2017 ORS 171.992¹
Civil penalty for violation of lobby regulation

(1) Any person who violates any provision of ORS 171.740 (Lobbyist registration) to 171.762 (Verification of reports, registrations and statements), or any rule adopted under ORS 171.725 (Definitions for ORS 171.725 to 171.785) to 171.785 (Sanctions prescribed by either chamber of Legislative Assembly), shall forfeit and pay to the General Fund for each violation a civil penalty of not more than $5,000, to be determined by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission.

(2)(a) The commission may impose civil penalties upon a person who fails to file the statement required under ORS 171.745 (Lobbyist statements of expenditures) or 171.750 (Lobbyist employer statements of expenditures). In enforcing this subsection, the commission is not required to follow the procedures in ORS 171.778 (Complaint and adjudicatory process) before finding that a violation of ORS 171.745 (Lobbyist statements of expenditures) or 171.750 (Lobbyist employer statements of expenditures) has occurred.

(b) Failure to file the required statement in timely fashion is prima facie evidence of a violation of ORS 171.745 (Lobbyist statements of expenditures) or 171.750 (Lobbyist employer statements of expenditures).

(c) The commission may impose a civil penalty of $10 for each of the first 14 days the statement is late beyond the date set by law and $50 for each day thereafter. The maximum penalty that may be imposed under this subsection is $5,000.

(3) A civil penalty imposed under this section may be recovered in an action brought in the name of the State of Oregon in any court of appropriate jurisdiction or may be imposed as provided in ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures). In any proceedings before the court, including judicial review under ORS 183.745 (Civil penalty procedures), the court may review the penalty as to both liability and reasonableness of amount.

(4) In lieu of or in conjunction with finding a violation of law or rule or imposing a civil penalty under this section, the commission may issue a written letter of reprimand, explanation or education. [1973 c.802 §13; 1987 c.566 §6a; 1991 c.734 §9; 2007 c.877 §10; 2013 c.262 §4]

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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.