Energy & Transportation

SB 1547 B Electricity utilities to stop acquiring electricity generated from coal-fired plants

VOTE:NO Passed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1547   SUMMARY: Directs PUC to develop renewable standards eliminating coal and increase renewable power to double that required by the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standards. PERSONAL CHOICE: Utilities can usually pass prudently incurred costs to ratepayers limiting them to a 10% profit. This bill has significant incentives to build solar and wind powered generation capacity…

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Taxes & Fees

HB 4146C increases lodging tax

VOTE:NO Passed Status of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4146   This bill increases state transient lodging tax rate to 1.8% from the current 1%. Amendment C will reduce the tax to 1.5% on July 1, 2020. It requires Oregon Tourism Commission to spend 20% on regional cooperative tourism program, up from 15% and reduces funds for state tourism programs from 80 to 65% requiring that 10% be used…

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 4004 Removes Jason Lee statue from DC

HB 4004 VOTE: NO Died In Committee   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4004     HB 4004 has passed the committee and is awaiting transfer to the House Desk.  Please contact your Legislators both House and Senate, as bills are moving very fast through committees and to a floor vote. A NO vote is asked to allow for more public…

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 4012A Dam removal monitoring projects and funding

VOTE: NO Died In Committee   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4012 Committee assigned to bill:   HB 4012 has been gut and stuffed. HB4012 A would authorize the issuance of lottery bonds to finance water quality monitoring projects related to removal of dams and establish Water Quality Monitoring Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Personal Choice and…

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Salem State Capital

HB 4073A adds secular organizations to solemnize marriages

VOTE:NO Died In Committee Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4073   This bill adds secular organizations to list of persons and entities authorized to solemnize marriages. Personal Choice In 2012 the U.K. Forced Marriage Unit reported 1,485 cases of forced marriage. The AHA Foundation, an advocacy organization founded by vocal women’s rights defenders, helped 54 victims in 2013 out of forced marriages….

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