Healthcare

HB 2391-B 1.5% New Taxes on Healthcare Insurance Premiums

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Creates a new tax on healthcare insurance premiums of 1.5% administered by the government with uncertain actions to be taken and provides for special treatment of certain hospitals.

Salem State Capital

HB 3170B Extends Bargaining to Faculty

HB 3170B VOTE:NO – Governor Signed Status (cverview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB3170 Posted on TrackTheirVote.org This bill extends collective bargaining rights to certain public university faculty members whose duties have an academic rather than administrative focus. Fiscal Responsibility Fiscally a bad move for taxpayers. It will allow a new level of bargaining unions that can drive negotiations to a higher level using…

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Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 719A Extreme risk protection prohibiting a person from possessing firearms

SB 719A VOTE:NO – Governor signed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB719 Note: This bill's contents were previosuly SB 868. That bill died but has been resurrected as a gut-and-stuff of SB719, creating SB 719A. Posted On Track Thier Vote This bill creates a process for obtaining an extreme risk protection order prohibiting a person from possessing firearms, a process for removing…

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Healthcare

HB 3391B Reproductive & Social Health Benefits

VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed – Provide statewide access to abortion coverage for individuals enrolled in health benefit plans that do not cover abortion.

Healthcare

HB 2310A Government, Instead of Doctors to Begin Taking Over Healthcare

VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed – Sets the stage for the state government to begin taking over the functions of the local public health authorities

Healthcare

HB 2310B Modifies Local Public Health Authority

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Sets the stage for the state government to begin taking over the functions of the local public health authorities.

Elections

SB 683 Paid Postage for Returned Ballots

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Pays postage for ballots returned by mail

Healthcare

SB 64B Changes “Mental Disease” to “Mental Disorder”

VOTE: NO – Governor signed – Replaces the term “mental disease or defect” with the term “qualifying mental disorder,” for purposes of diminished capacity defense, guilty except for insanity (GEI) plea and post-adjudication jurisdiction of persons found GEI. B amendment includes provision describing legislative intent to replace term without making substantive change to law.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2060A Limits Eligibility for Pass-Thru Tax Rate

VOTE: NO, Died in Committee – Limits eligibility for the pass-thru entity tax rates to business operating in one of the following seven economic sectors: agriculture, mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, or accommodation & food services. Increases the employment requirement for eligibility from one employee to ten employees.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HB 2597B Increases Driving Offense Using Cell Phones

HB 2597B VOTE:NO – Governor signed Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2597 Posted on TrackTheirVote.org This bill renames offense of operating motor vehicle while using mobile communication device as offense of operating motor vehicle while using mobile electronic device to penalize all uses of mobil devices. Creates a distracted driving avoidance course and program. Personal Choice and Responsibility The measure allows the…

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Salem State Capital

SB 106A Creates Office of Public Records Advocate

VOTE:NO
Passed – Gov Signed – Creates the Office of the Public Records Advocate and the position of Public Records Advocate that must be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2061 Changes Personal Income Tax Base

VOTE: NO, Died in Committee – Changes personal income tax base from federal taxable income to federal adjusted gross income by eliminating allowance of itemized deductions, taking 33% of IRS standard deduction, and decreasing tax rates. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

Elections

HB 2927/SB 825 National Popular Vote

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Agreement among the states to elect the President by National Popular Vote

Education

SB 123B Formation of Children’s Special Districts which will raise taxes

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Authorizes formation of children’s special districts and provides districts the authority to assess, levy and collect taxes to pay the cost of children’s services.

Taxes & Fees

HB 3357B Raises County Clerks Fees

VOTE: NO, Died in Committee – Increases fee amount collected by county clerks to $40 for certain real property documents, and exempts fees for certain affordable housing programs.

Salem State Capital

HB 3464 Limits Citizen Status Checks

Prohibits public body from disclosing specified personal information concerning citizen status unless required by state or federal law.

