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Cultural Advocacy Coalition 2015 Legislative Report

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2015 Legislative Report On July 6, 2015, at 6:04 p.m. the 79th Session of the Oregon Legislature adjourned “Sine Die.” Over the 155 days of the session, the 90 elected members of the Oregon Legislative Assembly convened the 2015 Legislative Session amid uncertainty around the strength of the Oregon economy, a looming Supreme Court decision regarding the PERS reforms adopted by the legislature in 2014 and investigations into possible misconduct by Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Eleven days after the start of session, Governor Kitzhaber announced his resignation and five days later Secretary of State Kate Brown was sworn in as Oregon’s 38th Governor. While most pundits expected chaos and a rough leadership transition to ensue, Governor Brown moved quickly to solidify her leadership team and to partner with Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney.

Culture in the 2015 Legislative Session

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Cultural Advocacy Coalition 2012 Regular Session Legislative Report

Effective advocacy takes individuals willing to harmonize political communications in concert with a broader community. And so, I want to offer a big thank you to those who attended, and those who presented during Advocacy Day 2012. Thank you for strengthening our coalition with your participation and for helping us remain an effective, unified voice for art, humanities and heritage in Salem. Whether you were able to attend Advocacy Day or not, please take a few minutes to review the Cultural Advocacy Coalition’s legislative report from this recent sessionl. And, please contact us if you have any questions or comments. Despite tight schedules we had outstanding legislative participation and want to extend our appreciation to legislators who spoke with our full group in the final busy weeks of this session. These legislators clearly articulated the process and the politics of the 2013 Legislative Session and took time out of

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