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Open Houses and Legislative Concept

Open Houses Scheduled 

Agency staff will be attending 10 Open Houses scheduled throughout the state in an effort to understand better the needs and concerns in local communities and what the agency can do to improve services. All the meetings are held from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, with the exception of Klamath Falls which is scheduled for 9:30 am to noon. The meetings are open, so you can come and go within the scheduled meeting window. We hope you'll attend a local meeting near you!

2023 Marine Board Legislative Concept 

The Marine Board is bringing forward one legislative concept for the 2023 long session that would move current administrative rules for life jacket wear for youth 12 and younger and for operators and riders of personal watercraft to state statute.

The Legislative Process

During even-numbered years, Marine Board staff proposes legislative concepts to its five-member Board based on feedback from stakeholders and partners, to improve recreational boating laws and services. Legislative concepts approved by the Marine Board are submitted to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). After review from DAS, legislative concepts are forwarded to the Governor's Office for consideration. If the Governor's Office approves legislative concepts, they move to Legislative Counsel to be drafted into bills.    

Learn more about the agency, funding, and programs to serve recreational boaters!

Once a legislative concept becomes a bill, it follows this process:
Oregon Legislature graphic on how an idea becomes a bill and the legislative process for a bill to become law


Senate Chamber in the Oregon State Capitol 
To receive bill notifications, visit the Oregon Legislature website, find the bill number for the 2023 session, and select "e-subscribe" to follow bills.