Monthly Archives: March 2011

UPDATE 6: The Fight To Reinstate Ballot Measure 8

As reported in the 5th Update on my fight to reinstate Ballot Measure 8, after the Oregon Tax Court judge denied my motion to disqualify him from hearing my tax refund case due to his PERS membership, I filed a … Continue reading

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Why I’m Fighting PERS, Part 2

As described in Part 1, in 1975 the Oregon legislators passed a law that allowed anyone who had served in the Oregon legislature before January 13, 1975 to retroactively join PERS.  Those legislators who retroactively joined PERS would receive a PERS retirement … Continue reading

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Why I’m Fighting PERS, Part 1

For the last two years I have been waging a campaign to inform the people of Oregon about fundamental changes that were made to the Oregon Public Employee’s Retirement System between 1975 and 1996.  My efforts have been characterized as … Continue reading

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PERS, The Oregon Legislature And The US Constitution

Does the Oregon legislature have the power to enact laws that  deprive people of their federal constitutional rights?  For example, when the Oregon legislature passed a law that put all state judges into PERS in 1983, did the legislature have the power to … Continue reading

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Why A Judge With A Financial Interest In A Case Is Disqualified

  Judges who have a direct, personal, substantial, pecuniary interest in the outcome of a case in which the state tries to take a person’s life, liberty or property are prohibited from hearing the case under the Due Process Clause of … Continue reading

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PERS, Judges And Their Financial Conflict Of Interest, Part 2

Part 1 of this report described the conflict of interest that Oregon judges have regarding PERS cases and explained how that conflict was created by the Oregon legislature in 1983.  In 1992, 1996 and 2005, the Oregon Supreme Court decided significant PERS … Continue reading

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PERS, Judges And Their Financial Conflict Of Interest, Part 1

Since 1984, all regularly elected or appointed Oregon judges automatically become judge members of the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) the day they assume office, unless they are 72 years old or older on that day*.   Prior to 1984, the … Continue reading

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