2024 Oregon Legislative Session is Here
Help us promote legislation that protects health and the environment
The Legislative Committee of the Oregon Chapter is primed for the 2024 short session of the Oregon Legislature beginning on February 5 and ending on March 10. Now is the strategic time to contact legislators as they craft and debate bills.
As the Legislative Committee, we will:
- Testify on bills in person and virtually
- Write letters to legislators advocating our positions on various bills
- Meet with legislators to discuss issues
- Send out alerts to supporters on critical issues to contact their representatives
- Work with allies on shared goals
You can be a part of this important effort! If you are new to lobbying, no worries! We offer training on how to lobby and submit testimony.
Our 2024 legislative priorities are:
- Responsible housing development and ecosystem protection: We need to address the housing shortage crisis with responsible development that doesn’t compromise Oregon’s Urban Growth Boundary. Other important ecosystem initiatives include marine reserves and beaver habitat.
- Climate resilience: Protecting Oregonians from the immediate and long term impacts of climate change can be accomplished with wildfire and community resilience funding through a timber severance tax, strengthening Oregon’s emission reduction targets, divesting the Oregon treasury from coal investments, and adding $15 million in funding for the Oregon Healthy Homes Repair Fund.
- Defending democracy: Recent years have made it clear that the Oregon legislature’s quorum rules are still broken, so it is time for a simple majority quorum. We would also like to see environmental champions in leadership positions in the Oregon legislature, and see funding for an environmental caucus staff position. Establishing a state bank will promote sustainable investment, unlock federal funds, and most importantly be accountable to the people.
- Sustainable and affordable technology: Making sure Oregonians have affordable access to sustainable solutions large and small, including the Right to Repair electronics, $20 million in low- and middle-income funding for electric vehicles, and responsible infrastructure development including battery storage and offshore wind.
For an excellent summary of what happened during the 2023 session, check out Mixed Environmental Results in Walkout–Shortened Legislative Session.
Make sure to opt in to the Legislative Committee’s email list (sign-up here or below) to stay up to date on these key issues. YOU can help us make a difference in shaping a brighter, more equitable, and more sustainable Oregon!
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Oregon Chapter 2024 Legislative List
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