Here at the Okmulgee Area Development Corp., we try our best to stay on top of the news about the economy, our State and, of course, what’s going on locally. To this end, we spend a lot of time reading. Reports, newspapers, social media, state agency reports, studies and research papers - well, you get the idea. One of the items I usually like to check is the list of all the meetings being held by state agencies. The week I was writing this editorial, there happened to be 17 Oklahoma State Agency Meetings. Out of that 17, only one (1) was available via zoom. The app chosen is not the question (Zoom vs. Go To Meetings); the question is: with as much online practice as everyone had during the peak months of the pandemic, why aren’t all State agency meetings available online? By law, they are all public. Plus, we are all being asked to drive less (reduce air pollution), so why not make them all available online? Are there some costs? Yes. But in the interest of an open and transparent state government, I think it’s a cost that could be handled.
October 28, 2021
Kinda makes you wonder?