Healthcare

SB 187 Vision Screening for Students

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Establishes Vision Health Account and directs Department of Education to reimburse education provider for expenses incurred from providing vision screenings.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2830 Increases Corporate Excise Tax

VOTE: NO, Died in Committee – Increase corporate excise tax from 6.6% and 7.6% to 7% and 8% January 1, 2017.

Healthcare

SB 494-B Advanced Directive Rewrite

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Removes vital protections in the advance directive legislation when an advance directive is missing, established Advance Directive Adoption Committee to recommend changes every 2 years.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 1065 Allows delays of firearm purchases

SB 1065 VOTE:NO – Died in Committee Posted on Track their vote This bill authorizes transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party after 14 days (an additional delay of 11 days over current law) if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm, as long as gun dealer or transferor does…

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Healthcare

SB 494 Advance Directive Rules

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Repeals advance directive form and establishes Advance Directive Rules Adoption Committee to adopt a form

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HJM 6 Urges Congress to Fund VA Healthcare Permanently

HJM 6 VOTE:YES – Filed with SOS Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HJM6 Posted on TrackTheirVote.org This bill urges Congress to change funding of veterans' health care from discretionary entitlement to permanent and direct entitlement. Limited Government Oregon ranks 49th in VA health care. Permanent funding would help to stabilize and improve Oregon's program.

Energy & Transportation

SB 990 Exempts Small Modular Reactors

VOTE:YES – Died in Committee – Exempts small modular reactors from certain siting restrictions that apply to nuclear-fueled thermal power plants, and requires placement in city or county where electors have approved of small modular reactors being located.

Energy & Transportation

SB 339A Caps Biomass as Renewable Energy

VOTE:NO – Passed – Signed by Gov – Caps electricity generated by any single biomass facility that may be used to meet renewable standards in order to promote diversity of resource types that can be used to comply with Oregon’s small-scale renewable energy requirement.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3245A Streamlines City Comprehensive Plan Changes

VOTE: YES – Governor Signed
Allows city governing body to authorize planning commission or hearings officer to conduct hearings and make decisions on applications for amendments to city comprehensive plan. Authorizes appeal of decision to city governing body.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2269A Modifies Business Fees Subject to Clean Air Act

Governor signed – Adds fee schedule for business subject to federal operating permit program under Title V of federal Clean Air Act and a one-time supplemental fee. Authorizes the state to receive funds according to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and establishes grants and loans for diesel engine replacement or retrofit (similar to SB 1008).

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2737A Standards for Small Homes

VOTE: NO – Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Adopts amendments to state building code to establish specified construction standards for small homes of 400 square feet and eliminates some building code safety standards. Sunsets January 2, 2024.

Healthcare

HB 2527-A Allows Pharmacists to Prescribe and Dispense Contraceptives

VOTE: NO – Governor signed – Allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives

Economic Development & Land Use

SB 1040 Join Labor Union as a State Requirement for Employment

SB 1040 VOTE: NO – Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment that is allowed under Federal law, using the limited authority reserved to states.

Healthcare

SB 239A Residential Care Facility Decides Who is Legal Representative

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Burdens owners and operators of residential care facility and assisted living facilities when a resident is unable make decisions on their rights, to locate who is willing to serve as the resident’s legal representative for the sole purpose of determining consent to an individually based limitation.

Healthcare

HB 2114-A Requires Guidelines for Opioids

VOTE: NO – Governor signed – Little or no affect on the over prescribing of opioids not like the original bill which imposed specific controls

Healthcare

HB 2432-A Creates New Licensurer Requirements in Area of Patient Care

Creates a new licensure requirement for an additional area of patient care prior to rules being adopted, declares an emergency

Economic Development & Land Use

SB 3A Moratorium on Mining Using Motorized Equipment

SB 3 VOTE: NO – Gov Signed – Implies that the moratorium has been repealed whereas the DEQ has listed all the upper reach streams as “impaired” (303 d) and NO permits will be allowed. There is a 2000% fee increase.

