Energy & Transportation

SB 1547 B Ceases Electric Utilities From Acquiring Electricity From Coal-Fired Plants

Vote NO – Passed – Directs PUC to develop renewable standards eliminating coal and increase renewable power to double that required by the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Taxes & Fees

HB 4146C Increases Lodging Tax

VOTE:NO – Passed – Increases state transient lodging tax rate.

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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Salem State Capital

HB 4127 Redefines marriage

VOTE:NO Passed Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4073 This bill makes changes to statutes adding gender neutral language regarding marriage. Redefines "marriage" as between two individuals legally recognized under the laws of this state. Personal Choice The State Constitution is "The People's" voice. This bill bends the voice of the people until it is in direct opposition to the constitution.   Limited…

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Salem State Capital

HB 4011A Reclassifies OR State Hospital employees as police

VOTE:NO Died In committee Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4011   This bill as amended provides that employees of Oregon State Hospital qualify as police officers under Public Employees Retirement System. Declares emergency Personal Choice Increases taxpayer's burden by 20% for Oregon State Hospital employees to support PERS and give added benefits. Periodically, the number add to the police classification grows and is…

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Economic Development & Land Use

SB 1582B Fast Track Housing Program for affordable housing

VOTE: NO Passed   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1582# Committee assigned to bill:   SUMMARY: This bill as amended creates the Local Innovation and Fast Track Housing Program (LIFT) to allow housing to be purchased or rented with state assistance making available needed housing for low-income households. Declares emergency. Personal Choice Increases available housing for low-income households at a large…

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Salem State Capital

SB 1510B TriMet Taxes

Vote NO – Died in Committee – Allows TriMet to tax citizens in its transit district.

Energy & Transportation

HB 4037 Directs Oregon Business Development Department to establish incentivize solar energy program.

VOTE:NO Passed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4037 This bill directs Oregon Business Development Department to establish program to incentivize solar energy. Establishes Solar Incentivization Fund for purposes of program. Sunsets 1/2/2023. Declares an emergency. Free Markets: Bill creates a program that will incentivize generating electricity from solar energy, an effort that incentivizes an agenda rather than following a free market policy….

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 4006 Establishes Task Force on Economic Development

VOTE: NO Died In committee   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4006 Sumary: Establishes Task Force on Economic Development. Sunsets task force on December 31, 2017. Declares emergency, effective on passage Fiscal Responsibility HB 4006  establishes a Task Force on Economic Development.  Government economic development is a welfare scheme used to redistribute public funds to private sector projects.      Local Control HB 4006  eliminates local authority…

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Energy & Transportation

SB 1521 Excise tax on employees

VOTE:N0 Died in Committee Status of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1521   Personal Responsibility: ORS 267.385 authorizes districts to impose an excise tax on certain employers’ gross payroll by ordinance. If passed this bill would amend 267.385 to – in effect – remove an employee’s right to vote on a new tax or tax increase. Fiscal Responsibility: The bill limits the expenditure of the taxes authorized…

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Education

HB 4119 Supports School Choice

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Removes sunset on provisions that allow students whose legal residence is not within school district to attend school in district as resident if student receives written consent. Removes sunset on authority of institution of higher education to sponsor public charter school. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Energy & Transportation

SB 1509 Modifies public purpose charges on electric bills.

VOTE:NO Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1509   Provides that funding for cost-effective energy efficiency measures, market transformation measures, new renewable energy resources and low-income weatherization is subject to ratemaking processes of Public Utility Commission.  Declares emergency.   Free Markets: The increased consumer rates authorised by this bill will be used to assist the introduction of new, more expensive renewable…

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Economic Development & Land Use

HB 4126 amendments of urban growth boundaries

VOTE: YES Passed   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4126 This bill is a housekeeping bill to create the grandfather provision to allow cities that had initiated their UGB work prior to January 1, 2016 to continue that process under the statutes and administrative rules in effect on June 30, 2013. Fiscal Responsiblity the cost of abiding by regulations is increased…

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Education

SJR 203 Constitutional Change to State Board of Education

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Proposes an amendment to the Oregon Constitution providing for the establishment of the State Board of Education.

