Tag Archives: Government Transparency

Editorial: The return of the it’s-a-personnel-matter dodge

It’s a personnel matter and I cannot comment further. How many times does government use that dodge when an Oregon official may have done something wrong? Almost every time. It’s a scheme for government to avoid accountability to the public it is supposed to serve. Source: Editorial: The return of the it’s-a-personnel-matter dodge;

Editorial: Legislature shows poor commitment to transparency

The Oregon Legislature’s interest in improving government transparency is as shallow as it can be to keep up appearances. The latest evidence is in the fate of House Bill 2431. The bill is a product of the committee the Legislature set up to take a look at government transparency. And the Legislature is treating a […]
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The cost to comply with a public records bill quietly drops to $0. Will lawmakers act?

A bill that would require state agencies to track and report on the public records requests they receive has stalled in Salem, although implementing the mandate would no longer cost nearly as much as lawmakers thought. Lawmakers have carved out a permanent place for Oregon’s nascent public records advisory council, but the fate of the […]
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Gov. Brown signs bill that would fine agencies for undue public records request delays

Government agencies could be fined up to $200 if they ignore or improperly delay the release of legally-requested public records under a bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday. House Bill 2353 allows a district attorney, the Attorney General or a judge to order a fine or request a fee waiver if they find […]
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Editorial: Shine a light on betting contract

Oregon generally operates on the assumption that the value of sunlight goes beyond vitamin D. Sunlight, when it comes to government, lets the people of Oregon know what their officials, be they in the Department of Transportation or the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board, are doing with taxpayers’ dollars. Unfortunately, the idea of openness is […]
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Sunshine vs. secrecy: The battle never ends

It’s spring, and in America’s state capitals legislatures are winding up their business and, too often, bringing out the padlocks. All 50 states give the public the right to see government records and documents, but many legislatures are weighing changes in their open-records laws. These changes rarely end up making our government more transparent. Instead, […]
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Editorial: Cities wrong to oppose public records bill

Oregon House Bill 2353 would put teeth in the Legislature’s 2017 law that set deadlines for fulfilling public records requests of government agencies in the state. The measure would allow district attorneys, the attorney general’s office and the courts to levy a $200 fine if deadlines were not met. In addition, they could lower or […]
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End secrecy around police shootings – Opinion

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow has closed the books on another officer-involved shooting. It remains unclear if the top local prosecutor prioritizes serving the public or the police. Perlow kept a lid on everything, at least on the police side of things, for weeks while she investigated whether the shooting was justified. Such secrecy […]
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Editorial: Penalize agencies for failing to fill records requests

Oregon courts have repeatedly affirmed the public’s right to public information, but many government institutions fail to comply with requests. Legislative reforms in 2017 added a time limit. Problems persist. Source: Editorial: Penalize agencies for failing to fill records requests;

Small-donor elections offer a better way

Our democracy has been knocked out of balance by the influx of big money in elections. We need a system in which everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard. One way to shift the balance is to limit corporate giving to candidates. Following the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history, […]
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