The Oregon Public Records Law allows anyone to request public records without a statement of purpose. There are no restrictions on how the records may be used. Here is a template for requesting public records in the state of Oregon in compliance with the Public Records Law.
Name of State Act:
Public Records Law
Records less than 75 years old containing information on the health care treatment of a living individual; impending litigation; trade secrets; criminal investigation materials; testing materials; real estate appraisals; personnel disciplinary action; and computer programs.
No time limit
We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
Who is subject to the law?
The law applies to any “public body,” and it defines that term broadly: every state officer, agency, department, division, bureau, board, and commission; every county and city governing body, school district, special district, municipal corporation, and any board, department, commission, council or agency thereof; and any other public agency of the state. Schools, police and fire departments, county and state agencies, cities: all are subject to the public records law. The public records law does not apply to private entities such as nonprofit corporations. Even some organizations that sound public or conduct some public functions are not public bodies. Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon School Activities Association, for example, are not public bodies, according to the Attorney General’s office. In 1994, however, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the law applies to an entity that is judged the “functional equivalent” of a public body.
How do I request public records?
Requests – by regular citizens, reporters, attorneys or investigators – can be made in person, by letter, e-mail or phone. Most agencies prefer that initial requests be made informally to discuss the specific needs of the seeker. Media members, for example, often begin with a phone call and, if requested by the custodian, will follow up with a more detailed written request
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