Bill Text: OR HB4176 | 2012 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to counties in fiscal distress; appropriating money; and declaring an emergency.

Spectrum: Committee Bill

Status: (Passed) 2012-03-27 - Chapter 76, (2012 Laws): Effective date March 27, 2012. [HB4176 Detail]

Download: Oregon-2012-HB4176-Introduced.html


     76th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2012 Regular Session

NOTE:  Matter within  { +  braces and plus signs + } in an
amended section is new. Matter within  { -  braces and minus
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LC 314

                         House Bill 4176

Sponsored by COMMITTEE ON RULES

                             SUMMARY

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the
measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to
consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor's
brief statement of the essential features of the measure as
introduced.

  Establishes procedure for Governor to declare county as
fiscally distressed if county governing body requests
designation.  Establishes fiscal assistance board to take action
necessary to resolve issues of fiscal distress. Includes members
of county governing body on fiscal assistance board and requires
both majority vote of county governing body and majority vote of
fiscal assistance board to take action.
  Establishes Fiscally Distressed Counties Fund. Requires
fiscally distressed county to contribute at least half of costs
of administering fiscal assistance board.
  Declares emergency, effective on passage.

                        A BILL FOR AN ACT
Relating to counties in fiscal distress; creating new provisions;
  amending ORS 203.095 and 203.100; and declaring an emergency.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
  SECTION 1. ORS 203.095 is amended to read:
  203.095. (1) If the governing body of a county   { - or the
Governor - }  believes that the county is in a state of fiscal
distress that compromises the county's ability to provide a
minimally adequate level { + , currently or within the next
fiscal year, + } of   { - public safety services - }  { +  any
service that a county is required to provide by state law + },
the governing body   { - or the Governor - }   { + of the
county + } may seek a declaration of a   { - public safety
services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency by requesting in writing
that the
  { - Oregon Criminal Justice Commission - }  { +  Governor + }
review and analyze
  { - public safety - }  { +  state-required + } services
provided by the county.
  (2) When a request for review of   { - public safety - }  { +
state-required + } services is made under subsection (1) of this
section, the   { - commission - }  { +  Governor + } shall:
  (a) Consult with the governing body of the county  { - , the
sheriff, the district attorney, judges - }  and other appropriate
county officials, with labor organizations representing county
employees and with other   { - public safety - }  stakeholders to
gather information regarding the current level of   { - public
safety - }  { +  state-required + } services provided by the
county; { +  and + }
  (b) Review and analyze   { - public safety - }  { +
state-required + } services provided in the county to determine
 { - , based on the guidelines established pursuant to subsection
(9) of this section, - }  whether the county is providing a
minimally adequate level of   { - public safety - }  { +
state-required + } services { + . + }  { - ; and - }
    { - (c) Report its findings and recommendation to the
Governor within 14 days after the request for a review is
made. - }
  (3) If the   { - commission - }  { +  Governor + } finds that
the county is providing { + , or within the next fiscal year will
be providing, + } a less than minimally adequate level of
 { - public safety - }  { +  state-required + } services,
 { - the commission shall recommend to the Governor that - }  the
Governor  { + shall + } declare a   { - public safety
services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency for the county. The
 { - commission - }  { +  Governor + } shall   { - copy its
findings and recommendation - }  { +  provide notice of the
declaration + } to the Legislative Assembly and the governing
body of the fiscally distressed county.
  (4)   { - Upon receipt of the findings and recommendation from
the commission's review and analysis the Governor shall: - }
    { - (a) Review the findings and recommendation; - }
    { - (b) Within 14 days of receipt of the commission's
findings and recommendation, either issue the declaration of a
public safety services emergency, if the Governor determines that
the county's fiscal distress prevents the county from providing a
minimally adequate level of public safety services, or issue a
determination that the county's fiscal distress does not cause
the county to provide a less than minimally adequate level of
public safety services; and - }
    { - (c) - }  If the Governor issues the declaration of a
 { - public safety services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency under
