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Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2011

 

Department of Justice
Chapter 137

Rule Caption: Calculating child support when all children not with a parent.

Adm. Order No.: DOJ 18-2010

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-20-2010

Certified to be Effective: 1-4-11

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2010

Rules Amended: 137-050-0700

Rules Repealed: 137-050-0700(T)

Subject: This rule is amended to clarify how support should be calculated when some minor children or one minor child of the parties reside with a parent, and another minor child or children are not with either parent.

Rules Coordinator: Vicki Tungate—(503) 986-6086

137-050-0700

General Provisions

(1) ORS 25.270 through ORS 25.280 require that child support be calculated according to a formula. The formula is known as the “Oregon Child Support Guidelines” and is contained in OAR 137-050-0700 through OAR 137-050-0765 and in the “Obligation Scale” which is located in the appendix.

(2) Any change to the guidelines applies to all judicial or administrative actions which are pending as of the date of the change or initiated thereafter.

(3) Changes to these rules do not constitute a substantial change in circumstances for purposes of modifying a support order.

(4) “Pending” as used in section (2) means any matter that has been initiated before the effective date of a rule change but requires amendment, modification or hearing before a final judgment can be entered.

(5) The calculation instructions in OAR 137-050-0710 apply when at least one minor child for whom support is being calculated lives with a parent. If none of the minor children for whom support is being calculated lives with a parent, calculate each parent’s obligation separately. For the “other parent” in these single-parent calculations, use the same income, spousal support, union dues and additional children as for the parent whose obligation is being calculated. Include the caretaker’s child care costs, if any. Do not include any other information for the “other parent”.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 25.270 - 25.290 & 180.345

Stats. Implemented: ORS 25.270 - 25.290

Hist.: DOJ 16-2009, f. 12-1-09, cert. ef. 1-4-10; DOJ 5-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 2-12-10 thru 8-10-10; DOJ 11-2010, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10; DOJ 15-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-10 thru 3-22-11; DOJ 18-2010, f. 12-20-10, cert. ef. 1-4-11

 

Rule Caption: Modifying child support orders.

Adm. Order No.: DOJ 19-2010

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-20-2010

Certified to be Effective: 12-27-10

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2010

Rules Amended: 137-055-3430

Rules Repealed: 137-055-3430(T)

Subject: OAR 137-055-3430 is amended to clarify criteria for modifying child support orders. Additionally, the rule is amended to clarify when the Child Support Program will process a modification request without regard as to whether the new calculation is in “substantial compliance” ($50 or 15%, whichever is less) with the child support guidelines.

Rules Coordinator: Vicki Tungate—(503) 986-6086

137-055-3430

Substantial Change in Circumstance Review and Modification of Child Support Order Amounts

(1) For purposes of this rule:

(a) The definitions provided in ORS 25.321, OAR 137-050-0750 and OAR 137-055-3420 apply;

(b) A “temporary modification” is an order entered under ORS 416.425(13), which suspends and temporarily modifies a support order based on a party’s employment-related change of income; and

(c) “Employment-related change of income” includes but is not limited to reduced work hours, unpaid furloughs, loss of job and wage reductions. Employment-related change of income does not include a voluntary reduction of income or self-imposed curtailment of earning capacity, if it is shown that such action was not taken in good faith but was for the primary purpose of avoiding the support obligation. A party’s employment-related change of income is considered to take place “during a period of significant unemployment” even if the change occurred prior to the Attorney General’s determination under ORS 416.425(13)(b), as long as the effects of the employment-related change of income continue into the time period covered by the determination.

(2) Notwithstanding OAR 137-055-3420, proceedings may be initiated at any time to review and modify a support obligation based upon a substantial change in circumstance.

