Under the new Oregon public records laws, time is of the essence. Although the changes in SB 481 (2017) do not take effect until January 1, 2018, districts and colleges seeking to comply will now need to respond more quickly to public records requests. Under the new law, schools have 5 business days to respond to a public records request with one of three answers: 1) yes, we have the record; 2) no, we do not have the record; or 3) we do not know whether we have the record. Business days do not include Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays. As soon as practicable after the initial response, and without unreasonable delay—no longer than 15 business days after the request—the district must either complete the records request or provide a written statement with an estimated completion date. To complete the request the school must provide access to non-exempt records, assert any exemptions, notify the requestor that the school does not have the records, or refuse to acknowledge whether the record exists due to state or federal law. For all requests that it denies, the district must give notice that the requester may seek review of the decision. Additionally, the request closes if the district notifies the requester of a fee and the fee is not paid within 60 days or if the school requests more information or clarification and the requester does not respond within 60 days. OSBA will provide additional guidance in its Fall policy update.