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Advocating for Parks and Recreation Interests in Oregon

ORPA maintains a robust advocacy program providing a voice for Oregon park and recreation interests at the state and federal levels.  ORPA maintains an active presence before the Oregon State Legislature and key state agencies.  The association also maintains regular communication with Oregon's congressional delegation. 


Click here  to review ORPA's 2020 Legislative Platform.

Click Here to review ORPA's 2019 Legislative Session Report

Click here to review ORPA's 2018 Legislative Session Report.

Click here to review ORPA's 2017 Legislative Session Report.


2018 Legislative Session Activities

What a strange session….in the months leading up to it, people, policymakers and the press opined about too much being done in a short session. Policy changes from “cap and trade” to paid medical leave to a constitutional change making health care a right, were of a magnitude that vetting and perfecting in 35 days was called unreasonable, irresponsible, and improper.

It turned out to be impossible.

The take-away from session came on the last day as legislators who are retiring offered remarks to their colleagues with floor speeches. Every one of them noted the brilliance and productivity of the session when the House was split 30-30 and Democrats and Republicans had equal control, divided responsibilities, shared burdens and jointly celebrated success. As we move into 2019 with a longer session and more capacity for issues, arguments, stalemates and divides, it would be good to remember their words and move Oregon and her citizens onward.


2017 Legislative Session Activities

Amazingly, 2,827 bills were introduced in the 79th assembly of the Oregon legislature, more than 1,000 passed, but just eight of the 2,827 will be used by the public and the press to measure success: Four that passed: transportation package, health provider tax, pay equity and a statewide work schedule mandate. Four that did not: revenue reform, tenant protections, paid family leave and PERS fixes.

While not as large as originally proposed, the overdue statewide transportation package passed with bi-partisan leadership and support. The package raises $5.3 billion in the next decade and is dedicated to reducing congestion, increasing alternate transportation options, investing in maintenance and preservation, improving safety of existing infrastructure, and ensuring ODOT accountability. A gas tax is at the heart of the package that comes with some twists:

  • A phased in gas tax increase that adds 4 cents January 2018, and 2 cent additions in 2020, 2022, and 2024.
  • A tiered increase in title and registration fees based on vehicle fuel efficiency, including a surcharge of $110 for electric vehicles (reasoning is that vehicles that use less fuel still do the same damage to roads but do not pay their share through gas tax; however, the package also provides incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles).
  • A statewide payroll tax of 0.1 percent to pay for mass transit.
  • A bicycle tax of $15 on bicycles costing more than $200.
  • A dealer privilege tax of 0.5 percent on new vehicle purchases.

Substantial improvements for the state’s bridges and culverts, ConnectOregon multimodal funding, and Safe Routes to School programs are also funded in the package. And to help secure Republican support, caps on fuel cost increases resulting from the Clean Fuels program were added.


ORPA Legislative Committee

The ORPA Legislative Committee plays an essential part in ORPA's advocacy efforts in cooperation with the association's Legislative Advocate and Association Director. 

During the Oregon legislative session, the committee meets regularly to review and take positions on legislation affecting the parks and recreation field in Oregon.  Committee members also provide testimony on critical legislation and promote parks and recreation interests through one-on-one meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and agency personnel.  On an ongoing basis, committee members act as policy advisors to ORPA's Legislative Advocate, Association Director, and board of directors.  The committee also develops ORPA's annual legislative platform and plans the ORPA Day at the Capitol.

Click below to contact ORPA's legislative leadership with your legislative concerns, questions, and suggestions. 

Don Horton, Legislative Committee Chair

Michael Klein, Association Director

Cindy Robert, ORPA Legislative Advocate


2018 ORPA Legislative Committee Members



Don Horton, Bend Park & Recreation District


Ivan Anderholm, Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation

Scott Archer, North Clackamas Park & Recreation District

Brian CarrollLinn County Parks

MG Devereux, Oregon Park and Recreation Dept. Liaison

Larry Fetter, City of Hermiston

Jennifer Holland, Sisters Park & Rec. District

Bob Keefer, Sisters Park & Rec. District

Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks

Michael Wargo, Willamalane Park & Recreation Dist.

Aisha Panas, Tualatin Hills Park & Rec. District

Rochelle Parsch, Oregon City Parks & Recreation

Justin Patterson, Northwest Playground

Jim Row, Woodburn Community Services

Stu Spence, La Grande Parks & Recreation

Hasina Squires

Frank Stratton, SDAO

Eric Wold, City of Eugene Parks & Open Spaces



Cindy Robert, ORPA Legislative Advocate

Michael Klein, ORPA Association Director



Legislative Links / Information

Oregon State Legislature | Learn about the state legislature, the legislative process, and the status of bills

Find Your Legislator | Identify state and federal legislators by address

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