About the Legislative Policy Committee
The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) consists of the voting members of the OSBA board of directors, 20 representatives nominated and elected by local boards (school district, ESD or community college) from 14 regions throughout the state, and a representative selected by the membership of the Oregon School Board Members of Color Caucus (OSBMCC). The vice president of the OSBA board serves as the chair of the LPC and directs its activities in conjunction with OSBA's membership, to whom the Legislative Policy Committee recommends policies and priorities. Individual LPC members report to and are responsive to boards in their region.
The LPC is an incredible opportunity for board members to look deeply at education issues in Oregon and work through the process of guiding OSBA's legislative policies and priorities. LPC members serve as advocates for public education and the legislative agenda that OSBA members adopt. Members promote legislative advocacy among member boards in their regions. They also assist at regional meetings and serve as a resource in the resolution process at the OSBA annual convention.
Essential duties of LPC members
The 41-member Legislative Policy Committee develops OSBA's legislative policies and priorities, which are brought to the membership in the form of a resolution for approval during the election process on even-numbered years. The committee also advises the executive director and staff during legislative sessions and may act on behalf of the association in accordance with those policies. Serving as an LPC member requires several trips to Salem, for which the association pays mileage and associated expenses.
Members of the Legislative Policy Committee have the following responsibilities:
- Attend LPC meetings in January and April of even-numbered years to review, discuss and develop legislative policies and priorities.
- Meet during odd-numbered legislative-session years as directed by the LPC chair to discuss legislative issues and the association's position.
- Participate in and promote the OSBA/COSA Legislative Conference in February of odd-numbered legislative session years.
- Initiate contact with and serve as a resource to legislative representatives and senators within their region on public education issues. As requested by OSBA legislative staff, initiate contacts with key legislators about OSBA legislative issues.
- Serve as an advocate for public education and the OSBA legislative agenda within their region.
- Demonstrate leadership by promoting legislative advocacy among member school boards within their region in support of public education and the OSBA legislative agenda.
- Study current public school issues, review current OSBA legislative policies and priorities and, as part of the committee, develop legislative policies and priorities for review at regional meetings and adoption by OSBA members.
LPC members shall participate in legislative advocacy and boardsmanship training activities, which include the following:
- OSBA fall regional meetings in their region.
- OSBA annual convention and annual membership meeting each November.
- Other OSBA conferences and training sessions, as possible.
To serve on the Legislative Policy Committee, you must:
- Be an active member of your local board within the region nominating you to the LPC.
- Be a member of a local board that is a dues-paying member of OSBA.
- Be nominated by a local board in the region electing you to the LPC.
Term of office
The term of office for Legislative Policy Committee members is two calendar years. There is no limit to the number of terms to which you may be re-elected. Elections are held in the fall in odd-numbered years, at the same time as OSBA board elections.