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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public hearing about proposed heritage rule changes
June 3, 2013
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing in June to accept comments on the proposed changes to the state rules governing Heritage Commission grants and statewide celebrations. The hearing will take place at 5 p.m. June 19 in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.
Those who wish to make public comment at the hearing must register with the hearings officer by 5:30 p.m. on the hearing date.  You can also submit comment prior to 5 p.m. June 21 at: OPRD.publiccomment@state.or.us  Written comments can be sent Attn: Vanessa DeMoe, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.
Once the public comment period has closed, OPRD staff will prepare the final rules text and submit it to the OPRD Commission for consideration and approval of final text prior to permanent adoption.
The proposed revisions will enable the heritage and museum grant programs to efficiently implement current legislation and requirements. The revisions would also make state-supported universities eligible for heritage grants. The revisions also would define and establish criteria for statewide anniversary celebrations.
An advisory committee has reviewed the proposed changes and does not anticipate the rule changes to have a significant economic or fiscal impact. Information about the proposed rule changes may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking%20Notices.aspx
Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon advance request by calling  (503) 986-0690 at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing.