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.

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.