Tag Archives: Government Transparency

Editorial: A rare victory for open records in Oregon

There is good news from this legislative session regarding public access to public records, and that’s a rare enough occurrence these days that we thought it was worth noting. We’ve written before about Senate Bill 609, which would require anyone requesting public records to outline, “with particularity … how the requester intends to use the […]
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Editorial: Bad public records bill gets what it deserved

There was nothing to admire about the bill with which former state Rep. Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, sought to tighten public records requests. Now there is: It’s dead. Requesters of public records already face unreasonable delays and denials. Often, they are billed so much that they can’t afford to get the records. And they are […]
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Public records bill dropped by Boone

News media had objected. A bill in the state Senate that would have toughened requirements for public records requests has been dropped after the legislation received more scrutiny than expected. State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, submitted Senate Bill 609 in January on behalf of recently retired state Rep. Deborah Boone, who called the legislation necessary […]
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Editorial: Be clear about carbon tax transparency

Sometimes Oregon officials have a hard time understanding how the public records law works. The general rule is government records are supposed to be transparent and open. There are only specific exceptions. But ask for records from a public agency in Oregon and they may well delay or ignore the request. They may charge so […]
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Editorial: Legislators rush to file records bills

Over the last 25 years or so, advocates of openness in state government have lost ground each time the Legislature met, as bill after bill removed yet another set of records from public inspection — records that used to be open, back in the days when Oregon was considered a national leader for government transparency. […]
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Editorial: Chevron lawyer criticizes U. of O. professor’s pursuit of transparency

A small exchange in court in Salem on Wednesday spoke volumes about the public’s right to know how its money is spent under Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.Lawyers representing The Bulletin and the state of Oregon were in the courtroom of Marion County Circuit Judge Mary Mertens James to argue that records about the program should […]
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Our View: Secrecy isn’t the answer

It was with alarm that we learned that lawmakers in Salem are actively considering a proposal to make Oregon government actions less open. And it was with extraordinary disappointment that we learned that the latest move in this direction is being spearheaded by the North Coast’s former Rep. Deborah Boone, and recommended by our state […]
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Good news and bad on transparency

The Oregon House of Representatives struck a blow for transparency on Monday by adopting three rule changes proposed by a bipartisan group of legislators. But on the Senate side of the Capitol, a bill was introduced that would undermine the state’s public records law, taking a step toward less transparency in government. Source: Good news […]
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Editorial: Improve Oregon’s public records law

People seeking public records in Oregon get all kinds of abuse. Public agencies ignore them. Agencies overcharge them. Sometimes, agencies even sue requesters to stop from having to fulfill a request. That’s not the way the state’s public records law is supposed to work. But that’s the way some public agencies choose to implement the […]
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The Government Has an Instagram Problem 

Social media connects us to our officials, but much of what they say will be lost to history. There have always been stories left untold in Washington, but the ubiquity of social media is creating a new void in our collective memories. The digital records created by today’s politicians may go missing unless our institutions […]
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