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Oregon Legislature passes 4 new public records laws

Oregon Capitol. (KATU Photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Legislature passed no fewer than four public records laws — pushed by the governor and attorney general — in a recently wrapped session.

The Statesman Journal reported Tuesday Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls the laws the "most significant reforms (to the state's public records laws) we've seen in multiple decades."

The bills amend Oregon's 1973 public records law, which established a presumption of openness. Citizens have the right to obtain government documents unless there's a specific legal exemption that prohibits them from doing so.

The bills amend Oregon's 1973 public records law, which established a presumption of openness. Citizens have the right to obtain government documents unless there's a specific legal exemption that prohibits them from doing so.

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