Tag Archives: Government Transparency

Good intentions that erode government transparency | Column

Here’s how good intentions lead to the erosion of government transparency. In 2013, then-Secretary of State Kate Brown created the Small Business Assistance office to help companies navigate state regulations and do business with government agencies. In the last few years, the office helped address problems with how the Department of Human Services pays vendors, […]
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Nice to see some teeth in public records law — Opinion

In a win for transparency in government, the state House of Representatives last week approved a bill that will make it easier for Oregonians to access public records. Senate Bill 481 had been approved by the state Senate in April. It goes next to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown, who has indicated she plans […]
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Editorial: Finally, a win for open records

The Oregon Legislature has passed, without opposition, a bill that is the first in decades to actually put some teeth back in the state’s public records law instead of just slowly pulling those teeth out one by one. The bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown, who has said she looks forward […]
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Editorial: Bill would improve Oregon’s public records law

Oregon’s public records law will get a bit stronger soon, assuming Gov. Kate Brown signs Senate Bill 481. She should do so. The most important feature of the bill is this: It generally requires public agencies to acknowledge public records requests within five days and to satisfy them within the following 10. Source: Editorial: Bill […]
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How Oregon tried to block pollution records from public

Miles Johnson, an attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper, wanted to see reports showing how much water pollution 17 different cities and businesses spew into the Columbia River. Source: How Oregon tried to block pollution records from public | OregonLive.com

Exceptions to public records | Opinion |

We’ve written before about the 550 or so exemptions that have entwined themselves around Oregon’s public records law in the decades since it was passed in 1973. At the time, the Oregon law was a model of government transparency, an example for the rest of the nation to follow. Source: Exceptions to public records | […]
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Editorial: Bill targets exceptions to records

We’ve written before about the 550 or so exemptions that have entwined themselves around Oregon’s public records law in the decades since it was passed in 1973. At the time, the Oregon law was a model of government transparency, an example for the rest of the nation to follow. Not so much anymore. Every time […]
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Editorial: For the good of Gov. Brown

Gov. Kate Brown works for the good of Oregon. For the good of Oregon, she promised when she took office in 2015, “we must seize this moment to work across party lines to restore the public’s trust.” In that speech, Brown said she wanted to make improvements in Oregon’s public records law to “ensure timely […]
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Editorial: A possible win for open records

We’ve been keeping an eye on a proposal to create a public records advocate in state government, but that isn’t the only bill pending in the Legislature that could help the cause of open records in Oregon. Senate Bill 481, inspired by work done by a task force convened by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, […]
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Sunshine Committee should see light of day before sine die: Editorial agenda 2017

For the past two years, many Oregon lawmakers have pledged their commitment to transparency in state government. A handful of laws were signed. A task force was created. And much, much lip service was paid to creating or strengthening laws that provide Oregonians with improved access to public documents and meetings. Source: Sunshine Committee should […]
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