A city in Oregon is suing a news organization, hoping to keep secret how much water Google will use to cool server farms. The city of The Dalles filed suit in state court in October 2021, seeking to overturn the ruling of a county district attorney, who said Google’s water use is a public record….
The Oregon Legislature is set to adopt new rules that will make it easier to see how legislation is created and how the state does business.
Senate and House leaders expressed bipartisan support for the changes Tuesday during an annual meeting with press before the legislative session starts Feb. 1.
A major change in the rules is that anonymous amendments to bills will no longer be allowed. Legislators will have their names attached to amendments, and there will be an option to note if a lobbyist sponsored the amendment.
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.
From Daily Journal: The state online repository of court files is a public record, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled, overturning a lower-court judgment that put the state in the awkward position of arguing that its own online registry was insufficiently reliable to establish that a conviction had taken place.
From San Francisco Chronicle:
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Want to find out if a particular motel has bedbugs? … Who won the lottery? … How much a retired public employee is earning from a pension?
Some in the Oregon Legislature want to keep that information confidential, and several bills would cut off public access to those records.