- Associated Press - Thursday, May 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The 30-year veteran chief clerk of the Oregon House has resigned following her lobbying for a 2007 bill amendment that may have benefited her financially.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1jO5d9a) Thursday that House Speaker Tina Kotek alerted representatives that 66-year-old Ramona Kenady Line’s last day is Friday. She worked at the Legislature for 42 years, with 30 as chief clerk.

Kotek told representatives that she’d been advised by attorneys that any lobbying by a non-partisan legislative employee violates House rules. She noted that as chief parliamentarian, Line advises other House members on how to adhere to the chamber’s rules.

The amendment Line lobbied for allowed a very limited group of PERS members to repurchase past service credit and retirement account balances they had previously liquidated with money rolled over from the state’s deferred compensation plan. The repurchase gave Line full credit for her retirement, plus interest while she continued working.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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