(3) The administrator will conduct a review based upon a request for a change of circumstance modification when:

(a) Oregon has jurisdiction to modify;

(b) The administrator:

(A) Receives a request for modification based upon a change of circumstance and at least 60 days have passed from the date the existing support order was entered, except for those cases where a review is requested pursuant to paragraphs (3)(c)(H) or (I);

(B) Determines that a temporary modification should be initiated based on receipt of a request from a party who has experienced an employment-related change of income; or

(C) Determines that a modification should be initiated based on the administrators own motion; and

(c) At least one of the following criteria are met:

(A) A change in the written parenting time agreement or order has taken place;

(B) The financial or household circumstances of one or more of the parties are different now than they were at the time the order was entered;

(C) Social Security benefits received on behalf of a child due to a parents disability or retirement were not previously considered in the order or they were considered in an action initiated before May 12, 2003;

(D) Veterans benefits received on behalf of a child due to a parents disability or retirement were not previously considered in the order or they were considered in an action initiated before May 12, 2003;

(E) Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance benefits received by the child or on behalf of the child were not previously considered in the order;

(F) Since the date of the last order, the obligor has been incarcerated, as defined in OAR 137-055-3300;

(G) The needs of the child(ren) have changed;

(H) There is a need to add or change medical support provisions for a child;

(I) A change in the physical custody of a minor child has taken place;

(J) An order is being modified to include a subsequent child of the parties or to remove a child of the parties; or

(K) A child between 18 and 20 years old does not qualify as a child attending school under ORS 107.108 and OAR 137-055-5110 and, pursuant to ORS 107.108(10), tiered order provisions must be added, removed or changed. Tiered order has the meaning given in OAR 137-055-1020.

(d) And the requesting party (if other than the administrator):

(A) Completes a written or verbal request for modification based upon a substantial change of circumstance;

(B) Pursuant to ORS 416.425, provides appropriate documentation for the criteria in subsection (c) of this section showing that a substantial change of circumstance has occurred; and

(C) Completes a Uniform Income Statement or Uniform Support Affidavit or, if a temporary modification, provides employment status and income information sufficient to permit the administrator to have a reasonable basis to make a determination.

(4) Sections (5) through (9) do not apply to temporary modifications.

(5) Upon receipt of a request for a review and modification, or upon the administrator=s own initiative, the administrator will notify the parties of the review in writing, allowing the parties 30 days to provide information which may affect the support calculation.

(6) A request for review will be granted unless:

(a) The conditions in section (3) have not been met; or

(b) The review was requested due to one of the criteria in paragraphs (3)(c)(A) through (3)(c)(G), and the order is in substantial compliance with the guidelines. The determination of substantial compliance will be made as outlined in OAR 137-055-3420(1)(d), except as provided in section (7).

(7) The provisions of subsection (6)(b) do not apply if the new calculation:

(a) Includes consent by the parties as provided in OAR 137-050-0765;

(b) Includes compelling factors in the reasonable-in-cost limitation, as provided in OAR 137-050-0750(2)(a);

(c) Includes application of rebuttals, as provided in OAR 137-050-0760; or

(d) Is for a modification to consider receipt of Social Security or Veterans’ benefits as provided in paragraphs (3)(c)(C) or (D).

(8) If the request for review is granted, the administrator will advise the parties of the presumed correct support amount. Notification may be by motion for modification and will include a request for hearing form. If there is an adult child on the case, the proposed modification will be a tiered order as defined in OAR 137-055-1020.

(9) If the order is found to be in substantial compliance, and at least 35 months have passed since the date the most recent support order took effect, the administrator will complete the request as provided in OAR 137-055-3420(9).

(10) Sections (11) and (12) apply only to temporary modifications.

(11) The administrator will, to the extent possible, gather information from the parties which could affect the support calculation by phone or other electronic means, including facsimile and e-mail. Parties may agree to accept service by e-mail, regular mail or any other method.

(12) The administrator will advise the parties of the presumed correct support amount and may seek a consent order. Notification may be by motion for modification and will include a request for hearing form.

(13) If a request under this rule is denied, the administrator will notify the requesting party of the denial in writing within 30 days and inform the party of their right to file a motion for modification as provided in ORS 416.425. The administrator will advise the party on how to obtain the Oregon Judicial Department packet that has been prescribed for this purpose.

