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Oregon Takes Another Crack At Overhauling Public Records Law

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Oregon Attorney General's Office
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum convened a task force Thursday that will consider overhauling the state's 40-year-old public records law.

There are now hundreds of exemptions that government agencies can cite when turning down a request for information from the public. Now a panel of state and local officials, lawyers and journalists aremeeting to see if it's time to eliminate some of those exceptions.

Rosenblum told the group they don't need to re-write the entire law.

"It may not be the telephone book size proposals that have come before the legislature in the past and maybe have been a little overwhelming and haven't gone anywhere,” she said.

Rosenblum’s predecessor, John Kroger, tried to overhaul the law in 2011. The 77-page bill never received a vote.

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.