HB 2238 VOTE:NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2238
This bill would change the way businesses are compensated when governments take possession of their property during an emergency with massive impacts on businesses in Oregon and their ability to recover damages. Allows seizure of real and personal property.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Section (3) becomes personal: “Take any other action, including through the seizure, use or possession of any real or personal property, that may be necessary for the management of resources following an emergency.” Seizure of personal property includes guns, weapons of any kind for made-up safety reasons, or transportation to keep us locked down, or confiscating your food stash for distribution.
Currently under Oregon Law, if a piece of property is a threat to persons or property during an emergency, a government agency is allowed to take possession of it, but the owner must be compensated. It’s fairly clear that this bill is intended to curb lawsuits by businesses to recover damages from the state because of being shut down during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
“An owner of a property that is used or possessed only temporarily under this section is not entitled to compensation except as the owner may prove entitlement…” implies that under an order to lock down the state takes possession.