- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill directing the secretary of state to review Oregon’s public records law and recommend improvements.

The measure signed Monday is the first of several ethics bills that Brown requested after she replaced John Kitzhaber as governor in February. Kitzhaber resigned amid allegations his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, used the governor’s office to earn lucrative consulting contracts.

When the secretary of state’s office finishes the review, Brown says she’ll use her existing authority to improve the public records system and try to build support for any changes to the law that might be needed.

Brown’s other ethics bills are still working through the Legislature. They would change the makeup of the Government Ethics Commission and require the governor’s partner to follow ethics laws.

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