SB 1573: Power From the People
OCVA's mission is to 1) promote voting on annexations and 2) protect citizen involvement in land-use issues. If you're new to our site, we invite you to learn more about OCVA and our mission. If you have questions, items of interest, a link to share, or need help with annexation and growth issues, please contact us.
|What We Do|
OCVA's current priorities:
Want more information about these topics? Use the Issues and Initiatives link in the left margin. Want to learn more about the land use planning community that OCVA is part of? Visit our resource page.
|Land Use News|
A quick look at some of the issues we're following...
|Getting YOUR Right to Vote|
Are you thinking about putting a VoA charter change on the ballot in your town? Read this guide to learn how!
Does your town already vote on annexations? If so, the ordinances that dictate annexation procedures are the key to good annexation policy. Learn the next step: creating a strong Implementing Ordinance.
OCVA continues to fulfill our prime directive: preserving our right to vote on annexations. We have also successfully helped annexation reform such as placing restrictions on "island annexations" (ORS-222.750). And we had some success in addressing growth's impact on schools. Stay current with changes in annexation laws, voting on annexations and much more. Subscribe to OCVA's E-mail alert list!
|Tools You Can Use|
How to Keep Tabs on the Oregon Legislature: Here's the "main door" to the Legislature: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/
Want to know how things work? Check out How an Idea Becomes Law, a summary of the Legislative process.
Want to find out who YOUR Representative or Senator is? Find your legislator
Want to know more about a particular bill? The Oregon Legislative Information System - OLIS - provides almost real-time legislative information on the session, bills and committees. See all of the important events of the day during the session. It's all here: bill text, amendments, measure analyses, committee agendas, meeting materials, recording logs, and committee votes.
Want to keep track of a committee's work or a bill's progress? You can do it using OLIS. At the top of each OLIS page is a set of buttons:
Choose "Bills" or Committees", then find the bill or committee you want.
Once you're on that page, you'll see "Follow this Bill" or "Follow this Committee" at the top rgiht of the page:
Click the "e-Subscribe Email" link, fill in your e-mail address, and click Submit. You'll receive an e-mail whenever there's activity on the bill of committee. Simple!
Need ideas for your messages to leaders? You're in the right place! Follow the Charter Amendment Campaign Responses link to read about common misconceptions about voting on annexations and factual common-sense responses to them.
We believe "thinking points" are better than talking points because thinking points include convincing explanations so you can "bring your audience along" to the understanding that voting on annexations provides many powerful benefits to citizens and communities.
You will find more "thinking points" in studies of the growth impacts on our Documents page. Please consider taking time to read and ponder what others have written. Very soon you will be aware of recurring themes that summarize why voting is so important.
Visit our resources page for links to other activist groups, research reports, articles, legislative scorecards, and more!
|Our Humble Beginnings|
Read "Hostile Takeover," our thrilling history of how OCVA was formed and how we beat back legislative attempts to stop us in our tracks.
·This page last modified on 2014-09-07 14:44.