(14) No provision of this rule precludes the parties from obtaining the services of private legal counsel at any time to pursue modification of the support order pursuant to all applicable laws.

(15) If a request for review and modification is received because a change in the physical custody of the minor child(ren) has taken place, a party may also request a credit back to the date the change in physical custody took place in accordance with OAR 137-055-5510.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 180.345 & 416.455

Stats. Implemented: ORS 25.080, 25.287, 25.321 - 25.343, 107.108, 107.135 & 416.425

Hist.: DOJ 10-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; DOJ 16-2004, f. 12-30-04, cert. ef. 1-3-05; DOJ 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; DOJ 8-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-1-05 thru 2-17-06; DOJ 1-2006, f & cert. ef. 1-3-06; DOJ 5-2006, f. 6-29-06, cert. ef. 7-3-06; DOJ 8-2007, f. 9-28-07, cert. ef. 10-1-07; DOJ 4-2009(Temp), f. 5-6-09, cert. ef. 5-7-09 thru 11-1-09; DOJ 6-2009(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-14-09 thru 11-1-09; DOJ 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-30-09; DOJ 13-2010(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-1-10 thru 12-27-10; DOJ 19-2010, f. 12-20-10, cert. ef. 12-27-10

 

Rule Caption: Gasoline Price Advertising.

Adm. Order No.: DOJ 20-2010

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-30-2010

Certified to be Effective: 1-1-11

Notice Publication Date: 12-1-2010

Rules Amended: 137-020-0150

Subject: OAR 137-020-0150, known as the “Gasoline Price Advertising rule” has not been amended since its adoption in 1985. The proposed amendment addresses changes in the industry, changes in alternatives to currency that consumers use to make purchases, changes in local rules pertaining to signage restrictions and 2010 HB 3677.

      The Oregon Department of Justice receives complaints that allege unfair or deceptive conduct pertaining to disclosure of full service and added fees to use credit or debit cards.

      Other changes in the past 25 years include different types of motor vehicle fuel, significant use of electronic dispensers, and loyalty cards.

      The amendments address where and when gasoline prices and any conditions to the lowest cash price may be displayed and charged.

Rules Coordinator: Carol Riches—(503) 947-4700

137-020-0150

Gasoline Price Advertising

(1) Definitions: For the purposes of OAR 137-020-0150 to 137-020-0160 the following definitions apply:

(a) “Clear and conspicuous” means in a form that is readily visible to and easily readable by a customer or potential customer who would be materially affected by the information and means in a location that a person who would be materially affected by the information ought to notice the information displayed.

(b) “Condition” means any payment method (e.g., credit), service level (e.g., full service or mini service), or any other modifying circumstance affecting the price per unit of measurement of motor vehicle fuel from the lowest cash price;

(c) “Diesel” means a refined middle distillate suitable for use as a fuel in a compression-ignition (diesel) internal combustion engine;

(d) “Display” means to post information on a street sign or price sign;

(e) “Full service” includes services such as washing windshields, windows and headlights, checking fluid levels, checking or adjusting tire pressure and inspecting belts and hoses but does not include a car wash;

(f) “Gasoline” means any fuel sold for use in spark ignition engines whether leaded or unleaded;

(g) “Grade” means the automotive fuel rating as defined in OAR 603-027-0410;

(h) “Lowest cash price” means the offering price available to all customers that pay in cash;

(i) “Mini service” means providing only the dispensing of motor vehicle fuel into a customer’s vehicle;

(j) “Motor vehicle fuel” means gasoline, diesel or other fuel used for the generation of power in an internal combustion engine, except aviation jet fuels;

(k) “Other fuel” means gasoline-ethanol blends with greater than 10% by volume ethanol, 100% other renewable diesel (100% Biomass-Based Diesel), renewable diesel blends, B100 Biodiesel, Biodiesel Blends, E85 Fuel Ethanol, M85 Fuel Methanol, E15, or any other liquid product used for the generation of power in an internal combustion engine that is sold to be used in a motor vehicle, except for gasoline and diesel;

