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Oregon Ethics Law

The mission of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission is to fairly and impartially administer the regulatory provisions of ORS Chapter 244, Oregon Government Ethic law; ORS 171.725 to 171.785 and 171.992, Lobby Regulation and Oregon Public Meetings law; ORS 192.660, efficiently, expediently and with the highest possible emphasis on customer service for complainants, respondents and the general public of Oregon.

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC), established by vote of the people in 1974, is a seven-member citizen commission charged with enforcing government ethic laws. Oregon government ethic laws prohibit public officials from using office for financial gain, and require public disclosure of economic conflict of interest. The OGEC also enforces state laws which require lobbyists and the entities they represent to register and periodically report their expenditures. The third area of OGEC jurisdiction is the executive session provisions of public meetings law.

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