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Reference Materials

The LOC offers a wide variety of resources to help municipal officials, both elected and appointed, support their cities effectively and legally.

There are five general categories of resources: Guidebooks, Models, FAQs, White Papers, and Research Reports.

Guidebooks are comprehensive explanations and how-to manuals on one particular area of municipal law.  These often contain model ordinances and white papers.

Models are sample ordinances or policies for cities to use as starting points when they develop their own ordinances and policies.

FAQs are short, easy-to-read resources that answer frequently asked questions posed to the LOC by member cities.

White Papers are the equivalent of a legal memorandum where complicated legal issues are dissected and explained.

Research Reports are the compilation of a collaborative effort between LOC and member cities to provide up-to-date data on the needs and resources of Oregon cities.

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