SB 1543 Paid lawyers for illegal immigrants

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/24/2022 These are the legislators who sponsored this bill to use your tax dollars to pay for illegal immigrants lawyers: Sen. Lieber (D, SD14), Jama (D, HD24), Dembrow (D, SD23), Manning (D, SD7), Wagner (D, SD19), Reps. Salinas (DHD38), Leon (D, HD22), Pham (D, HD46), and Valderrama (D, HD47). WAYS & MEANS APPROPRIATED…

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SB 1579 Economic Equity Investment Program

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 3-24-22 This bill directs Oregon Business Development Department to develop and implement Economic Equity Investment Program to award grants to organizations that provide culturally responsive services to support economic stability, self-sufficiency, wealth building and economic equity among disadvantaged individuals, families, businesses and communities whose future is at risk. Fiscal Responsibility Establishes the Economic…

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HB 4139 ODOT greenhouse gas emission assessment

This bill establishes a pilot program for greenhouse gas reduction that assesses the greenhouse gas emission from concrete, asphalt paving mixtures, steel products, and other products identified by ODOT, and conduct a life cycle assessment and strategies for reducing emissions, but prohibits using score for selecting a contractor. Fiscal Responsibility Appropriates Other Fund of $236,219 for 2021-23 and $515,394 for…

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HB 4004 Reimburses behavioral health providers

This bill directs the Oregon Health Authority to administer a grant program to increase practitioner wages, offer retention bonuses, or recruit and hire new behavioral health staff using state or federal funds. Personal Choice and Responsibility This is creating a deeper hole for taxpayers. How long will we be paying for bad decisions creating a fake emergency by this administration?…

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SB 1518 Evaluate building codes to decarbonize

Signed into law by Gov. Brown, 3-17-22 This bill establish Task Force on Resilient Efficient Buildings for the purpose of identifying and evaluating policies related to building codes and building decarbonization for new and existing buildings that would enable the state to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and to make policy recommendations to the interim committees for 2023 regular…

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HB 4115 Climate-related financial risk on state investment funds

This bill directs Oregon Investment Council to publish annually complete list of assets held in state investment funds, and publish information relating to assessments of climate-related financial risk to assets held in investment funds. Fiscal Responsibility Busy work is fiscally not responsible. Limited Government ‘Climate-related financial risk’ means material financial risk posed by the effects of climate change, which isn’t…

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SB 1529 gives OHA Emergency Authority

Signed into law by Gov Brown on 3-17-22 This bill allows the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Director to declare a health care emergency and to deploy the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers upon approval of the Governor, and provide workers’ compensation coverage for volunteers. Applies existing reimbursement cost-sharing to all contracts between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, and increases…

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SB 1583 education minimum assessment waiver

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/24/2022 This bill directs Department of Education to do a minimum assessment of Oregon students and request a waiver of federal standards of state assessment requirements to be a shortened assessment, a sampling model of assessments or any other strategy. Limited Government This bill lacks commitment for what to expect in assessment standards….

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HB 4077 Environmental Justice communities mapping

Signed into law by Gov Brown on 3-23-22 This bill renames Environmental Justice Task Force as Environmental Justice Council. Directs Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority to develop environmental justice mapping tool, and directs natural resource agencies to consider results when developing administrative rules or agency policies or programs. Fiscal Responsibility Ways & Means appropriated $769,749 total:  $324,520…

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SB 1566 Increases legislator’s salary

This bill establishes annual salary of members of Legislative Assembly equal to annual occupational mean wage estimate for Oregon for prior year, and interim expenses adjusted for cost-of-living. Authorizes $1,000 per month child care allowance. Personal Choice and Responsibility The salary for legislators was set to be a servant of the people. That has changed. The manipulation keeping the public…

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HB 4034 Expands health care centers to 10 school districts

This bill adds to what a pharmacy intern can do, allows pharmacy to swipe person’s driver license for purchasing pseudoephedrine without a prescription and to access electronic database remotely. Implements the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017, and clarifies standards for delivery of telemedicine. Allows 10 school districts for grants for health care centers. Extends COVID-19 data sharing. Personal Choice…

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HB 4075 Presumption of restitution evidence

This bill modifies procedures for the district attorney to present restitution evidence and establishes that economic damages will be presumed reasonable if the damages are documented as specified, creating a questionable practice that shouldn’t cost but it does, and can easily be falsified to cost more. [as amended] Fiscal Responsibility Based on the last 2 years, the bill anticipates $141,063…

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HB 4086 Extends workers’ comp liabilities

This bill extends workers’ compensation chapter to employers of less than six, extends retaliation protections to all employees, clarifies that a person acting on behalf of the employer is also liable for retaliation, and protects workers who inquire about workers’ compensation benefits. Removes provisions that excluded beneficiaries who live outside the United States and extends definition of dependent. Personal Choice…

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SB 1511 Right to retrial for non-unanimous verdict

This bill creates process by which person convicted or found guilty except for insanity as result of non-unanimous jury verdict may file petition for post-conviction relief within one year of effective date of Act. Excludes crimes against a child under 18. Directs court to instruct jury concerning certain unavailable evidence if conviction is vacated and case is retried. Fiscal Responsibility…

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HB 4071 Behavioral health incentives

This bill modifies eligibility criteria for targeted financial incentives in field of behavioral health workforce incentive programs created in 2021 and creates a new category for licensed marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Personal Choice and Responsibility The color population and tribal communities should be insulted to be segregated out and classed with “lived behavioral health experiences” as if…

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HB 4107 Racial and ethnic impact statement

