2015 ORS § 285B.551¹
Issuance of additional lottery bonds
  • uses
  • maximum amounts
  • Economic Infrastructure Project Fund

(1) Pursuant to ORS 286A.560 (Definitions for ORS 286A.560 to 286A.585 and 327.700 to 327.711) to 286A.585 (Lottery bonds for community sports facilities), at the request of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, after the department consults with the Oregon Business Development Department, the State Treasurer is authorized to issue lottery bonds:

(a) To provide financial and other assistance, including but not limited to loans and grants, to municipalities, ports and other persons and entities in accordance with the laws governing use of moneys in the Special Public Works Fund created by ORS 285B.455 (Special Public Works Fund), the Water Fund created by ORS 285B.563 (Water Fund), the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund created by ORS 285A.213 (Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund), the Oregon Port Revolving Fund created by ORS 285A.708 (Oregon Port Revolving Fund), the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund created by ORS 285A.188 (Brownfields Redevelopment Fund), the Oregon Business Development Fund created by ORS 285B.092 (Oregon Business Development Fund) and the Marine Navigation Improvement Fund created by ORS 777.267 (Marine Navigation Improvement Fund).

(b) To fund Oregons share of the costs of the Columbia River channel deepening project.

(c) To fund Oregons share of the costs of studies and ecosystem restoration projects in the lower Columbia River estuary designed to improve habitat for listed endangered or threatened species of Columbia River anadromous salmonids.

(2) The use of lottery bond proceeds is authorized based on the following findings:

(a) The financial and other assistance to municipalities, ports and other persons and entities will assist in the establishment and expansion of businesses in Oregon and in the construction, improvement and expansion of infrastructure, community and port facilities and other facilities that comprise the physical foundation for industrial and commercial activity and provide the basic framework for continued and expanded economic opportunities and quality communities throughout Oregon.

(b) The Columbia River channel deepening project is necessary to allow newer, larger steamships access to Oregon and Washington deep draft ports. A deeper shipping channel will allow the Columbia River to continue as a world leader in agricultural exports and as a key trade corridor for farms and businesses throughout Oregon and the region.

(c) Such financial and other assistance to municipalities, ports and other persons and entities and the deepening of the Columbia River channel will therefore promote economic development within this state, and thus the use of net proceeds derived from the operation of the Oregon State Lottery to pay debt service on lottery bonds issued under this section to provide such financial and other assistance to municipalities, ports and other persons and entities and to pay a portion of the costs of deepening the Columbia River channel is an authorized use of state lottery funds under section 4, Article XV of the Oregon Constitution, and ORS 461.510 (State Lottery Fund).

(d) The current lower Columbia River estuary habitat for listed endangered or threatened species of Columbia River anadromous salmonids could be improved through ecosystem restoration projects. The use of the Oregon State Lottery to pay debt service on lottery bonds issued under this section to pay for studying how the estuary could be improved and to pay for ecosystem restoration projects are authorized uses of state lottery funds.

(3)(a) The aggregate principal amount of lottery bonds issued pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section for financial and other assistance to municipalities, ports and other persons and entities may not exceed the sum of $306,226,252 and an additional amount estimated by the State Treasurer to be necessary to pay bond-related costs. The aggregate principal amount of lottery bonds issued pursuant to subsection (1)(b) of this section for the Columbia River channel deepening project may not exceed the sum of $17.7 [bad link] million and an additional amount estimated by the State Treasurer to be necessary to pay bond-related costs.

(b) The Oregon Department of Administrative Services may not request the issuance of lottery bonds under subsection (1)(b) of this section until the Director of the Oregon Business Development Department determines that a final environmental impact statement has been issued and a record of decisions has been submitted to Congress by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Congress has authorized the Columbia River channel deepening project, and the Washington sponsors shares of the costs of the Columbia River channel deepening project have been committed.

(4) The net proceeds of lottery bonds issued pursuant to subsection (1)(a) and (b) of this section shall be deposited in the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund, which is hereby established in the State Treasury separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund shall be credited to the fund. All moneys in the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Business Development Department for any purpose for which moneys in the Special Public Works Fund created by ORS 285B.455 (Special Public Works Fund) may be used, any purpose for which moneys in the Water Fund created by ORS 285B.563 (Water Fund) may be used, any purpose for which moneys in the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund created by ORS 285A.213 (Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund) may be used, any purpose for which moneys in the Oregon Port Revolving Fund created by ORS 285A.708 (Oregon Port Revolving Fund) may be used, any purpose for which moneys in the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund created by ORS 285A.188 (Brownfields Redevelopment Fund) may be used, any purpose for which moneys in the Oregon Business Development Fund created by ORS 285B.092 (Oregon Business Development Fund) may be used and any purpose for which moneys in the Marine Navigation Improvement Fund created by ORS 777.267 (Marine Navigation Improvement Fund) may be used. The Director of the Oregon Business Development Department shall allocate the moneys deposited in the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund for the purposes described in this subsection in accordance with the priorities developed by the Oregon Business Development Commission in accordance with ORS 285A.020 (Legislative findings). However, the director shall transfer from the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund and deposit into the Channel Deepening Account of the Marine Navigation Improvement Fund the proceeds of any lottery bonds sold to finance a portion of the costs of the Columbia River channel deepening project. Upon determining the relative allocation of moneys deposited in the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund among the purposes described in this subsection, the director shall transfer from the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund, and deposit into each of the other funds described in this subsection, the amounts so allocated. Notwithstanding any other provision of law governing the funds described in this subsection, the funds described in this subsection may be credited with moneys transferred from the Economic Infrastructure Project Fund by the director in accordance with this subsection.

