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Current Advocacy Activities

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. 

2024 Legislative Session

Significant Progress Made on Legislative Priorities in the 2024 Short Session 

The 2024 legislative session ended three days prior to the statutory deadline of March 10. The session shifted from recent experience, with no walkouts and bipartisan support for several major issues facing Oregonians. The LOC’s priorities included Measure 110 reforms, several layers of housing policy, gap funding for shelters, and infrastructure funding for new housing development. For the short session, the Legislature brought 291 bills, resolutions, and memorials. More than 500 amendments were introduced to modify the original language of the introduced measures, and Governor Kotek has 115 bills to evaluate for signature. 

Read the 2024 Legislative Session Bill Summary

Watch the Legislative Session Wrap-Up Webinar

View the latest legislative news

Contact the LOC Advocacy Team - Reach out to the LOC Intergovernmental Relations team if you have questions or need more information on legislative bills and priorities.

Lobbying 101 Toolkit

This toolkit includes short training videos, frequently asked questions, helpful links, sample documents, and other tools that will help city officials build confidence in representing their community, and more effectively engage with their lawmakers. 

View the Toolkit

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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