State of Oregon - Oregon Legislature

The State of Oregon has a Citizen Legislature consisting of the Senate, whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms, and the House of Representatives, which has 60 members elected for two-year terms. The assembly convenes every two years in regular session on the second Monday in January during odd-numbered years, a date set by statute. Oregon Constitution does not specify a limitation on session length, however most sessions last approximately six months. During the interim, legislators serve on interim committees and task forces that study issues likely to be faced during the next legislative session.

Oregon’s representative form of government is governed by rules, laws, and procedures. Although the process is long, complex and dominated by committees, all laws begin as someone’s idea.

The Legislative Branch is comprised of the Assembly (state elected officials and their staffs) and four legislative service service agencies:

Legislative Administration:
The Legislative Administration Committee is the primary support service arm of the Legislative Assembly. Its executive officer, the Legislative Administrator, oversees the activities of a number of units within Legislative Administration.

The committee, authorized by ORS 173.710, is composed of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, three senators appointed by the President and four representatives appointed by the Speaker.

The committee appoints an executive officer who serves as administrator for Legislative Administration. The administrator's office coordinates and oversees the operation of the following administrative units: Employee Services; Facility Services; Information Systems; Financial Services; and
Committee Services.

Legislative Counsel:
Overseen by the Legislative Counsel Committee, the Office of the Legislative Counsel provides legal and publication services to the Legislative Assembly and its members and other agencies of state government. The office drafts measures and amendments for legislators, legislative committees and state agencies; provides legal advice to legislators and legislative committees; reviews state agency rules for legal sufficiency; prepares indexes and tables for legislative publications; edits, publishes, sells and distributes the Oregon Revised Statutes, the official bound session laws and other print and electronic publications.

Legislative Fiscal:
The Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) is a permanent, non-partisan legislative service agency. It provides research, analysis, and evaluation of state expenditures, financial affairs, program administration, and agency organization. The LFO also provides fiscal impact statements on legislative measures.

Committees staffed by LFO include the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Emergency Board, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Management and Technology.

Legislative Revenue:
The Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) is a permanent, non-partisan legislative service agency. It provides research and analysis on tax policy and school finance issues for legislators, legislative committees, and their staffs. The LRO also provides revenue impact statements on legislative measures that affect state or local revenue. Legislative committees staffed by the LRO are the Senate Finance & Revenue Committee, the House Revenue Committee, and the Task Force on Comprehensive Revenue Restructuring.

The office was established in law by the 1975 Legislature. Its authority and functions are specified in ORS 173.800 through ORS 173.850.

State of Oregon - Oregon Legislature Salem, OR, United States
Dec 28, 2017
The Legislative Revenue Office is seeking to fill the position of Legislative Revenue Officer.  The Legislative Revenue Office provides centralized, non-partisan services for the Legislative Assembly.  The agency analyzes the revenue effect of proposed legislation, does research on tax and other public finance issues, staffs the Senate and House Committees on Revenue, and is an information resource for other state agencies and the general public. The Revenue Officer is the director of the agency.  The Revenue Officer provides for planning, organization, oversight and general management of the operations of the Legislative Revenue Office.  The position has appointing authority and expenditure authority.  In addition, the Revenue Officer interacts with the political leadership of the Assembly.  As an example, the Revenue Officer assists members in accomplishing the goals, and meeting the standards of the Senate and House Rules.   This position is located at the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon. MANAGEMENT: Provides general support to the operations of the agency: Identifies and reinforces organizational goals; Ensures effective delivery of service to all customers; Promotes the flow of communication both inside and outside the organization; Recognizes and encourages innovation and performance among individuals and teams; Empowers employees with support and resources to implement team decisions; Fosters and encourages professional growth and skill development of employees.   Management of the office to include hiring, termination, performance evaluation, promotions, training and discipline of Revenue Office employees.   Strategic planning, oversight of the office budget, budget preparation, option package preparation, presentation of office budget to the Ways and Means Committee.  Oversight and approval of purchasing decisions. REVENUE ADVISOR: Principal staff advisor on revenue policy matters to legislators, legislative leadership, and committee chairs.  Includes participation in various planning and decision making meetings, giving informal advice, developing methods to approach legislative issues, representing the legislature to outside groups, organizing legislative meetings, and interaction with non-legislative policy makers. The Revenue Officer must use judgment and great discretion in the handling and presentation of sensitive information.  The Revenue Officer makes long term planning decisions on research topics, hardware, software investments and training.  The Revenue Officer also recommends topics for legislative involvement and organizes the process for dealing with these topics.     The Revenue Officer oversees economist decisions on methods of analysis, sources of data, and theories of economic reality are appropriate in analysis of proposed legislation.  These decisions directly affect the official numbers used by the legislature and the public in general to make decisions on state taxes and school funding. ECONOMIST: Performs many of the same functions as an economist, although with a greater emphasis on public speaking, interaction with legislators and outside parties and less of an emphasis on agency data sources, maintenance of models, preparation of impact statements, and other technical duties.