In addition to any exemption from disclosure provided under ORS 192.345 (Public records conditionally exempt from disclosure) (4), State Landscape Architect Board examination materials, file records of examination grading and performance, transcripts from educational institutions, letters of inquiry, letters of reference and board inquiry forms concerning applicants or registrants are confidential and may not be disclosed except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection or subsection (2) of this section.
Investigatory information developed or obtained by the board is confidential and not subject to disclosure by the board unless a notice is issued for a contested case hearing or the matter investigated is finally resolved by board action or a consent order. The board shall notify the registrant of the investigation. The public may obtain information confirming that an investigation is being conducted and describing the general nature of the matter being investigated.
The board may appoint an advisory committee to conduct an investigation described under subsection (1)(b) of this section on behalf of the board. Investigatory information developed or obtained by an advisory committee is confidential unless a notice is issued for a contested case hearing or the matter investigated is finally resolved by board action or a consent order. The board may discuss in open session matters that are being reviewed by an advisory committee, but may not disclose confidential information into the public record.
Notwithstanding any confidentiality established under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, if the board or an advisory committee meets in executive session to discuss an investigation, the board or committee may permit other public officials and members of the press to attend the executive session. Notwithstanding ORS 192.610 (Definitions for ORS 192.610 to 192.690) to 192.690 (Exceptions to ORS 192.610 to 192.690), the public officials and members of the press attending the executive session may not disclose information discussed by the board or committee during the session until the information ceases to be confidential under subsection (1) or (2) of this section. [2001 c.950 §6; 2003 c.14 §415]