(l) “Price sign” means any sign, billboard, digital signage or other medium that provides the price charged for motor vehicle fuel, is visible from a dispensing device and is not a street sign;

(m) “ODOT diesel” means undyed diesel sold for use in motor vehicles, which may be purchased without the tax provided the purchaser has valid credentials issued by ODOT under ORS 825 or ORS 319. ODOT diesel was formerly known as PUC diesel;

(n) “Retailer” means any person who operates a service station, business or other place for the purpose of retailing and delivering gasoline, diesel or other fuel into the tanks of motor vehicles;

(o) “Street sign” means any sign, billboard, digital signage or other medium that provides the price charged for motor vehicle fuel and is located near and is visible from a street or highway, such as a freeway pole sign or a monument sign; and

(p) “Unit of measurement” means a United States gallon or liter as defined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44 entitled “Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices” as adopted in OAR 603-027-0635.

(2) Advertising: A retailer is not required to display prices charged for motor vehicle fuel.

(3) Displayed Prices: A retailer may display a price for motor vehicle fuel. If a retailer displays a price for motor vehicle fuel:

(a) The retailer must clearly and conspicuously display on each street sign the lowest cash prices charged for the sale of the lowest grade of each type of motor vehicle fuel sold or offered for sale to all customers or potential customers;

(b) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a) above, if a retailer only sells or offers for sale ODOT diesel and no other motor vehicle fuel (including other diesel), the retailer may display only the ODOT diesel price on the street sign and does not need to post a price sign;

(c) The retailer must clearly and conspicuously display on each price sign all prices charged for the sale of all grades of motor vehicle fuel sold or offered for sale;

(d) If the lowest cash prices are available only under some conditions:

(A) The retailer must clearly and conspicuously display all conditions on each street sign, price sign and dispensing device (e.g., cash only, mini serve);

(B) The retailer must ensure the following for each distinct street sign:

(i) All words or symbols of condition are in equal size and must be equally visible to a customer or potential customer;

(ii) All words or symbols of condition are in no less than one-third the size as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price; and

(iii) All words or symbols setting forth the prices applicable to the condition are in equal size and must be equally visible to a customer or potential customer as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price.

(C) The retailer must ensure the following for each distinct price sign:

(i) All words or symbols of condition are in equal size and must be equally visible to a customer or potential customer;

(ii) All words or symbols of condition are in equal size as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price; and

(iii) All words or symbols setting forth the prices applicable to the condition are in equal size and must be equally visible to a customer or potential customer as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price.

(D) The retailer must clearly identify the area where each price is available, if the lowest cash price is available only in a certain area of the service station or business. The identification may be placed on the canopy above the island, if it is visible from each side of the island, or at the entry points of the island. The identification must be clear and conspicuous from a driver’s position;

(E) For full service, the retailer must state what specific services are included in its full service at the entry points of the island where full service is available; and

(F) The retailer may only charge a price greater than the lowest cash price if the retailer provides the condition or the condition is offered in a designated location and the customer affirmatively rejects the condition (e.g., the retailer either provided full service or the retailer offered to perform all services included in that retailer’s full service in a location designated as full service and the customer rejected the services offered).

(e) The retailer may offer a discount from the lowest cash price for customers that enroll in a loyalty program, membership program or other similar program where a customer must affirmatively enroll in the program. If the discounted program is not available to all members of the general public, the retailer does not need to display the discounted program price under subsection (3)(c).

