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County Vs City Laws

OPB | July 29, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: July 29, 2014 2:06 p.m.

Credit: Brian Turner / Creative Commons

Credit: Brian Turner / Creative Commons

In the past month, two counties in Oregon have been at odds with cities over which government’s jurisdiction trumps the other. On July 21, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 on a measure that would nullify Eugene’s proposed mandatory sick leave ordinance. In Multnomah County, residents of Gresham and Troutdale are taking legal action against the county for a gun control law (pdf) passed earlier this year.

According to Willamette University’s Associate Professor of Law Paul Diller, these clashes between city and county governments have raised interesting legal questions, especially surrounding what’s known as “home rule.” Diller also tells OPB that the outcome of these two cases could open up more legal questions. 

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