PERS Refuses to Disclose Date Legislator Joins PERS

In response to my public records request, Oregon House of Representatives member Judy Stiegler disclosed that she was a PERS members and that her PERS employee contribution was being paid for her by the people of Oregon. 

On August 23, 2010, I requested PERS to tell me the date that Representative Stiegler joined PERS. As a legislator, she was required to notify PERS that she was joining within 30 days of January 12, 2009, the date that she assumed office.  

On September 7, 2010, PERS denied my request, claiming that the PERS starting date is exempt from disclosure under Oregon law.  I have filed an appeal with the Oregon Attorney General asking that PERS be ordered to provide that information. 

I will keep you updated regarding the progress of this matter.


About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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