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Whitsett Votes to Create Stable, Independent
Oregon State Capital Press Release
Salem, OR – Thanks to a proposal brought to the floor by Senate
Republicans Friday, the state’s ethics oversight committee is on
its way to independent funding. The proposal asks voters to
approve a new, stable and independent funding mechanism for the
Government Standards and Practices Commission (GSPC). The Senate
adopted the Republican proposal as a rare, on-the-floor amendment
to House Joint Resolution 14A. The proposal was approved
unanimously, 30 to 0.
“Oregonians expect independent, stable funding for Oregon’s ethics
watchdog,” said Whitsett. “This proposal is precisely the way to
The adopted amendment would place $14.5 million in an endowment
fund next budget cycle. The fund would grow for perpetuity and
give GSPC a permanent yearly budget of $600,000 that will adjust
for inflation, and feed the ethic’s watchdog independent of
legislative appropriations. The Governor’s 2007-09 budget
recommends $500,000 for GSPC’s yearly budget. It is the GSPC’s
mission to provide fair, independent and impartial administration
of the state’s ethics law.
“This is a one time investments that guarantees the ethics
oversight committee will never be dependent on the legislature for
its existence,” said Whitsett.
By making a one-time investment to create an endowment for GSPC,
future legislatures would be removed from the issue of funding and
Oregonians would have certainty that GSPC will never again be
dependent on the legislature for its existence.
“It is truly unfortunate that after unanimously supporting this
proposal, the majority party then voted unanimously to refer it to
the Joint Ways and Means Committee for the sole purpose of
ensuring it dies there,” said Whitsett.”
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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