Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2503 Regulates hunting ammunition and fishing gear by Legislature

VOTE: NO In Committee upon adjournment Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2503 This bill vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislature, except that Dept of Fish and Wildlife may dictate caliber and rounds that may be in a firearm. Personal Choice Takes away personal control of caliber and rounds that may be in a firearm, which…

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2653A Establishes beekeeping standards

Establishes standards for those that own or are in charge of five or more colonies of bees located within this state.

Salem State Capital

HJR 31 Legislative impeachment powers

SJR 31 is a bill establishing a means for the state to impeach an executive who has committed heinous crimes against the citizens of Oregon.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2012 Increases Oregon minimum wage

HB 2012 Increases Oregon minimum wage rate in graduated steps to $13.50 per hour by 2017. Amending ORS 653.025.

Salem State Capital

HB 3483A Adding secular organization to solemnize marriage

HB 3483A Secular organizations and legislators to list persons and entities authorized to solemnize marriages.

Education

HB 2158 Corporate Excise Tax Rates Based on HS Graduation Rates

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Provides for increase in personal income and corporate excise tax rates to fund the School Improvement Fund based on high school graduation rate.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3554 creates GMO free market production district formation

Expands the authority of Department of Agriculture to establish tighter controls on GMO ‘commodity plants’ including eradicating or excluding GMO plants, and establishes labeling requirements for GMO seeds.

Education

SJR 2 Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution; transfers tax revenues to state school fund for K-12 public education.

Removes the current law that excess personal income tax revenues should be returned to personal income taxpayers. Refers proposed amendment to voters in next regular general election.

Elections

HB 3475 National Popular Vote

HB 3475 will enact Oregon as a member of the Interstate Compact for agreement among the states to elect the President by National Popular Vote.

Healthcare

HB 2758A Abortion not reported to policy holder

Vote :NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Prohibits disclosure of sensitive information to other than enrollee, will allow minor to have parents insurance pay for services, IE abortion without parents being informed of the nature of the fees.

Healthcare

HB 3357 Hospital fines

Hospital to pay $250,000 for each year it does not offer medicine residency program

Salem State Capital

HB 2005A Mandatory paid sick leave

Amended to make changes to allow circumstances for paid sick time for employees. Requires all employers with six of more employees to implement paid sick time with consequences to the economy.

Salem State Capital

SB 454A Requires sick time for employees

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Requires employers with six or more full-time employees to implement sick time, but small employers can provide leave without pay.

Education

HB 2662 “Pay It Forward” program and fund

HB 2662 establishes a “Pay it Forward” program which would provide approved applicants funding to cover tuition and other costs relating to their education.

Salem State Capital

HB 2478B HB 3231 Redefines laws for marriage and parents.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Redefines laws for marriage and parents and makes statutory changes to achieve gender neutral language with respect to legally recognized marriages.

Education

SB 709B Allows non-residents of school district to attend school

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Intended to “simplify” the transfer vs. Open Enrollment process by merging them into one system.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 941 Requires dealer background check on ALL private firearm sales

Vote :NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Will require a background check in person at gun dealer for all private firearm sales and transfers except at gun shows where the seller may still do the background check directly with OSP by phone.

Healthcare

SB 631 Health Care for All

SB6 31 replaces the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange and creates a new administration called the Oregon Health Care for All Oregon Board.

Education

SB 556 Prohibits use of expulsion to address truancy.

Vote :NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Disallows expulsion from the public schools for truancy.

Energy & Transportation

HB 3415A 10-Year moratorium on hydraulic-fracturing

This bill replaces HB 3415 to conduct a review of statutes and rules applicable to best practices and standards for hydraulic fracturing reporting recommendations by 9/15/2016.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 202 Establishes Oregon Academy of Sciences

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Establishes Oregon Academy of Sciences as nonprofit corporation to serve as principal source of scientific investigation at request of the Governor and Legislature.

Education

HB 2616 Establishes state apprenticeship education and training fund.

