ORS 260.561¹
Liability of certain chief petitioners for violations committed by persons obtaining signatures on petition
  • exceptions

(1) If a chief petitioner of a statewide initiative or referendum petition has knowledge of a violation of any provision of Oregon Revised Statutes or of any rule adopted by the Secretary of State under ORS chapters 246 to 260 related to the circulation of a statewide initiative or referendum petition committed by a person obtaining signatures on the chief petitioner’s petition, the violation by the person obtaining signatures shall be conclusively considered a violation by the chief petitioner.

(2) A chief petitioner shall not be liable under subsection (1) of this section if the chief petitioner notifies the Secretary of State in writing not later than one business day after the chief petitioner obtains knowledge of a potential violation. The notice shall state:

(a) That a potential violation has occurred;

(b) The nature of the potential violation; and

(c) All specific information known to the chief petitioner regarding the potential violation.

(3) If a statewide initiative or referendum petition has more than one chief petitioner, each chief petitioner with knowledge may be held liable under subsection (1) of this section.

(4) This section does not apply to a violation of law that is subject to criminal penalty. [2001 c.489 §3; 2001 c.965 §63a]

Chapter 260

Notes of Decisions

Challenge to ballot title on basis it did not conform to ORS 310.315 is within jurisdic­tion of Tax Court. Gugler v. Baker School Dist. 5-J, 12 OTR 162 (1992)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion to committee collecting contribu­tions to es­tab­lish fund to defray elected official's expenses incurred in performing po­lit­i­cal func­tions of office, (1980) Vol 40, p 11; preemp­tion by federal law of campaign financing with respect to federal candidates, (1981) Vol 41, p 420

Law Review Cita­tions

50 OLR 299-321 (1971); 55 OLR 253-266 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 260—Campaign Finance Regulation; Election Offenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors260.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 260, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­260ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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