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File #: 20-4    Version: 1
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 1/6/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/27/2020
Title: Update on the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session. Ward(s): All Wards Councilor(s): All Councilors Neighborhood(s): All Neighborhoods
Attachments: 1. 2020 Legislative Policy Statements, 2. 2020 Legislative Calendar
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TO:                      Mayor and City Council   

FROM:                      Legislative Committee  





Update on the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session.  


Ward(s): All Wards    

Councilor(s): All Councilors    

Neighborhood(s):  All Neighborhoods    





Information only. 






Information only.





The Oregon State Legislature will convene February 3, 2019 for a 35-day session. Before any official representing the City of Salem can attempt to influence legislation on a particular matter, during the interim or a legislative session, the City Council must adopt an official position related to that matter. To make the best use of Council and staff resources, and position the City to respond more expeditiously to moving legislation, the Council approves policy statements which are intended to guide public officials and the City's contracted lobbyist in responding to and formulating positions on issues expected to come before the Oregon Legislature.   




At the December 9, 2019 meeting, the Salem City Council approved the attached legislative policy statements for the interim legislative session and authorized the City Council Legislative Committee to act on behalf of the Council in adopting positions on bills outside the scope of the policy statements (Attachment 1).

Council also approved the following list of policy priorities from which staff or Salem’s lobbyist may advocate including the following:

                     Funding capital projects to protect Salem’s drinking water

                     Support for timely Department of Revenue implementation of local government initiated payroll tax measures

                     Funding for local government to reduce hardships that lead to homelessness and chronic homelessness such as support for:

o                     Mobile crisis intervention, a navigation center, and sobering center pilot projects,

o                     Additional funding support for mental health, and

o                     Additional funding for permanent supportive housing.

                     Support for the Yaquina Hall affordable housing project to mitigate costs of delay in schedule and loss of tax credits, such as donation of the building and funding the $1.5 million gap

                     Support on two initiatives from Marion County which benefit Salem as well: (1) Court Care, childcare in domestic abuse situations, and (2) preservation of mobile home parks. 

The Council requested informational updates on the Legislative Committee’s activities at each City Council meeting beginning January 27, 2020 through March 23, 2020.  The 2020 Legislative Session is from February 3 through March 8, 2020, with bills scheduled to drop by January 17, 2020 (Attachment 2).  The Legislative Committee will kick off this short session January 24, 2020.  The Committee may meet February 7, February 21 and March 6, or more frequently as needed.  The Legislative Committee’s business is scheduled to take place after the City Council agenda and packet have been released.  As a result, the City Council updates for February 10 Council meeting will report on the Legislative Committee’s activities for January 24.


To continue a coordinated and unified response during the upcoming session, the Mayor and Councilor are asked to communicate the nature of their legislative contacts to staff via an email to the Courtney Knox Busch ( <>).  The email should identify the date of the legislative contact, the delegate(s) with whom contact was made, bill(s) discussed, and a summary of the position(s) and comments shared. Staff will forward the communication to contracted legislative consultant, the Legislative Committee and City Council as appropriate. 



                     Courtney Knox Busch     

                     Strategic Initiatives Manager    



1. 2020 Legislative Policy Statements

2. 2020 Legislative Calendar