2017 ORS 192.340¹
Attorney General catalog of exemptions from disclosure

(1) The Attorney General shall maintain and regularly update a catalog of exemptions created by Oregon statute from the disclosure requirements of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department). The catalog must be as comprehensive as reasonably possible and must be freely available to the public in an electronic format that facilitates sorting and searching of the catalog.

(2) The catalog required by subsection (1) of this section must include the following information for each exemption:

(a) A citation to the Oregon statute or statutes creating the exemption from the disclosure requirements of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department);

(b) The relevant text of each statute creating the exemption;

(c) If the exemption has been construed by a decision of the Oregon Supreme Court or Court of Appeals, a citation to that decision;

(d) To the extent that the exemption is specific to a particular public body or particular types of public bodies, a description of the public body or bodies to which the exemption relates; and

(e) Additional information as the Attorney General deems appropriate.

(3) To help ensure that the catalog required by subsection (1) of this section is as comprehensive as possible:

(a) The Legislative Counsel shall provide the Attorney General with an electronic copy of any Act passed by the Legislative Assembly that, in the judgment of the Legislative Counsel, creates an exemption from the disclosure requirements of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department); and

(b) When a district attorney issues an order pursuant to ORS 192.415 (Procedure to review denial of right to inspect other public records), the district attorney shall send the Attorney General an electronic copy of that order.

(4) The purpose of the catalog required by subsection (1) of this section is to assist public officials and members of the public in ascertaining what information is exempt from the public disclosure requirements of ORS 192.311 (Definitions for ORS 192.311 to 192.478) to 192.478 (Exemption for Judicial Department). The catalog is not intended to provide legal advice to public bodies or to members of the public.

(5) A public body may assert that an Oregon statute exempts a public record in the custody of the public body from disclosure even if that statute is not listed in the catalog or the catalog does not include that public body in the catalog’s description of the public bodies to which that exemption applies. [2017 c.456 §7]

Note: See note under 192.329 (Public body’s response to public records request).

Chapter 192

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Attorney General’s Public Meetings and Records Manual, (1973) Vol 36, p 543; public meetings and records manual, (1976) Vol 37, p 1087; pro­hi­bi­­tion on disclosing marriage records, (1998) Vol 49, p 21

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 192—Records; Public Reports and Meetings, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors192.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 192, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano192.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.