Citizen's Guide to the Oregon Legislative Process
Oregon's legislative process, unlike some legislatures in the nation, is dominated by legislative committees, where most of the work to shape legislation and public policy is done. Committee members consider the testimony of many groups including Oregon citizens. This page offers many tools to help citizens participate in our legislative process.
Legislative Leaders, links to Senator information, committees and leadership offices.
Legislative Leaders, links to Representative information, committees and leadership offices.
Joint, Senate and House committee information.
and Laws Homepage
Links to bills and laws from 1995 to the present
Types of Legislative Measures
A description of a bill, a Memorial and a Resolution
of Legislative Terms
The glossary of legislative terms is designed to familiarize you with many of the terms and definitions used within the Legislative Assembly
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How to Testify
in Front of Committee
Committees are the heart of Oregon's legislative process. Giving public testimony before a legislative committee can be an exciting and fulfilling experience if you are prepared. Your testimony may influence the committee's action.
How to Testify Video
This is a video production on testifying before a committee. It is approximately 9 minutes.
To watch this video, you must have a computer with a sound card and speakers or a headset and RealOne Player® software on your computer. For system requirements and questions about setting up RealPlayer, see the Technical Support FAQs on the RealNetworks Support Site.
Find Your Legislator
The "Find Your Legislator" page features a search engine that you can use to type in your address and find out who represents you in the House and Senate.
Write Your Legislator
You may email your Legislator by using the "Write Your Legislator" feature. By entering your mailing address, your message will be automatically forwarded to your Representative and or Senator.
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Public Workshop – Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature
Video of the 2013 Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature workshop. The Citizen’s Guide Workshop was taped on February 18, 2013 and is approximately two hours long. The first hour includes a panel of legislators discussing the legislative process and answering questions from audience members. The second hour of the Workshop is focused on a presentation from Oregon State Library staff and describes how to research legislation.
Citizen's Guide Workshop Presentation
This presentation was given during the Feb. 18, 2013 Citizen's Guide Workshop, and includes resources and information on how to research bills in the Legislature.
Contact information and answers to frequently asked questions about the legislature, legislative process other government agencies.
The staff of the Oregon Legislature cannot respond to public requests for legal advice. To understand and protect your legal rights, consult your private lawyer.