ORPA: Advocating for Parks and Recreation
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 and sends a delegation to Washington, DC every year to lobby during the National Recreation and Park Association's Legislative Forum.
Click here to review ORPA's 2013 Report of Legislative Activities.
Click here to review ORPA's 2013 Legislative Platform.
ORPA Legislative Committee: The ORPA Legislative Committee plays a vital role in ORPA's advocacy efforts. During the Oregon legislative session, the committee meets on a regular basis to review and take positions on legislation that affects the parks and recreation field. Committee members provide testimony on critical legislation and promote parks and recreation in one-on-one meetings with legislators, legislative staff, and agency personnel. On an ongoing basis, committee members act as policy advisors to ORPA's lobbyist, executive director, and board of directors. The committee also develops ORPA's annual legislative platform and plans the ORPA Day at the Capitol.
Contact Don Horton, ORPA Legislative Committee Chair, executive director Stephanie Redman, or contract lobbyist Elizabeth Howe, with your legislative concerns, questions, and suggestions.
2013 ORPA Legislative Committee Members
Legislative Committee Chair: Don Horton, Bend Park & Recreation District
Ivan Anderholm, Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation
Brian Caroll, Linn County
Justin Cutler, Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District
Jim Desmond, Metro
MG Devereux, Oregon Park and Recreation Dept.
Ed Hodney, Albany Parks & Recreation
Jeroen Kok, Clackamas County
Bob Keefer, Willamalane Park & Recreation District
Steve Lambert, Jackson County Parks
Jim McElhinny, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District
Rochelle Parsch, Oregon City Parks & Recreation
Justin Patterson, Metro
Bruce Ronning, retired
Jim Row, Woodburn Community Services
Elizabeth Howe, ORPA Lobbyist
Stephanie Redman, ORPA Executive Director
Legislative Links / Information:
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