Get Ready for the 2015 State Legislative Session!

Get Ready for the 2015 State Legislative Session!

Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel


Monday, December 15, 2014
6:00 to 8: 00 p.m.
Portland Building, 2nd floor, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland

This “Advocacy 101” event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for your community or neighborhood during this upcoming 2015 state legislative session and 114th Congress. A panel of elected officials, congressional staff, and professional advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels.


  • Sen. Michael Dembrow (HD 23)
  • Rep. Jennifer Williamson (HD 36)
  • Grace Neal, Field Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • Felisa Hagins, SEIU Local 49

Information you will gain from the panel:

  • How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing your base of membership or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Lobbying do’s and don’ts

For more information or to address accessibility needs:

The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify us by Tuesday, December 9 if you need assistance.

PHONE: (503) 823-3093


TTY: (503) 823-6868

Oregon Relay Service at (800) 735-2900


The event is located on the downtown transit mall next to Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Questions about specific legislative items? How to reach the Mayor and City Commissioners

If you have questions about specific legislative issues please contact City Council offices using this link, which has contact information for City Council offices (see photos of Mayor and Commissioners on right side of page):

Co-Sponsored by:

City of Portland, Office of Mayor Hales, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Government Relations

Elders in Action’s Commission Position on 2014 Ballot Measures

The Elders in Action Commission regularly reviews ballot measures and votes on whether to support, oppose or stay neutral on each measure. In September, they reviewed statewide ballot measures and one City of Portland measure, to determine their stands on each. Below are their endorsements.
In addition to the Commission endorsements and the voter pamphlet mailed to your home, many ballot measures have own web sites developed by opponents and proponents. For Measure 90 and 92, see the Citizen Initiative Review Commission recommendations.

The following are the Elders in Action Commission endorsements:

Measure 88:  Drivers Card – “Safe Roads”

A law creating a four-year driver’s card, shorter than the usual eight years for a driver’s license, for those who meet all qualifications other than proof of legal residence in the United States. This legislation was passed by the 2013 Legislature but citizen opponents obtained enough signatures to refer it to voters for confirmation. A “yes” vote passes it and authorizes the card; a “no” vote rejects it.  Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support

Measure 89:

  Equal Rights Amendment
A constitutional amendment specifically barring discrimination based on gender, a state version of the Equal Rights Amendment for women’s rights once proposed for the U.S. Constitution.Twenty-two states have similar ERA provisions.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support

Measure 90:

Top Two Elections

 A law changing Oregon’s primary election process, which dates to 1904. Instead of registered voters within the two major political parties choosing party nominees, the measure would allow the top two finishers in an all-comers primary to advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. California, Washington and Louisiana use top-two primaries.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Oppose

Measure 91: Marijuana Initiative

A law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, based on regulation and taxation to be determined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. A version failed in 2012, the same year voters in Washington and Colorado approved their own measures. A similar measure is up for a vote in Alaska.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position:  Support


Measure 92: GMO Labeling
A law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods produced and sold in Oregon. Voters in Jackson and Josephine counties approved bans on genetically modified organisms in May, 2014. Vermont is the only state with such a law, but it is being challenged in court.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position: Support

Measure 26-159: City of Portland Parks Bond
This measure would allow the City of Portland to issue up to $68 million in general obligation bonds for capital costs, including repairs and improvements, of facilities owned or operated by Portland Parks & Recreation. A tax of $.0877/1000 in assessed value is in place now but expires in 2015. This measure would extend this tax.
Elders in Action’s Commission Position: Support

For additional information regarding ballot measures go to the Multnomah County Elections Web Page ballot measure summaries.

Help Make Portland Accessible For All – ADA Title II Transition Plan

In an effort to make all City of Portland facilities and programs accessible to all, the City has embarked on a comprehensive Transition Plan process. The Plan identifies barriers which impede access to City facilities that are open to the public.
City facilities were surveyed based on compliance with the current 2010 ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) standards and include: identifying barriers, categorizing barriers (understanding which barrier removal will have the greatest access to a facility), and scheduling the removal of these barriers.
The City’s ADA Title II Transition Plan team surveyed 342 unique facilities, identified roughly 25,000 individual barriers, and has scheduled their removal over time.
A key element of this project is to engage the public and encourage public comment on the draft Transition Plan. There are several ways to get more information and provide comments:

For more information, please contact David Galat: • (503) 823-4072.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact (503) 823-4072, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.


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