The legislature legislative session started earlier this month, January 19th to be precise. If this feels a little earlier than the past few years, it is!
Much like so many things in life right now, the 2021 session looks different than past session, as it will be conducted mostly virtually. Marion County, where the Capitol resides is a county in the extreme risk category and as such the state Capitol building is not open to the public right now. However, we will continue to offer ways for you to have an impact on important health issues. As such, we will not be holding our traditional in person volunteer lobby day, but we are exploring possible alternative opportunities for you to connect with your elected leaders. As soon as we know more, we will let you know. One silver lining is that we expect there will be more opportunities than in the past to testify virtually, so if that is something that interests you please let us know.
Given projected budget shortfalls, we anticipate the state will face some tough decisions in 2021. Our work in the 2021 session will be focused in the following three areas:
- Tobacco Control
- Healthy Food Access
- Health equity in COVID-19 recovery
We look forward to working together to build a healthier Oregon. Thank you for your support.
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