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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

Session Adjourns

Oregon’s virtual 81st legislative session adjourned at 5:37 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. It’s looking like there will be at least a hybrid version of a virtual session in February of 2022 due to seismic improvements to the Capitol, which took place throughout this latest session. 

For the 2021 session, the LOC’s legislative team took on the challenges of remote communications and a bill list in excess of 2,000 legislative proposals. Many of these would not have provided any benefits to cities and several proposed concepts were repeats of past efforts to reduce local decision-making authority and impact revenue sharing. Read more

Cities are advised to review the summary of Bills for City Review, Action & Awareness and take action as needed to comply with new state law.

Read the comprehensive 2021 Legislative Session Summary of Bills

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View the 2021 Legislative Priorities

LOC's Intergovernmental Relations Team provide an overview of important bills from the 2021 legislative session.

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

Who represents your city in the Legislature?

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