Oregon Legislative Information
Key Sources of Oregon Legislative Information
The State of Oregon has a citizen legislature consisting of the Senate whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms, and the House of Representatives which has 60 members elected for two-year terms. In the last General Election, voters approved a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to meet annually. Now the Legislative Assembly will have a 160 day session in odd-numbered years and a 35 day session in even-numbered years. It will convene January 10, 2011 for an organizational session of a few days and then reconvene February 1 for the regular session.
Oregon State Legislature http://www.leg.state.or.us/
Contains links to names, district, and contact information of legislators, bills/laws, bill status, bill history, committees, schedules, committee summaries of bills, and a searchable site index. This is the basic source of legislative information, including live streaming audio and video for Senate and House chambers and committee hearing rooms.
Specific Online Sites
Oregon State Senate http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/
Oregon House of Representatives http://www.leg.state.or.us/house/
Bills and Laws http://www.leg.state.or.us/bills_laws/
Capitol Information http://www.leg.state.or.us/capinfo/
Oregon Governor’s Office http://www.oregon.gov/
Oregon Pediatric Society http://oraap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/moc/indexEntry.cfm
Helpful Contact Information
Legislative Information and Citizen Access Lines 1-800-332-2313 or 503-986-1187
Room Scheduling 503-986-1384Contact
Katharine Zuckerman, MD, FAAP | Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org
A wide variety of publications are available in Room 49 of the Capitol including bill copies, House and Senate Measure History, Index to Legislative Measures, the daily Legislative Schedule, and “Quick” cards that list names, districts, room locations, and phone numbers for Senators and Representatives. There is also a Quick card for all Capitol offices.
Note that the time and location of committee meetings/hearings can change unexpectedly. It’s useful to check the latest committee agenda online or call committee staff to verify details. Once in the Capitol, you will find the most current agenda related to scheduled committee meetings /hearings posted on notice boards near the information kiosk and outside the hearing room.