Tag Archives: Public Records

Sunshine laws more important than ever

Another year has come and gone, and another Sunshine Week is upon us. Launched 14 years ago by the American Society of News Editors, the annual observance is timed to coincide with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, considered the father of the Constitution and a staunch advocate for the Bill of Rights. In […]
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Need court records? Redmond library to be first noncourthouse with free access

Library card will be all you need to view Oregon court system records. The Redmond branch of the Deschutes Public Library system will soon be the first place outside of a courthouse building where Oregonians may access state court records for free. Starting March 1, the Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave. across from […]
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Editorial: No extra privacy for public officials

State Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, did not get what she wanted in her own bill — Senate Bill 826. She plans to amend it, but even then it doesn’t sound like something Oregonians should want. As it is written, the bill would prohibit the Secretary of State’s Office and county clerks from releasing the addresses […]
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An Oregon lawmaker wanted to stop ‘fishing expeditions’ for public records. Here’s what she meant.

When recently retired Rep. Deborah Boone began pushing a bill in January to prevent news media “fishing expeditions” for public records, people wondered what she meant. An example of the types of requests Boone says have bothered her: one that yielded 1,800 pages of her own correspondence, released to The Oregonian/OregonLive days before the bill’s […]
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Editorial: Bad public records bill gets what it deserved

There was nothing to admire about the bill with which former state Rep. Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, sought to tighten public records requests. Now there is: It’s dead. Requesters of public records already face unreasonable delays and denials. Often, they are billed so much that they can’t afford to get the records. And they are […]
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Public records bill dropped by Boone

News media had objected. A bill in the state Senate that would have toughened requirements for public records requests has been dropped after the legislation received more scrutiny than expected. State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, submitted Senate Bill 609 in January on behalf of recently retired state Rep. Deborah Boone, who called the legislation necessary […]
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Editorial: Be clear about carbon tax transparency

Sometimes Oregon officials have a hard time understanding how the public records law works. The general rule is government records are supposed to be transparent and open. There are only specific exceptions. But ask for records from a public agency in Oregon and they may well delay or ignore the request. They may charge so […]
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Editorial: Legislators rush to file records bills

Over the last 25 years or so, advocates of openness in state government have lost ground each time the Legislature met, as bill after bill removed yet another set of records from public inspection — records that used to be open, back in the days when Oregon was considered a national leader for government transparency. […]
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Editorial: Chevron lawyer criticizes U. of O. professor’s pursuit of transparency

A small exchange in court in Salem on Wednesday spoke volumes about the public’s right to know how its money is spent under Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program.Lawyers representing The Bulletin and the state of Oregon were in the courtroom of Marion County Circuit Judge Mary Mertens James to argue that records about the program should […]
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Our View: Secrecy isn’t the answer

It was with alarm that we learned that lawmakers in Salem are actively considering a proposal to make Oregon government actions less open. And it was with extraordinary disappointment that we learned that the latest move in this direction is being spearheaded by the North Coast’s former Rep. Deborah Boone, and recommended by our state […]
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