Energy & Transportation

HB 2020A Re-Defines Oregon’s Energy Policy

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Oregon Global Warming Commission is abolished, creating the Oregon Energy and Climate Board to set policy and renaming the ODOE to Oregon Department of Energy and Climate.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2004-A Places Specific Eviction Regulations on Landlords

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Establishes more restrictive eviction standards and requirements upon landlords.

Healthcare

SB 558 Marketing Health Care for all Children in Oregon

VOTE: NO – Governor signed – Makes taxpayers responsible for covering ALL children so there is no requirement to be a legal citizen.

Healthcare

HB 3102 Task Force on Medical Assistance Funding

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires task force to develop proposal for funding state medical assistance program with assessment on all medical claims processed

Healthcare

HB 2726 Marketing Health Care for all Children in Oregon

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Leaves the amount of monies to be transferred from the general fund to pay for this program blank

Healthcare

HB 3431 Additional Regulations on Certain Hospitals

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Imposes requirements on hospitals with no determination of reimbursement for service

Healthcare

SB 399 Limits Out of Pocket Insured Drug Expense to $250 per Pharmacy Visit

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – limits out of pocket drug expenses to $250 per pharmacy visit

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2711A Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Extends moratorium until December 31, 2027, on use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production, excluding coal bed methane extraction wells.

Healthcare

HB 3042 Requires Grants for Culturally Specific Health Care

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires grants to culturally specific health care facilities to provide culturally appropriate care

Healthcare

HB 3428 Expands Enrollment of Citizens in Coordinated Care Organizations Without Their Consent.

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Expands the enrollment of citizens in coordinated care organizations without their consent

Healthcare

HB 3431 Imposes Requirements on Hospitals Without Determination of Reimbursement

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Imposes requirements on hospitals with no determination of reimbursement for service

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3312 Freezes Minimum Environmental Regulations

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish environmental regulations at least as stringent as those provided under federal law on January 19th, 2017.

Energy & Transportation

SB 909 Ratepayers Protection Act

VOTE: YES – Died in Committee – Protects Oregonians from excessive energy costs. The “Ratepayers Protection Act,” will fix the state’s broken energy policy that has hurt vulnerable Oregonians.

Salem State Capital

SB 559 PERS Final Average Salary Calculation

Changes the calculation used to determine PERS final average salary from 3 years to 5 years limiting retirement benefits from being overly generous.

Healthcare

HB 3340A Provides for the Dissemination of Apprenticeship Programs

VOTE: YES – Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Provides for the dissemination by the state and by local skills of information about available apprenticeship programs in their area.

Healthcare

HB 2503 Creats New Class of Provider With Government Control

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Creates a new classification of health care provider with government control

Healthcare

SB 1046 Establishes Health Care for All People in Oregon

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes health care coverage for all people residing or working in Oregon to be administered by Oregon Health Authority

Healthcare

HB 3352 establishes Task Force on Funding School Behavioral Health Support

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Inserts unjust government control into multiple facets of the health care industry

Healthcare

SB 784 Requires In, & Out-of-Network Providers be Paid the Same for Womens Health

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires insurer to reimburse out-of-network women’s health care provider at same rate as in-network women’s health care provider

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 608 Expanding Urban Growth Boundary

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Allows local governments to expand the Urban Growth Boundary when the number of new households in a jurisdiction exceed the number of new housing units and vacancy rates drop below six percent.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 432A Boundary Growth Exception

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Allows rural county with no population growth, and certain local governments in county, to adopt comprehensive land use plan without complying with statewide land use planning goals until population growth invalidates their qualification for the exception.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3050 Permits Solar on High Value Farmland

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Permits siting of commercial solar photovoltaic power generation facility on land not designated as high value farmland unless county adopts exceptions where no high value farmland is available.

