Tag Archives: Public Records

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;

Editorial: Douglas County D.A. got records request all wrong

It’s hard not to believe there’s something wrong going on in Douglas County. The district attorney there Thursday rejected a request by The Oregonian to reduce a roughly $2,000 fee the county proposes to charge the newspaper for 170 pages of financial records. The DA argued the newspaper’s owner, Advance Publications, can well afford the charge, and […]
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Editorial: Flaw exposed again in public records law

The fight over public records in Douglas County may actually be one of the better things to happen to Oregon’s public records laws. It shows why the laws are important and how they can fail. Douglas County commissioners spent at least $43,000 on lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., using federal money awarded to the county. […]
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Metro Council President Lynn Peterson Texted About Public Business From Her Private Phone—and Deleted the Texts.

That appears to be a violation of Oregon’s public records law. Source: Metro Council President Lynn Peterson Texted About Public Business From Her Private Phone—and Deleted the Texts. – Willamette Week

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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