Tag Archives: Public Records

Oregon public records survey shows mixed bag for government transparency practices

A first-ever survey of Oregon public bodies sheds light on how well government of all sizes complies with public records law. Results are a mixed bag, said Ginger McCall, the state’s public records advocate. The survey went to 132 bodies, a mix of state agencies, counties, cities, school districts, boards and special services districts. Ninety-seven […]
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Editorial: Survey shows some progress in open records

When Ginger McCall, Oregon’s state public records advocate, started work in her job, one of the first things she noticed was a lack of data about how state and other local governments dealt with requests for public records. She had heard anecdotally about how some agencies were groaning under the weight of requests from citizens […]
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Our view | Elected, public leaders answer to the public

Occasionally it is prudent to remind voters in Oregon of a few, fundamental elements regarding our access to government. In Oregon, the presumption is always government is, and will always will be, open to public scrutiny. This scrutiny promotes our form of democracy and also furnishes a degree of transparency. Source: Our view | Elected, […]
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First-ever public records survey shows mixed bag for Oregon government transparency practices

A first-ever survey of Oregon public bodies sheds light on how well government of all sizes complies with public records law. The results are a mixed bag, said Ginger McCall, the state’s public records advocate. The survey was sent to 132 bodies, a mix of state agencies, counties, cities, school districts, boards and special services […]
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Editorial: Here’s why we need records reporting law

Ginger McCall, Oregon’s public records advocate, recently asked a variety of state and local government agencies to share information regarding the public records requests they received in 2018. While she got a reasonably good response — more than 70% of agencies asked for information actually sent that information to McCall’s office — it’s clear there’s […]
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How transparent are governments in Oregon? New public records survey sheds light

Oregon’s public records advocate released the first survey of state and local governments’ records responses on Thursday. Source: How transparent are governments in Oregon? New public records survey sheds light

Editorial: Require agencies to track public records requests

Oregon lawmakers took up three measures in the 2019 session designed to improve the way the state’s public records laws work. Two passed, but one that arguably was one of the most important remained in committee at session’s end. House Bill 2431 would have collected information that would have given future Legislatures and the public a better […]
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Our view | A tip of the hat, a kick in the pants

A tip of the hat to the Umatilla Electric Co-op, Pacific Power and other utilities and state legislators for recognizing the challenges faced by rural mobile home owners and their effort to work on fixes like weatherization to help keep costs for residents low. A tip of the hat to all those working to prepare […]
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Legislature: Clarify public records law

A retired judge’s ruling in a public-records case is certainly “confusing,” in the words of a newspaper-industry lawyer, but then, so is the statute the judge ruled on. The Legislature should clarify it. At issue is the request of a West Linn teenager for notes taken during public meetings by a city council member. Rory […]
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Wildfire Prevention | Public Records – OPB’s Think Out Loud

As hotter and drier summers become more common, communities at risk of wildfire are thinking about longterm solutions. The city of Ashland, Oregon, is considering changing building codes to make new construction more fire-resilient. We speak to Chris Chambers, the wildfire division chief of Ashland Fire & Rescue, about the future of wildfire prevention in Ashland. […]
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