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Commission Says Gov. Kitzhaber Can Give Paid Speeches

AP | Jan. 17, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission says Gov. John Kitzhaber can accept fees for delivering health-policy speeches.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

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The commission on Thursday said the governor is allowed to earn outside income as long as he does it on his own time, doesn’t use state resources and isn’t getting the opportunity solely because of his position as governor. He also can’t accept speaking fees from organizations with an interest in government decisions.

A spokesman for Kitzhaber says the governor routinely gets paid speaking offers but has not accepted any during his time in office.

Kitzhaber is a former emergency room physician and state legislator, and he served as governor from 1995 to 2003. He gave paid health-care speeches before running for a third term as governor in 2010.

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