Reporting
Conflicts of Interest
Application of Chapter
Nepotism
Legal Expense Trust Fund
Commission
Enforcement
§ 244.020 Definitions
§ 244.025 Gift limit
§ 244.040 Prohibited use of official position or office; exceptions; other prohibited actions
§ 244.042 Honoraria
§ 244.045 Regulation of subsequent employment of public officials; lobbying by former members of Legislative Assembly
§ 244.047 Financial interest in public contract
§ 244.049 Prohibition on use of moneys to make payments in connection with nondisclosure agreement relating to workplace harassment

Terms Used In Oregon Statutes > Chapter 244 - Government Ethics

  • Actual conflict of interest: means any action or any decision or recommendation by a person acting in a capacity as a public official, the effect of which would be to the private pecuniary benefit or detriment of the person or the person's relative or any business with which the person or a relative of the person is associated unless the pecuniary benefit or detriment arises out of circumstances described in subsection (13) of this section. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Affected territory: means that territory proposed to be formed into, annexed to or consolidated with a district. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Agent: means any person who has:

    (A) Actual oral or written authority, either express or implied, to make or to authorize the making of expenditures on behalf of a candidate or on behalf of a political committee supporting or opposing a measure; or

    (B) Been placed in a position within the campaign organization where it would reasonably appear that in the ordinary course of campaign-related activities the person may authorize expenditures. See Oregon Statutes 260.005

  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Any other state: includes any state and the District of Columbia. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • board: means the governing body of a people's utility district, elected and functioning under the provisions of this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Bureau: means the Bureau of Labor and Industries. See Oregon Statutes 659A.001
  • Business: means any corporation, partnership, proprietorship, firm, enterprise, franchise, association, organization, self-employed individual and any other legal entity operated for economic gain but excluding any income-producing not-for-profit corporation that is tax exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code with which a public official or a relative of the public official is associated only as a member or board director or in a nonremunerative capacity. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Candidate: means an individual for whom a declaration of candidacy, nominating petition or certificate of nomination to public office has been filed or whose name is printed on a ballot or is expected to be or has been presented, with the individual's consent, for nomination or election to public office. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • City: includes any incorporated village or town. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
  • Commissioner: means the Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. See Oregon Statutes 659A.001
  • Common disaster: A sudden and extraordinary misfortune that brings about the simultaneous or near-simultaneous deaths of two or more associated persons, such as husband and wife.
  • Community health worker: means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted by the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Controlled committee: means a political committee that, in connection with the making of contributions or expenditures:

    (a) Is controlled directly or indirectly by a candidate or a controlled committee; or

    (b) Acts jointly with a candidate or controlled committee. See Oregon Statutes 260.005

  • Coordinated care organization: means an organization meeting criteria adopted by the Oregon Health Authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • County clerk: means the county clerk or the county official in charge of elections. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • County court: includes board of county commissioners. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • County governing body: means either the county court or board of county commissioners and, if the affected territory is composed of portions of two or more counties, the governing body of that county having the greatest portion of the assessed value of all taxable property within the affected territory, as shown by the most recent assessment roll of the counties. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Development commission: means any entity that has the authority to purchase, develop, improve or lease land or the authority to operate or direct the use of land. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • district: means an incorporated people's utility district, created under the provisions of this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • District: means a metropolitan service district established under this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • District charter: means a home rule charter enacted by the electors of a district under section 14, Article XI, Oregon Constitution. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Electric cooperative: means a cooperative corporation owning and operating an electric distribution system. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Employer: means any person who in this state, directly or through an agent, engages or uses the personal service of one or more employees, reserving the right to control the means by which such service is or will be performed. See Oregon Statutes 659A.001
  • exchange: means an American Health Benefit Exchange described in 42 U. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • expenditure: includes the payment or furnishing of money or anything of value or the incurring or repayment of indebtedness or obligation by or on behalf of a candidate, political committee or person in consideration for any services, supplies, equipment or other thing of value performed or furnished for any reason, including support of or opposition to a candidate, political committee or measure, or for reducing the debt of a candidate for nomination or election to public office. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • First Partner: means the spouse or domestic partner of the Governor, or an individual who primarily has a personal relationship with the Governor as determined by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission by rule. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Gender identity: means an individual's gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior, regardless of whether the identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that associated with the gender assigned to the individual at birth. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Gift: means something of economic value given to a public official, a candidate or a relative or member of the household of the public official or candidate:

