Governor considers limiting public records access to some information about state employees

Gov. Kate Brown last year arranged for the state Psychiatric Security Review Board to drop its lawsuit against the weekly Malheur Enterprise and turn over records to the newspaper. (Enterprise file photo)

Gov. Kate Brown has directed her staff to consider tightening up Oregon's public records law to limit disclosure of information about state workers and members of the public.

Brown's administration through the state Department of Administrative Services also ordered state agencies to refer any requests for public government databases or other large requests to a staff lawyer in the governor's office. Typically, agencies handle such requests themselves.

By letter dated June 20, Brown's chief of staff, Nik Blosser, told the director of the Department of Administrative Services to form a work group to study the public records law.

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