2017 ORS 171.072¹
Salary of members and presiding officers
  • per diem allowance
  • expenses
  • tax status

(1) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive for services an annual salary of the greater of:

(a) One step below the maximum of Salary Range 1 in the Management Service Compensation Plan in the executive department as defined in ORS 174.112 (“Executive department” defined); or

(b) Seventeen percent of the salary of a Circuit Court Judge.

(2) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives each shall receive for services, as additional salary, an amount equal to the salary allowed each of them as a member under subsection (1) of this section.

(3) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive, as an allowance for expenses not otherwise provided for, a per diem determined as provided in subsection (9) of this section for each day within the period that the Legislative Assembly is in session, to be paid with the salary provided for in subsection (1) of this section. Pursuant to procedures determined by the Legislative Administration Committee, a member may draw from an accrued allowance.

(4) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive, as an allowance for expenses incurred in the performance of official duties during periods when the legislature is not in session, $400 for each calendar month or part of a calendar month during those periods, to be paid monthly, and subject to approval of the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives, mileage expenses and a per diem determined as provided in subsection (9) of this section for each day a member is engaged in the business of legislative interim and statutory committees, including advisory committees and subcommittees of advisory committees, and task forces and for each day a member serves on interstate bodies, advisory committees and other entities on which the member serves ex officio, whether or not the entity is a legislative one.

(5) In addition to the mileage and per diem expense payments provided by this section, a member of the Legislative Assembly may receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses, subject to approval by the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives, for legislative business outside of the state.

(6) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may delegate to the chairpersons of interim and statutory committees and task forces the approval authority granted to the President and the Speaker by subsection (4) of this section, with respect to expenses incurred in attending any meeting of a particular committee or task force.

(7) Amounts received under subsections (3) to (5) of this section are excluded from gross income and expenditures of the amounts are excluded in computing deductions for purposes of ORS chapter 316. If there is attached to the personal income return a schedule of all ordinary and necessary business expenses paid during the tax year as a member of the Legislative Assembly, a deduction may be claimed on the return for legislative expenses paid in excess of the amounts received under subsections (3) to (5) of this section. Expenses of members of the Legislative Assembly who are reimbursed by the state for actual expenses for meals and lodging associated with state travel for the same period during which a legislator receives per diem are subject to state income tax.

(8) For periods when the Legislative Assembly is not in session, the Legislative Administration Committee shall provide for a telephone and an expense allowance for members of the Legislative Assembly that is in addition to the amount allowed under subsection (4) of this section. In determining the amount of allowance for members, the committee shall consider the geographic area of the member’s district. The additional allowance shall reflect travel expenses necessary to communicate in districts of varying sizes.

(9) The per diem allowance referred to in subsections (3) and (4) of this section shall be the amount fixed for per diem allowance that is authorized by the United States Internal Revenue Service to be excluded from gross income without itemization. [1963 c.1 §1; 1967 c.66 §1; 1967 c.246 §1; 1971 c.465 §1; 1973 c.250 §1; 1975 c.530 §1; 1977 c.896 §1; 1979 c.557 §1; 1979 c.635 §7; 1981 c.517 §13; 1985 c.782 §3; 1987 c.879 §1; 1989 c.977 §7; 1995 c.658 §86; 1999 c.181 §1; 2003 c.516 §§1,2; 2007 c.912 §§5,5b; 2009 c.899 §6]

Note: The amendments to 171.072 (Salary of members and presiding officers) by section 1, chapter 578, Oregon Laws 2013, apply to salaries established for biennia beginning on or after July 1, 2019. See section 4, chapter 578, Oregon Laws 2013, as amended by section 5, chapter 840, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 15, chapter 725, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that applies to salaries established for biennia beginning on or after July 1, 2019, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

171.072 (Salary of members and presiding officers). (1) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive for services an annual salary determined as provided under ORS 292.930 (Annual salary for certain elected officers).

(2) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives each shall receive for services, as additional salary, an amount equal to the salary allowed each of them as a member under subsection (1) of this section.

(3) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive, as an allowance for expenses not otherwise provided for, a per diem determined as provided in subsection (9) of this section for each day within the period that the Legislative Assembly is in session, to be paid with the salary provided for in subsection (1) of this section. Pursuant to procedures determined by the Legislative Administration Committee, a member may draw from an accrued allowance.

(4) A member of the Legislative Assembly shall receive, as an allowance for expenses incurred in the performance of official duties during periods when the legislature is not in session, $400 for each calendar month or part of a calendar month during those periods, to be paid monthly, and subject to approval of the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives, mileage expenses and a per diem determined as provided in subsection (9) of this section for each day a member is engaged in the business of legislative interim and statutory committees, including advisory committees and subcommittees of advisory committees, and task forces and for each day a member serves on interstate bodies, advisory committees and other entities on which the member serves ex officio, whether or not the entity is a legislative one.

(5) In addition to the mileage and per diem expense payments provided by this section, a member of the Legislative Assembly may receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses, subject to approval by the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives, for legislative business outside of the state.

(6) The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives may delegate to the chairpersons of interim and statutory committees and task forces the approval authority granted to the President and the Speaker by subsection (4) of this section, with respect to expenses incurred in attending any meeting of a particular committee or task force.

(7) Amounts received under subsections (3) to (5) of this section are excluded from gross income and expenditures of the amounts are excluded in computing deductions for purposes of ORS chapter 316. If there is attached to the personal income return a schedule of all ordinary and necessary business expenses paid during the tax year as a member of the Legislative Assembly, a deduction may be claimed on the return for legislative expenses paid in excess of the amounts received under subsections (3) to (5) of this section. Expenses of members of the Legislative Assembly who are reimbursed by the state for actual expenses for meals and lodging associated with state travel for the same period during which a legislator receives per diem are subject to state income tax.

(8) For periods when the Legislative Assembly is not in session, the Legislative Administration Committee shall provide for a telephone and an expense allowance for members of the Legislative Assembly that is in addition to the amount allowed under subsection (4) of this section. In determining the amount of allowance for members, the committee shall consider the geographic area of the member’s district. The additional allowance shall reflect travel expenses necessary to communicate in districts of varying sizes.

(9) The per diem allowance referred to in subsections (3) and (4) of this section shall be the amount fixed for per diem allowance that is authorized by the United States Internal Revenue Service to be excluded from gross income without itemization.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Pay­ment of expenses and allowances to legislators, (1974) Vol 37, p 147; mandatory receipt of legislator’s compensa­tion, (1975) Vol 37, p 793; expenses incurred by a state legislator as an appointee of the Governor’s Committee on Aging, (1976) Vol 37, p 1475

Chapter 171

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lobbyist registra­tion of State Housing Council Chairman, (1976) Vol 37, p 1160

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 171—State Legislature, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors171.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 171, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano171.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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