By Associated Press • 

PERS attorneys earned $1,627 in fees in public records spat

 

SALEM — Attorneys representing the state's Public Employees Retirement System racked up $1,627 in fees in a dispute with a Salem Statesman-Journal reporter who asked the agency to waive a public records request fee.

The Bend Bulletin reported Wednesday that attorneys racked up the fees over a $112 fee.

The Oregon Department of Justice overturned the rule last month that allowed PERS to charge for those records.

The move reversed a 2002 interpretation of the law by an earlier state attorney general.

Lottery employees this summer told The Bulletin they couldn't waive a $260 fee for a chain of emails.

After the ruling, the lottery waived the fee and released the records.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is heading a task force to improve the state's public records law.

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