2011 ORS § 396.600¹
Task Force on Military Families

(1) The Task Force on Military Families is established, consisting of at least nine members appointed by the Governor as follows:

(a) At least one parent of a member of the military or one parent of a veteran;

(b) At least one family member of a person who was killed in action during an armed conflict while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States;

(c) At least one family member of a person who has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat;

(d) At least one adolescent dependent of a veteran who was a member of the Oregon National Guard;

(e) At least one spouse of a member of the military or a veteran;

(f) At least one representative of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and

(g) At least one representative of the Oregon National Guard who works on issues relating to military families.

(2) In selecting the members of the task force, the Governor shall strive to include members representing:

(a) All geographic areas of this state;

(b) All branches of the military; and

(c) Active duty, Oregon National Guard and reserve units.

(3) The term of each member of the task force is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term. A member may not be appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms on the task force.

(4) The task force shall:

(a) Review and evaluate proposals for legislation relating to military families;

(b) Provide witnesses to testify before the Legislative Assembly;

(c) Conduct meetings with military families throughout this state;

(d) Prepare materials and conduct outreach to assist in bridging the gap between military and civilian sectors;

(e) Educate the public about the needs of military families; and

(f) Identify, review and propose community-based initiatives, programs, tools and resources to assist military families.

(5) A majority of the voting members of the task force constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

(6) Official action by the task force requires the approval of a majority of the voting members of the task force.

(7) The task force shall elect one of its members to serve as chairperson.

(8) The task force shall meet at times and places specified by the call of the chairperson or of a majority of the voting members of the task force.

(9) The task force may establish subcommittees of its members as it determines to be necessary to assist the task force in the performance of its duties.

(10) The task force may adopt rules necessary for the operation of the task force.

(11) The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oregon Military Department shall provide staff support to the task force.

(12) Members of the task force are not entitled to compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary travel and other expenses incurred by them in the performance of their official duties in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). Claims for expenses shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oregon Military Department for purposes of the task force.

(13) All agencies of state government, as defined in ORS 174.111 (State government defined), are directed to assist the task force in the performance of its duties and, to the extent permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish such information and advice as the members of the task force consider necessary to perform their duties. [2011 c.727 §1]

Note: 396.600 (Task Force on Military Families) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 396 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Section 1, chapter 696, Oregon Laws 2011, provides:

Sec. 1. Commission on medal to honor fallen military members. (1) The Adjutant General shall form a commission that includes the Adjutant General, two Assistant Adjutants General and two veterans service officers.

(2) The purpose of the commission is to develop and name a medal that will honor fallen military members for the courage and sacrifice they have made for the State of Oregon. The purpose of the medal is to honor the memory and sacrifice of military members from Oregon who were killed in action or who died as a result of wounds received in action, including action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The intent of the Legislative Assembly is to have the medal be awarded to the fallen service members and be presented to the next of kin of those military members.

(3) The commission shall design the medal and suggest an appropriate name for the medal and an appropriate ceremony for presentation of the medal to the next of kin. The name of the medal may not be the same as or similar to any military medal issued by the federal government.

(4) Upon completion of the design, the commission shall present the medal design to the Governor, as Commander in Chief of the Oregon National Guard, for the Governors approval.

(5) If the Governor approves, the Governor shall present the proposed medal to the Seventy-seventh Legislative Assembly for its approval. [2011 c.696 §1]

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