ORS 180.520¹
Duties of department
  • agency cooperation
  • Consumer Advisory Council created
  • membership
  • compensation and expenses

(1) It shall be the duty of the Department of Justice to:

(a) Coordinate consumer services carried on by state departments and agencies;

(b) Further consumer education;

(c) Conduct studies and research concerned with consumer services; receive, process, investigate and take action on complaints from consumers; and refer such complaints as require further action to appropriate agencies for enforcement;

(d) Inform the Governor and the Attorney General and other law enforcement agencies of violations of laws or rules affecting consumers as its investigations or studies may reveal;

(e) Advise the executive and legislative branches in matters affecting consumer interests;

(f) Study and report all matters referred to it by the Legislative Assembly or the Governor;

(g) Inform the public through appearances at federal and state committee, commission or department hearings of the policies, decisions or legislation beneficial or detrimental to consumers; and

(h) Evaluate consumer sales contracts for compliance with plain language standards under ORS 180.545 (Plain language standards).

(2) Every state agency shall cooperate with the Department of Justice in carrying out its functions under this section.

(3) To assist in carrying out chapter 753, Oregon Laws 1971, there is created in the department a Consumer Advisory Council.

(a) The Consumer Advisory Council shall consist of seven members appointed by the Attorney General, two of whom shall represent business, two of whom shall represent labor, and three of whom shall represent voluntary consumer agencies.

(b) The members of the council shall be entitled to compensation and expenses computed as provided in ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).

(c) All meetings of the council shall be open and public and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the council. [1981 c.320 §3; 1985 c.587 §§5,8; 1993 c.744 §40]

Note: 180.520 (Duties of department) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 180 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 180

Notes of Decisions

State Accident Insurance Fund Corpora­tion is subject to the pro­vi­sions of this chapter relating to legal representa­tion. Frohnmayer v. SAIF, 61 Or App 147, 655 P2d 1098 (1982), aff'd 294 Or 570, 660 P2d 1061 (1983)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Legal business of Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is not part of state's legal affairs and Attorney General may not provide advice or legal assistance to pool or its board of directors except at request of state of­fi­cer or agency, (1989) Vol 46, p 155

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 180—Attorney General; Department of Justice, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­180.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 180, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­180ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.
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