Oregon Congressman Greg Walden is drawing the ire of net neutrality proponents for opposing FCC consumer protections while receiving contributions from big telecommunications companies. But the story isn’t quite as black and white as you might think.
Unbelievably, the Oregon Legislature gave a blanket exemption from the Public Records Law to documentation of where bedbug outbreaks are going on. Will the Oregon Legislature move forward in the next few days on cleaning up exemptions to the law?
Well, we’ve finally arrived. Transparency season in the Oregon Legislature. Hard to know where it all will lead, but the fact that we got here – and with more proposals in favor of transparency than against it – is at least a good sign for Oregon. Here’s my summary of what’s on the menu, along with the state of the union for each proposal:
Senate Bill 481: This is the offspring of the Attorney General’s Public Records Task Force. It’s potentially the heaviest hitting piece of legislation on the table.
It cost $2,400 to buy the Unequal Justice series. That’s not pay for the reporters or photographers. That’s not the cost of editing and distributing the work, either. That’s just the cost to buy the story from the Oregon Judicial Department, which controls the bulk data that underpins the Oregon eCourt Case Information – the database a reporter analyzed to uncover the disparities reported in the series. It’s also something for which the Oregon Judicial Department charges money.