August 11, 2014

Governor Releases Emails on Rejection of Health-Care Exchange

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Gov. Mary Fallin today released the 31 documents and emails about the health care law that she had originally refused to turn over in response to Open Records Act requests.

The documents, totaling 100 pages, related to Fallin’s decision to reject a federal grant offered to help the state create a health-care exchange for purchase of insurance. She withheld the documents claiming an exemption, “executive privilege,” that does not appear in the Open Records Act. Her office also said the records involved attorney-client communications and private deliberations on public-policy decisions.

Fallin’s office was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union representing the company that owns the satiric website, The Lost Ogle. A judge in that case ruled in Fallin’s favor.