"In what is beginning to seem like a legislative drumbeat,
Oregon has become the fourth US state this year to see an open
document format bill introduced in its legislature. Taken together
with pioneer Massachusetts, which led the way with an
administrative rule adopted in 2005, this means that individual
legislators in10% of all US States have thus far taken steps to
require that governments must be responsible stewards of public
records. The text of the bill is here. As usual, I am also
including the complete text of the bill, in its current form, at
the end of this entry for long term-archival reference and ease of
word-search based research using this site.
"While the Oregon bill falls into a current trend, it is in some
ways less similar to the bills introduced earlier this year than
they are to each other. Most notably, it would establish a clear
preference for open formats that are deployed in the greatest
variety of programs and services that are available as 'free ware,'
which it defines as 'computer software made available or
distributed to the public for use free of charge for an unlimited
time.' Through this and other provisions, it is clear that only
ODF, and not OOXML, would pass muster for the foreseeable future in
Oregon. The bill was introduced by State Representative Peter
Buckley as House Bill 2920..."