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    Thank you for contacting Governor John Kitzhaber's office. The Citizens’ Resources page will help answer your questions, provide useful links, and assist you with navigating state government.

  • ​Boards and Commissions
    • • Where can I find information regarding the Executive Appointment process?
    • • How can I contact a specific board regarding a questions or concern? Oregon Boards and Commissions maintain their own leadership and accountability structure. The Governor cannot change rules or overturn a board’s decision
    • • How can I become a notary?
  • Business and Economy
    • Business Support
    • Budget and Economic Analysis
    • Small Businesses
      • • How do I register my business?
      • • What resources are available to support Oregon small businesses?
      • • Are there federal programs that support small businesses?
      • • Is there a small business advocate to help entrepreneurs that are experiencing difficulties with state regulatory actions?
      • • Is there an advocate that helps business owners navigate the workers’ compensation system?
  • Complaints: Abuse, Consumer, Legal
    • Report Abuse
    • Legal Complaints
      • The Governor cannot intervene in personal legal matters, court case, nor can he overturn the ruling of a judge. The Governor's office cannot provide legal assistance or advice.
      • • I have a complaint against an attorney.
      • • I have a complaint against a judge.
      • • How do I report fraud or file a complaint as a consumer?
      • • Where can I find consumer protection information?
    • Local Government Complaints
      • The Governor has no oversight authority over city and county elected officials, agencies, or local law enforcement.
      • • I have a complaint involving a local government. How can I contact my local city or county officials?
      • • Where can I find information on other local government entities?
      • • Complaints concerning schools should be directed to your local school district.
    • State Government Complaints
      • Each agency has an internal process for filing complaints. Find and learn about each agency’s process. If you disagree with an agency decision, learn more about the agency's internal review process. If the agency review does not reverse the decision, you may pursue an appeal.
      • • If you are having difficulties working with an agency and seek help from the Governor, the Governor’s staff can assist in connecting you with the appropriate agency staff. The Governor cannot change eligibility rules or overturn an appeals decision.
      • • Oregon state Boards and Commissions maintain their own leadership and accountability structure. Contact the specific Board or Commission regarding concerns. The Governor cannot change rules or overturn a board’s decision.
      • • How can I report fraud within a state agency?
      • • The Governor’s Advocacy Office (GAO) is within Oregon’s Department of Humans Services. They work to resolve issues with the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. The GAO handles issues and concerns including: child, adult and elder abuse or neglect, access to DHS public assistance programs, reports of discrimination, including civil rights investigation.
      • • Please note: Due to HIPAA regulations, state agencies cannot discuss open claims/cases with a third party.
  • Disabilities Resources
  • Driving and Transportation
    • • Where can I get help with renewing my Oregon driver license?
    • • Where can I find answers to common questions about the Oregon Department of Transportation?
    • • How can I find out about road closures and driving conditions?
    • • Where can I report unsafe road conditions?
    • • Where can I find information about passenger rail in Oregon?
    • • Where can I get information about Oregon's bike and pedestrian plans?
    • • Where can I share a concern with my local DMV office?
  • Education
  • Emergency Management and Preparedness
  • Employment and Workplace Issues
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Agriculture
    • Conservation and Assistances
    • Fishing and Hunting
      • • Where can I find information about fishing in Oregon?
      • • Where can I find information about hunting in Oregon?
      • • How can look up what permits I need?
    • Forest and Timber
      • • Where can I find information about forests and timber in Oregon?
      • • Where can I find information about State timber sales?
      • • Where can I find information about firewood cutting on public lands?
      • • I own a private forest, where can I find resources?
    • Pollution
      • • Where can I find information regarding air and water quality?
      • • Where can I find information about cleanup sites in Oregon?
      • • Where can I find information about vehicle testing in Oregon?
      • • I have other concerns regarding pollution in Oregon?
