Carrying out a new state law, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has appointed a statewide committee to review and make recommendations on Oregon’s public records laws.
Specifically, the Oregon Sunshine Committee will review the hundreds of exemptions in state law that allow local and state governments to keep certain public records secret.
The committee will make annual reports and recommendations to the Legislature on its review of the disclosure exemptions.
The committee is charged with, among other things, making recommendations about how existing laws and policies should be changed to “enhance transparency.”
The committee was created under House Bill 2101, which also requires the Legislative Counsel’s Office to prepare an “open government impact statement” on any proposed legislation that changes how public records are disclosed or exempted from disclosure.
HB 2101 requires committee members to represent a variety of sectors or interest groups.
The members, appointed this month, are:
Selena Deckelmann, director of engineering at Mozilla Firefox (technology expertise).
Morgan Smith, Polk County counsel; Karin Johnson, city recorder of Independence; Eileen Eakins, adviser to the Port of Astoria and other agencies (local governments).
Adrienne Roark, vice president and general manager at KPTV Fox 12, Portland (television).
Brent Walth, University of Oregon journalism professor (professional journalism).
Christian Wihtol, senior editor at The Register-Guard (newspapers).
Charlie Fisher, Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group state director (open government).
State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert (Secretary of State’s Office).
Michael Kron, special counsel (state Attorney General’s Office).
Emily Matasar, government accountability attorney (governor’s office).
State Reps. Karin Power, Milwaukie, and Carl Wilson, Grants Pass; and state Sens. Brian Boquist, Dallas, and Floyd Prozanski, Eugene (ex officio members).
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