Tag Archives: Public Records

Oregon public records council focuses on plan to ensure independence

League of Oregon Cities’ amendments could curtail some of the council’s and public records advocates’ authority to seek legislation. Oregon’s Public Records Advisory Council met Wednesday to discuss a legislative proposal to carve out its place as an independent agency and office under the governor. A lobbyist for the League of Oregon Cities has proposed […]
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Editorial: Reporters Committee bringing needed help to Oregon

Oregon media organizations are going to get some much needed help in getting public records. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Tuesday Oregon was one of five states selected to have an attorney to help journalists gain access to public records and hold government accountable. Oregon’s public records law is a farce […]
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Oregon’s sports betting contractor sues lottery, state justice department, Oregonian to keep state contract secret

A heated battle over public records reached the boiling point last week when a company working for the Oregon State Lottery obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the release of its contract with the state to The Oregonian/OregonLive. Public agencies routinely make contracts with vendors available to the press and the public because they detail […]
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Editorial: Here’s why Oregon’s public records law matters 

There couldn’t be a clearer case about both the value and flaws in Oregon’s public records law than the current one in Douglas County. The Oregonian, having spent about $2,000 to obtain records of how the county spent some $43,000 in federal Secure Rural Schools Act funds, reported this week on what it found. The newspaper […]
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Oregon 1 of 5 states to get new legal help for journalists; Salem Reporter participating

Newsrooms in Oregon will soon receive free legal help through the Local Legal Initiative fund, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced today. The fund will place lawyers in five states to defend newsrooms against legal threats and to help journalists access public records. Salem Reporter is part of the effort. Oregon is […]
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Editorial: Public records proposal fixes old flaws

The Oregon Legislature created the office of Public Records Advocate in 2017, and Ginger McCall was appointed to the post in January 2018 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. One year and nine months later, McCall was gone, having resigned in protest over interference from some on Brown’s staff. Now lawmakers, with the advantage of hindsight, […]
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Oregon’s top judge asked about immigration arrests in courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made arrests in or near 10 of Oregon’s 27 state circuit courts, according to state records obtained by Salem Reporter. The records, released under a public records request, shed light on the scope of ICE’s increased activity in Oregon courthouses, which has become a source of contention between state […]
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Federal aid, state records rules need work

Oregon’s U.S. senators have introduced legislation to prevent federal safety-net funds meant to help struggling timber counties from being spent to lobby federal officials. That’s a good first step, assuming Congress sees fit to enact the legislation. But the situation that prompted Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to act also highlights continuing weakness in […]
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Editorial: Reasonable fees for records must be based in reality

The city of Portland lost a lawsuit the other day. It wasn’t a big one, but for those who believe the state’s public records law really does give the public access to government records, it was important. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Shelley D. Russell ruled that fees the city charged to fill a records […]
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Editorial: Revive records reporting bill

Monday the Oregon Senate Interim Committee on General Government and Emergency Preparedness will hold an informational session in Salem in which, among other things, they’ll receive a report from Todd Albert, the state’s deputy public records advocate, on the compliance survey the Public Records Advisory Council conducted this year. Source: Editorial: Revive records reporting bill;