 { - paragraph (b) of this subsection, - }  { +  subsection (3)
of this section, the Governor shall + } establish a fiscal
 { - control - }  { +  assistance + } board, as described in ORS
203.100, for the distressed county.
  (5) The fiscal   { - control - }  { +  assistance + } board
shall meet with the governing body of the county  { - , the
sheriff, the district attorney, judges - }  and other appropriate
county officials, with labor organizations representing county
employees, with other   { - public safety - }  stakeholders and
with members of the public to gain a fuller understanding of the
county's fiscal alternatives and
  { - public safety - }  service needs and shortcomings. The
board shall
  { - propose to the governing body of the county - }  { +
consider and adopt + } a recovery plan designed to restore
minimally adequate   { - public safety - }
 { + state-required + } services. As part of the   { - proposed
 - } recovery plan, the board may   { - recommend that the
governing body of the county - } :
  (a) Reallocate  { + county + } funds;
  (b) Cut  { + county + } services, lay off  { + county + }
employees or otherwise reduce  { + county + } expenditures;
  (c) Sell or lease real or personal property of the county;
  (d) Issue bonds { +  for the county + };
  (e) Renegotiate payment terms of the county's legal and moral
indebtedness;
  (f) Refer measures to the voters { +  of the county + };
  (g) Request an emergency election under ORS 203.085; or
  (h) Authorize the state to take over services as authorized by
law   { - other than this section - } .
    { - (6) The governing body of the county shall approve or
reject the recovery plan proposed by the fiscal control board. If
the governing body: - }
    { - (a) Approves the recovery plan, the board shall provide
technical assistance in support of the governing body's
implementation of the plan. - }
    { - (b) Rejects the recovery plan, the board shall monitor
the governing body's efforts to restore minimally adequate public
safety services and, at the request of the governing body, shall
provide technical assistance in support of the governing body's
efforts to restore minimally adequate public safety services in
the county. - }
    { - (7) - }  { +  (6) + } The fiscal   { - control - }  { +
assistance + } board shall periodically update the Governor and
the Legislative Assembly from the time the board
 { - proposes - }  { +  begins its consideration of + } a
recovery plan   { - to - }  { +  for + } the fiscally distressed
county until the Governor declares the   { - public safety
services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency terminated pursuant to
subsection   { - (8) - }  { +  (7) + } of this section. When the
fiscal   { - control - }  { +  assistance + } board concludes
that minimally adequate   { - public safety - }  { +
state-required + } services have been restored in the fiscally
distressed county, the board shall recommend that Governor
terminate the   { - public safety services - }  { +  fiscal + }
emergency.
    { - (8) - }  { +  (7) + } The Governor shall declare the
 { - public safety services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency
terminated when the Governor concludes that the fiscally
distressed county has restored minimally adequate   { - public
safety - }   { + state-required + } services in the county.
   { +  (8) Any actions of the fiscal assistance board must
comply with a home rule charter adopted by the county under ORS
203.710 to 203.770. + }
    { - (9) The commission shall establish, by rule, public
safety services guidelines by which to identify the minimally
adequate level at which public safety services must be delivered
in a county. In establishing the guidelines, the commission shall
seek broad input from the governing body of the county, the
sheriff, the district attorney, judges and other appropriate
county officials, labor organizations representing county
employees, other public safety stakeholders and members of the
public, and take into consideration the population density,
geographic characteristics, historical crime rates and other
relevant factors in Oregon counties. The guidelines must provide
a basis for analyzing whether the county provides a minimally
adequate level of public safety services in the areas of: - }
    { - (a) County jail operations; - }
    { - (b) Law enforcement, investigation and patrol; - }
    { - (c) Community corrections; - }
    { - (d) Juvenile justice; - }
    { - (e) Emergency operations and emergency response; - }
    { - (f) Search and rescue operations; - }
    { - (g) Criminal prosecution; and - }
    { - (h) Court facility operations. - }
  SECTION 2. ORS 203.100 is amended to read:
  203.100. (1) { + (a) + } A fiscal   { - control - }  { +
assistance + } board established pursuant to ORS 203.095 consists
of   { - three - }  { +  the five + } nonvoting   { - ex
officio - }  members { +  listed in paragraphs (b) to (d) of this
subsection, + }   { - and five appointed - }  { +  four + }
