- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Administrative Law
- Date Filed: 03-16-2016
- Case #: A155575
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Lagesen, J., for Court; Ortega, P.J.; & Garrett, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Plaintiff appealed a judgment dismissing his complaint under ORS 192.680 (permitting a suit by a citizen affected by the decision of a public body against that body to enforce Oregon’s Public Meetings Law) against the Board of Parole for violations of Oregon’s Public Meetings Law for the Board’s use of the “file-pass” procedure in handling psychological evaluations of offenders. ORS 192.610-95. The Court held that the “file-pass” procedure did not constitute a “meeting” under the Public Meetings Law, as under the standard announced in Handy v. Lane County, 274 Or App 644 (2015), a “meeting” is a convening of a governing body for which a quorum is required to in order to make a decision on any matter, and a “convening” is a contemporaneous gathering. Because the “file-pass” procedure involves a serial consideration of a file, it does not fit the definition of a “meeting.” Affirmed.