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2007 Regular Session
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At the request of:
Chief Sponsors: Senator Brown, Courtney, Representative Mr. Speaker
Regular Sponsors: Senator Morrisette (Presession filed.)
Bill Title: Relating to government ethics; and declaring an emergency.
Catchline/Summary: Directs Oregon Government Standards and Practices Commission to charge public bodies, special government bodies, local governments and local service districts proportionate amounts for purposes of funding activities of commission.
Increases amount of reportable lobbying expenditures. Requires, on January 1, 2010, quarterly online filing of expenditure statements by lobbyists and persons on whose behalf lobbyist was registered. Directs commission to allow public access to statements using Internet. Modifies other lobbying laws. Increases amount of civil penalties that may be imposed for violation of lobbying or government ethics law from $1,000 to $5,000. Prohibits candidate from using political contributions to pay criminal or civil penalties or legal expenses. Exempts civil penalties related to certain election law violations. Prohibits former member of Legislative Assembly from being compensated lobbyist during period beginning on date person ceases being member and ending on date of adjournment sine die of next regular legislative session. Prohibits public official from receiving in calendar year gifts with value exceeding $50 from source with legislative or administrative interest. Exempts certain items from definition of "gift." Prohibits giving or receipt of entertainment. Sets exceptions. Allows public official to receive items exempted from definition of "gift" from person with legislative or administrative interest. Allows public official to receive gift from source that does not have legislative or administrative interest in governmental agency in which official has official position. Exempts judges or public officials serving judicial department] public officials subject to Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct from gift limits. Modifies required contents of statement of economic interest. Requires public officials and candidates to file quarterly statements with commission listing expenses received when participating in an official meeting, honoraria exceeding $15 and each source of income exceeding aggregate amount of $1,000 from source that does business with or has legislative or administrative interest in governmental agency served by public official or candidate. Requires person with legislative or administrative interest who pays expenses of official meeting or provides honoraria to report to commission and to notify recipient of value. Sets schedule for filing reports. Prescribes content of reports. Prohibits public officials and candidates for public office from receiving honoraria in connection with official duties. Exempts honoraria or other items with value of $50 or less. Authorizes public official to establish legal expense trust fund to defray legal expenses incurred by public official in maintaining action related to protective order or defending public official in legal proceeding relating to or arising from status of person as public official. Requires approval by Oregon Government Standards and Practices Commission. Prohibits personal use of legal expense trust fund proceeds. Prohibits public official from soliciting contributions to trust fund. Directs trustee of trust fund to file with commission quarterly reports of contributions received and expenditures made. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Chapter Number: Chapter 877
Fiscal Impact: Fiscal Impact Issued
Revenue Impact: Revenue Impact Issued
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