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Legislative Statutory Committees and Interim Offices

hillside along Snake River
A view of the Snake River from the Snake River Road north of Swedes Landing in Baker County. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Legislative Administration Committee

Brett Hanes, Interim Legislative Administrator
The Legislative Administration Committee provides services to the Legislative Assembly, its support staff and the public. The committee, authorized by ORS 173.710, includes the president of the Senate, speaker of the House, members of the Senate appointed by the president and members of the House appointed by the speaker. The committee appoints an administrator to serve as its executive officer. The administrator’s office coordinates and oversees the operation of the following administrative units:

Employee Services

Address: Room 140-B 
Phone: 503-986-1373
Employee Services provides human resource administration to all legislative employees and legislative job seekers.

Facility Services

Address: Room 49
Phone: 503-986-1360
Facility Services manages the infrastructure of the State Capitol Building, including maintenance, capital improvement projects, centralized purchasing, mail handling and distribution of legislative publications. ​

Financial Services

Address: Room 140-C
Phone: 503-986-1695

Information Services

Address: Room 141 
Phone: 503-986-1916

Legislative Media

Address: Room 35
Phone: 503-986-1195
Legislative Media, a division of Information Services, provides audio and video coverage of legislative events, production videos and maintains audio and video equipment in the Capitol.

Visitor Services

Address: Capitol Rotunda Area
Phone: 503-986-1388
Visitor Services provides guided tours and information on the legislative process and Capitol history. It also operates the Capitol Gift Shop.
 

Legislative Commission on Indian Services

Patrick Flanagan​, Executive Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 167, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1067
 
The Legislative Commission on Indian Services consists of 14 members. Thirteen members are appointed by legislative leadership to two-year terms: one member from each of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized tribal governments, two state senators and two state representatives. The commission may appoint one additional non-voting member from an area in which non-reservation Indians reside and who is associated with an Urban Indian Health Program under Title V of the federal Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

The commission works to improve services to American Indians in the state and to promote communication and relations between the State of Oregon and the nine federally-recognized tribes in Oregon.
 

Legislative Counsel Committee and Office of Legislative Counsel

Dexter Johnson, Legislative Counsel
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. S-101, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1243
Fax: 503-373-1043
The Legislative Counsel Committee, established by ORS 173.111, consists of the president of the Senate, senators appointed by the president, the speaker of the House of Representatives and representatives appointed by the speaker. The legislative counsel, selected by the committee, serves as executive officer. 

The office drafts legislative measures for legislators, legislative committees, state agencies and statewide elected officials. The office provides legal opinions and other legal services to legislators, legislative committees and legislative staff. During legislative sessions, the office drafts amendments to measures and publishes the introduced, engrossed and enrolled measures.

The Office of the Legislative Counsel publishes Oregon Laws, the official compilation of that session’s laws. The office also compiles and publishes Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), the official codification of Oregon’s statute laws, every two years. Each edition of ORS incorporates the new statutory provisions and amendments to statutory provisions passed by the Legislative Assembly or approved by the voters in the preceding two years. The ORS set includes a supplement of laws enacted during the even-year regular legislative session. The office also incorporates any new sections or amendments into its annual printing of the Constitution of Oregon.
 
Pursuant to ORS 183.710 to 183.725, the Office of the Legislative Counsel conducts a review of all new administrative rules adopted by state agencies. This review allows the Legislative Assembly to monitor whether an agency’s rules are consistent with the agency’s constitutional and statutory authority.

Oregon Law Commission

P.K. Runkles-Pearson, Chair
Sandy Weintraub, Executive Director
Address: University of Oregon School of Law, 1515 Agate St., Eugene 97403
Phone: 541-346-0042

Established in 1997, the Oregon Law Commission, is the state’s official law reform body. The commission and its work groups help to reform, correct and revise Oregon law based on suggestions for revision and its own review of Oregon’s laws.

The commission consists of 15 commissioners: two appointed by the president of the Senate (one of whom must be a senator), two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives (one of whom must be a representative), the deans (or an appointee) from each of Oregon’s three law schools, three appointed by the Oregon State Bar, the attorney general, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, a circuit court judge and one appointed by the governor.

The commission submits a biennial report to the Legislative Assembly. Pursuant to ORS 173.335, the Office of the Legislative Counsel assists the commission.

Legislative Equity Office

Jackie Sandmeyer, Interim Director
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 62, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1625

The Equity Office authorized by 2019 HCR 20 works to promote a respectful and inclusive environment that is not intimidating, hostile or offensive, or could constitute retaliation for the making of a good-faith complaint under, or for participation in, an investigation.

Legislative Fiscal Office

Ken Rocco, Legislative Fiscal Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. H-178, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1828
 
The Legislative Fiscal Office is a permanent, nonpartisan legislative agency created in 1959, pursuant to ORS 173.410 to 173.450, to serve 
legislators and committees on matters related to the state’s fiscal affairs. The office provides research, analysis, evaluation and recommendations concerning state expenditures, budget issues, agency organization, program administration, audit findings and state information technology projects. It also provides fiscal impact assessments of proposed legislation and provides staff assistance to the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The office staffs the the Emergency Board and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and any appointed budget committees during sessions.​

Emergency Board

The Emergency Board, authorized by Article III, section 3, of the Oregon Constitution and by ORS 291.324, consists of the president of the 
Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and eight Senate and eight House members, totaling 20 members. Between sessions, the Emergency Board may allocate to state agencies, out of emergency funds appropriated to the board, additional monies to carry on activities required by law for which appropriations were not made. The board may authorize an agency to spend over the budgeted amount by accessing funds that are dedicated or continuously appropriated for the agency, approve a new budget for a new agency task and authorize transfers of funds between an agency’s expenditure classifications.

Joint Committee on Ways and Means

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means, created under ORS 171.555, is the legislative appropriations committee that determines state budget policy. Staffed by the Legislative Fiscal Office and made up of both Senate and House members appointed by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House, the committee works to determine state budget priorities. This joint appropriation process structure, employed in Oregon and a few other states, is especially effective in resolving budgetary differences.
 

Legislative Policy and Research Office

Misty Mason Freeman PhD., Director
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 453, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1813
 
The Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO), established in 2016, provides professional and nonpartisan staffing, analysis and research that supports and informs the policy-making process. LPRO staff administer committee meetings, analyze legislative measures, provide policy research for legislators, support legislative task forces and work groups and produce committee meeting records. Staff also serve as a resource and additional communications link for legislators, legislative personnel, state agencies, the public and other participants in the legislative process. 

The LPRO Director is selected by the Legislative Policy and Research Committee and is responsible for managing the office and its employees to 
execute the duties outlined in ORS 173.635.
 

Legislative Revenue Office

Christopher Allanach, Legislative Revenue Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 160, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1266
Pursuant to ORS 173.810 to 173.850, the Legislative Revenue Office, established by the 1975 Legislature, provides nonpartisan analysis of tax and school finance issues. The legislative revenue officer is appointed by, and responsible to, the House and Senate committees that deal with revenue and school finance. The office staffs the House and Senate Revenue Committees, writes revenue impact statements for proposed legislation and researches tax and other revenue related issues.​

Source

Legislative Administration
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 140-A, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-1848
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