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Advice & Opinions

Request Advice from the Ethics Commission

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC) is an independent state agency that administers and enforces three areas of law.  One of the core functions of OGEC is to provide guidance.  Advice given by the Commission or Commission staff is based on the information and specific facts provided to the Commission.
There are three types of written guidance: Commission Advisory Opinion, Staff Advisory Opinion and informal advice.
  • An Advisory Opinion is issued by OGEC pursuant to ORS 171.776 and ORS 244.280. A public official or business with which a public official is associated shall not be liable under Lobby Regulation law, Oregon Government Ethic law, or the Executive Session provisions of Public Meeting law for any action or transaction carried out in accordance with this opinion. The opinion is limited to the facts set forth in the request. (opinion number contains an "A")

  • A Staff Opinion is an informal opinion that addresses the application of Oregon Government Ethic law, Lobbying Regulation law or Executive Session provisions of Public Meetings law only to the facts stated in the request. Any relevant information, which was not included by the requester of this opinion in the stated facts, could completely change the outcome of this opinion. Other laws or requirements may also apply. The opinion does not exempt a public official from liability under the applicable law for any action or transaction carried out in accordance with the opinion. The opinion is the personal assessment of the executive director of OGEC. (opinion number contains an "S")
  • Informal Advice is an informal response from OGEC staff that addresses the application of Oregon Government Ethic law Lobbying Regulation law, and the Executive Session provisions of Public Meettings law only to the facts stated/provided to OGEC by the requestor. This advice is offered in several forms, such as in person, by telephone, e-mail or letter. The advice issued restates the facts as presented in the request/inquiry and the relevant/applicable laws or regulations are applied. In addition, the advice given will provide a conclusion as to whether a particular action comports with the law.

To request advice from the Ethics Commission, please contact OGEC at (503)378-5105 or mail@ogec.oregon.gov.

Searching Issued Opinions & Advice

Opinions and informal letters of advice issued after 2017 are available online by clicking on the buttons provided below.

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Use the Case Management System (CMS) to search for advice issued by the Commission or Commission staff. The analysis and advice provided is issued under how the current provisions of law may apply to the specific circumstances presented.

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Search Final Dispositions

Search results of cases before the Commission.  Additional information about any case can be requested via a public request. 
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Opinions Issued Prior to 2017

Opinions issued prior to 2017 are not included in the OGEC's database. The Historical Opinions page has an interactive list of advisory and staff opinions issued between 1997-2017.