2017 ORS 261.900¹
Construction

(1) The rule of strict construction shall have no application to ORS 261.007 (Policy), 261.010 (Definitions), 261.030 (Limit of authority to control existing utilities of electric cooperatives or cities), 261.065 (Application of initiative, referendum and recall laws) to 261.118 (Withdrawal from petition), 261.131 (Period for county clerk to certify petition) to 261.171 (County governing body to call election), 261.190 (Election of first board of directors), 261.200 (Proclamation of district formation or boundary change), 261.220 (Mandamus to compel performance of its duties by county governing body), 261.225 (State agencies and private utilities to provide new district certain information), 261.305 (General powers of district) to 261.325 (Acquisition of water rights), 261.345 (Employment of labor), 261.355 (Procedure for issuance and sale of revenue bonds), 261.371 (Authority to issue and sell revenue bonds), 261.375 (Election to authorize district bond issue), 261.605 (Testing validity of certain commission and board proceedings), 261.635 (Procedure exclusive) and this section; but the same shall be liberally construed, in order to carry out the purposes and objects for which ORS 261.007 (Policy), 261.010 (Definitions), 261.030 (Limit of authority to control existing utilities of electric cooperatives or cities), 261.065 (Application of initiative, referendum and recall laws) to 261.118 (Withdrawal from petition), 261.131 (Period for county clerk to certify petition) to 261.171 (County governing body to call election), 261.190 (Election of first board of directors), 261.200 (Proclamation of district formation or boundary change), 261.220 (Mandamus to compel performance of its duties by county governing body), 261.225 (State agencies and private utilities to provide new district certain information), 261.305 (General powers of district) to 261.325 (Acquisition of water rights), 261.345 (Employment of labor), 261.355 (Procedure for issuance and sale of revenue bonds), 261.371 (Authority to issue and sell revenue bonds), 261.375 (Election to authorize district bond issue), 261.605 (Testing validity of certain commission and board proceedings), 261.635 (Procedure exclusive) and this section are intended.

(2) When ORS 261.007 (Policy), 261.010 (Definitions), 261.030 (Limit of authority to control existing utilities of electric cooperatives or cities), 261.065 (Application of initiative, referendum and recall laws) to 261.118 (Withdrawal from petition), 261.131 (Period for county clerk to certify petition) to 261.171 (County governing body to call election), 261.190 (Election of first board of directors), 261.200 (Proclamation of district formation or boundary change), 261.220 (Mandamus to compel performance of its duties by county governing body), 261.225 (State agencies and private utilities to provide new district certain information), 261.305 (General powers of district) to 261.325 (Acquisition of water rights), 261.345 (Employment of labor), 261.355 (Procedure for issuance and sale of revenue bonds), 261.371 (Authority to issue and sell revenue bonds), 261.375 (Election to authorize district bond issue), 261.605 (Testing validity of certain commission and board proceedings), 261.635 (Procedure exclusive) and this section come in conflict with any provision, limitation or restriction in any other law, ORS 261.007 (Policy), 261.010 (Definitions), 261.030 (Limit of authority to control existing utilities of electric cooperatives or cities), 261.065 (Application of initiative, referendum and recall laws) to 261.118 (Withdrawal from petition), 261.131 (Period for county clerk to certify petition) to 261.171 (County governing body to call election), 261.190 (Election of first board of directors), 261.200 (Proclamation of district formation or boundary change), 261.220 (Mandamus to compel performance of its duties by county governing body), 261.225 (State agencies and private utilities to provide new district certain information), 261.305 (General powers of district) to 261.325 (Acquisition of water rights), 261.345 (Employment of labor), 261.355 (Procedure for issuance and sale of revenue bonds), 261.371 (Authority to issue and sell revenue bonds), 261.375 (Election to authorize district bond issue), 261.605 (Testing validity of certain commission and board proceedings), 261.635 (Procedure exclusive) and this section shall govern and control. [1979 c.558 §29]

Note: 261.900 (Construction) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 261 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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Chapter 261

Notes of Decisions

People’s utility district does not possess exclusive right to provide service within boundaries of district. Douglas Electric Cooperative v. Central Lincoln People’s Utility District, 164 Or App 251, 991 P2d 1060 (1999), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

County clerk’s and county governing body’s duty to determine validity of voters’ peti­tion to form people’s utility district, (1980) Vol 40, p 367

Law Review Cita­tions

7 EL 315 (1977); 16 WLR 549 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 261—People’s Utility Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors261.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 261, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano261.­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.