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Oregon Government Ethics Law

ORS Chapter 244
  • Prohibits use of public office or position for financial gain
  • Requires public disclosure of financial conflicts of interest
  • Requires designated elected and appointed officials to file annual disclosures of sources of economic interest
  • Limits gifts that an official may receive per calendar year       
  • Applies to all elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers at all levels of state and local government in all three branches

Executive Session Provisions: Oregon Public Meetings Law

ORS 192.610, ORS 192.660, ORS 192.685
  • Authorizes specific, limited reasons for which a public body may meet in a closed session

Lobby Law

ORS 171.725 to 171.785
  • Requires lobbyists to register
  • Requires lobbyists and the entities they represent to file periodic expenditure reports
  • Specifies prohibited conduct, such as contingency lobbying

Respectful Workplace Training Requirement
For information on the Respectful Workplace Training requirement, ORS 173.915, please refer to the Legislative Equity Office.

Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 199

The purpose of the rules adopted by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission is to provide guidance in the understanding of the provisions under the Commissions jurisdiction.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 199

OAR Chapter 199

Compliance and Sanctions

The Commission has a variety of sanctions available after making a finding that a violation occurred. Sanctions range from letters of reprimand to civil penalties and forfeitures.

Guidelines on Sanctions

Additional Reference

Use the link below to access the most current version of the Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Manual issued by the Oregon Department of Justice.
Attorney General's Public Records and Meetings Information & Manual