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Policy Committees

Your city’s voice is important, join a policy committee to let us know the issues affecting your communities so the LOC can better serve you in the Legislature.
 

Legislative committees and special work groups are the foundation of the League's policy development process. Composed of city officials, these groups are charged with analyzing policy and technical issues and recommending positions and strategies for the League. In addition, LOC staff rely on the input and expertise of committee members as they advocate for city interests in the legislature and with state and federal agencies. 

The LOC policy committees give advice and make recommendations to the League’s Board of Directors as part of the board’s policy development process.  This may include:

  • Participation in the proposal of Oregon Municipal Policy revisions;
  • The review of areas to recommend that the League take proactive and defensive positions in the legislative process; and
  • Service as a focus group when necessary to assist staff assessing policy issues 

LOC Policy Committees

Community Development

The Community Development Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: land use; parks and recreation; housing; solid and hazardous waste; air quality; and economic development.

Chair: George Endicott - Mayor, City of Redmond

Staff Contact: Erin Doyle 

Energy & Environment

The Energy Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: energy conservation and efficiency; renewable energy generation; clean energy economic development programs; right-of-way and franchise management; natural gas utilities; and restructuring the electric industry.
 

Chair: Ronald Thompson - Councilor, City of Forest Grove

Staff Contact: Tracy Rutten

Finance & Taxation

The Finance and Taxation Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: property/income taxation; school finance; local government debt instruments; infrastructure funding; public budgeting; state revenue sharing; and financing economic development.

Chair: Don Hudson - Finance Director, City of Tualatin

Staff Contact: Wendy Johnson

General Government

The General Government Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: public safety; fire; courts; elections; ethics; ADA; libraries; and public contracting.

Chair: Jake Boone - Council President, City of Cottage Grove

Staff Contact: Scott Winkels

Human Resources

The Human Resources Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: collective bargaining; employee benefits; recruiting; hiring and training; and employee records/confidentiality.

Chair: Mel Gregg - Human Resources Director, City of Woodburn

Staff Contact: Scott Winkels

Telecom, Broadband & Cable

The Telecom, Cable and Broadband Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: telecommunications franchising; management of the public right-of-way; advances in telecom technology; and the efficient provision of telecom services.

Chair: Pete Truax - Mayor, City of Forest Grove

Staff Contact: Jim McCauley

Transportation

The Transportation Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: streets and roads; traffic safety; public transit; and rail.

Chair: Greg Evans - Councilor, City of Eugene

Staff Contact: Jim McCauley

Water/Wastewater

The Water/Wastewater Policy Committee reviews policy decisions and recommends legislative positions and strategies related to: water supply and water quality issues, including water conservation, and they safe drinking water program; and the federal Clean Water Act.

Chair: Niki Iverson - Water Reources Manager, City of Hillsboro

Staff Contact: Tracy Rutten

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