There is a bill in the Oregon ways and means committee SB 719 to remove a loophole in data reporting by health agencies. This loophole allows health agencies to withhold any aggregate (non personal) data related to public health investigations, including that from the coronavirus pandemic. Transparency advocates pushed for the bill after the Oregon health authority frequently refused to release certain data tied to the pandemic, including COVID-19 testing rates by ZIP code, county level infection data by race and ethnicity and data to early contact-tracing efforts.

SB 719 would close this loophole. This bill is not moving forward probably because there are so many bills in this committee and the fact that not many people know about this bill. This bill was sponsored by Senator Dembrow of Portland. Sen. Betsy Johnson is a co-chair of this committee and she is a representative for this area - please contact her if you are interested in truth in reporting COVID-19 data. Ask her to please help get this bill pushed through.

Her e-mail is Sen.BetsyJohnson@oregonlegislature.gov

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