons at the time of incarceration showing the name of each prisoner with the date and cause of commitment, the authority committing the prisoner, whether committed for a criminal offense, a description of the prisoner, and the date or manner of discharge or escape of the prisoner. 

    B. Except for the records listed in subsection A of this section and those made open by other state or local laws, law enforcement agencies may deny access to law enforcement records except where a court finds that the public interest or the interest of an individual outweighs the reason for denial. 

    C. Nothing contained in this section imposes any new recordkeeping requirements. Law enforcement records shall be kept for as long as is now or may hereafter be specified by law. Absent a legal requirement for the keeping of a law enforcement record for a specific time period, law enforcement agencies shall maintain their records for so long as needed for administrative purposes. 

    D. Registration files maintained by the Department of Corrections pursuant to the provisions of the Sex Offenders Registration Act shall be made available for public inspection in a manner to be determined by the Department. 

    E. The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (C.L.E.E.T.) shall keep confidential all records it maintains pursuant to Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and deny release of records relating to any employed or certified full-time officer, reserve officer, retired officer or other person; teacher lesson plans, tests and other teaching materials; and personal communications concerning individual students except under the following circumstances: 

    1. To verify the current certification status of any peace officer; 

    2. As may be required to perform the duties imposed by Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes; 

    3. To provide to any peace officer copies of the records of that peace officer upon submitting a written request; 

    4. To provide, upon written request, to any law enforcement agency conducting an official investigation, copies of the records of any peace officer who is the subject of such investigation; 

    5. To provide final orders of administrative proceedings where an adverse action was taken against a peace officer; and 

    6. Pursuant to an order of the district court of the State of Oklahoma. 

    F. The Department of Public Safety shall keep confidential: 

    1. All records it maintains pursuant to its authority under Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes relating to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division, the Communications Division, and other divisions of the Department relating to: 

    a.  training, lesson plans, teaching materials, tests, and test results, 

    b.  policies, procedures, and operations, any of which are of a tactical nature, and 

    c.  the following information from radio logs: 

    (1)  telephone numbers, 

    (2)  addresses other than the location of incidents to which officers are dispatched, and 

    (3)  personal information which is contrary to the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protecti

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