  • Executive Clemency
    • Types of Clemency: Pardons, Commutations, Reprieves, and Remissions of Fines
      • The Oregon Constitution gives the Governor the power to grant four different kinds of Executive Clemency, called pardons, commutations, reprieves, and remissions of fines:
      • • A pardon forgives a person for the crime that person committed. Only in extraordinary cases will the Governor consider granting a pardon while a person is still serving a sentence either in a penal institution or on parole.
      • • A commutation substitutes a less severe punishment for the original sentence than the person was given.
      • • A reprieve is temporary relief from punishment.
      • • A remission of fines is a reduction or cancellation of court-ordered fines imposed against the person.
    • More Information and Requesting Clemency
      • • Please be aware that the Governor regards executive clemency as an extraordinary remedy of last resort. Therefore, it is highly unlikely he will consider applications based upon allegedly wrongful convictions where applicants have not fully exhausted their appellate, post-conviction, and habeas corpus remedies.
      • • To request clemency, you must submit a clemency application. The application is provided by the Governor’s Office.
      • • Generally, the Governor will not exercise his clemency power to pardon applicants for crimes which the law allows a court to set aside; therefore, you should not file an application if you qualify for judicial expungement under ORS 137.225 and have not sought such expungement.
  • Exploring Oregon
  • Government: Federal, State, and Local
    • Federal Government
      • The Governor does not have jurisdiction over federal issues or agencies. Contact your elected Federal Senators and Representatives for assistance and comments.
      • • Where can I get information about immigration?
      • • Where can I get information about Medicare?
      • • Where can I get information about Social Security?
    • State Government
      • As outlined in Oregon's Constitution, Oregon has three separate but equal branches of government:
        • Legislature
        • Executive
          • • State agencies and departments help execute laws set forth by the Legislature. Contact the specific agency or department about their public engagement processes. The Governor cannot change eligibility rules or overturn an appeals decision.
          • • Oregon state Boards and Commissions maintain their own leadership and accountability structure. Contact the specific Board or Commission for information. The Governor cannot change rules or overturn a Board’s decision.
        • Judicial
          • The judicial branch home to Oregon’s courts. The Governor cannot intervene in personal legal matters, court cases, nor can he overturn the ruling of a judge. The Governor's office cannot provide legal assistance or advice.
          • • How can I find a lawyer?
          • • I got a jury duty letter. Now what?
    • Local
      • The Governor has no oversight authority over city and county elected officials, agencies, or local law enforcement.
      • • How can I contact my locally elected city or county officials?
      • • Where can I find information on other local government entities?
      • • How can I find information about my local school district?
  • Health Care: Cover Oregon, The Oregon Health Plan, Medicare
    • Cover Oregon (Private Insurance)
      • • Where can I apply for private insurance?
      • • Where can I find assistance to understand and apply for private health coverage
      • • How can I contact Oregon’s Insurance Division about private insurance concerns?
    • The Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids
    • Medicare
  • Justice: Consumer Protection, Child Support, Reporting a Crime, Victims’ Rights
  • Office of the Governor: Flags, Invites, Internships, School Information
    • • Due to budget restrictions the Governor’s Office no longer provides flags.
    • • How do I invite the Governor or the First Lady to an event?
    • • Does the Governor have an internship program?
    • • Where can I make a media inquiry?
    • • Where can I find information about proclamations?
    • • Is there information about Oregon for my school project?
  • Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)
    • • How can I contact PERS?
    • • Where do I find information about how to retire if I'm a PERS member?
    • • How do I estimate my PERS benefits?
    • • Where can I find PERS-related forms?
    • • Where can I get information about IAP retirement?
    • • Where can I find answers to other PERS-related questions?
  • Public Safety and Corrections
  • Social & Community Services: Food, Housing, Children & Teens
  • Taxes and Revenue
  • Veterans’ Resources
    • • For all veterans who are seeking assistances, contact your local Veterans Service Officers (VSOs). VSOs are accredited and certified professional with expertise in veteran law.
    • • How can I find home loan resources for Oregon veterans?
    • • Where can I find information about veterans’ benefits and programs, including education and employment?
    • • How can I contact ODVA with other concerns?
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