Kitzhaber seeks guidance on paid speaking

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the Government Ethics Commission whether he can accept fees for delivering health-policy speeches.

A lawyer for the governor's office raised the question in a letter last month, and Kitzhaber's staff made it public on Thursday. The commission is expected to consider the request at a meeting next week.

A spokesman for Kitzhaber says the governor routinely gets paid speaking offers but has not accepted any during his time in office.

Kitzhaber is a former emergency room physician and state legislator, and he served as governor from 1995 to 2003. He gave paid health-care speeches before running for a third term as governor in 2010.

The governor's office says Kitzhaber would not accept fees from anyone with a financial interest in Oregon legislation.

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