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New Transparency Rules

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The Oregon House of Representatives on Monday, January 14th, passed three rule changes in the interest of transparency entering the 80th Legislative Assembly.

These changes were submitted to House leadership by a bipartisan group of legislators: Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene), Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio), Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D- Portland) and Rep. Ron Noble (R-McMinnville). The group made these recommendations after close consultation over the past month with the Chief Clerk.

“This is a positive step to bring greater transparency to the business of the House,” Holvey said.“These rule changes are in the public interest and will provide Oregonians a better understanding of which legislators and stakeholders are proposing bills in the Capitol.”

The first will require all amendments submitted to policy bills bear the name of a member or stakeholder group. Currently, committee amendments can be anonymous (8.23).

Secondly, a change will require that all committee bills bear the name of a member or stakeholder group that has requested the bill. This will apply to all bills filed with the Chief Clerk effective January 22, 2019. Currently, there is no such requirement for stakeholders to be identified on any measure introduced by a committee (12.10).

“The cumulative impact of these two rule changes will eliminate anonymous measures or amendments when originating in House policy committees,” Sprenger said. “Transparency is not a partisan issue, and I was glad to see leadership take up these changes so swiftly.”

Additionally, new rules will require at least one hour must pass during the short session before the House can act on a bill that has returned with changes from the Senate. This change (11.01) will align the House rules with the Senate rules during short sessions, allowing more time to review measures prior to voting.

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Happy New Year!

May the New Year bring happiness, peace, and prosperity.

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LWV Umpqua Valley’s board of directors wishes all county residents a happy and prosperous 2018. We thank you for your support and
we vow to continue to address the needs of the community here in Douglas County, Oregon, mainly through open communication and shining light on issues.

May our respect for one another engender dialogue, cooperation, and understanding. 

The Board of Directors, LWVUV

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Perfect Weather for a Garden Tour!

There’s going to be almost perfect weather for a self-guided 2017 Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, June 17!

Get your tickets now from these fine locations!

See places like this for one day only! $15 per person.

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Thank you for a Great Year!

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Thank you to all of our supporters and members. Without you, Douglas County would not be such a great place to live!

We wish to convey our sincere thanks — from the LWV Umpqua Valley Board.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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#GivingDecember

We’ve sent a letter to our faithful contributors and members. Please consider us for a yearend gift.

The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley has accomplished much in the past year. We’ve addressed gun safety, public-safety-mtg-2-18-15health care, mental health court, and the importance of services to young children. We recently sponsored an event at Umpqua Community College on Early Childhood Education and Care.

While we hold our annual membership drive at the end of each year, we would also like to reach out to those who would like to support our work with a year-end contribution.

This is an opportunity to bolster democracy in Douglas County by supporting an organization that does not promote or oppose political parties or candidates EVER. The League is an “issues” organization. We stand up for issues that affect all of us, from clean water to government transparency, to childhood education, and much more.

Please consider giving a generous year-end donation to support your local League of Women Voters. See directions below to make it tax-deductible. If you do not desire a tax deduction, make your check out to LWV Umpqua Valley or LWVUV. Either way, pleasemail your check to:

LWV Umpqua Valley
PO Box 2434
Roseburg, OR 97470

**If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please make your check out to LWVOR* and in the memo write ‘For LWVUV’. You will receive an acknowledgment in the mail.

*The League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) just ‘consolidated’ with its 501(c)(3), formerly the League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund, and is now fully tax-deductible organization under the IRS, State Corporation Division and Department of Justice.

Thank you for your support! We are looking Forward to Another Strong Year!

Happy Holidays From the Board of Directors & Thank You!

League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley

Jennifer Carloni, President
Tina Arredondo
Sally McKain
Nancy Farris
Robin Wisdom