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.