ORS 176.040¹
Disability of Governor, how determined
  • succession to office, when permitted

(1) Whenever it appears that the Governor is unable to discharge the duties of the office, the person next in line of succession to the office of Governor or the person who is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon may call a conference consisting of the person who is Chief Justice, the person who is chief medical officer of the state hospital in Salem and the person who is dean of the Oregon Health and Science University. The three members of the conference shall examine the Governor. After the examination, or if upon attempting to examine the Governor the members of the conference are unable to examine the Governor because of circumstances beyond their control, they shall conduct a secret ballot and by unanimous vote may find that the Governor is temporarily unable to discharge the duties of the office.

(2) The finding of or failure to find a disability shall be made public, and in case the Governor is found to be unable to discharge the duties of the office, the person next in line of succession to the office of Governor shall be notified. After receiving the notification such person may, under section 8, Article V of the Oregon Constitution, become Governor until the disability be removed. [1959 c.672 §1; 1969 c.391 §13]

Chapter 176

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Effect of repeal of the Governor's Retire­ment Act by initiative on the right of past and present governors to receive the retire­ment benefits, (1973) Vol 36, p 476

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 176—Governor, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors176.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 176, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­176ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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