Oklahoma Public Resources Page
In a modern world, much of a journalist’s work happens online. From poring over election data, to reading the text of a bill or looking up criminal proceedings, there’s a picture of our state (and the world) painted across the internet.
While we always try and synthesize the most important stories for our readers, we at NonDoc wanted to compile our favorite and most frequently utilized resources in an easy-to-navigate Oklahoma public resources page.
Please enjoy the following state resources below. We know this list is far from comprehensive, so it will likely grow. If you think a significant state resource should be added, please let us know.
Open meetings / open records
The Oklahoma Open Records Act requires public bodies to respond to requests for documents or information. Such requests can be made by any citizen, not just journalists. The act has exemptions. Some Oklahoma state agencies have direct links on their websites. All Oklahoma state agencies are required to have a designated individual handling open records.
But do us a favor: Don’t just flood agencies with broad requests fishing for random information. Be strategic and narrow in your requests, as a limited number of staff are processing everyone’s submissions.
Oklahoma state court records
Many Oklahoma court records are posted on OSCN.net, a master resource for state courts around Oklahoma. However, not every county is on the system, so be sure to check and make sure OSCN can access the records you’re looking for.
Oklahoma Ethics Commission reports
Oklahoma statutes / code
Oklahoma State Department of Education
COVID-19 / health resources
Oklahoma Watch datasets
Oklahoma Watch has compiled several sets of state financial and demographic data in user friendly databases. Check out their resources and consider bookmarking them, too!