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Governor Fallin releases withheld documents

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Governor Fallin has agreed to release 31 previously unreleased documents.

Last week, Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton refused to reconsider her last ruling which stated the governor could withhold certain documents that were covered under Executive Privilege, Deliberative Process Privilege, and Attorney-Client Privilege. The 31 documents in question pertained to a 2011 decision about the Affordable Care Act.

“I firmly believe and the court has affirmed that it is important to protect the legal right of governors to receive candid and private advice,” said Fallin. “However, I am committed to transparency. I have decided to waive the protection provided by the court so the public can understand the process that went into the policy decision not to implement an Obamacare exchange or Medicaid expansion, both of which would be unsustainable costs to the state and bad public policy.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, on the behalf of The Lost Ogle, challenged Governor Fallin’s decision to withhold the documents. In March 2013 the governor’s office released more than 51,000 pages pertaining to her decision involving the Affordable Care Act. She elected not to release 31 documents.

The 100 pages from the 31 documents have been released and are available from the governor’s office.

 

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