The LOC speaks with one voice for all cities in Oregon.

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 

2020 Legislative Session

The 2020 short session convened on February 3 and ended on March 5.

Read the 2020 Legislative Bill Summary

Priorities

The LOC's top priorities for the 2020 session:

  • Mental Health Investment;
  • Housing/Homelessness and Development;
  • Broadband Investment;
  • General Government – Public Records and Police 
  • Accountability;
  • Water Infrastructure Investment;
  • Tax and Finance Issues Related to Local Funding;
  • Improved Transportation Safety;
  • Wildland Fire Preparedness; and
  • Third-Party Building Inspection.

Read "2020 Legislative Session: Our Crystal Ball" for an overview of the LOC's positions and legislative activities in each of the priority areas.

Check the "Bills" page for updates during the session

Follow LOC at the Legislature

To stay informed on local government issues managed by the LOC lobby team during the 2020 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.
  • Inside the Capitol Podcast – 5-10 minute quick conversations with LOC lobbyists on what is happening at the Capitol every week.

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?

Find your city's senators and representatives