Getting More Sunshine Into Government Records

Mar 12, 2019

Sunshine Week sounds like something related to the arrival of spring, but it's really the other kind of sunshine: that kind that shines on the work of government.  Or should, in theory. 

But journalists and other people interested in the workings of government often find themselves stuck in gaps in laws regulating public records and public meetings.  Like in 2011, when two Oregonian reporters launched a criminal investigation into the Solar by Degrees program that led to $13 million — and counting — being returned to the state of Oregon. That's the power of public records.

The Oregon Territory Society of Professional Journalists pushes for changes in state law to allow more sunshine. 

Board member Nick Budnick visits with details of the group's efforts.