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Public comment period opens for administrative rule repeal relating to Oregon State Fair operation

July 1, 2019

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting public comments on a proposed repeal of Oregon Administrative Rule language that references operation of the Oregon State Fair. The language is outdated; it was not removed after a 2013 decision by the state legislature to transfer state fair operations from OPRD to a public corporation.

“Despite the management change several years ago, the OPRD rule language hasn’t been repealed yet,” said Katie Gauthier, legislative and policy coordinator lead with OPRD. “It’s administrative housekeeping on our part. The proposed repeal will minimize confusion about fair operations moving forward.”

During the 2013 legislative session, operation of the state fair was transferred to a public corporation, the Oregon State Fair Council. The corporation has managed state fair operations since 2015.
The proposed repeal will not affect current state fair operations or the Oregon State Fair Council.

OPRD will accept public comments on the proposed repeal through 5 p.m. July 31. Comments can be made online, in writing or via email:

  • Online: oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking
  • In writing: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, attn. Katie Gauthier, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301

After reviewing public comments, agency staff plan to present a final recommended rule for consideration by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission at its September 2019 business meeting.

The full text of the proposed amendments to the program’s Oregon Administrative Rules, 736-201-0000 to 736-201-0180, is available online at oregon.gov/oprd/Rules/pages/index.aspx.