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State sued for withholding proposed legislation

A Portland lawyer says a state agency's refusal to release legislative concepts is politically motivated by the tight gubernatorial race.

Portland business lawyer Greg Chaimov is suing the state to force the release of proposed legislative concepts that have routinely been released as a public record in years past.

Chaimov, who provides proposed legislative concepts to his business clients, claimed state officials are improperly denying release of the records based on a new state practice of claiming attorney-client privilege. He suggested that the new practice might be politically motivated by the gubernatorial election. Gov. Kate Brown is in a close race with state Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend, GOP nominee for governor, that will be decided Nov. 6.

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