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Legislator PhotoSenator Brian Boquist

District 12 - Dallas, Oregon

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1712
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-311, Salem, Oregon 97301


Access to public records has been an issue for many years.  Under a 2017 state law, the legislature authorized the creation of a new Public Records Advocate to assist in the display and access to public records.  The public records advocate is supposed to function independently of any political official however, Ginger McCall, Oregon's Public Record Advocate whose office was located in the Governor's office, informed the governor that she plans is resigning effective Oct. 11. She cited what she said was pressure from the governor's staff to advance Brown's public records policy priorities over the publics.    A draft opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice determined there is no evidence lawmakers intended The Governor's office nor staff were to play any role in supervising the advocate or sign off on her work products. The draft opinion also said lawmakers clearly intended to constrain the governor's powers to direct the advocate and to give the advocate an unusual degree of independence from her office.

The Public Advocates office, in addition to providing education and training on public records, is to serve as a mediator in resolving disputes between requestors and public bodies. The position was touted as innovative and revolutionary as Governor Brown professed transparency as one of her top priorities. We can see now, that the reality was the opposite. It seems that the Governor's staff wanted to stop McCall from finding and fixing weaknesses in Oregon's public records law, which is exactly what she was hired to do.  Unforutnately, the new Advocate faces the same opposition to any transparency from the Governor, Attorney General, and Legislative Assembly itself.

As has been stated before, "Secrecy" and "government" are two words that should not go together in Oregon, but too often do.  As an elected official, it is my job to represent my constituents and be transparent in those actions.  Unfortunately, I am routinely denied public records in the Legislature and by bureaucrats.  These denials are then backed by the Attorney General with unlimited funds to destroy citizens in any court challenge.  Nothing will improve unless citizens take action themselves to demand transparency.

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Oregon Legislature expands public records restrictionsStatesman Journal10/2/2019 
2020 Emergency Session Police Bill Explanations (Corrected)6/29/2020 
2020 Emergency Session Gov Exec Order Vote Explanations6/27/2020 
2020 Emergency Session Non Emergency Bill Vote Explanations6/27/2020 
2020 Emergency Session Police Bill Vote Explanations6/27/2020 
9th Circuit Opening Brief 26 Jun 206/26/2020 
Boquist v Courtney (State) Court Opinion & Order 13 Feb 202/16/2020 
Boquist v. Courtney (State) Court Costs 12 Feb 202/15/2020 
Boquist v. Courtney (State) Motion to Preserve Records 10 Feb 202/11/2020 
EEOC Lawsuit Right 22 Nov 192/3/2020 
Federal Appeals Court Filing 31 Jan 201/31/2020 
Boquist v Courtney (State) Memo to Court 29 Jan 201/29/2020 
Marion County Court Transcript 11 Dec 191/26/2020 
Marion County Court Transcript 13 Dec 191/26/2020 
Marion County Court Transcript 24 Oct 191/25/2020 
Marion County Court Transcript 5 Sep 201/24/2020 
Equity Officer Mandatory Training January 20201/16/2020 
Legislative Counsel Public Records Training Jan 20201/16/2020 
EEOC Lawsuit Right Against Legislature1/9/2020 
Judge Wren Attorney General Request 7 Jan 201/9/2020 
Judge McShane Federal Dismissal 7 Jan 201/8/2020 
Judge McShane Federal Dismissal Opinion Boquist v Courtney Et al 7 Jan 201/8/2020 
Governors Public Records Request - OSP Arrest1/2/2020 
LC Opinion Citizens Arrest 1/2/2020 
Boquist v Courtney Et al Status Report - Time 23 Dec 1912/23/2019 
ADR Attachment (Abrams) 19 Dec 1912/19/2019 
Bouqust v Courtney reponse to Defendant motion to dismiss 11/4/2019 
State v. Babson Oregon Supreme Court (2014)11/4/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Et al Federal Statement of Attorney General10/27/2019 
Boquist v State (Courtney et al) Request Trial Date 22 Oct 1910/27/2019 
Boquist v State (Courtney et al) Response to Answer 22 Oct 1910/27/2019 
Formal BOLI Complaint 30 Sep 1910/27/2019 
BOLI Harassment Agreement Cure Letter Request10/27/2019 
Mandatory Public Records Training by Legislative Counsel10/27/2019 
Attorney General Opinion for Arresting Senators10/27/2019 
Courtney and State 19CV29374 Summary Judgement Order Withdrawal10/21/2019 
Courtney and State 19CV29374 Order for Camera Review10/21/2019 
Courtney and State 19CV29374 Answer 14Oct1910/21/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Et al Federal Defendant Motion to Dismiss 21 Oct 19 10/21/2019 
Boquist v Courtney 19CV29374 Order for in Camera Review10/18/2019 
Boquist v Courrtney 19CV2934 Order on Defendants Motion for Summary Judgement10/18/2019 
Defendants Answer to Plaintiffs second amended Complaint 10/14/2019 
Boquist v Courtney (State) 2nd Amended Complaint 13 Sep 199/15/2019 
2nd Amended Complaint Exhibits (Public Records) 13 Sep 19 9/15/2019 
Sen Boquist Motion for Summary Judgement Response 26 Aug 198/27/2019 
Sen Boquist Answer to Affirmative Defense 26 Aug 198/27/2019 
Sen Courtney Motion for Summary Judgement Filed 5 Aug 198/27/2019 
Sen Courtney Answer & Affirmative Defense Filing 5 Aug 198/27/2019 
Senate Conduct Committee Work Session 8 July 20198/27/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Et al 2nd Attachment 26 Jul 197/27/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Public Records Lawsuit Marion County 5 Jul 197/27/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Et al 1st Attachment 26 July 20197/27/2019 
Senate Conduct Hearaing Part 1 8 July 20197/27/2019 
Boquist v Courtney Prozanski Manning Et al Federal Lawsuit 26 July 20197/27/2019 
Senate Resolution 1 - Senator Courtney Censure5/11/2019 
Courtney Cover Up Attempt 7 December 20185/11/2019 
2nd Courtney Rules Complaint 11 March 20195/11/2019 
Formal Rule 27 Complaint 27 February 20195/11/2019 
OGEC Ethics Advisory Opinion4/11/2019 
Oregon Bar Complaint Against Legislative Counsel4/11/2019 

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