2017 ORS 554.015¹
Filing duty of Secretary of State

(1) If a document delivered to the Office of the Secretary of State for filing satisfies the requirements of ORS 554.005 (Filing requirements), the Secretary of State shall file it.

(2) The Secretary of State files a document by indicating thereon that it has been filed by the Secretary of State and the date of filing. After filing a document, except for the annual report, the Secretary of State shall return an acknowledgment of filing to the corporation or its representative.

(3) If the Secretary of State refuses to file a document the Secretary of State shall return it to the corporation or its representative within 10 business days after the document was delivered together with a brief written explanation of the reason for the refusal.

(4) The Secretary of State’s duty to file documents under this section is ministerial and is limited in scope of review as set out by rule of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is not required to verify or inquire into the legality or truth of any matter included in any document delivered to the Office of the Secretary of State for filing. The Secretary of State’s filing or refusing to file a document does not:

(a) Affect the validity or invalidity of the document in whole or part; or

(b) Relate to the correctness or incorrectness of information contained in the document.

(5) The Secretary of State’s refusal to file a document does not create a presumption that the document is invalid or that information contained in the document is incorrect. [1987 c.94 §141; 1999 c.486 §20]

Chapter 554

Notes of Decisions

Water improve­ment district formed under this chapter is unit of govern­ment for purposes of filing suit under ORS 305.583 (Interested taxpayer petitions for certain determinations), but is not “govern­mental unit” within meaning of sec­tion 11b, Article XI of Oregon Constitu­tion. Comeaux v. Water Wonderland Improve­ment Dist., 12 OTR 132 (1992), aff’d 315 Or 562, 847 P2d 841 (1993)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of State Land Board to enter into nonprofit wa­ter supply district corpora­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2199

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 554—Corporations for Irrigation, Drainage, Water Supply or Flood Control, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors554.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 554, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano554.­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.