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Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. DHS attorney denies open meetings violations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Department of Human Services attorney denies that DHS commissioners violated the state's Open Meeting Act but promises they'll do a better job of informing the public.

Attorney Charles Waters says in a letter to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater that there has been "no blatant disregard of law." The letter said commissioners will work to make agenda items clearer about possible commission actions.

Prater had called for an explanation after getting complaints about meetings of the commissioners. He told The Oklahoman ( ) that he hasn't decided whether the commission violated the Open Meeting Act.

Commission Chairman Richard DeVaughn has testified in a lawsuit that the nine-member commission's committees are limited to four or fewer members to avoid having to comply with the Open Meeting Act.

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