Looking over a clearcut in Lane County

Timber dispute fells meetings law

A kerfuffle at an April meeting of the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties has at least one environmental group calling foul, the council’s chairman chastised, and a handful of state forestry leaders ensnared in a legal quagmire that’s hiding behind war-font headlines.

Over the last 30 years, corded window coverings have killed or injured hundreds of children.

Some Companies Break Ranks to Halt Risk of Kids Dying from Window Cords

Cords that kill — window-blind cords that have strangled hundreds of children — are being discontinued by a few companies that make the blinds. The moves follow years of inaction by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is now starting rulemaking on the matter. Says the CEO of one blind-maker: “I am very sorry we did not do it sooner.”

The Public Records Law Reform task force has a tough job ahead. Decades of accumulated exemptions from disclosure requirements have created a daunting mess.

The transparency trifecta: part one

The initial issues before the Public Records Law Reform Task Force were the sweeping old ones: too many exemptions, too many fees, too much time between public record requests and their actual release.