Business Advocacy Council

The Chamber is proud to provide key legislative programs as another benefit of partnership. The Business Advocacy Council (BAC) provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state, and federal governmental issues. BAC members review and take positions on a range of business related legislation and issues and vote to approve any legislative positions that align with the board-approved public policy platform.

The BAC meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30am in the Chamber Lobby Conference Room. This meeting is open to all partners, while appointed council members have voting authority.

If you are interested in a formal appointment to the BAC, contact Lorraine Clarno by clicking the “Email Us a Question” icon to the right or her at call 503.350.2006.

Download a Powerpoint Presentation from Business Matters: The Voice of Business

Public Policy Board Handbook 

2017 Bill Watch List РFebruary

2017 Bill Watch List РMarch

2016 Successes:

  • Defeated Measure 97
  • Passed the local Beaverton Public Safety Bond Levy
  • Washington County Vehicle Registration Fee for roads maintenance
  • Beaverton local TLT 4% tax for operations of the soon-to-be Beaverton Center for Performing Arts
  • Passed Measure 98 – CTE for all students and lowering drop out rates

2017 Legislative Agenda

2017 Local Policy Platform

Appointed Council Members for 2017

  • Dianne Danowski Smith, Publix NW – Co-Chair
  • Rhonda Reister, Beaverton Round Executive Suites – Co-Chair
  • Gary Carlson, Law Firm of Gary Carlson & Associates
  • Rebecca Carey-Smith, PGE
  • Randy Ealy, City of Beaverton
  • Keith Hobson, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation
  • Jim McCreight, Past Board chair
  • Christine Moore, Beaverton Valley Times
  • Ron Reichen, Precision Auto body
  • Steve Smelley, PayneWest Insurance
  • Patrick Wheeler, past board chair
  • Lorraine Clarno, BACC President/CEO

The Business Advocacy Council (BAC) provides a basis for the Chamber to act on local, state, and federal governmental issues.