2007 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Oregon Law Commission)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to government ethics; and declaring an emergency.|
Changes name of Oregon Government Standards and Practices Commission to Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
Directs Oregon Government Standards and Practices] commission or court to consider public interest and other penalties that may be imposed on public official before imposing penalty for violation of government ethics laws. Directs commission to consider adoption of rules on issues of general interest to public officials or that are addressed by commission on recurring basis. Authorizes state agencies and statewide associations of public bodies to adopt government ethics rules or policies consistent with state law. Allows commission to approve or reject rules and policies. Prohibits commission or court from imposing penalty on public official if official acted in compliance with rule or policy approved by commission. Sets 60-day deadline for commission to address requests for commission advisory opinions. Allows one 60-day extension. Specifies that commission or court may not impose penalty on person for good faith action taken in reliance on commission advisory opinion. Sets 30-day deadline for executive director of commission to address requests for staff advisory opinions. Allows one 30-day extension. Specifies that before imposing penalty on person, commission or court must consider whether action subject to penalty was taken in reliance on staff advisory opinion. Authorizes staff of commission to issue written or oral staff advice. Specifies that before imposing penalty on person, commission or court may consider whether action subject to penalty was taken in reliance on staff advice. Increases amount of civil penalties that may be imposed for failure of person to file statement of economic interest. Increases maximum amount of civil penalty for violation of government ethics law from $1,000 to $5,000. Consolidates provisions specifying that requirements and penalties under government ethics law apply in addition to requirements and penalties applicable under other laws. Directs commission to notify public body that public official serves if commission determines public official violated provision of government ethics law. Specifies that violations of conflict of interest requirements applicable to members of Oregon Investment Council are subject to investigation and sanction by commission. Revises definition of "public servant" in criminal laws describing offenses against state and public justice to include public officials subject to government ethics law. Specifies that criminal penalties for false swearing apply to certified statements of economic interest. Revises provisions relating to commission adjudication processes. Prohibits public official from appointing, employing or promoting relative or member of household to, or discharging, firing or demoting relative or member of household from, position with public body that public official serves unless public official complies with conflict of interest requirements. Prohibits public official from participating in interview, discussion or debate regarding appointment, employment, promotion, discharge, firing or demotion of relative or member of household. Provides exceptions for legislative staff and unpaid volunteers. Prohibits public official acting in official capacity from directly supervising relative or member of household. Provides exceptions. Allows public bodies to adopt policies specifying when public official may supervise relative or member of household. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2007.
|Chapter Number:||Chapter 865|
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||Chapter Number Assigned|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|