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First-ever public records survey shows mixed bag for Oregon government transparency practices

A first-ever survey of Oregon public bodies sheds light on how well government of all sizes complies with public records law.

The results are a mixed bag, said Ginger McCall, the state’s public records advocate. The survey was sent to 132 bodies, a mix of state agencies, counties, cities, school districts, boards and special services districts. Ninety-seven responded and 35 did not.

“I was very pleased with the rate of response,” McCall said. “I was pleased to see that broadly agencies are taking this seriously.”

Public records law works to ensure the public has access to documents and information produced by public agencies, employees and officials. It can be anything from . . .