Highway Beautification

ORS 377.835
Creation of Travel Information Council as semi-independent state agency

  • members
  • qualifications
  • appointment
  • terms
  • chairperson
  • quorum
  • executive director
  • rules


The Travel Information Council is created as a semi-independent state agency.


The Travel Information Council shall consist of nine members. One shall be the chairperson of the Oregon Transportation Commission or a person designated by the chairperson. The Governor shall appoint the other eight members from the public at large. The Governor shall appoint at least one member from each congressional district. The Governor shall select members for their knowledge of, experience with or interest in economic development, travel within Oregon, recreational opportunities in Oregon, Oregon history or Oregon natural history.


The term of office of each appointed member is four years, but each appointed member serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of an appointed member, the Governor shall appoint a successor whose term begins on July 1 next following. An appointed member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to become effective immediately for the unexpired term.


The council shall select one of its members as chairperson, another as vice chairperson and a third as secretary. A majority of the members serving on the council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The council shall meet quarterly at a time and place to be determined by the chairperson. The chairperson or any three members of the council may call a special meeting upon not less than one week’s written notice to the other members. All members are entitled to expenses as provided by ORS 292.495 (Compensation and expenses of members of state boards and commissions).


The council may, in accordance with ORS chapter 183 and consistent with ORS 377.700 (Short title) to 377.844 (Enforcement of rules regarding health and safety), adopt, amend and repeal rules relating to tourist oriented directional signs, logo signs and motorist informational signs and all other matters necessary and appropriate to carry out its responsibilities under ORS 377.700 (Short title) to 377.844 (Enforcement of rules regarding health and safety). The sign rules for protected areas in effect on July 2, 1971, shall be continued in effect unless modified by the commission. All rules adopted under this subsection shall be consistent with federal laws and regulations relating to highways. The Director of Transportation shall take appropriate action for the administration and enforcement of orders issued and rules adopted under ORS 377.700 (Short title) to 377.844 (Enforcement of rules regarding health and safety), except rules adopted by the council under ORS 377.842 (Refreshments at roadside rest areas).


The commission may continue or amend any existing agreements and may enter into new agreements with the United States or any agency thereof authorized to make agreements under section 131, title 23, United States Code relating to the regulation, control and removal of signs within or adjacent to the Interstate and Federal Aid Systems.


The council shall hire, define the duties of and fix the salary of an executive director. Subject to the supervision of the council, the executive director has the authority to direct the affairs of the agency. The executive director may appoint all subordinate officers and employees of the agency and may prescribe their duties, provide supervision and evaluation and fix their compensation. The executive director may delegate to any subordinate officer or employee any administrative duty, function or power imposed upon the council by or pursuant to law. The executive director is not a member of the council. [1971 c.770 §4; 1973 c.790 §23; 1981 c.545 §5; 1983 c.111 §9; 1993 c.741 §§64,64a; 1997 c.632 §6; 2012 c.63 §1; 2013 c.523 §5; 2015 c.339 §1; 2017 c.105 §1]
Note: Sections 2 and 3, chapter 105, Oregon Laws 2017, provide:
Sec. 2. (1) On June 30, 2018, the term of office of members of the Travel Information Council then holding office shall cease. However, a member whose term of office has been terminated by this subsection is eligible for appointment to the Travel Information Council.


Notwithstanding the term of office specified by ORS 377.835 (Creation of Travel Information Council as semi-independent state agency), of the members appointed to the council on July 1, 2018:


Two shall serve for a term ending June 30, 2019.


Two shall serve for a term ending June 30, 2020.


Two shall serve for a term ending June 30, 2021.


Two shall serve for a term ending June 30, 2022. [2017 c.105 §2]
Sec. 3. Section 2 of this 2017 Act is repealed on January 2, 2024. [2017 c.105 §3]
§§ 377.700 to 377.840

Notes of Decisions

Exclusion of on-premises signs from regulation as outdoor advertising signs is not content-based discrimination against noncommercial speech. Outdoor Media Dimensions, Inc. v. State of Oregon, 150 Or App 106, 945 P2d 614 (1997), aff'd 331 Or 634, 20 P3d 180 (2001)

Imposition of content-neutral regulatory requirements does not infringe on protected speech. Outdoor Media Dimensions v. Department of Transportation, 340 Or 275, 132 P3d 5 (2006)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

City and county "police power" for removal of billboards and signs; compensation or amortization period, (1974) Vol 36, p 1145


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