Establishes a State Apprenticeship Education and Training fund to be overseen by the Bureau of Labor and Industry.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 945 Criminalizes endangering a minor by access to a firearm

Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2092A Zero-Emission-Incentive Fund

Establishes Zero-Emission Incentive Fund used to auction tax credits and give rebates for zero emission vehicles or alternative fuels vehicles.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 3250 carbon cap-and-dividend program

Requires a carbon cap-and-dividend program be adopted.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2718 increases fees for fertilizer products

Increases limit on annual registration fees and inspection fees for fertilizer, agricultural amendment, agricultural mineral and lime products

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 3470A adopts statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits

Requires the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits for years 2020 and 2050 and to adopt interim statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits consistent with 2050 limit every five years.

Energy & Transportation

SB 824A Repowers or retrofits diesel engines

SB824 Requires certain public improvement contracts to contain and reserve one percent of total contract price for performing repowers or retrofits of certain diesel engines used in course of performing contract.

Education

HB 3380 Early learning division to administer preschool program

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Directs the Early Learning Division to administer a preschool program. Prescribes the requirements of program.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2537 Increases damages for unlawful killing of wildlife.

Indirectly puts every wild animal on the “endangered species” list

Education

SJR 18 New sales tax to fund education support fund.

Proposes a new sales tax to fund an education support fund.

Economic Development & Land Use

SB 830A Rules for motorized placer mining

Will limit mining permits only to one type of motorized equipment to the exclusion of other types.

Education

HB 3166 Establishes standards to hire non-licensed persons to teach non-core working skills classes.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Establishes standards for school districts to hire non-licensed persons with appropriate skills to teach non-core working skills classes.

Economic Development & Land Use

SB 942A Removes Jason Lee statue

Self explanatory.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 248 Includes state forester on contracts

Vote:YES – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Authorizes State Forester to enter into and administer contracts for activities necessary or convenient for sales of timber from lands owned or managed by State Board of Forestry or State Forestry Department.

Education

SB 819 Increases amount school districts pay public charter schools.

If this does increase the number of charter schools, it will give more choice and responsibility to parents and students.

Education

SB 487 Disclosure of teacher’s termination to potential employers

Directs school districts to forward documentation relating to charges of teacher’s termination to independent entity for disclosure to potential educational employers.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SJM 10 designates National Heritage Area and funds Willamette Falls Locks

Urges Congress to designate Willamette Falls and surrounding communities as National Heritage Area and increases land use bureaucracy and decreases property rights.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 3444, HJM 13, HB 3240 transfer title of federal lands to State of Oregon

These bills promote transferring the title of certain federal public lands back to the State of Oregon.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2632 Encourages solar energy production

Self explanatory.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2054 expands damages arising from interference with forest practices

Increases ability to recover damages from protesters for damages and court costs they cause.

Education

SB 897 English as Second Language

Allows Dept of Education to pull up to $50 million from the State School Fund for ESL and world language immersion programs whether the students need it or not.

Education

HB 3308 Work group on disparities in higher education

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
In essence; directs universities to pick winners and losers by favoring a select group of individuals.

Healthcare

HB 3352 Provides pathway to recovery

HB 3352 bill provides low income citizens that have become addicted to drugs or alcohol a pathway to recovery.

Education

HB 2847 ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Requires ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction to high school students and their families regarding types of loans available for post-secondary education, an apparent duplication of many already in place programs.

Education

HB 2835 Adoption of common core becomes a School District decision

Makes the adoption of the common core a School District decision — not a state decision.

Healthcare

HB 2626A/SB 336A Lottery bonds to fund school-based health facilities

HB 2626A – SB 336A VOTE: NO Referred to Ways and Means   House Committee On Health Care HB 2626A & SB 336A – Referred to Ways and Means with Do Pass Authorizes State Treasurer to issue lottery bonds to finance grants to school districts to pay for acquisition, construction or improvement of school-based health centers. HB 2626A asks for $4 million…

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Education

HB 2750 Requires application for apprenticeship to graduate HS

Requires students to complete and submit application for apprenticeship program or to a post-secondary institution of education, in order to receive a high school diploma.

Education

HB 2186 Core teaching standards apply to public charter schools

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Provides that core teaching standards apply to public charter schools jeopardizing charter schools flexibility

Education

HB 3046 Waiver for public charter school application process if fits school district goals

Grants waiver of public charter school application process if application fits school district board’s goals — i.e., district does not have to use objective and fair criteria in the current law.

Education

HB 2524 Minimum percentage of college students must be Oregon residents

Requires a minimum percentage of college students must be Oregon residents.

Education

HB 2624 Sets up new learning experience for secondary education students

Sets up new bureaucracy to provide new learning experience for secondary education students.

