VOTE: NO – Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2998
This bill requires Secretary of State (SOS) to make business filing forms available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean, and a person submitting a form in a language other than English is still required to submit an English translation.
The expense of this bill is unreasonable as is the bill since there is translation software. If completing the forms still requires an English translation, then why go to the expense of providing a translation service. Appropriate $50,000 other funds, but is uncertain what fees will be used, which is a fraction of the projected expense.
Businesses file documents with the SOS when starting a business and annually thereafter. They must also file to report certain changes, such as changes in location, registered agent, or ownership. Current law allows foreign business filings to be in a language other than English if the filing is accompanied by a reasonably authenticated English translation. Business filings are public records. House Bill 2998-B requires the SOS to make the forms available in five languages in addition to English. The measure requires a person or business completing the form with information written in a language other than English to submit a reasonably authenticated English translation.
Foreign businesses filing to do business in Oregon expect to make filings in English and have staff that knows English. People arriving in Oregon to experience the American dream requires assimilating and learning English. This bill will encourage pockets of segregated communities to crop up where English speaking citizens are afraid to enter to buy at their stores.