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Bill giving Oregon public records advocate independence heads to vote

It took less than two minutes Wednesday for a Senate committee to approve legislation to solidify independence for Oregon’s public records advocate and the Public Records Advisory Council.

During a Feb. 12 work session, members of the Senate Committee on General Government sent Senate Bill 1506 to the Senate floor with a recommendation that it be approved. Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, will carry the bill during Thursday morning’s debate.

Senators spent most of a work session on Monday hearing from supporters of the public records advocate and council. They told the committee both play important roles in promoting open government. 

“Since their inception in 2017 … the council and advocate have utilized their broad perspectives and collective knowledge to collect data and make recommendations on improving the application of public records law in Oregon, as well as how . . .