2013 ORS § 244.350¹
Civil penalties
  • letter of reprimand or explanation

(1) The Oregon Government Ethics Commission may impose civil penalties not to exceed:

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, $5,000 for violation of any provision of this chapter or any resolution adopted under ORS 244.160 (Filing of statement of economic interest by public official of political subdivision other than city or county).

(b) $25,000 for violation of ORS 244.045 (Regulation of subsequent employment of public officials).

(2)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the commission may impose civil penalties not to exceed $1,000 for violation of any provision of ORS 192.660 (Executive sessions permitted on certain matters).

(b) A civil penalty may not be imposed under this subsection if the violation occurred as a result of the governing body of the public body acting upon the advice of the public bodys counsel.

(3) The commission may impose civil penalties not to exceed $250 for violation of ORS 293.708 (Conflicts of interest for council members). A civil penalty imposed under this subsection is in addition to and not in lieu of a civil penalty that may be imposed under subsection (1) of this section.

(4)(a) The commission may impose civil penalties on a person who fails to file the statement required under ORS 244.050 (Persons required to file statement of economic interest) or 244.217 (Statement of contributions received and expenditures made). In enforcing this subsection, the commission is not required to follow the procedures in ORS 244.260 (Complaint and adjudicatory process) before finding that a violation of ORS 244.050 (Persons required to file statement of economic interest) or 244.217 (Statement of contributions received and expenditures made) has occurred.

(b) Failure to file the required statement in timely fashion is prima facie evidence of a violation of ORS 244.050 (Persons required to file statement of economic interest) or 244.217 (Statement of contributions received and expenditures made).

(c) The commission may impose a civil penalty of $10 for each of the first 14 days the statement is late beyond the date set by law, or by the commission under ORS 244.050 (Persons required to file statement of economic interest), and $50 for each day thereafter. The maximum penalty that may be imposed under this subsection is $5,000.

(5) In lieu of or in conjunction with finding a violation of law or any resolution or imposing a civil penalty under this section, the commission may issue a written letter of reprimand, explanation or education. [1974 c.72 §19; 1977 c.588 §10; 1987 c.360 §3; 1993 c.743 §29; 1993 c.747 §2; 1997 c.750 §2; 2005 c.179 §3; 2007 c.865 §18; 2007 c.877 §11a; 2009 c.68 §16; 2009 c.689 §4]