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State workers union says state broke the law with public records release

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)

Oregon’s largest state employee union says the state broke the law earlier this year when it released certain information about 50,000 public workers.

The union’s concerns triggered Gov. Kate Brown’s office to order a fresh review of Oregon’s public records law to determine whether tighter restrictions are needed for personal information held by government agencies.

Unions have been major political supporters of Brown, who is seeking re-election.

At issue is the state’s recent disclosure of detailed information about state employees.

The state Department of Administrative Services released information about . . .