Local governments say they need more time to learn to obey year-old records law

State Rep. Karin Power is leading the push for additional reforms to Oregon's public records law. (File/Pamplin Media Group)

SALEM — Oregon's local governments have misgivings about a proposal that could lead to fines for cities, counties, special districts, school districts and state agencies that don't respond to requests for public documents in a timely manner.

Lobbyists for the League of Oregon Cities, the Association of Oregon Counties and the Special Districts Association of Oregon told state lawmakers Wednesday, March 13, that their members need more training, not penalties, to comply with state law that requires most of them to address public records requests within 15 days or fewer.

“We did major reform to the public records law in 2017. It went into full effect last year. This bill is just too much, too . . .