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Friday, January 30, 2009

Ore. professor becomes next citizen asking states to follow Obama's lead

University of Oregon economics professor Bill Harbaugh called for Oregon Attorney General John Kroger to specify how long state officials have to respond to public records requests. Most states have a five-day standard but Oregon law doesn't mention a deadline.
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is being urged to change the way state agencies respond to public information requests.

University of Oregon economics professor Bill Harbaugh says the state's public records laws are "horrible," but can be fixed immediately.

In an op-ed published Friday on the left-leaning blog Blue Oregon, Harbaugh said just as U.S. President Barack Obama overhauled the federal Freedom of Information Act, Oregon's attorney general can similarly ease access to the state's public documents.
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