Tag Archives: Public Records

Editorial: Lawmakers should end elected officials’ sweet deal

Elected officials in Oregon have, by and large, a sweet deal when it comes to Oregon’s public records law. It’s time the Legislature closed the loophole that comes close to guaranteeing elected officials have nothing to fear from the law. Ginger McCall, the state’s former Public Records Advocate, made the case for the change in […]
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Editorial: Hass right on records advocate

The Oregon Legislature created the office of Public Records Advocate and the Public Records Advisory Council in 2017. Now, in the wake of the resignation of the first advocate, Ginger McCall, state Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, hopes to persuade lawmakers to give the council the right to appoint McCall’s successor. Gov. Kate Brown agrees. There’s […]
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Editorial: Hass has good idea for public records council

State Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, a candidate for Secretary of State, said recently that he will make improving access to public records his first policy priority if he’s elected in 2020. That may not be surprising — Hass is, after all, a former television news broadcaster — but surprising or not, his is a good […]
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Editorial: Plenty to like in records fee suggestion

Ginger McCall, Oregon’s first public records advocate, left office Friday with some suggestions for her successor, the Public Records Advisory Council she headed, and lawmakers and other officials in Oregon. Public records, she says, should be obtainable at prices the public can afford. She’s right, and while we disagree with one suggestion she makes, most […]
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Reducing fees for Oregon’s public records is win for the people

The fees now being charged in Oregon are so high they are a barrier to access. Oregon Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall will be missed. McCall leaves office today after resigning when the governor’s office wanted her to secretly work for the governor while giving the impression she was working in the public interest. Now, […]
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State Public Records Czar Departs, Issues Scathing Report on Government Fees

Oregon hired Ginger McCall as their public records czar only eighteen months ago, her last day will be Friday. Citing interference from the governor’s office, she gave notice last month. This week, as she prepared to leave, McCall voiced even weightier concerns. Having filed a last public report, she takes specific aim at fees the […]
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Public records advocate calls for more transparency

Cites fees as barrier. Oregon’s departing public records advocate said high fees often create a barrier for requesters seeking public information, and called for more clarity and less discretion for public bodies assessing fees to fill those requests. In her 11-page final report on Wednesday, Ginger McCall said fees were “perhaps the single most pressing […]
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Other views | Public records battles continue in Salem

Two developments emerged in the public records arena last week. One would make the state’s public records advocate independent from the governor’s office — a necessary step. The other is a troubling report in The Oregonian indicating that Gov. Kate Brown’s office is claiming exemptions to time limits on releasing public records that are supposed […]
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Editorial: Records advocate offers a parting gift to Oregon citizens

State Library Ed. Note: Final Report of Oregon Public Records Advocate is available HERE. Ginger McCall, the state of Oregon’s first public records advocate, officially leaves her position today. As you might have heard, McCall is resigning because of what she termed undue interference from the governor’s office that undermined the independence of the advocate’s […]
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Hass proposes changes to Oregon public records law

Oregon secretary of state candidate Sen. Mark Hass on Wednesday said improving access to public records would be his first policy priority if elected. Specifically, Hass said the Public Records Advisory Council, which recommends public record policy and includes government, public and media representatives, needs fewer government officials. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Hass […]
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