ORS 182.538¹
Environmental Justice Task Force

(1) There is established the Environmental Justice Task Force consisting of 12 members appointed by the Governor. The members shall be persons who are well-informed on the principles of environmental justice and who, to the greatest extent practicable, represent minority communities, low-income communities, environmental interests, industry groups and geographically diverse areas of the state. Of the 12 members, the Governor shall appoint one member of the task force from each of the following commissions:

(a) The Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs;

(b) The Commission on Black Affairs;

(c) The Commission on Hispanic Affairs; and

(d) The Commission on Indian Services.

(2) The task force shall submit an annual report to the Governor setting forth its view of the progress of natural resource agencies toward achieving the goals established pursuant to ORS 182.542 (Duties of task force) and identifying any other environmental issues that the task force determines need attention.

(3) The term of office of each member 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 whose term begins on January 1 of the following year. A member may be reappointed. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.

(4) A member of the task force who is not a member of the Legislative Assembly is entitled to compensation and expenses in the manner and amounts provided for in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions). Claims for compensation and expenses incurred in performing functions of the task force shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the Governor for that purpose.

(5) The task force shall elect one of its members as a chairperson and another as vice chairperson, for the terms and with the duties and powers necessary for the performance of the functions of such offices as the task force determines.

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

(7) The task force shall meet at least once every three months at times and places specified by the chairperson. The task force also shall meet at other times and places specified by the call of the chairperson or of a majority of the members of the task force.

(8) The Governor shall provide the task force with the necessary clerical and administrative staff support.

(9) Natural resource agencies 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.

(10) A member of the task force who is a member of the Legislative Assembly may serve in an advisory capacity only. [2007 c.909 §2; 2011 c.273 §5]

Note: See note under 182.535 (“Natural resource agency” defined for ORS 182.535 to 182.550).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 182—State Administrative Agencies, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors182.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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