2015 ORS 291.232¹
Declaration of policy

(1) It is declared to be the policy and intent of the Legislative Assembly that:

(a) The legislatively adopted or approved budget for a state agency constitutes a determination by the Legislative Assembly of the amount needed by the agency for the biennium to meet the responsibilities imposed on the agency through the budget and through statutes governing the agency; and

(b) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, appropriations from the General Fund to a state agency constitute a direction to the agency to spend the amount of moneys appropriated in order to meet the responsibilities imposed on the agency through the budget and through statutes governing the agency.

(2) If a state agency does not need all of the moneys that are made available to it by the legislatively adopted or approved budget to meet its responsibilities, the agency need not spend all moneys appropriated or otherwise made available to it.

(3) The Governor and the Oregon Department of Administrative Services are given the powers granted by ORS 291.201 ("Tax expenditure" defined for ORS 291.201 to 291.222) to 291.222 (Furnishing information and assistance to Governor-elect) and 291.232 (Declaration of policy) to 291.260 (Approving, modifying or disapproving requests and budgets to be submitted to the federal government) in order that the Governor and the department might effect savings, without reducing the responsibilities imposed on state agencies, by:

(a) Careful supervision throughout each biennium, with due regard to changing conditions; and

(b) Promotion of more economic and efficient management of state agencies. [Amended by 2003 c.734 §11]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Incurring and pay­ment of expenses in excess of expenditure limita­tion, (1974) Vol 36, p 845

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Oregon Depart­ment of Administrative Services allot­ments to state agencies for pay­ments based on govern­ment regula­tions restricting use of prop­erty, (2001) Vol 49, p 284


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 291—State Financial Administration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors291.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 291, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano291.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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