Tag Archives: Government Transparency

Our view: Open records laws benefit the public – Editorials

Taxpayers benefit from laws that create that transparency and accountability. When it comes to government transparency and accountability, open records laws provide a great check and balance for the public and not just through the media. Source: Our view: Open records laws benefit the public – Editorials – The Daily Astorian

Slew of Oregon Legislation Increases Transparency, Creates Chief Data Officer Position

Lawmakers passed the plan to set public records deadlines last month, and Gov.Kate Brown signed it into law June 22, and the Legislature passed the three other bills before going home last week. Transparency advocates are cheering what some of them say is the biggest collective improvement in Oregon’s public records law since it was […]
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Oregon adopts public records reforms aimed at increasing transparency

Transparency advocates are cheering what some of them say is the biggest collective improvement in Oregon’s public records law since it was created more than 40 years ago.It took more than two years after the resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber amid an influence-peddling scandal and questions left unanswered by a backlog of unfulfilled records […]
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What to know about Oregon’s four new public records laws

Oregon’s top political leadership tripped all over themselves in recent months to make state and local governments easier for citizens to scrutinize. Source: What to know about Oregon’s four new public records laws

Our Opinion: Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity

Over the coming weeks, in our news and commentary pages, you can expect to find more analysis and exploration into why so many things fell apart. Tough questions and a bit of political soul searching, however, should not overshadow the fact that our citizen lawmakers did manage to reach agreement on several important issues that […]
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State hiding communication plan in FamilyCare battle

Oregon Health Authority heavily redacts documents about its fight with the health care provider released in response to a public records request Source: Pamplin Media Group – State hiding communication plan in FamilyCare battle

Oregon lawmakers hide oil train safety plans from public

More than a year after a train derailed, caught fire and spilled oil into the Columbia River in Mosier, state lawmakers are on the verge of forcing railroads to develop plans for making Oregonians safer the next time. With a big catch: Those plans will be secret. Unlike in California and Washington, any railroad response […]
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Oregon must do more about transparency in government

Oregonians need to deploy a full-court press on lawmakers today even with sine die (session adjournment) expected shortly. Don’t delay. The pressure on elected officials is necessary to ensure that you, the public, as well as we, the media — have easier access to government information that is in the public’s best interest to know. […]
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Our view: Oregon needs sunshine committee – Editorials

As a disappointing legislative session comes to a close, you can lament a lot of missed opportunities: Tax reform didn’t get done. PERS reform never got off the ground. The education budget survived disastrous cuts but didn’t take the necessary steps forward. A transportation package may have legs, but time is short to get it […]
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Our view: Oregon needs sunshine committee – Editorials

As a disappointing legislative session comes to a close, you can lament a lot of missed opportunities: Tax reform didn’t get done. PERS reform never got off the ground. The education budget survived disastrous cuts but didn’t take the necessary steps forward. A transportation package may have legs, but time is short to get it […]
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