Tag Archives: Public Records Advocate

Gov. Brown appoints new public records advocate

Becky Chiao will be the second appointed advocate, after Ginger McCall resigned after pressure from the governor’s office. Gov. Kate Brown appointed Becky Chiao as the new public records advocate, the governor’s office announced Friday, June 10. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Gov. Brown appoints new public records advocate

The vital task of shining a light

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. ” — James Madison. Source: The vital task of shining a light | Mail Tribune

Government accountability requires access to public records

Oregonians are nearly unanimous in their desire to have accurate information from and about our government Source: Government accountability requires access to public records

Editorial: Bring back public records bill

Many bills failed in the 2020 legislative session because Republican legislators walked out and Democrats decided that the cap -and -trade bill needed to move before other bills did. Ask what bills should have passed, and you will get different answers. For instance, we have highlighted how Oregon State University-Cascades failed to receive money for […]
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The Oregon Senate Moves Toward Greater Government Transparency By Approving More Independent Public Records Advocate

In a fractious session, lawmakers from both parties unanimously vote for shedding more light on government operations. In a short session dominated by partisan brawling over climate legislation, Oregon state senators voted unanimously today to strengthen the office of the state’s public records advocate, who is supposed to free up documents that will shed light […]
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Oregon Senate votes to make public records advocate independent of governor

After Oregon’s first public records advocate resigned in protest last year, state senators passed a bill Monday they say will help ensure independence and transparency for the position. Ginger McCall accused the governor’s office of inappropriate pressure and an “abuse of authority” and abruptly resigned last September after 18 months on the job. Her resignation […]
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Bill giving public records advocate independence heads to vote

It took less than two minutes Wednesday for a Senate committee to approve legislation to solidify independence for Oregon’s public records advocate and the Public Records Advisory Council. During a Feb. 12 work session, members of the Senate Committee on General Government sent Senate Bill 1506 to the Senate floor with a recommendation that it […]
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Bill giving records advocate independence heads to vote

Committee sends legislation to the Senate floor without changes intended to keep council tied to governor’s office. Source: Bill giving records advocate independence heads to vote

Will price tag doom plan to make Oregon government transparency official independent?

It appeared that a proposal to ensure the independence of Oregon’s top transparency official might get bogged down by a vague price tag. But the outlook improved Tuesday afternoon, when a key lawmaker said he expects it will get voted out of committee and receive a Senate floor vote. Source: Will price tag doom plan […]
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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Future Of Transparency Official’s Role

Oregon lawmakers consider the future of the state’s top transparency position. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Consider Future Of Transparency Official’s Role