Articles Posted in State Government & Legal Resources

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Does your state have a Right to Repair law? (I didn’t know either!)

But our very own Free Geek (in Portland, Oregon), in addition to all the other excellent work they do, testifies before state legislatures in favor of right to repair laws; for more information they link website visitors to:

Repair dot Org:

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State laws that govern Oregon political parties. (Federal law also governs political party campaign finance and related activities, but that is a subject for bloggers and scholars more educated and intrepid than I.)

1) Oregon Constitution (Oregon Blue Book)

Important note: You can also link to the Oregon Constitution from the Legislature’s website, but please make sure you are looking at the most recent version. Remember that the official, full version of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), including any Oregon Constitutional amendments, is updated only at the end of the long-session year. For example, the 2017 Oregon legislative session ended in July 2017, but the 2017 ORS will not be published online or in print until early 2018. It will include all legislation in force through 2017, from regular and special sessions and any Constitutional or citizen measures approved by voters. (You can still read the laws that were passed in “Oregon Laws,” which is where the session laws are published. Where you find those online probably deserves its own blog post.)

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Political parties are governed by federal, state, and local laws, but more to the point, they are controlled by their own party rules, bylaws, and traditions.

State and County political parties generally post their bylaws, rules, resolutions, and platforms on their websites.

The Oregon Blue Book section National, International and Tribal is a good place to start your research; it will link to statewide political party websites. Those websites will in turn link to local political party websites:

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After 10+ years of blogging about how to find Oregon law, statutes, regulations, cases, etc., it seems as though it’s time to pull back the curtain a little more and write about political party laws and operations.

Information about sources of existing Oregon political party laws and tips about how to find answers to your political party questions will be included.

I’m learning along with you so feel free to send along corrections and updates.

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You can’t (CANNOT) waltz into an Oregon Small Claims Court and expect to win your case. You have to do your homework:

1) You have to read the book (in public and law libraries and bookstores):

“Using Small Claims Court in Oregon.” by Janay Haas, 2012. (Oregon Legal Guides)

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Article, from the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, June/July 2017:

Judge’s Corner:

“Use of Fictitious Names for Parties in Civil Litigation in Oregon,” by The Honorable James Hargreaves (Senior Judge, retired), Lane County Circuit Court (June/July 2017):

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The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) awarded their 2017 Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award to Laura Orr, the former Washington County Law Librarian (2002-2015).

AALL Press Release, excerpt:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES ANNOUNCES 2017 PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AWARD WINNER

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Oregon Judicial Department Online Records Search: Free, Public Access:

The Oregon Judicial Department is pleased to provide free online access to limited case information in the circuit courts and Tax Court of this state. The displayed information is not the official ORS 7.020 register record, and, therefore, should not be relied upon as an official record of the court. Specifically, individuals should not use this system for background checks or other purposes that require more complete identity or case information. The full official register for non-confidential case types can be accessed at the courthouse public terminals or, for certain business entities, through a subscription to OJCIN Online.” [Link to portal.]

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Visit the Oregon Legislature’s website for more information about the 2017 Session:

“Organizational Days will run January 9th through the 11th. During Organizational Days, Members-elect are sworn in as legislators and bills are introduced. The 79th Legislative Assembly will convene on Wednesday, February 1….” [Link to Oregon Legislature’s website.]

You can link to the Find Your District and Legislators page from that homepage.

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Application deadline: October 24, 2016. Not all are permanent positions, i.e. some positions will end when the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session ends, or shortly thereafter: Oregon Legislature.

Legislative Policy and Research Office – Analyst

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