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Legislative Advocacy

The LOC advocates for all Oregon cities, from the smallest cities to the largest, from Eastern Oregon to the coast, in the Legislature, state boards, commissions and agencies.

Our Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) team advocates on a broad range of topics, from water to land use to PERS to property taxes and more. 

Find which team member can help with the legislative topics your city is concerned about 

2021 Legislative Session

LOC Board Adopts 2021 Legislative Priorities

On August 19, the LOC Board unanimously adopted six legislative priorities for cities for the 2021 session.  In addition, the LOC Board, at their October meeting, added an additional priority related to disaster relief and recovery. During the spring, a list of 26 priority issues was compiled by the LOC’s seven policy committees, and these issues were ranked by the League’s 241 member cities through a survey conducted over the summer.  
View the 2021 Legislative Priorities

How to Testify During the 2021 Session

From the 4th Quarter 2020 Local Focus Magazine: 
2021 Legislative Priorities: Uncharted Territory Ahead
Ask LOC: How Should Local Officials Communicate with Their State & Federal Representatives?

Digital Legislative Poster Available

The popular reference poster is now available for download.

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Follow LOC at the Legislature

To stay informed on local government issues managed by the LOC lobby team during session, and to be most effective in their own advocacy efforts, cities can avail themselves of the many tools offered by the LOC. These include the following:

  • LOC Bulletin – Delivered electronically every Friday, this publication has the most up-to-date coverage of the status and policy developments relating to bills being tracked by the LOC. 
  • Bill Tracker – Keep tabs on individual pieces of legislation. 
  • Social Media – Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to stay engaged and help us in our advocacy efforts by sharing and liking posts.

Finally, member cities are invited to call or email the LOC office at any time to talk with a member of the lobby team about a bill. Of particular interest to the advocacy team is local feedback or intelligence that can be offered about a bill, especially perspectives that might be provided concerning a legislator’s views on an issue. 

How does LOC determine our legislative agenda?

The LOC’s IGR team receives advocacy direction from the Oregon Municipal Policy (OMP), the LOC Board of Directors, and the LOC policy committee process.

  • The OMP is the is one of the League's foundational documents and describes policy stances adopted by the LOC membership.
  • The LOC’s 8 policy committees meet during even numbered years and members serve a two-year term advising the LOC on policy related issues during a full legislative cycle. Each committee crafts policies for a ballot that sets the LOC’s priorities for long sessions (odd numbered years). Learn more about policy committees
  • The LOC Board of Directors reviews the policy priority ballot and solidifies the LOC legislative priorities for long sessions. Additionally, the LOC Board provides ongoing guidance on legislative advocacy.

How can our members help with our legislative advocacy?

The LOC encourages member cities to call or email our office at any time to talk with a member of the advocacy team about a bill, provide local feedback about a bill, or share perspectives of a legislator’s views on an issue.

Check out our advocacy program center for action alerts

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