• "Germane" means "appropriate, relevant, pertinent." As the term is used in the Oregon Legislature, "germane-ness" refers to whether or not a concept or idea fits into a bill. It is a different way of talking about Oregon's "one-subject" rule, which states that bills may only address one subject. (See Relating-to Clause.)

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1Oregon State Legislature, Legislative Glossary of Terms, http://­­glossary.html (last accessed May 27, 2009).