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Governor’s Order Provides Relief from Budget & Public Meeting Laws

Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-16 on Thursday, providing greater flexibility for cities, counties and special districts that are currently working to construct and pass their 2021 fiscal year budgets.  Without an approved budget on July 1, local governments would be unable to legally operate and provide vital services. Read the governor's press release
LOC staff has released an FAQ page for cities related to this executive order.

Over the past several weeks, the LOC has joined with the Association of Oregon Counties, the Oregon School Boards Association, Metro and the Special Districts Association of Oregon to frame a unified message on behalf of local governments.  That message requested relief from Governor Brown through an executive order, and was a key message that unified Oregon’s local government leaders. The executive order issued this week provides options and relief for public meetings and state budget law, allowing cities to focus on the immediate public health and safety needs of their local communities.
The League of Oregon Cities applauds Governor Brown’s willingness to address the critical issues facing cities during this current pandemic.  The LOC is fully supportive of Executive Order 20-16.  In addition, the LOC will continue to advocate for a special legislative session and additional relief not covered in the executive order, as well as legislative actions that will address the long-term needs of Oregon’s communities statewide.  

Contact: Jim McCauley, Legislative Director - jmccauley@orcities.org

Last Updated 4/17/20

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