    (A) Without valuable consideration of equivalent value, including the full or partial forgiveness of indebtedness, which is not extended to others who are not public officials or candidates or the relatives or members of the household of public officials or candidates on the same terms and conditions; or

    (B) For valuable consideration less than that required from others who are not public officials or candidates. See Oregon Statutes 244.020

  • Global budget: means a total amount established prospectively by the Oregon Health Authority to be paid to a coordinated care organization for the delivery of, management of, access to and quality of the health care delivered to members of the coordinated care organization. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Health services: means at least so much of each of the following as are funded by the Legislative Assembly based upon the prioritized list of health services compiled by the Health Evidence Review Commission under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Honorarium: means a payment or something of economic value given to a public official in exchange for services upon which custom or propriety prevents the setting of a price. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Income: means income of any nature derived from any source, including, but not limited to, any salary, wage, advance, payment, dividend, interest, rent, honorarium, return of capital, forgiveness of indebtedness, or anything of economic value. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Income: has the meaning given that term in ORS § 411. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Independent expenditure: means an expenditure by a person for a communication in support of or in opposition to a clearly identified candidate or measure that is not made with the cooperation or with the prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate or any agent or authorized committee of the candidate, or any political committee or agent of a political committee supporting or opposing a measure. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Irrevocable trust: A trust arrangement that cannot be revoked, rescinded, or repealed by the grantor.
  • Judge: means judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, circuit court or the Oregon Tax Court. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • judicial department: means the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Oregon Tax Court, the circuit courts and all administrative divisions of those courts, whether denominated as boards, commissions, committees or departments or by any other designation. See Oregon Statutes 174.113
  • Legislative or administrative interest: means an economic interest, distinct from that of the general public, in:

    (a) Any matter subject to the decision or vote of the public official acting in the public official's capacity as a public official; or

    (b) Any matter that would be subject to the decision or vote of the candidate who, if elected, would be acting in the capacity of a public official. See Oregon Statutes 244.020

  • Marital deduction: The deduction(s) that can be taken in the determination of gift and estate tax liabilities because of the existence of a marriage or marital relationship.
  • Measure: includes any of the following submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at an election:

    (a) A proposed law. See Oregon Statutes 260.005

  • Medical assistance: includes any care or services for any individual who is a patient in a medical institution or any care or services for any individual who has attained 65 years of age or is under 22 years of age, and who is a patient in a private or public institution for mental diseases. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Member of the household: means any person who resides with the public official or candidate. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Mental health drug: means a type of legend drug, as defined in ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Metropolitan area: means that area which on October 4, 1997, lies within the boundaries of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Metropolitan significance: means having major or significant district-wide impact. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Parcel of territory: means a portion of unincorporated territory, or an area in a city comprised of less than the entire city. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Peer support specialist: means any of the following individuals who meet qualification criteria adopted by the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Peer wellness specialist: means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted by the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, limited liability company, labor organization, association, firm, partnership, joint stock company, club, organization or other combination of individuals having collective capacity. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Person centered care: means care that:

    (a) Reflects the individual patient's strengths and preferences;

    (b) Reflects the clinical needs of the patient as identified through an individualized assessment; and

    (c) Is based upon the patient's goals and will assist the patient in achieving the goals. See Oregon Statutes 414.025

