A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Let the public listen and watch

Written August 25th, 2013 by

  It’s a mystery why the legislature and many Oregon governing boards still insist that the public can be kept in the dark when governments are considering spending money to buy real estate. The Albany City Council, for instance, has scheduled another executive session closed to the public for Wednesday night. The purpose: “To discuss […]

Closed meetings and the “media”

Written March 22nd, 2013 by

Oregon’s public meetings law, adopted 40 years ago, allows some meetings of public bodies to be closed to the public. But it has a weird provision requiring that news media representatives must be allowed in, with only two exceptions. The law does not, however, say what it means by news media. Forty years ago the […]

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