Public Right to Information

Author Subject: Public Right to Information
Marty Posted At 17:10:02 03/26/2000
OREGON


Right of Access:
"Every person has a right to inspect any public record of a public body in this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by ORS 192.501 to 192.505." Or. Rev. Stat. 192.420.

Required Status of Individuals:

Every person.

Accessible Records Defined:

"'Public record' includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public's business, including but not limited to court records, mortgages and deed records, prepared, owned, used or retained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics." Or. Rev. Stat. 192.410(4).

"'Writing' means handwriting, typewriting, printing, photographing and every means of recording, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combination thereof, and all papers, maps, files, facsimiles or electronic recordings." Or. Rev. Stat. 192.410(6).

"The following public records are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505 unless the public interest requires disclosure in the particular instance: ....(2) Trade secrets. 'Trade secrets', as used in this section, may include, but are not limited to, any . . . compilation of information which is not patented, which is known only to certain individuals within an organization and which is used in a business it conducts, having actual or potential commercial value, and which gives its user an opportunity to obtain a business advantage over competitors who do not know or use it . . . (14) Writings prepared by or under the direction of faculty of public educational research, until publicly released, copyrighted, or patented." Or. Rev. Stat. 192.501(2),(14).

Oregon also exempts "[i]nformation submitted to a public body in confidence and not otherwise required by law to be submitted, where such information should reasonably be considered confidential, the public body has obliged itself in good faith not to disclose the information, and when the public interest would suffer by the disclosure." Or. Rev. Stat. 192.502(4).

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