Tag Archives: Public Records

Editorial: Public records, meetings laws protect us all

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.”― James Madison Government comes in for plenty […]
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Think Too Much: A request to celebrate Sunshine Week | Editorial |

Today marks the start of Sunshine Week — the annual celebration of the idea, so central to our democracy, that government works best when it operates in full public view. I’m going to mark the occasion this year by doing something I need to do more frequently. I’m going to request a set of public records about […]
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Q&A: Oregon’s new public records advocate talks transparency

Oregonians have the right to know what their government is up to, but public agencies’ notions of transparency don’t always match those of citizens or the media. That’s why the Oregon Legislature created the role of public records advocate. The idea is that the advocate will mediate disputes between those who want records and the state […]
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Editorial: A promising choice for records post | Editorial |

One of the steps that the state of Oregon has taken in recent years to improve the transparency of government is to authorize the creation of a public records advocate. The advocate’s primary job will be to mediate disputes between citizens who want access to public records and the state agencies that hold those records. […]
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Public records expert: Oregon gets F in transparency

Cites ‘many, many mistakes’ about public meetings. It’s Sunshine Week, which highlights the public’s ability to access information about the government, and also some of the challenges the public still faces to more transparency. Source: Public records expert: Oregon gets F in transparency – KTVZ

Editorial: Washington records bill is bad news

We usually don’t spend much time worrying about the state of Washington’s politics, but the current battle over whether that state’s Legislature needs to comply with public records laws is worth noting. The battle would be timely at any time of the year, but it’s particularly noteworthy this month, which includes Sunshine Week, the annual […]
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Editorial: Don’t cede control of public records to unions

The Portland school district and its teachers have had their share of bad publicity in the last few years. While the district has tried to keep the stories of its problems — and problem teachers — quiet, it’s been largely unsuccessful. Now the teacher union appears poised to make it even more difficult for the […]
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Volunteer Library Coordinator Tatiana Resetnikov resigns

REEDSPORT — Expressing her frustration with some residents and elected officials, Volunteer Library Coordinator Tatiana Resetnikov has resigned. Source: Volunteer Library Coordinator Tatiana Resetnikov resigns

Public records transparency eroded with SEIU appointment

Gov. Kate Brown thinks Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503 should be a leading voice on the state’s Public Records Advisory Council, which is charged with improving transparency in the state’s public records laws – which should tell Oregonians all they need to know about how seriously she’s taking this process. Source: Public records […]
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State appoints public records law panelists

Carrying out a new state law, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has appointed a statewide committee to review and make recommendations on Oregon’s public records laws. Specifically, the Oregon Sunshine Committee will review the hundreds of exemptions in state law that allow local and state governments to keep certain public records secret. The committee will […]
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