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Governor puts publisher of Malheur Enterprise on new state records body

The Enterprise

Gov. Kate Brown has appointed the publisher of the Malheur Enterprise to a new state council dealing with public records.

Les Zaitz, who also serves as editor of the Enterprise, was named Monday to serve on the state Public Records Advisory Council. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate in September. He is the only appointee from eastern Oregon.

Brown proposed formation of the council as part of her effort to improve transparency of government in Oregon. The council will work with a new public records advocate concerning disputes over access to government records and with training government officials on duties under the state’s public records law.

The law allows citizens access to most documents held by state and local agencies. Certain records generally are kept confidential, such as personnel matters and medical records.

Zaitz, an Oregon journalist for more than 40 . . .