- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Two activists say Norman city officials are violating the state’s Open Records Act by charging to search for records requested in the public’s interest and not providing timely access to those documents.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1mG5Lmb ) Casey Holcomb and Darcie Woodson are suing the city, seeking records and a court order to stop the city from charging what they believe are illegal search fees.

City officials say a state Court of Civil Appeals ruling in 1995 allows public agencies to charge a search fee even if the request is for records benefiting the public if the search would cause “substantial disruption” of the agency’s business.

Holcomb’s an environmental policy advocate and freelance journalist. Woodson’s a political activist, author and lobbyist for improvements to the city’s animal shelter.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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