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Media Law Research Center’s survey on newsroom subpoenas

Request for information on subpoenas Hello, all - I am Kurt Wimmer, a media lawyer who often represents NPPA on First Amendment matters, and I have a favor to ask of all of you. The top media law organization in the country, the Media Law Resource Center , is compiling a study of efforts [...]

A Quick Reference Guide to Oregon’s Public Records Law

This publication is a quick step-by-step guide to the Oregon Public Records Law for those seeking information from government as well as for those keeping the records.

A Quick Reference Guide to Oregon’s Public Meetings Law

This guide is brought to you free of charge as a joint project between Open Oregon: A Freedom of Information Coalition and Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers. Funding for this booklet came from the National Freedom of Information Coalition through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Court of Appeals: Concealed handgun permits are public records

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that concealed weapons permits are public records, affirming a Jackson County Circuit Court ruling in a case brought by the Medford Mail Tribune. See the ruling here: Appeals Court On Weapons Permits (pdf file)

Oregon AG: It’ll cost $80,000 to review e-mails in resignation of special environmental counsel Brent Foster

SALEM — The Oregon attorney general says it will cost $80,000 to review 21,500 e-mails sought by Republican lawmakers over the resignation of Brent Foster, the former special counsel for the environment. Attorney General John Kroger made the estimate in a letter today to Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli. Republican lawmakers want to know more [...]

Newport Mayor shreds documents considered to be public records

News Media Corporation After publicly denying the existence of a completed evaluation form for the Newport city attorney and city manager, Mayor Bill Bain admitted this week that he destroyed the document in early January. It’s an admission that could have implications in a pending lawsuit by Dennis Reno, the city’s former airport director who was fired last October.

Open Oregon’s two new publications, a records law guide and a revised meetings guide

Thanks to grants from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, Open Oregon has published a quick reference guide to Oregon’s Public Records law, and has revised a republished the quick reference guide to Oregon’s Public Meetings Law. The funding for these guides came through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. [...]

Jackson County District Attorney orders school district to release names, responses of residents who commented on health curriculum

Jackson County, Oregon District Attorney’s Office Mark Huddleston District Attorney To: Cathy Noah and Tim Gerking Fax: 776-4376 772-7249 Subject: public records petition Date: December 2, 2005 Ms. Noah and Mr. Gerking: This letter constitutes my order in response to Ms. Noah’s public records petition requesting that I review the Medford School District’s (District) denial [...]

Multnomah District Attorney rules attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply to factual information

Lawyer-client privilege doesn’t apply to pure facts The Multnomah County district attorney has ordered a public agency, the Portland Development Commission, to release purely factual information gathered by an attorney (the agency had cited attorney-client privilege). If an agency asserts attorney-client privilege to withhold fact-finding reports from the public, you might want to reference this [...]

Josephine County judge rules teacher resignation agreement is public

Judge rules resignation agreements public A Josephine County judge ruled in June 2005 that the Three Rivers School District must make public a resignation agreement in which the board paid $10,000 to an instructor who was later barred from teaching in Oregon. The judge said just because an item is placed in a teacher’s personnel [...]
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