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, USA
Nov 06, 2018
The Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS) is recruiting for their Executive Officer position.  This position is located in the State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon. The Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS) was created in 1975 as detailed in ORS 172.100 for the purpose of improving services with American Indians in the State of Oregon and promoting communication and relations between the State of Oregon and the federally recognized Indian Tribes in Oregon. LCIS does not speak for Tribal Governments nor interfere with the individual relationship a Tribal government has with the State or Federal government.   The Commission interacts with state-wide elected officials, the legislature, over 30 state agencies, leaders and staff from Tribal governments, the judicial branch, local government, local, state and national organizations, individual Indians, Indian communities and the public on issues that affect Indians. The Duties and powers of the agency are:  Compile information relating to services available to Indians, including but not limited to education and training programs, work programs, housing programs, health programs, mental health programs including alcohol and drug services, and welfare programs from local, state and federal sources and through private agencies. Develop and sponsor in cooperation with Indian groups and organizations, programs to inform Indians of services available to them. Develop and sponsor programs to make Indian wants and needs known to the public and private agencies the activities of which affect Indians. Encourage and support these public and private agencies to expand and improve their activities affecting the Indians. Assess programs of state agencies operating for the benefit of Indians and make recommendations to the appropriate agencies for the improvement of those programs. Report biennially to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly on all matters of concern to Indians of this state and recommend appropriate action. Facilitating government-to-government relationship with all federally recognized Tribes in Oregon on matters of shared interest and concern.  Coordinating with State agencies who are responsible for developing and implementing programs of the state agency that affect tribes. Consulting with the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to provide training to state agency managers and employees who have regular communication with tribes on the legal status of tribes, the legal rights of members of tribes and issues of concern to tribes. The Executive Officer is the professional administrator and Executive Officer of the Commission and serves as agency head for the Commission. The Executive Officer is responsible for the LCIS Office's day-to-day operations.   This position reports to the Commission who is the Appointing Authority. The Executive Officer: Advises the Commission on all Indian matters, recommending policies, implementing procedures, directing all operations of the Commission office with a high degree of autonomy serving the tribes, legislature and state departments as well as public relations; Develops LCIS meeting agendas working with the Chair and Commission members; Recommends staff organization and manages daily office operations; Hires, supervises, performs performance evaluations, disciplines, terminates and rewards agency staff; Participates in bi annual budget preparation and has oversight for the distribution of budget and funds. Represents the LCIS before the legislature, groups, bodies, agencies, and organizations and at tribal events and Ceremonies; Serves as liaison with state, tribes, legislators and governor's office. Directs and implements developmental strategies to support LCIS operations; Promotes tribal sovereignty and tribal consultation as fundamental elements; Provides support to commission members in their commission roles and functions.  Other essential duties of the Executive Officer include: Commission Organization and Administration; Research; Legislation Analysis and Tracking; Project Coordination; Communication.