The issue was brought to light recently during a tussle between Grocery Outlet and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, where e-mails between a beer and wine distributor lobbyist and the OLCC director became public, indicating their plans to block a bill that would allow the grocery chain to cut out the middleman distributors.
Though no side takes a stand against government transparency, some groups claim the law could place undue financial burden on small local state agencies.
Are you a state worker tasked with fulfilling public record’s law requests? Are you a citizen who has made such requests for public documents? What’s your experience?
- Harry Esteve: Political reporter for The Oregonian
- Scott Fernandez: Volunteer citizen activist for Citizens for Portland’s Water
- John Kroger: Oregon Attorney General
- Chad Jacobs: General counsel for the League of Oregon Cities
- Judson Randall: Co-founder and president of Open Oregon