Salem, OR—Today, the Oregon Senate passed a bipartisan bill modernizing Oregon's administrative rulemaking process. SB 227 was introduced by the Secretary of State's office to further the goal of providing Oregonians with a fully searchable online database of administrative rules. The Oregon Administrative Rules Database (OARD) will speed up the current rulemaking notification process.
“I thank Senator Riley and Senator DeBoer for their bipartisan work with my office to increase transparency and efficiency,” said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. “SB 227 is a common sense solution that improves the administrative rulemaking process.”
Current laws are generally written for a manual, paper-based rules filing process that requires the Archives Division
of the Secretary of State's office to produce an annual printed compilation of Administrative Rules. OARD eliminates the need for paper filings and requests, so SB 227 will modify the statute to fit with an all-electronic system.
“Oregon should be the leader in making government more open and transparent, and this is the next step to do just that,” said Senator Chuck Riley (D – Hillsboro). “We need to better utilize the advances in technology that are all around us and bring our antiquated systems into the 21st century.”
“This bill is an example of bipartisan cooperation for the benefit of all Oregonians,” added Senator Alan DeBoer (R – Ashland). “SB 227 saves money and staff time, while also reducing Oregon's carbon footprint.”
Currently, access to the online rules is cumbersome, searches are limited to one chapter at a time, and the rules are displayed in an .html format. To improve this process, the Archives Division is in the final stages of implementing OARD with an expected completion date of June 30, 2017.
“The Oregon Administrative Rules Database was developed so that the entire rulemaking process, from creation of a rule through publication and maintenance, is automated and maintained in one database that is fully accessible to the public online,” said State Archivist Mary Beth Herkert.