Oregon Takes Another Crack At Overhauling Public Records Law
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum convened a task force Thursday that will consider overhauling the state's 40-year-old public records law.
There are now hundreds of exemptions that government agencies can cite when turning down a request for information from the public. Now a panel of state and local officials, lawyers and journalists aremeeting to see if it's time to eliminate some of those exceptions.
Rosenblum told the group they don't need to re-write the entire law.
"It may not be the telephone book size proposals that have come before the legislature in the past and maybe have been a little overwhelming and haven't gone anywhere,” she said.
Rosenblum’s predecessor, John Kroger, tried to overhaul the law in 2011. The 77-page bill never received a vote.
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