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Government bodies would have a financial incentive to respond to public records requests under a bill moving through the Oregon legislature.

Under existing Oregon law, local governments and state agencies have to provide public records within 15 days of being asked, with some exceptions. House Bill 2353 would allow Oregon’s attorney general, judges or district attorneys to levy a $200 fine on government bodies that don’t respond quickly enough.

Angela Kellner

Former Lane County Commissioner Bill Fleenor filed a lawsuit against the county Monday to force the release of un-redacted public records. The records pertain to the investigation and firing of former County Administrator Liane Richardson.

Richardson was fired last year for converting earned leave into take home pay. Former Commissioner Fleenor filed a public records request last fall and received 27 heavily redacted pages. Fleenor's appeal was denied, so now he's filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to get all records related to the Richardson investigation.