Elections

HB 2176 Transforms Oregon Elections

Eliminates cut-off date for voter registration and requirement to provide residence address.

Salem State Capital

SB 27 Removes county clerk accountability

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Eliminates county fiscal accountability and increases fee for performing marriage by a county official by over 300%.

Healthcare

HB2071 Reinstates assessment on health benefit plan premiums

VOTE: NO In committee not scheduled   Posted on TTV HERE HB2071  repeals sections 3a and 8, chapter 867, Oregon Laws 2009 provides revenue raising related to the reinstatement of health insurance plan premiums assessments by Public Employees’ Benefit Board. Personal Choice This bill may not directly diminish personal choice but would most likely affect the health insurance premium costs related to…

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2004 repeals local minimum wage requirements

Repeals state preemption of charter and statutory authority of local governments to set minimum wage requirements; declares an emergency

Salem State Capital

HB 2476 Gives Governor authority over agency rulemaking

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Authorizes Oregon Department of Administrative Services to adopt by rule uniform policies or procedures.

Education

SB 112 Establishes career and technical education investment council

Establishes Career and Technical Education Investment Council to train students in vocational and technical studies, collaborating with local businesses and industries.

Education

SB 81 Requires certain tuition at community college be waived if person meets specified criteria.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
In essence; does away with tuition fees and offers a “free” course of studies at community colleges.

Education

HB 2772 Ensures grant money/funds shared by public school districts with charter schools.

Ensures grant money and other funds are shared properly by public school districts with charter schools.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HB 3092 Creates crime of online impersonation

Creates crime of online impersonation.

Education

HB 2680 Prohibits use of statewide assessment to rate schools

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
An effort by the OEA association to disallow the use of the increasingly expensive school assessment results to be used in evaluating schools, teachers, or administrators.

Education

HB 2714 Allows students to be excused from statewide assessments

Requires school district to provide alternative method for assessment allowing parents to opt-out of state assessments.

Education

HB 2928 Establishes task force on class size

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Establishes Task Force on Class Sizes to determine appropriate class sizes of students, identify methods to reduce class sizes and determine cost for methods to reduce class sizes.

Education

HB 3063 Intro: Appropriates moneys to the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 385 Prohibits weapons in justice and municipal court

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Adds to the list of places that those with a concealed carry permit may not carry.

Education

HB 2655: Limits arbitrary power of school children to be tested at will.

Vote:YES – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Limits the arbitrary power of the state to test at will. Gives parents some control of if and how their children will be tested.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 86 Authorizes firearms training facility

Allows establishment of firearms training facility on lot or parcel that is in exclusive farm zone, forest zone or mixed farm and forest zone, and that is not within city or urban growth boundary.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 5003 Establishes fees for nursery and greenhouse growers

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Approves certain new fees adopted by State Department of Agriculture on nursery and greenhouse operations.
These fees will come from rural areas that can’t absorb the expense.

Elections

HB 2177 Automatic Voter Registration

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
State will ascertain data from the DMV and automatically register drivers to vote!

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 324 Repeals sunset on low carbon fuel standards.

Vote:NO – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Proposes a constitutional amendment to ‘allow’ carbon taxes, and raise the tax on Oil and Natural Gas

Education

HB 2170 Reduces average membership for students in virtual public charter school for making State School Fund distributions.

Lowers funding to on-line independent charter schools. It protects on-line public schools like Tigard-Tualatin On-line Academy.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2082 Imposes carbon tax

Imposes tax on each fuel supplier and utility based on amount of carbon.

Economic Development & Land Use

HJR 11 Raises tax on oil and natural gas

Removes limitation of six percent of market value on rate of taxes imposed on oil or natural gas.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2503 Places authority for ammunition and fishing gear with legislature

Vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislative Assembly with specified exceptions.

Economic Development & Land Use

HJR 10 Amends Constitution to impose taxes on carbon emissions

Amends the Oregon Constitution allowing Legislative Assembly to impose taxes on carbon emissions for purpose of funding reductions in carbon emissions and carbon fuel use.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 176 Prohibits courts from applying Sharia Law

Prohibits courts from applying Sharia law.

Education

SB 215 removes sunset on Oregon Education Investment Board

Removes the Sunset on Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and adds their control over the entire education system.