Legislative Statutory Committees and Interim Offices
The Legislative Administration Committee provides services to the Legislative Assembly, its support staff and the public. The committee, authorized by ORS 173.710, includes the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, members of the Senate appointed by the president and members of the House appointed by the speaker. The committee appoints an administrator to serve as its executive officer. The administrator’s office coordinates and oversees the operation of the following administrative units:
Address: Room 140-B
Employee Services provides human resource administration to all legislative employees and legislative job seekers.
Address: Room 49
Facility Services manages the infrastructure of the State Capitol Building, including maintenance, capital improvement projects and space planning. The staff also provides centralized purchasing, mail handling and distribution of legislative publications.
Address: Room 140-C
Financial Services provides budgeting, accounting and financial reporting services to the Legislature.
Address: Room 141
Information Services supports the Legislature by providing computer and mainframe programs and services, legislative publications, electronic access to legislative information and maintenance of computer equipment.
Address: Room 35
Legislative Media, a division of Information Services, provides audio and video coverage of legislative events, production videos and maintains audio and video equipment in the Capitol.
Address: Capitol Rotunda Area
Visitor Services provides guided tours and information on the legislative process and Capitol history. It also operates the Capitol Gift Shop.
Legislative Commission on Indian Services
Karen Quigley, Executive Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 167, Salem 97301
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Thirteen members are appointed by legislative leadership to two-year terms: one member from each of Oregon’s nine federally-recognized tribal governments, two state senators and two state representatives. The commission may appoint one additional non-voting member from an area in which nonreservation Indians reside and who is associated with an Urban Indian Health Program under Title V of the federal Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
The purpose of the Commission is to improve services to American Indians in the state and to promote communication and relations between the state of Oregon and the nine federally-recognized Indian tribes in Oregon.
Commission responsibilities include compiling information about services available to Indians, encouraging and supporting public and private agencies to expand and improve their activities affecting Indians,massessing programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of Indians, and making recommendations for improvement. The commission is the primary point of contact for the state of Oregon for questions about Oregon’s American Indians and their issues. The commission plays a significant role in monitoring and facilitating Oregon’s state-tribal, government-to-government law and policy.
Legislative Counsel Committee and Office of Legislative Counsel
Dexter Johnson, Legislative Counsel
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. S-101, Salem 97301
The Legislative Counsel Committee was established by ORS 173.111 and consists of the president of the Senate and senators appointed by the president and the speaker of the House of Representatives and representatives appointed by the speaker. The legislative counsel, who is selected by the committee, serves as executive officer to the committee, manages the Office of the Legislative Counsel and employs a legal and editorial professional staff.
The Office of the Legislative Counsel is responsible for drafting legislative measures for legislators, legislative committees, state agencies and statewide elected officials. The office also provides legal opinions and other legal services to legislators, legislative committees and legislative staff. During legislative sessions, the office drafts amendments to measures and prints introduced, engrossed and enrolled measures for the Legislative Assembly.
The Office of the Legislative Counsel prepares indexes and tables for all measures introduced during a legislative session. At the end of each session, the office publishes Oregon Laws, the official compilation of that session’s laws. The office also compiles and publishes Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), the official codification of Oregon’s statute laws, every two years. Each edition of ORS incorporates the new statutory provisions and amendments to statutory provisions passed by the Legislative Assembly or approved by the voters at an election in the preceding two years. As part of the ORS set, subscribers receive a supplement of laws enacted during the short, even-year regular legislative session. The office also incorporates any new sections or amendments into its annual printing of the Constitution of Oregon.
Pursuant to ORS 183.710 to 183.725, the Office of the Legislative Counsel conducts a review of all new administrative rules adopted by state agencies. This review allows the Legislative Assembly to monitor whether an agency’s rules are consistent with the agency’s constitutional and statutory authority.
Oregon Law Commission
Lane P. Shetterly, Chair
Jeffrey Dobbins, Executive Director
Laura Handzel, Deputy Director
Address: Willamette University College of Law, 245 Winter St. SE, Salem 97301
The Oregon Law Commission, established in 1997, is the state’s official law reform body. The commission and its work groups help to reform, correct, and revise Oregon law based on suggestions for revision and its own review of Oregon’s laws.
The commission consists of 15 commissioners: two persons appointed by the president of the
Senate (one of whom must be a senator), two persons appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives (one of whom must be a representtative), the deans (or an appointee) from each of Oregon’s three law schools, three persons appointed by the Oregon State Bar, the attorney general, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, a circuit court judge and one person appointed by the governor.
The commission submits a biennial report to the Legislative Assembly. Pursuant to ORS 173.335, the Office of the Legislative Counsel assists the commission in carrying out its duties.
Legislative Fiscal Office
Ken Rocco, Legislative Fiscal Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. H-178, Salem 97301
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
The Legislative Fiscal Office is a permanent, nonpartisan legislative agency created in 1959, pursuant to ORS 173.410 to 173.450, to serve legislators and committees on matters related to the state’s fiscal affairs. The office provides research, analysis, evaluation and recommendations concerning state expenditures, budget issues, agency organization, program administration and state information technology projects. It also provides fiscal impact assessments of proposed legislation and provides staff assistance to the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The office staffs the Joint Committee on Ways and Means during sessions and the Emergency Board during interims between sessions.
The Emergency Board, authorized by Article III, section 3, of the Oregon Constitution and by ORS 291.324, consists of the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, and eight Senate and eight House members, totaling 20 members. Between sessions, the Emergency Board may allocate to state agencies, out of emergency funds appropriated to the board, additional monies to carry on activities required by law for which appropriations were not made. The board may authorize an agency to spend over the budgeted amount by tapping funds that are dedicated or continuously appropriated for the agency. The board may also approve a new budget for a new agency task, or it may authorize transfers of funds between an agency’s expenditure classifications.
Joint Committee on Ways and Means
The Joint Committee on Ways and Means, created under ORS 171.555, is the legislative appropriations committee that determines state budget policy. Staffed by the Legislative Fiscal Office and made up of both Senate and House members appointed by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House, the committee works to determine state budget priorities. This joint appropriation process structure, employed in Oregon and several other states, is especially effective in resolving budgetary differences.
Legislative Policy and Research Committee and Office of Legislative Policy and Research
Christopher Reinhart, Office of Legislative Policy and Research Director
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 453, Salem 97301
The Legislative Policy and Research Committee was established by Senate Bill 1569 in 2016, and consists of the president of the Senate and senators appointed by the president and the speaker of the House of Representatives and representatives appointed by the speaker. The director, who is selected by the committee, serves as executive officer to the committee, manages the Office of Legislative Policy and Research and employs professional staff.
The office provides centralized, professional and nonpartisan research, issue analysis and committee management services for the Legislative Assembly. The office’s responsibilities include organizing and administering committee meetings, analyzing measures, providing research and policy options to legislators, and producing committee meeting records.
Legislative Revenue Office
Paul Warner, Legislative Revenue Officer
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 354, Salem 97301
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
The legislative revenue officer is appointed by, and responsible to, the House and Senate committees that deal with revenue and school finance.
The office staffs the House and Senate Revenue Committees, writes revenue impact statements for proposed legislation, and researches tax and other revenue related issues.
Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 140-A, Salem 97301