Salem State Capital

HB 3189 Establish Building Codes Division

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Transfers the Building Codes Division from the Department of Consumer and Business Services to the new established Department of Building Codes.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 897 Militia Terrorism; Criminalizes Protesting

SB 897 VOTE:NO – Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB897 Published on Track Their Vote This bill creates crime of militia terrorism for citizens protesting more than two days occupying a public premises with a firearm present and refuses to leave when requested by law enforcement regardless of cause for the protest. Personal Choice and Responsibility Takes away the…

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Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 797 Prohibits firearm purchase due to delayed background check

SB 797 VOTE:NO – Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB797 Published on Track Their Vote This bill prohibits person from purchasing a firearm if the Oregon State Police background check unit is unable or unwilling to provide approval pursuant to background check. This bill is the senate equivalent of HB 2237. Personal Choice and Responsibility About 1% of background…

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Healthcare

HB 3091 Requires Specific Medical Facilities to Provide Specific Services

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Removes the personal choices of both the provider and the insurer dictating the terms by the state.

Healthcare

HB 3284 Healthcare Facility Certificate of Need

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Repeals requirement for health care facility to obtain certificate of need

Healthcare

SB 955 Requires Oregon Health Authority to Become Transportation Dispatch Agency

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Requires Oregon Health Authority to become a transportation dispatch agency

Healthcare

HB 2897 Places Restrictions On In-Network and Out-Of-Network Providers

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Impacts multiple areas of healthcare removing rights if private business from making operational decisions

Healthcare

HB 2663 Task Force to Study Calif. Act of 1975

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes Task Force to study provisions of California’s Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975 to determine appropriateness and feasibility of adopting any provisions in Oregon.

Education

HB 2845B Curriculum to Include Ethnic & Social Minority History

VOTE: NO – Passed Committee – Introduces still another state agency to impose standards on K-12 with respect to teaching ethnic and social minority history.

Healthcare

HB 3079 Removes Limits on Hospital Assessments

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Removes limits on hospital assessment rates, allows for increase in assessment to offset legislative reduction in funding

Healthcare

SB 651 Reduces Emergency Medical Services

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Reduces emergency medical services by 20% to pay for administrative expenses in order to require less money transfer from the general fund

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2004A Tenant Evictions

VOTE: NO – No Senate Vote – Establishes new laws on landlords of how they can evict tenants.

Salem State Capital

SJR 38 Two-thirds Vote Required to Add Emergency Clause

VOTE: YES
Died in Committee – Require bills to receive 2/3 majority vote in both Houses to have the Emergency Clause added to them

Healthcare

HB 2116 Modifies Reimbursements of Hospital Costs

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Helps Big Pharma peddle drugs to persons facing high drug bills.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2012A Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board

VOTE: YES – Gov signed – Creates the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, in collaboration with Oregon Business Development Department.

Healthcare

HB 2645 Relating to Drugs; Prescribing an Effective Date

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Requires manufacturers of certain types of drugs to collect unused drugs following a plan that they develop by 12-31-18, but the program becomes effective 1-1-18

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2466 New Tax on Timber Harvest

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Reduces proposed taxes by fifty-percent to go to the Forestland and County Reserve Fund. Imposes inordinate tax on timber harvest to fund fire suppression, redemption of burned areas, watershed conservation and distribution to counties.

Healthcare

HB 2301 Relating to Health.

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Creates different standards for health-related professions and trade professions.

Economic Development & Land Use

HB 2877 Imposes Tax on Older Vehicles

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Imposes tax on vehicles 20 years old or older of $1000 paid every five years unless the vehicle is registered as an antique.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HB 2740 Relating to Sex Trafficking

VOTE: YES – Governor Signed – Increases age of trafficked person from 15 to 18 for crime of trafficking in persons for use in commercial sex

Elections

SB 877 Tax Increases to be Voted on at General Elections

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Tax increase proposals must be submitted only at general elections, unless otherwise provided in charter of city, county or metropolitan service district.

