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Oregon Takes Another Crack At Overhauling Public Records Law

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Oregon Attorney General's Office
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

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 are meeting 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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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
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