Monday, January 14th marked the first day of the 2019 legislative session! Regular session activities will start on Tuesday, January 22nd after a week of trainings for new and returning legislators.
We need your help! Join us for an exciting day at the Oregon State Capitol on March 13, 2019! We will meet with lawmakers to discuss the American Heart Association's priority issues that are vital to building a healthier Oregon.
Prior lobbying experience is not needed. Training and lunch will be provided for attendees. You can RSVP by clicking here.
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Just as in years past, we have a very aggressive public policy agenda! 2019 priorities include:
- Tobacco Tax: Increase the Oregon state cigarette excise tax as a proven mechanism to reduce smoking, especially among kids, and to support funding for tobacco prevention and education efforts.
- Tobacco Control Program Funding: Re-secure sustainable public funding for state tobacco prevention and cessation programs to support local counties and cities in their efforts to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco on their communities.
- Healthy Food Access: Secure on-going funding to institutionalize the Oregon Double Up Your Bucks program to provide SNAP recipients with additional money to spend specifically on fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and rural grocery stores and work to expand the WIC program with state funding to keep children until 6 instead of 5 to maintain food assistance coverage until more kids are likely in school based nutrition programs.
- Stroke Transport and Triage Protocol: Enact statewide standards for the formal recognition Stroke facility designations and the development and implementation of transport protocols for stroke patients in accordance with AHA criteria.
In years past, our advocates have helped save lives by winning major policy victories for Oregonians including raising the age for purchasing tobacco to 21; ensuring all Oregon students learn CPR before graduating; requiring all newborns be screened for congenital heart defects; and securing funding for tobacco control and physical education.
Hope you can join us for what should be an important day at the Capitol!