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Judge tells Brown’s administration to cough up proposed laws

A Marion County judge on Wednesday ordered state officials by Friday to disclose legislative proposals they have been trying to keep secret.

The records to be released show law changes that state agencies want drafted ahead of the 2019 Legislature.

A Portland business attorney has been seeking the documents to alert his clients to changes that could affect them.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Broyles said after a hearing in Salem Wednesday that releasing the records would be of “significant public interest.”

The records, called legislative concept forms, go to the Legislature’s attorneys to be turned into draft legislation. The drafts then can be filed with the Legislature for consideration. Access to the records could give the public insight into what Gov. Kate Brown and her administration plan to do on sometimes key issues, such as taxation . . .