EDITORIAL: Oregon Attorney General’s skewed public-records task force

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum late last month announced the formation of a Public Records Law Reform Task Force to review and recommend improvements to Oregon's public records laws. In doing so, she expressed confidence "that this representative group will provide real recommendations for the Legislature to improve transparency and access to information about our government."

Representative? Of what, exactly? Certainly not a broad cross-section of political thought, that's for sure.

Of the 17 members of her task force — which includes Rosenblum herself as chair — only two are actual Republicans. Eight of the members represent public agencies — you know, precisely people with the most to fear from government transparency. Two more seats are reserved for representatives from the Oregon Student Association and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, both notoriously leftist activist organizations. Continue…