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OCVA and Public Affairs
As the Regional Destination Management Organization for the entire Oregon Coast, it’s our privilege and responsibility to work on behalf of tourism industry partners coastwide.
Our public affairs work includes monitoring opportunities and challenges within our industry; monitoring the economic impact of tourism for our communities; tracking bills and advocating for tourism in the Oregon state legislature; communicating the value of tourism to coastal communities and stakeholders; and sharing information and resources with our industry partners.
2023 Oregon Legislative Session
We are tracking several bills in the 2023 Oregon Legislative Session that may have a significant impact on Oregon Coast tourism.
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Bills to watch
Relating to an appropriation for economic development; declaring an emergency.
Appropriates moneys to Oregon Department of Administrative Services for distribution to Oregon Coast Visitors Association to be expended on various projects.
- Read OCVA’s one-page overview of HB 2909
- Read OCVA’s talking points for HB 2909
- Learn more about OCVA’s work on the Ocean Cluster Initiative
Relating to the outdoor recreation economy; declaring an emergency.
Appropriates moneys to Oregon Business Development Department for distribution for purposes related to outdoor recreation economy.
Relating to pandemic relief for Oregon cultural organizations; declaring an emergency.
Allocates moneys to Oregon Business Development Department to develop and implement program to award grants to Oregon cultural organizations and support businesses in response to negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on organizations’ and businesses’ earned revenue.
Relating to the Oregon Coast Trail.
Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Parks and Recreation Department for continued development of Oregon Coast Trail.
- Learn more from the Oregon Trails Coalition
Relating to releases of liability; declaring an emergency.
Provides that operator may require person who engages in sport, fitness or recreational activity in various ways to release operator from claims for ordinary negligence.
- Learn more from Protect Oregon Recreation
- Sign the petition to support Oregon recreation