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There are multiple ways you can find the Bill you're looking for.  Listed below are the most common.

 

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Search by Bill Number

  • Using the Bill Search Box to the right:
    • Enter a bill number, or a bill number with SB, or HB (e.g., 200, SB 200, or HB 3000 - SB=Senate Bill, HB=House Bill).
    • Press Enter or click the magnifying glass next to the search.
    •  In the Search Return Screen, select which session you wish to focus on from the Filter Your Search options.
    • The results for that session will appear along with a summary of the Bill.
       
  • From the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS):
    OLIS will default to the current session, if you desire results from a previous session click the "Session" button and make your selection.
    • Once in OLIS, select the Bill Tab to the right.
    • Enter a bill number. Enter as much as you know. (e.g., SB, HB and/or just the number). Hit search.
    • If there is only one result, it will take you to that bill. Otherwise a list will be displayed of possible bills. Note: you can hover over the bill number and the Catchline of the bill will display.
    • Select the bill you are looking for and it will take you to the Bill Overview page.
    • You can also select a bill from the list of bill numbers. Click on the arrows to expand to see each Chambers’ bill list.
       

Search by Keyword

  • Using the  Bill Search Box to the right:  (Note: This searches the entire text of the Bill)
    • Enter a word or phrase, such as “highway tax,” “foster children,” “firearms,” etc. Enter as much as you know. Click Enter or the magnifying glass next to the search.
    • Once in the Search Return Screen, select the session you wish to focus on from the Filter Your Search options.
    • The results for that session will appear along with a summary of the Bill.
       
  • From OLIS(Note this searches only the Catch Line summary of the Bill)
    • Select the Bill Tab to the right, then select Bill Text tab               
    • You can enter part or all of a phrase you wish to search. It will search on the relating to clause and/or the Measure Summary. Select the area in which you would like to search in. 
       

Search by Sponsor of the Bill

  • From OLIS:
    • Select the Bill Tab to the right, then select Bill Sponsor.
    • Enter a Legislator's name.
    • Select from the list of Legislators.
    • From the list select a bill based on whether they were Chief Sponsor or Sponsor.
      All Bill Numbers presented are linked to the Bill Overview page. You can find bill numbers in Session Day when the bill is read in the appropriate chamber, or when the bill has been referred to a committee or reported out of a committee and moves on to the chamber.

  

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What exactly is a Bill?

   

A Bill is a measure that creates a new law, amends or repeals an existing law, appropriates money, prescribes fees, transfers functions from one agency to another, provides penalties, or takes other action. 

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