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College student sues city council president for hiding public records

Oregon public officials routinely turn over hand-written notes from meetings in response to public records requests.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 7:13 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A West Linn college student has taken the president of the West Linn City Council to court over her refusal to provide him with her hand-written notes taken during council sessions.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 2018 West Linn High School graduate Rory Bialostosky previously tangled with the city council over parking restrictions near the high school.

He says in watching council meetings he's seen council president Teri Cummings "constantly" taking notes on a note pad and, knowing they were public records, asked in January to see them.

After city officials turned him down, Bialostosky in late February emailed Cummings directly with the request.

Oregon law says she has seven days to respond. Bialostosky says she still hasn't.

Cummings didn't respond to a request for comment.

Oregon public officials including the governor routinely turn over hand-written notes from meetings in response to public records requests.

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