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Legislators consider sharpening access to Oregon government records

State Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, is sponsoring reforms to Oregon's public records law. (File/Pamplin Media)

In 2017, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed reforms into law to promote government openness and transparency.

Two years later, some state officials and advocacy groups say there is more work to be done to strengthen Oregon's public records law. A trio of bills dealing with public records is set for a committee hearing Wednesday, March 13, and more are on the way.

House Bill 2353 and House Bill 2431 will get a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon. A third bill, House Bill 2345, awaits action in the House Rules Committee.

HB 2353 adds teeth to the public law's requirement that requests for government documents be addressed within 15 business days or . . .