Public records rule change slipping ‘through the cracks’

SALEM — A legislative proposal to enforce Oregon's public records law passed unanimously in the House in late April. But this week, the bill's sponsor and supporters had to scramble to keep it alive before the Senate takes it up.

House Bill 2353 would give district attorneys the power to order public entities to pay $200 in restitution or waive fees for public records if they violate Oregon's records law. The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, and it's being pushed by the Society of Professional Journalists.

So how does a bill that passed the House 56-0 end up in danger of not even getting a hearing in the Senate? It's the sponsor's fault, Power . . .