1. Committee Principles (PDF) (2 pages) (121kb)
2. Marijuana Publications (link)
3. Modernization and Reform of Oregon Public Records Law
a. 2017 Oregon Public Records Law Reform Legislation
The 2017 Oregon Legislature made the most significant updates to Oregon’s Inspection of Public Records Law since 1973. There were three primary bills enacted, often referred to during the legislative session at a “three-legged stool.” They are:
* Senate Bill 106 (2017 Oregon Laws, Chapter 728)
SUMMARY: Creates Public Records Advocate and Public Records Advisory Council. Directs Public Records Advocate to provide facilitated dispute resolution services to facilitate resolution of disputes between requesters of public records and state agencies or cities concerning disclosure of public records. Directs Public Records Advocate to provide training for state agencies and local government bodies on disclosure requirements and best practices for processing and responding to requests to inspect public records. Authorizes Public Records Advocate, upon request, to provide guidance and advice on public records processing and exemptions. Directs Public Records Advisory Council to study issues that arise under the public records law and at least once each biennium to provide written recommendations to Governor and Legislative Assembly on effectiveness and fairness of public records law and public bodies’ implementation of public records law requirements.
* Senate Bill 481 (2017 Oregon Laws, Chapter 456)
SUMMARY: Defines “business day” for purposes of public records. Establishes time frames for public body responses to public records requests. Requires Attorney General to maintain catalog of public records law exemptions. Provides protections against liability and privilege waivers resulting from public records disclosures. Clarifies appeal procedures for reviews of public records requests.
* House Bill 2101 (2017 Oregon Laws, Chapter 654)
SUMMARY: Directs Legislative Counsel to prepare open government impact statement for measures that affect disclosure, or exemption from disclosure, of public records. Establishes Oregon Sunshine Committee to establish schedule of review for exemptions from disclosure for public records. Directs Oregon Sunshine Committee to submit report to Legislative Counsel Committee subcommittee on public records and include in report recommended changes to public records process and recommendations to amend or repeal exemptions from disclosure. Directs Legislative Counsel Committee to establish public records subcommittee to review report from Oregon Sunshine Committee and submit report to Legislative Counsel Committee.
b. Additional Related Links and Documents
* Oregon Inspection of Public Records Law (as of January 1, 2018) (ORS 192.410 to 192.505) (PDF) (38 pages) (219kb)
NOTE: This document will be replaced by a link to 2017 ORS Chapter 192 once that is published in late 2017 or early 2018
* Oregon Archiving of Public Records Law (ORS 192.005 to 192.170) (link)
* Oregon Archiving of Public Records Administrative Rules (OAR Chapter 166) (link)
* Oregon Attorney General’s Public Records and Meetings Manual (2014) (PDF) (490 pages) (1.5mb)
* Draft AOC Public Records Policy (PDF) (34 pages) (266kb)
* Oregon Public Records Advisory Council (link)
* Oregon Attorney General’s Public Records Law Reform Task Force (link)
* Public Records Law Reform PowerPoint Presentation (November 14, 2017) (PDF) (26 slides) (1.7mb)
4. Bills Tracked (for the AOC Governance Committee)
* List of 2017 Tracked Oregon Legislation (PDF) (71 pages) (550kb)
* List of 2016 Tracked Oregon Legislation (PDF) (13 pages) (158kb)