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August 30, 2005

Governor signs community mediation bill

Governor signs community mediation bill
Oregon Center for Community Dispute Resolution
funds 20 programs in 28 counties

On August 29, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate Bill 247. The bill removes the sunset provision on state funding for community and public policy dispute resolution, provides an increase in funding for community programs for the coming biennium, and restores significant funding for public policy programs.

Jenny Carmichael “A lot of work by a lot of people has kept state funding for community dispute resolution alive, “ said Oregon Center for Community Dispute Resolution administrator Jenny Carmichael.”The news couldn’t be more exciting.”

The OCCDR administers state funds to 20 community programs in 28 Oregon counties. One million dollars goes to the community programs each biennium to support the 1,000 volunteer mediators who respond to over 5,000 conflicts each year. It is Jane Gordon located at the law school and is part of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center.

For the past year, the law school’s ADR Center has been working  with Portland State University’s Oregon Consensus Program and state mediation advocates to support passage of Senate Bill 247 by the 2005 Legislature.

The Oregon Consensus Program at PSU provides mediation and other dispute resolution services to public bodies, particularly in the area of land use planning, natural resources, human services, healthcare and transportation.

“Mediation leaders around the state forged a strong alliance to get this bill passed. These relationships will help ensure a robust future for mediation in Oregon,” said Associate Dean Jane Gordon, who directs the ADR Center.
—Eliza Schmidkunz 


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