2017 ORS 171.776¹
Commission duties
  • advisory opinions
  • status of opinions

(1) In addition to the duties prescribed in ORS 171.772 (Forms for reports, registrations and statements), the Oregon Government Ethics Commission may make inquiries or investigations in the manner prescribed in ORS 171.778 (Complaint and adjudicatory process) with respect to registrations, statements and reports filed under ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly), and with respect to any alleged failure to register or to file any statements or reports required under ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly), and upon signed complaint by any individual or on its own instigation, with respect to apparent violation of any part of ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly).

(2) Upon written request of any lobbyist, lobbyist employer or any person, or upon its own motion, the commission, under signature of the chairperson, may issue and publish opinions on the requirements of ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly), based on actual or hypothetical circumstances.

(3) If any lobbyist or lobbyist employer associated with the lobbyist is in doubt whether a proposed transaction or action constitutes a violation of ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly), the lobbyist or lobbyist employer may request in writing a determination from the commission. The requester shall supply such information as the commission requests to enable it to issue the interpretation.

(4) A lobbyist or lobbyist employer associated with the lobbyist shall not be liable under ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly) for any action or transaction carried out in accordance with an advisory interpretation issued under subsection (3) of this section. Such an advisory interpretation shall be considered a formal opinion having precedential effect and shall be subject to review by legal counsel to the commission before the interpretation is sent to the requester. [1973 c.802 §11; 1983 c.740 §40; 1993 c.743 §7]

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).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.