Tag Archives: Public Records

Public records law flawed

Oregon law allows government officials to delay or withhold records that should be public, and there is little punishment for agencies that violate the law. Governments in Oregon unreasonably delay handing over public documents or charge too much for that access, and put records of elected officials sometimes nearly beyond reach of citizens, according to […]
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State public records advocate finds a litany of flaws in Oregon’s public records laws

A new report by the state’s public records advocate found that current law is confusing for agencies, media and the public. It allows for delays, high fees and little punishment for government acting in bad faith. Governments in Oregon unreasonably delay handing over public documents or charge too much for that access, and put records […]
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Editorial: Iowa biofuel giant loves Oregon motorists … and secrecy

Renewable Energy Group joins suit to hide records related to Oregon Clean Fuels Program. When legislators decided in 2015 to remove the sunset date on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, they heard plenty about its supposed benefits. By reducing the “carbon intensity” of road fuels by 10 percent, they were told, the program would help ameliorate climate […]
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EDITORIAL: Oregon leaders need to act on system that handled Montwheeler

Reforming how the state protects Oregonians from the criminally insane needs the unwavering attention of Gov. Kate Brown, legislators and state agency officials. Little has changed since the Anthony Montwheeler case grabbed the public’s attention. An honest assessment of the state’s system followed by meaningful changes is what Oregonians deserve. Source: EDITORIAL: Oregon leaders need […]
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Psychiatric Board | Transgender Healthcare – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In Oregon, people found criminally insane become the custody of the Psychiatric Security Review Board for supervision and treatment. But a new analysis from ProPublica and the Malheur Enterprise shows that 35 percent of people released from the board commit new crimes within three years. We sit down with reporter Jayme Fraser to talk about Oregon’s […]
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Editorial: State board fails Oregonians

Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board has failed Oregonians. Its main mission, according to its own website, is to protect the public from those criminals who are found guilty except for insanity. It does not do that, and it has failed to study the issue in any serious way. If it had, it might have discovered […]
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Editorial: Chevron’s lawsuit targeting Bulletin highlights disturbing public-records trend

No one requesting public records should risk being slapped with an expensive lawsuit. But in Oregon, it’s happening all too often. There’s a growing pattern of lawsuits that could dissuade the public from asking for basic information about their government. Whatever else they accomplish, these suits threaten to drown critics in legal paperwork and lawyer […]
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Oregon Board Says Those Found Criminally Insane Rarely Commit New Crimes. The Numbers Say Otherwise.

The Psychiatric Security Review Board questioned how many people it discharged from state custody returned to crime. But it did not share its findings or change policies even as former clients killed or raped. About 35 percent of people found criminally insane in Oregon and then let out of supervised psychiatric treatment were charged with […]
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Editorial: Department of Justice orders release of records related to Oregon’s super-secret gas tax

DOJ rejected claim that transparency would hamper credit market. For an organization devoted to clear air and clean water, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is remarkably tolerant of potentially toxic secrecy. The same cannot be said, fortunately, for the state Department of Justice, which ordered DEQ this week to come clean with public records […]
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Editorial: Tidy up government records

Lynne Saxton, the former head of the Oregon Health Authority, resigned suddenly in 2017 after news of a plan to tarnish the reputation of a Portland health care provider became public. Not surprisingly, the provider, FamilyCare Inc., sued the OHA. Saxton was deposed as part of the proceedings and admitted she had routinely destroyed text […]
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