The Office of Policy and Analysis coordinates with the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Legislature in biennial budget development, assessing potential legislation, and evaluating and modifying existing statues that would help DEQ better fulfill our mission to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water. The office also serves as the central point of contact for legislators, and their staff, to help constituents find information and assistance from the department.
2021-23 Budget planning
Planning for the 2021-23 two-year state budget cycle is underway. DEQ has developed a focused list of budget requests, known as “policy option packages” that will go before the Legislature when it convenes in January 2021. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic disruption and uncertainty, DEQ continues to uphold its responsibilities to protect and enhance the health of Oregonians and the environment.
For questions or to comment on DEQ's budget and policy proposals, email DEQBUDGET2021@deq.state.or.us
2021-23 budget update
Every two years, DEQ submits an Agency Request Budget to the Governor in early fall, which includes both new funding requests and existing agency operations for the biennium. This becomes the basis of the Governor’s Recommended Budget and is a starting point for discussions during the legislative session. Toward the end of the session, the Legislature adopts a state budget that includes all agency spending plans for the next two years.
2021 Regular legislative session
The Oregon Legislature adjourned the 2021 Regular Session on June 26, 2021. DEQ tracked hundreds of bills during the session. Included in the following report are measures that made it to final passage that either directly impact the agency's work or will likely impact future agency activities.