Education

HB 4031: Implements Program to Decrease Rates of School Absenteeism

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Directs Chief Education Office to design and implement $5.7 million pilot program to decrease rates of school absenteeism through ” trauma-informed approach” to behavioral health services in schools.

Energy & Transportation

HB 4036A Clean Electricity and Coal Transition bill

VOTE:NO Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4036   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…

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Education

SB 1536 Modifies Compensation to Non-Virtual, Public Charter Schools

VOTE: YES – Died in committee – Brings the level of funding of public charter schools more in line with funding of regular public schools.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4046B Increases penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife

VOTE:NO Passed SUMMARY: Adds black bear and cougar to list of penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife, increases other penalty fines, and adds Class A misdemeanor that includes "worry or disturb any wildlife" and Class C felony conviction that includes confiscation of properties. AMENDMENT A: Adds 180 day mandatory sentence for failure to comply with a citation. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The adding of black…

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Salem State Capital

SJR 201 repeals limits on property taxes

VOTE:NO Died In Committee Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SJR201   Summary: Amends the Oregon constitution by repealing the constitutional limits on property taxes, creating convoluted government mechanisms for adjusting real property valuation.  Will significantly allow unrestricted increases for all property taxes, including local taxing districts, counties and cities. Fiscal Responsibility:  Funds government at undetermined rates at the expense of public. Free…

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Salem State Capital

SB 1532A Minimum wage increase

VOTE:NO Passed   Minimum wage bill passes Senate floor. Click to see who voted! Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1532   SUMMARY FOR SB 1532A: Establishes tiered system base on geographical location of employer. Establishes annual increase to base minimum wage rate until July 1, 2023 when inflation based rates resume. Employers within Portland's urban growth boundary will pay a higher rate. Allows employers…

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Economic Development & Land Use

SB 1530A Federal agencies to determine, state and federal mining programs can be better coordinated

VOTE: NO Died In Committee   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1530 SB 1530 Requires certain state agencies to consult with certain federal agencies to determine whether state and federal mining programs can be better coordinated. Summary: This bill will further eliminate Oregon's small-scale mining industry and negatively affect the economies of Oregon's rural communities.   Fiscal Responsibility: Increases burdens on state funds…

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Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 1563A New loan program for septic systems

SB 1563A VOTE: NO Passed Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1563 SB 1563   Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission to develop low-interest loan program for on-site septic system repairs, replacements, upgrades or evaluations.  Declares emergency. PERSONAL CHOICE: Makes loans more accessible for repair or replacement of septic systems. FREE MARKET: The participating lenders must agree to subordinate their liens to the borrowers’ consensual…

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Economic Development & Land Use

SB 1548 expedited boundary expansion for housing

VOTE: YES In Committee Upon Adjournment   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1548# This bill authorizes local governments to expedite expanding urban growth boundary to adjacent land when dedicated to housing resolving a need that meets certain requirements.   Personal Choice Providing housing choices in areas where available housing is less than 6% of what is needed. Landowners must agree 100%…

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Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4040A Removes gray wolves from endangered species list

HB 4040A VOTE: YES Passed   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4040   SUMMARY: Ratifies decision of State Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove Canis lupus from state list of endangered species. Declares emergency. PERSONAL: Collectively known as the gray wolf.  Once could be found throughout the US until federal and state government exterminated them prior to 1930. Canada did their…

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Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 1574A Greenhouse gas emissions goals by rule

VOTE: NO Died In Committee Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1574   Heathy Climate Act (SB 1574)    SUMMARY: Repeals greenhouse gas emissions goals and requires EQC to adopt by rule statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal for 2025, and limits for years 2035 and 2050.   This Cap and Invest program would establish a program in which carbon emissions from transportation fuels,…

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Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 1551 Allows hold on firearms purchaser by defined “reporters”

VOTE:NO Died In Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1551 SB 1551 Summary Authorizes specified reporters to make report to Department of State Police Firearms Unit that person is experiencing mental health emergency and is danger to self or others with firearm. Directs department, upon receipt of report, to record temporary firearm purchase hold preventing person from purchasing firearm. Provides civil immunity…

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Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HB 4147 Denies firearm purchase if background check cannot be completed

VOTE:NO Died In Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4147   Summary Prohibits transfer of firearm by dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm. Limited Government As the Oregon State law now stands, if the State cannot show within one business day that you should NOT be able to…

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