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News Release from Lane Co. Government
Posted on FlashAlert: August 15th, 2022 8:00 AM

Every ten years, Lane County Government is required to convene a Charter Review Committee to review and recommend changes to the County’s Home Rule Charter.


The Committee is responsible for recommending changes that bring the Home Rule Charter in line with state and federal laws, update processes to better reflect current community expectations, and generally improve the Charter’s clarity, readability and effectiveness. Any proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter ultimately need to be approved by Lane County voters.


The Committee will be composed of seven members. Each of the five commissioners will appoint one person, and those appointees will appoint two more in at-large positions.


Applications are available at Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


Past Home Rule Charter amendments recommended by a committee and approved by voters include reducing county commissioner terms from six years to four in 1972; required review of commissioner district boundaries every 10 years in 1982; and allowing more flexibility in County structure to provide services across departments in 2010.


The current Home Rule Charter is available online.


More about the Home Rule Charter

A 1958 amendment to the Oregon Constitution reserved the right for voters to adopt charters prescribing how their county governments should be organized, what powers they should have, and what procedure they should follow in administering county affairs. The Home Rule Charter for Lane County was approved by voters in 1962.

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