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State agency wins first step to close public records, doesn’t mention Montwheeler

A memorial for David Bates marks the spot where he was killed in a collision on Jan. 9, 2017, on Oregon Highway 201 near Ontario.

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

Legislation rushed through a House committee last week would keep the public from seeing state records such as those recently released concerning accused killer Anthony W. Montwheeler.

House Bill 2836 would revise the Oregon Public Records Law to exempt from disclosure medical records provided to the state Psychiatric Security Review Board. The House Health Care Committee conducted a 14-minute public hearing Friday before passing the legislation. It now goes to the House for approval and then would go to the state Senate.

Legislators acted after the Security Review Board recently released 125 pages of records concerning Montwheeler. He was put under jurisdiction . . .