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Where is the 2009 ORS? Hold Your Oregon Horses ….

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This is the time of year when we start getting questions from people wanting the 2009 Oregon statutes or laws.

This is also the time of year when we explain:

1) The 2009 Oregon Legislature is still in session and unless there is a serious emergency requiring immediate legislative action, no 2009 Oregon legislation will have an effective date (click on Other Information) before July 1, 2009 and likely not before January 1, 2010:

Effective Date of Legislation: In accordance with ORS 171.022, “Except as otherwise provided in the Act, an Act of the Legislative Assembly takes effect on January 1 of the year after passage of the Act.”

2) 2008 Oregon Laws: You can read in print and online the Oregon Laws through the 2008 Special Session.

3) Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS): The Oregon Laws have been codified through 2007 and you can read them in print and online.

4) The 2009 ORS (i.e. the codification of the 2009 Oregon Laws) will not appear online or in print much before February 2010.

Previous Oregon Legal Research blog posts on Oregon law making: here and here and here.