2017 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Governor Kate Brown)|
|Regular Sponsors:||(Presession Filed)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to public accountability in administering the public records law; declaring an emergency.|
|Catchline/Summary:||Creates Public Records Advocate and Public Records Advisory Council.
Directs Public Records Advocate to provide mediation] facilitated dispute resolution services to facilitate resolution of disputes between requesters of public records and state agencies or cities concerning disclosure of public records. Directs Public Records Advocate to provide training for state agencies and local government bodies on disclosure requirements , best practices for public records management and retention] and best practices for processing and responding to requests to inspect public records. Authorizes Public Records Advocate, upon request, to provide guidance and advice on discrete] public records issues] processing and exemptions. Requires Public Records Advocate to review denials of requests for public records if public body is located in county with population below specified threshold and public records requester petitions for review.] Directs Public Records Advisory Council to study issues that arise under the public records law and at least once each biennium to provide written recommendations to Governor and Legislative Assembly on effectiveness and fairness of public records law and public bodies' implementation of public records law requirements. Sunsets council on January 1, 2021. Provides that Public Record Advocate's duties become operative January 1, 2018. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.] Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In Senate Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|