Oregon Oregon Government Ethics Commission

Rule Rule 199-005-0015
Attendance at Receptions, Meals or Meetings under ORS 244.020(6)(b)(E)

The purpose of this exception is to allow public officials to attend organized, planned events and engage with the members of organizations when representing state government as defined in ORS 174.111 (“State government” defined), a local government as defined in 174.116 (“Local government” and “local service district” defined) or a special government body as defined in 174.117 (“Special government body” defined). This exception to the gift definition does not authorize private meals where the participants engage in discussion. The following list of factors may indicate whether paid expenses may be accepted under this exception:


A large number of people or groups are invited. For example, all members of an organization are invited.


The invitations or programs are sent in advance.


The event is publicized.


The reception, meal, or meeting is open to the public.


Written materials such as a printed program are available.

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