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NewsForge: Oregon Considers Open Source Software Legislation

Mar 06, 2003, 20:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

[ Thanks to Ken Barber for this link. ]

"A bill introduced in the Oregon State Legislature on March 5 by Rep. Phil Barnhart 'requires state government to consider using open source software when acquiring new software.' Sounds good--if it passes.

"According to the press release we received from the bill's primary proponent, Ken Barber, 'Unlike California's Digital Software Security Act [which has not yet become law - ED.], Oregon's bill does not mandate the use of Open Source Software; it only requires that it be 'on the list' of approved products for State use. It also requires state agencies to provide justification to the taxpayers any time proprietary software is purchased...'

"Barber, a resident of Eugene, Oregon, is an MCSE with a self-described 'preference for open source.' Indeed, one of his pricipal volunteer activies is helping local schools convert to open source. He contacted Rep. Barnhart (who is also from Eugene), and asked him to introduce this bill..."

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Text of Oregon House Bill 2892

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