Oklahomans are entitled to know what their state and local governments are doing, says the president of a statewide organization advocating open government.

“Our right to know is brought to life through our state's sunshine laws, whose purposes are to ensure that we understand the governmental processes and problems so we can intelligently exercise our inherent political power,” said Dr. Joey Senat, president of Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc. and an associate journalism professor at Oklahoma State University.

The News-Record will host a free FOI Oklahoma workshop on the state's Open Records and Open Meeting laws from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at the Miami Public Library located at 200 N. Main St.

“Your Right to Know: Using Oklahoma's Sunshine Laws to Have a Voice in Your Community” is open to the public. Door prizes will be given and light refreshments will be served.

“Open records and meeting laws provide us access to the processes and rationales by which state and local officials reach decisions directly affecting the quality of our lives,” Senat said. “In short, these laws promote government accountability to the people.”

FOI Oklahoma Inc. is a not-for-profit organization working on open government and First Amendment issues. More information on the group can be found at www.foioklahoma.org.

For more information on the workshop, contact Senat at joey.senat@okstate.edu or 405-744-8277.