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Oregon Lawmakers Pass 4 New Public Records Laws

Oregon’s top political leadership tripped all over themselves in recent months to make state and local governments easier for citizens to scrutinize.

The Legislature passed no fewer than four public records laws — pushed by the governor and attorney general — in the session that just ended. And the secretary of state weighed in unexpectedly with his own plan for improving government transparency.

The bills, Gov. Kate Brown said, “are significant reforms to Oregon’s public records laws  — and probably the most significant reforms we’ve seen in multiple decades.”

The bills amend Oregon’s 1973 public records law, which established a presumption of openness. Citizens have the right to obtain government documents unless there’s a specific legal exemption that prohibits them from doing so.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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