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A staff measure summary (SMS) provides an informative, impartial summary of a legislative measure. Initially created to serve as a helpful tool for committee members, Senate and House rules require an SMS to be filed as part of the committee report on each measure. An SMS outlines the effects of a measure, the issues discussed at committee meetings and hearings, the effect of any amendments adopted by a committee and any relevant background information that may help provide a context for legislative deliberations.
Although SMSs are prepared for each version of a measure, only the final SMS for enacted measures are available on this website. For earlier versions, please contact the Legislative Library (telephone: 503-986-1668).
Staff measure summaries reflect staff analysis of legislative measures. Staff measure summaries are not adopted or officially endorsed by action of legislative committees.
The Committee Services provides centralized, non-partisan research and issue analysis for the legislative branch. Committee Services does not provide legal advice and the information provided herein should not be interpreted as such.
SMS files are available in Portable Document Format (PDF). These may be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have this software installed, you may download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking the Get Acrobat Reader button in the left-hand frame.