Salem State Capital

HJR 6 Increases Number of Senator Representatives

VOTE:YES – Died in Committee – Proposes an amendment to Oregon Constitution to increase the number of Senators serving in Legislative Assembly to 36 and modifying Senate legislative districts to be coterminous with county boundaries.

Elections

SB 211 Change to Election of Precinct Committee Persons

Vote: NO – Died in Committee – Adds new rules for the election of Precinct Committeepersons (PCP’s) making it harder for write-in PCP’s to be elected.

Elections

HJR 19 Restricts Petition Process

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution requiring 6% of voters from each congressional district in Oregon for initiative petitions, and 8% for a petition to amend the Constitution.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2546 Increases Estate Tax Exemption

VOTE:YES – Died In Committee – Increases estate tax exemption of who must file to $5.45 million, and provides an automatic adjustment to the taxable estate value using the IRS code 2010(c)(3)’s adjustment for inflation. Applies after January 1, 2018.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2771 Tax on Property Tax

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Taxes property tax paid. Raises income taxes on every homeowner gross earning over $50,000/annually, and completely eliminates the ability to deduct property taxes for people who earn $125,000/annually. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2006 Limits Mortgage Interest Deduction

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Limits Mortgage Interest Deduction to $15,000 on principal residence for Oregonians with adjusted gross income less than $100,000 and eliminates deduction for incomes that exceed $100,000 and all other residence. Yearly increases in tax revenue goes to the Oregon Housing Fund to expand housing for low income, seniors, disabled, farmworkers and Native Americans.

Taxes & Fees

HB 2051 Kicker Refund Distribution

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Modifies refund distribution method for statutory kicker provision to be distributed to taxpayers in equal amounts instead of as percentage of personal income tax liability, which may be a refunded amount if no tax is due.

Healthcare

HB 2645 Drug Take-Back Program

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Directs each manufacturer of prescription drugs that are sold within this state to develop and implement drug take-back program for purpose of collecting from individuals and non-business entities those types of drugs for disposal

Energy & Transportation

SB 748 Carbon Pollution Permit Program

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Establishes a carbon pollution permit program and an oversight advisory committee.

Healthcare

SB 419 Hospital Rate Review

VOTE: NO – Governor Signed – Establishes a Hospital Rate Commission providing Oregon Health Authority power to approve charges charged by individual hospitals and authority to impose civil penalties on hospitals that they deem unreasonable

Energy & Transportation

HB 2468 Establishes Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules that increases the greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards no later than January 1, 2018.

Energy & Transportation

SB 557/HB 2135 Carbon Pollution Market

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Repeals greenhouse gas emissions goals and creates a carbon pollution market that deals in ‘compliance instruments’.

Taxes & Fees

SB 564 Limits Debt Service

VOTE:YES – Died In Committee – Limits issuing bonds where the debt service does not exceed 5% of the General Fund revenues estimated to be received in the biennium provided in Article IX, section 14, of the Oregon Constitution.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2320 Non-Motorized Boating Program

Died In Committee. Establishes a Non-Motorized Boating Program that requires education on use and safety, and regulations adopted by rule; and provide safe access to waters. Safety is not the issue so the program is to increase funding.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 694 raise property tax exemption for disabled veterans

SB 694 VOTE:YES – Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB694 Posted on Track Thier Vote HERE This bill will raise property tax exemption for property of veterans with disabilities to reflect modern, higher property values. Fiscal Responsibility changes the exempt from taxation from $18,000 to $65,000 of the assessed value of the homestead or personal property for veterans with…

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Elections

SJR 2 Register to vote the day before the election.

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Would change the voter registration deadline to the day before an election.

Salem State Capital

HB 2704A Funds Marketing of Electric Vehicles

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Provides rebates for purchase of low emission vehicles and zero-emission transit buses, etc.

Taxes & Fees

SJR 3/HJR 1 Changes Property Tax Assessment

VOTE:NO – Died in Committee – Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution repealing property tax assessment limitations and requiring assessment on the higher real market value allowing increases every 10 years. Refers to voters.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2296A New Program to Evaluate Well Applications

Governor signed – Establishes special standards application fee for obtaining advice and evaluation on wells to increase likelihood of approval, and increases fees for property owner permits for wells.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2365 – Task Force to Transfer Forest Lands

Died In Committee – Establishes Task Force on the Transfer of Federal Land Ownership in Oregon to research the impact, problems and benefits. Sunsets December 31, 2018. Declares emergency.

Energy & Transportation

SB 168 Extends Tax Credit on Biomass

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Extends sunset from 2022 to January 1, 2024 for tax credit for biomass production or collection of all types of biomass reducing long term revenues without the benefit of reporting on its success.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2256A Labeling Dietary Supplements

Vote:YES – Signed into Law by Gov Kitzhaber
Adds dietary supplements subject to labeling and Oregon Food Laws to ensure sanitation of supplements and establishments, and ensures sanitation, enforced by the State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 308 Task Force on Barriers Using Marijuana

Establishes a Task Force to identify barriers for social and private consumption of Cannabis to accommodate for marijuana user beyond what is done for tobacco users creating a privileged group, and report on recommended legislation by September 15, 2018.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2203 Distribution of Marijuana Retail Taxes

Changes distribution of moneys collected as tax on retail marijuana items adding 30% to counties and increasing funds to cities for licensing, while cutting 40% for school funds leaving them to deal with student use from other school funds.

Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

SB 232 Orders Removal of Firearms Access

SB 232 VOTE:NO – Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB232 Posted on TTV HERE This bill requires court to ask petitioner at hearing for family or household abuse restraining order whether respondent possesses any firearms and to record answer on order. Directs presiding judge of judicial district to adopt protocols relating to surrender of firearms by persons subject to a…

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Law Enforcement, Military, & Firearms

HB 2237 Prohibits firearm purchase due to delayed background check

HB 2237 VOTE:NO – Died in Committee Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2237 Posted on TTV HERE 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. Personal Choice and Responsibility About 1% of background checks run by the OSP result in a denial or a…

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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