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Brown’s administration wins bid to keep state records secret – for now

The Oregon Court of Appeals late Friday granted a request by state officials to keep secret for now the details about proposed legislation, acting just minutes before the state was due to publicly disclose the records.

An attorney pressing for disclosure said Gov. Kate Brown was trying to keep the public away from her legislative ideas until after a closely-contested race for governor.

A Marion County judge earlier in the week ordered the state to release documents by 5 p.m. Friday that showed changes in law being proposed by state agencies.

Portland attorney Greg Chaimov sued state officials in Brown’s administration after they denied his request for the records. Chaimov said he has routinely received such documents since back to 2010.

Appellate Commissioner James Nass wrote in Friday’s order that the state “has shown a . . .