Articles Tagged with Oregon Revised Statutes

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The 2015 ORS are now online

View the online, almost official (i.e. prima facie evidence of the law), 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes at the Oregon Legislature’s website.

Note that any new laws passed in the 2016 and 2017 Oregon legislative sessions WILL NOT appear in codified format until the 2017 Oregon Revised Statutes are published in late 2017 or early 2018.

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The short session Oregon Legislative 2016 bills are now online.

As of this moment, however, the 2015 Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) are still NOT online, but if you’re very lucky you may click on that link one day, even one moment from now, and find yourself reading the 2015 ORS, which we hope to see shortly. (Call your legislator to ask where they (the ORS) are!)

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The online 2015 ORS will appear shortly, at least we hope before the official start of the 2016 Legislative Session.

The official PRINT ORS is available at law and public libraries around Oregon. (But call first to make sure your library has it in print. Not all libraries get the official print version.)

Note that any legislation passed in the 2016 and 2017 Oregon legislative sessions WILL NOT appear in codified format until the 2017 Oregon Revised Statutes are published in late 2017 or early 2018.

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Legislative Counsel have created an ORS Archives website where they will be posting the 1953-1997 ORS.  Currently the 1953-1957 statutes have been posted to the website:

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS): 1953-1997 Archives

Remaining statutes will be posted as time allows and the Constitutions, Indexes, Prefaces, etc. will be added after all of the statutes have all been posted.

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The superseded ORSs are starting to reappear at the Legislature’s website:

a) 1999-2011 ORS

b) A backup source: Internet Archive resource (work in progress from the Oregon State Library): Historic Oregon Statutes

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If you’ve ever come across one of these “see Preface” notes in the ORS, you might be wondering where you can find that Preface:

Example: “192.715 to 192.760 were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 192 or any series therin by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

In the print, this is easy. You just open up Volume 1 and start reading.

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Ask and ye shall find.  From Legislative Counsel:

We plan to have the 2013 ORS posted on the legislative website by the end of January.

Our official print 2013 ORS  arrived on December 31, 2013.

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Superseded ORSs, formerly on the Oregon Legislature’s old website, along with audio recordings, minutes, and exhibits, are missing in action only temporarily while the Legislature’s website upgrade is in progress.

We have been reassured by Legislative Counsel that the superseded ORSs will be on the new website shortly. (New websites take time, lots of time to pull themselves together, even after launch.)

In the meantime:

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The new Oregon Legislature’s website goes live Oct 1, 2013. This is great news for legislative and legal researchers (and government wonks, too).

1) Superseded ORS, 1953 – present: Legislative Counsel been posting their superseded digital ORS files and soon all the superseded ORS images scanned by the Washington County Law Library, 1953-1993, will be added to the Legislature’s database. (Now you can find those superseded statutes from the Bills/Laws pages of the Legislature’s website, but we’re not sure where they’ll reside in the update. Maybe the same place or not. Either way, research is a grand adventure!)

2) Click on the Legislature’s New Website Going Live October 1st link for a list of many more updates.