The Public Records Advisory Council (PRAC) is authorized under
Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.461-483
- The PRAC consists of bipartisan public records experts representing state and local governments, the media, the public, and public sector workforce.
- The PRAC will meet at least once every six months and at other times and places specified by the
call of the chair or a majority of the members.
- Select and appoint the Public Records Advocate.
- Survey state agency, other jurisdictions and public body practices and procedures for:
-Receiving public records requests, identifying the existence of records responsive to the requests and gathering and disclosing responsive records;
-Determining fee estimates and imposing or waiving fees; and
-Determining and applying exemptions from required disclosure.
- Identify inefficiencies and inconsistencies in application of the public records law that impede transparency in public process and government.
- Make recommendations on changes in law, policy, or practice that could enhance transparency in public process and government, and facilitate rapid dissemination of records to requesters.
- Make recommendations on the role of the Public Records Advocate as facilitator in disputes between custodians of public records and public record requesters.
- Report to Governor and Legislature by December 1 of each even-numbered year the findings of the council since the council's last report including recommendations for legislation.
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