2011 ORS § 192.410¹
Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505

As used in ORS 192.410 (Definitions for ORS 192.410 to 192.505) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated):

(1) Custodian means:

(a) The person described in ORS 7.110 (Custody of records and files) for purposes of court records; or

(b) A public body mandated, directly or indirectly, to create, maintain, care for or control a public record. Custodian does not include a public body that has custody of a public record as an agent of another public body that is the custodian unless the public record is not otherwise available.

(2) Person includes any natural person, corporation, partnership, firm, association or member or committee of the Legislative Assembly.

(3) Public body includes every state officer, agency, department, division, bureau, board and commission; every county and city governing body, school district, special district, municipal corporation, and any board, department, commission, council, or agency thereof; and any other public agency of this state.

(4)(a) Public record includes any writing that contains information relating to the conduct of the publics business, including but not limited to court records, mortgages, and deed records, prepared, owned, used or retained by a public body regardless of physical form or characteristics.

(b) Public record does not include any writing that does not relate to the conduct of the publics business and that is contained on a privately owned computer.

(5) State agency means any state officer, department, board, commission or court created by the Constitution or statutes of this state but does not include the Legislative Assembly or its members, committees, officers or employees insofar as they are exempt under section 9, Article IV of the Oregon Constitution.

(6) Writing means handwriting, typewriting, printing, photographing and every means of recording, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combination thereof, and all papers, maps, files, facsimiles or electronic recordings. [1973 c.794 §2; 1989 c.377 §1; 1993 c.787 §4; 2001 c.237 §1; 2005 c.659 §4]