The LWVOR Legislative Action Team 2021 session priorities:
In this era of COVID-19, we continue to protect democracy. Our priority emphasis is on health, safety,
and providing safety net services to the most vulnerable. With disruption in employment and business, it
is important to do what we can to generate adequate revenue for essential services. Continued work on
the climate emergency and addressing the crises from our 2020 wildfires is integral to Oregon’s future.
PROTECT DEMOCRACY by supporting the legislature’s redistricting process and advocating for an independent citizen redistricting commission. Expand automatic voter registration and fund up-to-date, efficient and secure elections’ software. Support campaign finance reform statutes to implement M 107 state constitutional amendment.
GENERATE ADEQUATE REVENUE for essential services while promoting equitable and progressive tax policy and addressing revenue needs due to COVID-19.
ADVOCATE FOR ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS AND HEALTH CARE REFORMS by preservingadequate Medicaid funding to build on Oregon’s innovation to cover all kids and vulnerable adults. Focus on services for seniors, people with disabilities, and foster youth.
PROMOTE PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURES by seeking practical strategies to achieve police reform, revising mandatory sentencing of adults laws, instituting stronger gun safety regulations.
SUPPORT STRATEGIES TO ASSURE HOUSING FOR ALL by increasing investments in rentalassistance, affordable and homeless housing, preservation, new units and home ownership.
ADDRESS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY by supporting Governor Kate Brown’s 2018-2020 Carbon/Climate Executive Orders, net zero greenhouse emissions before 2050 while ensuring environmental justice with a just transition for workers and impacted communities.
SUPPORT WILDFIRE RECOVERY by addressing drought, housing, water quality, risk mapping andeffects on underserved Oregonians.
Becky Gladstone, LWVOR President, and Alice Bartelt, LWVOR Legislative Action Chair, along with our team of volunteers listed below, are available to provide clarifications on League positions.
Call our office at 503.581.5722 or directly contact portfolio chairs in specific areas listed below. LWVOR Action team members are experienced, unpaid volunteers. Our advocates focus on the broad areas of Climate Emergency, Governance and Protecting Democracy, Human Services, Public Safety, Health Care, Housing, Natural Resources, Education, and Revenue.
Advocates for a variety of policies and budgets that are consistent with the best available climate science
and that will ensure a stable climate system for future generations. (reflect a trajectory consistent with
reducing global atmospheric carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million by the year 2100.) LWVOR
supports the Our Children’s Trust/Crag Environmental Law Center state and federal lawsuits and, we
oppose the Jordan Cove Energy Project.
Portfolio Chair: Claudia Keith,
Tax and Revenue Policy
Addresses fair, equitable, and stable tax and revenue policies to adequately fund services and functions critical to Oregonians, including climate emergency investments. Consider extra revenue needs due to COVID-19 and wildfire for affordable housing and economic recovery for impacted small businesses, communities of color, and undocumented workers.
Portfolio Chair: Josie Koehne,
Human Services, Public Safety, Health Care, Housing
The broad social policy area includes: adult corrections, judiciary, juvenile justice, public safety, instituting
stronger gun safety regulations, health care, mental health, housing, foster care, social services, and
women’s issues. Actively lobbies for anti-poverty programs to help low income and at-risk people move
toward financial stability.
Many volunteers work in this area. Contact them specifically to collaborate:
DHS Human Services and Public Safety: Karen Nibler
Criminal Justice Reform: Barbara Ross
Death Penalty Repeal: Alice Bartelt
Gun Safety: Marge Easley
Health Care and monitoring Universal Health Care Task Force: Bill Walsh
Housing: Nancy Donovan and Debbie Aiona
Women’s Issues: Alice Bartelt
Governance, Protecting Democracy
Governance issues including ethics, efficiency, citizen participation and access, public access law, and
contemporary privacy and technology issues. Election policies include laws and administrative rules,
campaign finance, redistricting, and alternative voting methods.
Portfolio Chair: Norman Turrill,
Citizens' Initiative Review, Marge Easley
Election Security and E-Portal Advisory Board Rep, Becky Gladstone
Immigration and Bias/Hate Crimes, Claudia Keith
Position Research, Ann Potter
Public Access, Paula Krane
Redistricting, Chris Cobey
Voting Methods, Barbara Klein.
Follows student success, early learning, career technical programs (CTE), PK-12 and higher education. We advocate minimizing barriers impacting education for children at risk or historically underserved and underachieving youth.
Portfolio Chair: Chris Vogel,
Works year-round on improved air quality, combating climate change, coastal management, clean energy, proper disposal of hazardous materials and solid waste, conservation, land use, parks, clean and abundant water supply for all, wetlands and other resource preservation, and budgets related to Oregon’s 14 natural resource agencies.
Portfolio Chair: Peggy Lynch,
Air Quality, Susan Mates
Columbia River Treaty, Phillip Thor
Coastal Issues, Christine Moffitt
Drinking-Water Advisory Committee Representative, Amelia Nestler
Forestry, Josie Koehne
Hanford Cleanup Board Representative/Nuclear Waste, Marylou Schnoes
Land Use/Aggregate, Marge Easley
Northwest Energy Coalition Representative, Robin Tokmakian
Pesticides/Toxics, Amelia Nestler
Radioactive Waste, Shirley Weathers
Land Use/Housing, Water Issues and Natural Resource Agency Budgets, Peggy Lynch.