BEND, OR -- When the media, a citizen or a state legislator requests the release of public records, the response should be swift. That’s the motivation behind the The Oregon Republican Party Government Transparency Listening Tour, which made a stop in Bend last night. “Simple records requests are being essentially denied and our position is, lack of transparency equals corruption. Because any time you’re not accountable or not responsible to share the information, that should be shared on how taxpayer’s money is being used, and taxpayers cant find out how that money’s being used, then you’re essentially heading down a road towards corruption,” Oregon GOP Chair Bill Currier tells KBND. “For example when the email records were requested during the Kitzhaber-Cylvia Hayes scandals, there were delays. And so the current law in Oregon doesn’t provide for any required time frame for responding to a request or fulfilling a request.”
Currier says the party plans to use information from these listening tours to develop legislation with consequences - like fines for not providing public records in a timely fashion. Local state representatives Gene Whisnant and Mike McClain also attended last night's meeting, the eighth stop on the statewide tour. The next stop is Tuesday, October 27, in Washington County.