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Executive Session

About Executive Sessions

The Oregon form of government requires an informed public aware of the deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information upon which such decisions were made. It is the intent of [the Public Meetings Law] that decisions of governing bodies be arrived at openly.
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over the Executive Session provisions of Oregon Public Meetings law.  These provisions cover the reasons a governing/public body may enter into an Executive Session, and the process requirements. 

Executive Session Advice

OGEC staff can provide advice and guidance on the application of the provisions in ORS 192.660 to future or hypothetical circumstances. If you have questions about the applicaiton of the executive session provision or whether they might apply to a specific situation, you can contact the OGEC staff by calling (503) 378-5105 or emailing


Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Information & Manual

The Oregon Department of Justices publishes the Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual. This manual is available on the the Oregon Department of Jutices' website in PDF and HTML format. You can also purchase a print version.

OGEC Resources