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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. 

Looking to the 2023 Session

LOC Board Approves 2023-2024 Priorities

Throughout this spring, the League of Oregon Cities’ seven policy committees met to identify policy recommendations for the upcoming two-year legislative cycle. Twenty-eight policy recommendations were identified  and advanced to a ballot, where each LOC member  city was asked to identify its top five legislative priorities. Based on the voting and approval by the LOC Board on August 26, eight legislative priorities were identified and will be the focus of the LOC Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) team for the 2023 and 2024 sessions. In addition, the LOC Board adopted Operational Priorities, including the addition of property tax reform. 

The final eight legislative priorities are:

  1. Infrastructure Financing and Resilience and Funding for Critical Infrastructure for Needed Housing 
  2. Local Funding to Address Homelessness
  3. Address Measure 110 Shortcomings
  4. Economic Development Incentives
  5. Community Resiliency and Wildfire Planning
  6. Transportation Safety Enhancement
  7. Full Funding and Alignment for State Land Use Initiatives
  8. Lodging Tax Flexibility

Learn more about the legislative priorities in greater detail and the LOC’s position here.

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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