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In the 2023 session, the Legislative Assembly passed
HB 2805, which gives the Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) the authority to enforce Oregon’s Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610 to 192.705).
At this time, OGEC can provide verbal and written advice only on the executive session provisions of Oregon Public Meetings Law.
OGEC is now accepting complaints and opening cases for alleged Oregon Public Meetings Law violations.
Coming Soon! In 2024, OGEC’S trainers will begin providing Oregon Public Meetings Law trainings and will be coordinating with agencies, other groups, and associations to ensure the availability of Oregon Public Meetings Law trainings throughout the state. OGEC will continue to offer trainings and
webinars on the Executive Session provisions. For updates on when the Oregon Public Meetings Law trainings will become available, sign-up for Oregon Public Meetings Law training updates.
HB 2805 creates some mandatory prerequisites for submitting Public Meetings Law complaints to OGEC. These prerequisites will also apply to executive session provision complaints.
If you believe a Public Meetings Law violation has occurred:
If you fail to satisfy these mandatory prerequisites before filing your complaint with OGEC, your complaint will be dismissed.
HB 2805 creates new reporting duties for public bodies. In particular, when a public body receives a written grievance from a person alleging its governing body may have violated provisions in the Public Meetings Law, the public body must provide a written response to the person within 21 days. That written response should acknowledge receipt of the grievance and may:
The Oregon Department of Justice publishes the Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual. This manual is available on the Oregon Department of Justices' website in PDF and HTML format. You can also purchase a print version.
Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Information & Manual
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