Oregon's Public Records Law dates to 1973. And over the past 37 years, special interests and bureaucrats opposed to giving the public the information it owns have conspired to amend and weaken that law.
There are various exemptions to the law. But the process of obtaining records has become increasingly difficult because of the lack of time, interest or training by some custodians of public records —essentially all documents produced, possessed or touched by government entities with some exceptions.
Attorney General John Kroger
, whose job it is to enforce the Public Records Law, has expressed a desire to simplify the law and streamline the process of making records available.
Tomorrow night at a 6 pm hearing at the University of Oregon's Turnbull Center at 70 NW Couch Street, Kroger and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association will take public input on how to make public records and the operations of government more transparent.