Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced the formation of the Attorney General’s Public Records Law Reform Task Force, a group designed to review and recommend improvements to Oregon’s public records laws.
The Task Force will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 9:00 A.M., in hearing room 343 at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
The Task Force members include:
- Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General
- Michael Kron, Office of the Attorney General
- Gina Zejdlik, Office of the Governor
- Robert Taylor, Deputy Secretary of State
- Josh Nasbe, Oregon Judicial Department
- Rob Bovett, Association of Oregon Counties
- Scott Winkels, League of Oregon Cities
- Mark Landauer, Special Districts Association of Oregon
- Les Zaitz, Oregon Territory Society of Professional Journalists
- Keith Shipman, Oregon Association of Broadcasters
- Jeb Bladine, Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association
- Dave Rosenfeld, Oregon State Public Interest Research Group
- Mario Parker-Milligan, Oregon Student Association
- Bertha Ferran, public member
- Betty Reynolds, public member
- State Representative John Huffman
- State Representative Ken Helm
- State Senator Lee Beyer
- State Senator Jeff Kruse
“Since 1973, when our Public Records Law was enacted, hundreds of exemptions have been added,” said Attorney General Rosenblum. “It is clear now is the time to examine whether we have gone too far. I am confident that this representative group will provide real recommendations for the legislature to improve transparency and access to information about our government.”
For information on the public records process, the Oregon Attorney General publishes the Oregon Public Records Manual.
Additional information about the upcoming meeting is available here.
Kristina Edmunson, Department of Justice, Kristina.Edmunson@doj.state.or.us, 503-378-6002