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Oregon Legislative Records Guide


Current Oregon State Capitol rotunda, Salem Oregon (Oregon State Archives Highway Division photograph 6586A)

Current Oregon State Capitol rotunda, Salem Oregon (Oregon State Archives Highway Division photograph 6586A)

Legislative Record Series Descriptions

Emergency Board minutes and audio tapes

Legislative committee exhibits

Legislative committee minutes, audio tapes and tape logs

Legislative floor proceeding audio tapes

Legislative original bill files

 

Legislative Committee Minutes, Audio Tapes and Tape Logs

1926-2011 (Committee minutes and exhibits are not fully represented until 1961, tape logs replace minutes in 2007)

Arrangement: house, senate or joint committee, thereunder, chronological by hearing date

This series summarizes committee hearings and highlights the major points of discussion. The minutes include date and time of hearing, individuals present, and measures heard. They reflect discussion and testimony by legislators and interested parties on proposed legislative acts. The legislative minutes are not a transcription of the audio tapes.

The legislative committee audio tapes begin in 1957 and consist of reel-to-reel tapes, dictation tapes (1967-69), and cassette tapes (1981-2009). Audio tapes are sometimes indexed in minutes or tape logs.

Some committee hearings are video taped in 1991 (See Records Inventory).

Audio files related to the Oregon Legislative Committee Minutes have been linked to written minutes for a portion of the 1999 Regular Session and for subsequent sessions.

 

Legislative Committee Exhibits

1926-2011 (Committee minutes and exhibits are not fully represented until 1961)

Arrangement: house, senate or joint committee, thereunder by bill number, date, letter, or subject

This series includes written testimonies, proposed amendments, letters regarding bills, reports, measure analysis, and publications. Exhibits are submitted by legislators, committee staff, and witnesses.

Since 1987 some exhibits have been submitted on video tape.

 

Legislative Original Bill Files

1856-2010

Arrangement: chronological by year, thereunder by bill number

This series is a compilation of the original measure with subsequent engrossed versions and, if it passed, topped with the enrolled copy of the bill. The bill file can also include committee reports, printed amendments, history sheets, a fiscal analysis, and a staff measure analysis. The committee report is a daily notice of committee actions on measures. The staff measure analysis summarizes the issues and expected impact of the bill. The engrossed versions of the measure add and delete words, phrases, and sections as they go through the legislative process.

The original enrolled bills (1859-2010), those signed by the governor, are also housed in the Oregon State Archives as part of the Secretary of State's records (i.e. Legislative enrolled bills).

 

Legislative Floor Proceeding Audio Tapes

1963-2008

Arrangement: chronological by year, thereunder by tape number

This series documents the House and Senate floor debates during the regular and special sessions of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. The House tapes begin in 1963, the Senate in 1973. They consist of reel-to-reel tapes and cassette tapes (Senate starts cassette tapes in 1981, House in 1993). Tape logs are available for most sessions.

The 1987, 1989, and 1991 floor proceedings are also on video tape.

 

Emergency Board Minutes and Audio Tapes

1913-2010

Arrangement: chronological by hearing date

This series summarizes hearings and highlights the major points of discussion of the Emergency Board. The minutes include date of hearing, individuals present, and hearings on state fiscal and budgetary matters. The Emergency Board minutes are not a transcription of the audio tapes.

The Emergency Board audio tapes begin in 1969 and consist of reel-to-reel tapes. Audio tapes are sometimes indexed in tape logs.

 

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