Public records advocate calls for more transparency

SALEM — Oregon’s departing public records advocate said high fees often create a barrier for requesters seeking public information, and called for more clarity and less discretion for public bodies assessing fees to fill those requests.

In her 11-page final report on Wednesday, Ginger McCall said fees were “perhaps the single most pressing issue related to public records requests.” She also said there should be a way for those denied records by elected officials to appeal without the costly step of going to court. (Read more here…)