Monthly Archives: September 2010

UPDATE: Attorney General Orders PERS To Disclose PERS Starting Date

On August 23, 2010, I requested PERS to disclose the date that Representative Judy Stiegler joined PERS.  Judy was elected to the legislature in November, 2008 and assumed office on January 12, 2009.  PERS declined to provide that information, claiming … Continue reading

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Representative Stiegler’s PERS-fect Voting Record

Representative Judy Stiegler was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in November, 2008.  She assumed office on January 12, 2009.  One of her first official acts was to join PERS as a legislative member.  During 2009, the legislature voted … Continue reading

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Legislators Need The People’s Consent To Join PERS

On November 5, 1974, the people of Oregon voted to adopt the Oregon Ethics Code, which had been referred to them by the legislature.  The measure passed with Yes votes from over 73% of the voters.   The first provision of that Code declared … Continue reading

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Representative Stiegler and Bunk

Representative Judy Stiegler is running a reelection campaign ad which concludes that all of the negative comments about her, such as her being a big spending liberal, are bunk.  The ad points out that Judy is a mother and a … Continue reading

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PERS Legislators Have Sown The Wind

In 1971, the Oregon Attorney General reversed 25 years of prior law, including the opinion of the prior Attorney General, and held that legislators could join PERS. Based on that ruling, the 1975 legislature passed a law that allowed legislators to join … Continue reading

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What Was The Legislature Thinking?

In one of its first acts of the 2010 Special Session, the Oregon Legislature overrode Governor Kulongoski’s veto of SB 897.    SB 897 provides, in part, that a PERS member can request verification of the data that his or her PERS retirement benefits will … Continue reading

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The Consent of the Governed

In 1985, the Oregon Supreme Court recognized in the case of Burt v. Blumenauer that the legitimacy of government policy is dependent upon the consent of the governed and  that excessive or questionable efforts by the government to manufacture the required consent calls the … Continue reading

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