Healthcare

HB 2016 Modifies Hospital Reimbursement

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Relating to reimbursement of hospital costs

Healthcare

SB 893 Legal Suicide and Euthanasia

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Allows for legal suicide and euthanasia

Healthcare

HB 3341 Task Force on Medical Training Facilities

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes Task Force on Rural Medical Training Facilities

Salem State Capital

HB 2025 Removes Statue of Jason Lee from DC Statuary

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Replaces the long standing placement of Founding Fathers Jason Lee and John McLoughlin with Oregon politician Mark Hatfield and Womens rights advocate Abigail Scott Duniway.

Healthcare

HB 2319 Creates a New “Free” Healthcare Agency

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Creates a new healthcare agency to be funded by taxpayers

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3226 Forest Management Plans

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Puts State Board of Forestry in total control of forests via establishing a criteria for preserving natural resource values on forestland, periodically updating geological numerical criteria, and approving forest management plans for every forest over 5,000 acres that includes harvesting priorities, DEQ requirements, waterway management and preserving of old-growth.

Healthcare

HB 2527 Relating to Pharmacists and Contraceptives

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal contraceptives

Healthcare

SB 72 Relating to Nursing & Dispensing Drugs

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Removes critical requirements regarding the qualifications to dispense drugs

Healthcare

SB 784 Relating to Women’s Health Care Providers

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Requires insurer to reimburse out-of-network women’s health care provider at same rate as in-network women’s health care provider

Healthcare

HB 2114 Prohibts Inital Prescriptions of Opioids or Opiates Exceeding 7 Days

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Prohibits issuing initial prescription for opioids or opiates for outpatient use in quantity exceeding seven-day supply, creates exceptions

Healthcare

HB 2125 Grant Program Assisting Women to Carry to Term

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Establishes a grant program to make grants available to non profit organizations encouraging and assisting pregnant women in carrying their pregnancies to term.

Healthcare

SB 792 Relating to Prescription Drug Advertising

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Imposes additional rules and regulations on dispensing of drugs, with fines going to the general fund.

Healthcare

HB 2432 New “Art Therapy” Licensure Requirements

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Directs Health Licensing Office to issue license to engage in practice of art therapy to qualified applicant.

Healthcare

HB 2503 Creates “Lactation Consultant” License

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Creates a new licensure requirement for a new classification of health care providers

Healthcare

HB 2754 Requires Tests of Deaf Newborns

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Requires or recommends deaf babies be examined for congenital cytomegalovirus, a herpes virus

Healthcare

SB 269 Relating to Nursing License Exemptions

VOTE: YES – Governor Signed – Permits nonresident nurses to practice in Oregon if staffing school-sponsored event

Healthcare

SB 810 Allows Health Savings Accounts

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Allows Oregon tax payers to put away money specifically for health related expenses, interest earned in taxpayer’s account goes to the state.

Healthcare

SB 744 Relating to Bone Marrow Donations

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules to solicit certain patients into becoming bone marrow donors.

Healthcare

SB 217 Relating to Concussions Sustained by Athletes

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Allows unqualified physicians to provide release for athlete who sustained concussion or is suspected of sustaining concussion

Healthcare

HB 2931 Relating to Behavior Analysis Interventionists.

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Clarifies educational requirements for registration of behavior analysis interventionists.

Healthcare

SB 270 Relating to Prescription Drugs

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Limits the issuance of issuing or refilling prescriptions for opiates thereby decreasing the available drugs—creates exceptions

Healthcare

SB 456 Relating to Emergency Medical Services

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Enacts Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact without any apparent state analysis

Elections

SB 888/HB 2909 President & VP Candidates to Release Income Tax Return

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Requires major candidates for President or Vice President to release their federal income tax return or submit Oregon Government Ethics Commission statement of economic interest in order to appear on primary or general election ballot and voters’ pamphlet.

Healthcare

HB 3017 Prohibits Abortion After 20 Weeks

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Prohibits abortion after pain can be felt at 20 weeks, except for medical emergency.