- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Members of the media and other advocates for government openness are urging the Oklahoma Ethics Commission not to scale back disclosure requirements for some state employees and members of state boards and commissions.

Reporters for the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman newspapers were among those testifying Friday about a commission rule that requires state officers and employees to fill out financial disclosure forms. The forms are intended to reveal potential conflicts of interest between an employee’s public duties and private economic interest.

Some commissioners have indicated the disclosure is directed toward too many state officers and employees. Commission Executive Director Lee Slater has suggested maintaining the records is time consuming for his agency’s staff.

Tulsa World reporter Barbara Hoberock says the media typically favors more disclosure, not less.

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