Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are laws that have been enacted by a vote of the Oregon State Legislature
. Statutes state the general intent of the law and who has authority to carry out that law. Any modifications made to a statute also require the approval of the Legislature.
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) provide a more detailed "blueprint" that clarifies and implements state law. Administrative rules spell out the specifics of the law. Rules are required to be supported by a specific statute or law. State agencies, boards and commissions establish and adopt rules.
Rule changes do not require legislative approval. For more information on administrative rules, go to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Oregon State Archives