(5) The aggregate principal amount of lottery bonds issued pursuant to subsection (1)(c) of this section for the costs of studies and ecosystem restoration projects in the lower Columbia River estuary may not exceed the sum of $750,000 and an additional amount estimated by the State Treasurer to be necessary to pay bond-related costs. The net proceeds of lottery bonds issued pursuant to subsection (1)(c) of this section shall be deposited in the Oregon Business, Innovation and Trade Fund created by ORS 285A.227 (Oregon Business, Innovation and Trade Fund) and may be used only for the Oregon nonfederal share of United States Army Corps of Engineers Columbia River estuary projects authorized by Congress prior to August 9, 2001. The director may not request the issuance of lottery bonds under subsection (1)(c) of this section until Congress and Washington have authorized their respective shares of the costs of the studies and ecosystem restoration projects in the lower Columbia River estuary.

(6) The proceeds of lottery bonds issued pursuant to this section may be used only for the purposes set forth in this section and for bond-related costs. [1999 c.702 §1; 2001 c.96 §6; 2001 c.942 §1; 2003 c.741 §4; 2005 c.788 §1; 2007 c.746 §1; 2007 c.804 §78; 2009 c.830 §115; 2009 c.906 §1a; 2011 c.624 §1; 2013 c.786 §1; 2015 c.812 §1]

Note: 285B.551 (Issuance of additional lottery bonds) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 285B or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Sections 1a, 2 and 4, chapter 812, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1a. Lottery bonds for levee project assistance. (1) Net proceeds of lottery bonds issued under ORS 285B.551 (Issuance of additional lottery bonds) in an amount sufficient to provide $5 million in net proceeds and interest earnings must be transferred to the Oregon Business Development Department for deposit in the Levee Project Subaccount, established under section 1b of this 2015 Act [285B.456 (Levee Project Subaccount)], for the purposes described in that section.

(2) The Legislative Assembly finds that the use of lottery bond proceeds will create jobs, further economic development, finance public education or restore and protect parks, beaches, watersheds and native fish and wildlife, and is authorized based on the following findings:

(a) Levees are an integral part of the commercial and industrial infrastructure of this state.

(b) Inspection, accreditation, certification and repair of levees will promote economic development within this state. [2015 c.812 §1a]

Sec. 2. Lottery bonds to provide grants and loans for infrastructure projects. (1) For the biennium beginning July 1, 2015, at the request of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, after the department consults with the Oregon Business Development Department, the State Treasurer is authorized to issue lottery bonds pursuant to ORS 286A.560 (Definitions for ORS 286A.560 to 286A.585 and 327.700 to 327.711) to 286A.585 (Lottery bonds for community sports facilities) in an amount that produces $12,005,000 in net proceeds and interest earnings for the purposes described in subsection (2) of this section, plus an additional amount estimated by the State Treasurer to be necessary to pay bond-related costs.

(2) Net proceeds of lottery bonds issued under this section in an amount sufficient to provide $12,005,000 in net proceeds and interest earnings must be transferred to the Oregon Business Development Department for deposit in the Regional Infrastructure Fund established in section 3, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, to provide grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure projects including long-range planning, research and design. The grants and loans are to be allocated by region and based on recommendations of regionally-based planning committees designated by the department.

(3) The Legislative Assembly finds that the use of lottery bond proceeds will create jobs, further economic development, finance public education or restore and protect parks, beaches, watersheds and native fish and wildlife, and is authorized based on the following findings:

(a) Infrastructure projects will create jobs; and

(b) Integrated development of infrastructure will establish a foundation for expanding existing businesses and for developing and attracting new businesses. [2015 c.812 §2]

Sec. 4. Rules. (1) The Director of the Oregon Business Development Department, in accordance with ORS chapter 183, shall adopt rules necessary to administer programs or projects financed with moneys obtained pursuant to section 3, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, and section 2 of this 2015 Act. The rules shall address procedures for authorizing infrastructure planning and research efforts, developing and evaluating grant and loan applications, awarding grants and loans from the Regional Infrastructure Fund and administering a grant and loan review committee, and may include other provisions the director determines necessary or convenient for the Oregon Business Development Department to perform its duties and responsibilities under section 3, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, and section 2 of this 2015 Act.

(2) The rules must be developed in consultation with the Director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services or the directors designee. [2015 c.812 §4]

Note: Section 3, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, provides:

Sec. 3. Regional Infrastructure Fund. (1) The Regional Infrastructure Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned on the moneys in the Regional Infrastructure Fund shall be credited to the fund. The Regional Infrastructure Fund consists of moneys deposited in the fund under section 2, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, and section 2 of this 2015 Act [section 2, chapter 812, Oregon Laws 2015], and may include fees, revenues or other income deposited into the fund by the Legislative Assembly.

(2) Moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the Oregon Business Development Department for disbursement to local governments for the purposes set forth in section 2, chapter 786, Oregon Laws 2013, and section 2 of this 2015 Act. [2013 c.786 §3; 2015 c.812 §3]