  • Personal health navigator: means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted by the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • petition: means a petition addressed to the county governing body and filed with the county clerk, containing the signatures of electors registered in the affected territory, equal to not less than three percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for Governor within the affected territory at the most recent election at which a candidate for Governor was elected to a full term, setting forth and particularly describing the boundaries of the parcel of territory, separate parcels of territory, city and district, or any of them, referred to therein, and requesting the county governing body to call an election to be held within the boundaries of the parcel of territory, separate parcels of territory, city and district, or any of them, for the formation of a district, the annexation of a parcel of territory or a city to a district, or the consolidation of two or more districts. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Petition committee: means an initiative, referendum or recall petition committee organized under ORS § 260. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Planning commission: means a county planning commission created under ORS Chapter 215 or a city planning commission created under ORS Chapter 227. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Political committee: means a combination of two or more individuals, or a person other than an individual, that has:

    (a) Received a contribution for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate, measure or political party; or

    (b) Made an expenditure for the purpose of supporting or opposing a candidate, measure or political party. See Oregon Statutes 260.005

  • Potential conflict of interest: means any action or any decision or recommendation by a person acting in a capacity as a public official, the effect of which could be to the private pecuniary benefit or detriment of the person or the person's relative, or a business with which the person or the person's relative is associated, unless the pecuniary benefit or detriment arises out of the following:

    (a) An interest or membership in a particular business, industry, occupation or other class required by law as a prerequisite to the holding by the person of the office or position. See Oregon Statutes 244.020

  • Prepaid managed care health services organization: means a managed dental care, mental health or chemical dependency organization that contracts with the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Public office: has the meaning given that term in ORS § 260. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Public office: means any national, state, county, district, city office or position, except a political party office, that is filled by the electors. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Public official: means the First Partner and any person who, when an alleged violation of this chapter occurs, is serving the State of Oregon or any of its political subdivisions or any other public body as defined in ORS § 174. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Recall petition: means a petition to recall a public officer for which a prospective petition has been filed but that is not yet a measure. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Regional framework plan: means the Metro regional framework plan defined in ORS § 197. See Oregon Statutes 268.020
  • Regular district election: means the regular district election described in ORS § 255. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Revocable trust: A trust agreement that can be canceled, rescinded, revoked, or repealed by the grantor (person who establishes the trust).
  • Separate parcel of territory: means unincorporated territory that is not contiguous to other territory that is a part of a district or that is described in a petition filed with the county clerk in pursuance of the provisions of this chapter, but when a proposed district includes territory in more than one county, the contiguous territory in each such county shall be considered as a separate parcel of territory. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Sexual orientation: means an individual's actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • special government body: means any of the following:

    (a) A public corporation created under a statute of this state and specifically designated as a public corporation. See Oregon Statutes 174.117

  • state government: means the executive department, the judicial department and the legislative department. See Oregon Statutes 174.111
  • State office: means the office of Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, state Senator, state Representative, judge or district attorney. See Oregon Statutes 260.005
  • State Treasury: includes those financial assets the lawful custody of which are vested in the State Treasurer and the office of the State Treasurer relating to the custody of those financial assets. See Oregon Statutes 174.100
  • Statement of economic interest: means a statement as described by ORS § 244. See Oregon Statutes 244.020
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Tenancy by the entirety: A type of joint tenancy between husband and wife that is recognized in some States. Neither party can sever the joint tenancy relationship; when a spouse dies, the survivor acquires full title to the property.
  • Tribal traditional health worker: means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted by the authority under ORS § 414. See Oregon Statutes 414.025
  • Trustor: The person who makes or creates a trust. Also known as the grantor or settlor.
  • Unlawful employment practice: includes a practice that is specifically denominated in another statute of this state as an unlawful employment practice and that is specifically made subject to enforcement under this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 659A.001
  • Unlawful practice: includes a practice that is specifically denominated in another statute of this state as an unlawful practice and that is specifically made subject to enforcement under this chapter, or a practice that violates a rule adopted by the commissioner for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. See Oregon Statutes 659A.001
  • Utility: means a plant, works or other property used for development, generation, storage, distribution or transmission of electricity, or development or transmission of water for domestic or municipal purposes, but transmission of water shall not include water for irrigation or reclamation purposes, except as secondary to and when used in conjunction with a hydroelectric plant. See Oregon Statutes 261.010
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Violate: includes failure to comply. See Oregon Statutes 174.100