members  { + appointed by the Governor + } who have knowledge of
and experience with   { - public safety - }   { + county + }
services and fiscal management { +  and all members of the
governing body of the county, who serve as ex officio
members. + }
  { - as follows: - }
    { - (a) The Governor shall appoint three members. - }
    { - (b) The President of the Senate shall appoint one
member. - }
    { - (c) The Speaker of the House shall appoint one
member. - }
    { - (d) - }  { +  (b) + } The Secretary of State, the State
Treasurer and the Director of the Department of Revenue shall
serve  { + on the board + } as nonvoting ex officio members.
   { +  (c) The President of the Senate shall appoint one
nonvoting member to the board.
  (d) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint
one nonvoting member to the board.
  (e) Prior to making appointments under this section, the
Governor shall consult with the President of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives for the purpose of
receiving their recommendations for appointments. + }
  (2) A fiscal   { - control - }  { +  assistance + } board shall
perform the functions described in this section and ORS 203.095.
  (3) A majority of the  { + voting + } members of the
 { + fiscal assistance + } board  { + and a majority of the
members of the county governing body who are members of the board
must be present to constitute + }
  { - constitutes - }  a quorum for the transaction of
business. { +  A meeting of the board constitutes a meeting of
both the board and the county governing body and requires
appropriate meeting notices and adherence to public meeting laws
under ORS 192.610 to 192.690. + }
  (4) Official action by the  { + fiscal assistance + } board
requires the approval of a majority of the members of the
board { +  and a majority of the members of the county governing
body who are members of the board + }.
  (5) The  { + fiscal assistance + } board shall elect one of its
members to serve as chairperson.
  (6) Appointed members  { + of the fiscal assistance board + }
serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority for a term of
four years, subject to subsection (10) of this section.
  (7) If there is a vacancy for any cause, the appointing
authority shall make an appointment to become immediately
effective.
  (8) The  { + fiscal assistance + } board shall use the services
of permanent staff of the offices of the Governor, the Secretary
of State and the State Treasurer, and the Department of Revenue
to the greatest extent practicable. However, the Governor, the
Secretary of State and the State Treasurer may agree to employ
individuals to support the performance of the functions of the
board, if necessary, and the employing state official shall fix
the duties and amounts of compensation of these employees.
  (9) All agencies of state government, as defined in ORS
174.111, are directed to assist the  { + fiscal assistance + }
board in the performance of its duties and, to the extent
permitted by laws relating to confidentiality, to furnish
information and advice as the members of the board consider
necessary to perform their duties.
  (10) A fiscal   { - control - }  { +  assistance + } board
terminates when the Governor declares that the   { - public
safety services - }  { +  fiscal + } emergency declared under ORS
203.095   { - (4) - }  has ended.
  SECTION 3.  { + (1) At least one-half of the costs of
administering a fiscal assistance board established under ORS
203.095 must be paid by the county that has been declared to be
in fiscal distress. The county shall deposit the moneys necessary
to pay the county's share in the fund established under this
section.
  (2) The Fiscally Distressed Counties Fund is established,
separate and distinct from the General Fund. Interest earned by
the Fiscally Distressed Counties Fund shall be credited to the
fund. The Fiscally Distressed Counties Fund shall consist of
moneys appropriated to the fund, moneys deposited by counties
under subsection (1) of this section and moneys derived from any
other source, public or private. Moneys in the Fiscally
Distressed Counties Fund shall be used by the Governor for the
purpose of establishing and administering fiscal assistance
boards for fiscally distressed counties under ORS 203.095.
  (3) If more than one county has been declared by the Governor
as being in fiscal distress, the Fiscally Distressed Counties
Fund shall be divided into separate accounts holding moneys
dedicated to administration of the fiscal assistance board for
each county.
  (4) When the Governor declares that the fiscal emergency for a
county has ended, all moneys remaining in the fund that have been
deposited for the purpose of administering the fiscal assistance
board for that county must be returned, on a pro rata basis, to
the county and to the General Fund. + }
  SECTION 4.  { + This 2012 Act being necessary for the immediate
preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency
is declared to exist, and this 2012 Act takes effect on its
passage. + }
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