(f) The retailer must arrange all prices in a meaningful and consistent order;

(g) The retailer must clearly and conspicuously identify each grade of motor vehicle fuel that corresponds with each price;

(h) The retailer may not display prices for products other than motor vehicle fuel in a manner that creates a likelihood of confusion or misunderstanding with the price of motor vehicle fuel;

(i) The retailer may not require as a condition of buying motor vehicle fuel at the displayed price that a customer purchase a specific quantity (e.g., 8 gallons or a full tank) or dollar amount of motor vehicle fuel; and

(j) The retailer may display on the street sign all of the information required to be displayed on the price sign under subsection (5)(d)(B).

(4) Dispensing Devices: In regards to its motor vehicle fuel dispensing devices, a retailer must:

(a) Ensure that the price per unit of measurement and the unit of measurement for each grade of motor vehicle fuel are the same on each street sign, price sign and dispensing device used for delivering that kind of fuel into the tanks of motor vehicles;

(b) Ensure that computing-type dispensing devices automatically compute the full sales price for all motor vehicle fuel prices sold or offered for sale through the dispensing devices;

(c) Ensure that dispensing devices are set to display and compute all unit prices for each grades of motor vehicle fuel sold. A retailer may not use a dispensing device to dispense motor vehicle fuel at one or more unit prices the dispensing device cannot compute;

(d) Calibrate all dispensing devices in the same unit of measurement;

(e) Charge the customer only the total amount registered on the dispensing device at the selected unit price;

(f) If the lowest cash prices are available only under some conditions, ensure the dispensing device clearly and conspicuously states all conditions.

(A) The words or symbols of condition may be posted on the upper 50 percent of the dispensing device panel or on top of the dispensing device (“pump topper”); and

(B) The retailer must ensure that the letters stating the conditions are in block lettering type at least one inch in height and one-half inch stroke (width of type) in distinct contrasting color to the background.

(5) Price signs:

(a) In regards to its price signs, a retailer must:

(A) Ensure that at least one price sign is visible at or near each dispensing device; and

(B) Ensure that the information displayed on each price sign is clear and conspicuous from a driver’s position.

(b) A retailer may place a price sign on top of the dispensing device (“pump topper”), on the island or on the side of the retailer’s building;

(c) A retailer may post price signs in multiple locations in order to comply with subsection (5)(a) (e.g., a retailer may use pump toppers for one island and a sign on the side of the building for another island). Each price sign must comply with subsections (5)(d) and (e);

(d) If the price sign is on top of the dispensing device, the retailer must ensure:

(A) That the letters and numerals on the sign are in block lettering type at least one inch in height and one-half inch stroke (width of type) in distinct contrasting color to the background; and

(B) That the following information is displayed on the price sign:

(i) All words or symbols of condition; and

(ii) Immediately adjacent to the words or symbols of condition, either:

(I) The whole unit price of any condition for each grade of motor vehicle fuel; or

(II) The additional price per unit of measurement for any condition in whole cents (e.g., “credit price + 3¢/gal” or “full service additional 10¢/gal”) for each grade of motor vehicle fuel. If the additional price per unit of measurement for a specific condition (e.g., credit) for each grade of motor vehicle fuel is the same, then only one price reference is required under this subparagraph.

(e) If the price sign is on the island or on the side of the retailer’s building, the retailer must ensure:

(A) That the letters and numerals on the sign are in block lettering type at least three inches in height and one and one-half inch stroke (width of type) in distinct contrasting color to the background; and

(B) That the following information is displayed on the price sign:

(i) All words or symbols of condition; and

(ii) Immediately adjacent to the words or symbols of condition, the whole unit price of any condition for each grade of motor vehicle fuel.

(6) Effective date: If a retailer that displays a price for motor vehicle fuel complies with this subsection on January 1, 2011, the retailer does not need to comply with subsection (5) unless and until the retailer purchases a new street sign or modifies its street sign;

(a) The retailer clearly and conspicuously displays on each street sign the lowest cash prices for the sale of all grades of motor vehicle fuel sold or offered for sale;

(b) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a) above, if a retailer only sells or offers for sale ODOT diesel and no other motor vehicle fuel (including other diesel), the retailer may display only the ODOT diesel price on the street sign;

(c) If the lowest cash prices are available only under some conditions:

(A) The retailer clearly and conspicuously displays all conditions on the street sign and dispensing device;

(B) The retailer ensures the following for the street sign:

(i) All words or symbols of condition are in equal size and are equally visible to a customer or potential customer;

(ii) All words or symbols of condition are in no less than one-third the size as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price; and

(iii) All words or symbols setting forth the prices applicable to the condition are in equal size and are equally visible to a customer or potential customer as the words or symbols setting forth the cash price.

(C) Immediately adjacent to the words or symbols of condition, the retailer displays on the street sign either:

(i) The whole unit price of any condition for each grade of motor vehicle fuel; or

(ii) The additional price per unit of measurement for any condition in whole cents (e.g., “credit price + 3¢/gal” or “full service additional 10¢/gal”) for each grade of motor vehicle fuel. If the additional price per unit of measurement for a specific condition (e.g., credit) for each grade of motor vehicle fuel is the same, then only one price reference is required under this subparagraph.

(D) The retailer clearly identifies the area where each price is available, if the lowest cash price is available only in a certain area of the service station or business. The identification may be placed on the canopy above the island, if it is visible from each side of the island, or at the entry points of the island. The identification must be clear and conspicuous from a driver’s position;

(E) For full service, the retailer states what specific services are included in its full service at the entry points of the island where full service is available; and

(F) The retailer only charges a price greater than the lowest cash price if the retailer provides the condition or the condition is offered in a designated location and the customer affirmatively rejects the condition (e.g., the retailer either provided full service or the retailer offered to perform all services included in that retailer’s full service in a location designated as full service and the customer rejected the services offered).

(d) The retailer may offer a discount from the lowest cash price for customers that enroll in a loyalty program, membership program or other similar program where a customer must affirmatively enroll in the program. If the retailer displays the discounted program price, it complies with subsection (6)(c);

(e) The retailer arranges all prices in a meaningful and consistent order;

(f) The retailer clearly and conspicuously identifies each grade of motor vehicle fuel that corresponds with each price;

(g) The retailer does not display prices for products other than motor vehicle fuel in a manner that creates a likelihood of confusion or misunderstanding with the price of motor vehicle fuel; and

(h) The retailer does not require as a condition of buying motor vehicle fuel at the displayed price that a customer purchase a specific quantity (e.g., 8 gallons or a full tank) or dollar amount of motor vehicle fuel.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 646

Stats. Implemented: ORS 646.608(1)(u) & 1985 c.751 (2)

Hist.: JD 7-1985, f. 12-31-85, ef. 1-1-86; DOJ 20-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

 

Rule Caption: Gasoline Price Advertising.

Adm. Order No.: DOJ 21-2010

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-30-2010

Certified to be Effective: 1-1-11

Notice Publication Date: 12-1-2010

Rules Amended: 137-020-0160

Subject: OAR 137-020-0160 has not been amended since its adoption in 1985. The proposed amendment makes the definitions consistent with those contained in the proposed amendments to OAR 137-020-0150 concerning the types of motor vehicle fuel that are sold by retailers.

Rules Coordinator: Carol Riches—(503) 947-4700

137-020-0160

Sales Practices

(1) A retailer may not limit the price advertised for a particular grade of motor vehicle fuel to a customer purchasing or receiving goods or services in addition to the motor vehicle fuel except for full services. For purposes of this rule, a customer does not include customers who purchase ODOT diesel.

(2) The location at which any grade of motor vehicle fuel is dispensed or at which any condition is applicable will not be changed except for a bona fide reason and will not be changed within 60 days of another change except for an emergency or legal necessity.

(3) Violation of OAR 137-020-0150 and this rule is a violation of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act, ORS 646.608(1)(u).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 646

Stats. Implemented: ORS 646.608(1)(u) & 1985 c.751 (2)

Hist.: JD 7-1985, f. 12-31-85, ef. 1-1-86; DOJ 21-2010, f. 12-30-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

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