Declared an Emergency This bill authorizes Legislative Policy and Research Director to develop and implement a racial and ethnic impact statement template of six tests to be applied to proposed legislation. Limited Government Directs Legislative Policy and Research Director to conduct a pilot in the development of a template and authorizes implementing the template without further public input and legislative…

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HB 4039 Increases power to OHA

This bill modifies financial requirements for coordinated care organization expenditures on social determinants of health and health equity, and to annually report expenditures to the Legislature. Personal Choice and Responsibility OHA should not receive any more power or money for data collection to use against healthy people. They have abused their power and this kind of power needs to stay…

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SB 1530 health insurance coverage for fertility

This bill requires health insurance coverage of specified fertility services and treatments. Requires a study inequalities in assisted reproduction for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or are members of other minority gender identities or sexual orientations and to issue report no later than January 31, 2025, Personal Choice and Responsibility The no cost sharing may jeopardize the…

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SB 1587 Lien on property of unlawful hemp growers

This bill subjects building or premises used for unlawful growing or handling of industrial hemp to lien, and allows building or premises to be sold to pay all fines and costs. Allows immediate enforcement of lien by civil action, and strengthens premise laws. Limited Government Authorizes Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission to allow licensed marijuana retailers within 1,000 feet of…

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HB 4126 Unionizes behavioral healthcare

This bill requires all state behavioral health contractors to be unionized. Personal Choice and Responsibility Where is the notice for an individual’s choice to join or not join with repercussions? Limited Government This bill includes pretty much every significant behavioral health provider in the state as most of them are under Medicaid CCO or PEBB/OEBB contracts as providers. It was…

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SB 1558 Delivery transportation vehicle standards

This bill requires transportation delivery companies and third-party food delivery platforms to meet or exceed specified targets for percentage of service miles provided by zero-emission vehicles, and removes the limit on rebates claimed. Personal Choice and Responsibility When COVID made our lives miserable, transportation networks became a necessity delivering essentials needed, but mostly food. They remain to be a delivery…

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SB 1545 Prioritizes workforce development activities

This bill establishes equity grant programs in Higher Education Coordinating Commission to prioritize funding for workforce development activities to increase access for priority populations to training opportunities in construction, health care and manufacturing and to workforce development services and benefits. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill is not equal under the law when you prioritize one person or group over…

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SB 1517 State of emergency limitations

This bill requires that declarations and extensions of states of emergency under certain statutes be accompanied by written explanations. Establishes durational limits, and extensions of emergency requires approval of Legislative Assembly. All emergency rules and orders expire upon termination of state of emergency. Limited Government Also provides that, after termination of state of emergency, Governor may not declare another state…

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SB 1575 School district course info

This bill requires the district school board to post course title, textbooks, instructional material, syllabus and applicable state academic content standards on the school district’s website. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parents have been blindsided by content of what is being taught in school. Allows full access for parents to research. Local Control The law allows the district school board to…

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SB 1507 Exemptions from CAT tax

This bill exempts receipts from sales of prescription drugs, feminine hygiene products, diapers and baby formula from commercial activity subject to corporate activity tax. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. Fiscal Responsibility Adds exception for sales of prescription drugs, feminine hygiene products, diapers and baby formula as the 49th exception. In the end it will…

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SB 1573 Forest thinning operations

This bill uses the General Fund for the amount of $50 million to provide $5 million to each County for the purpose of making the distributions to wildfire-prone counties and conducting forest thinning operations Personal Choice and Responsibility The quality of reforestation by ODF is concerning as problems exist that are not open for public discussion. Fiscal Responsibility The fact…

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SB 1524 Increases tax credits

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/24/2022 This bill increases expense reimbursement percentage allowed to single film or single local media production project from Oregon Production Investment Fund. Extends income tax credit for rural medical providers to medical laboratory scientists and technicians. Allows estimating pass-through business alternative income tax, disallows credit for taxes paid to another state. Exempts small…

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HB 4058 Emergency distribution of air conditioners

This bill directs Oregon Health Authority to create program to acquire and distribute air conditioners and air purifiers on emergency basis to individuals eligible for medical assistance. Appropriates moneys to authority to implement program. Personal Choice and Responsibility This is a feel-good bill with a big price tag for taxpayers. We all care about the 100 people that died during…

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SB 1510 Refuse consent to search and prohibits stops for vehicle light outages

Signed into law by Gov Brown on 3-24-22 This bill moves $10 million from Oregon Criminal Justice Commission for distribution to Northwest Health Foundation Fund II for “Justice Reinvestment Equity Program.” Prohibits police officer from initiating a traffic stop for failure to use lights or operation without required lighting equipment. requires officer to inform person of their right to refuse…

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SB 1521 Limits school board authority

This bill removes all significant oversight responsibility of a local school board in regard to decisions for terminating the district superintendent, and limits authority when the superintendent is acting in compliance with state or federal law. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill removes the voice of parents and we are expected to kneel to the state, where ideas are usually…

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HB 4099 Racial Equity and Justice Youth Collaborative

This bill establishes Racial Equity and Justice Youth Collaborative. Captures vulnerable youth in the quicksand of another government entity, programming them to believe that government provides the only solution to racial, cultural, and ethnic conflicts. Fiscal Responsibility This bill was introduced in 2021 as HB 3363 with a proposed $1 million price tag, but left blank, and it is blank…

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HB 4011 Child Welfare Cultural Equity Program

This bill creates qualified mental health associate incentive program within Oregon Health Authority to train a diverse workforce for child welfare service providers to meet children’s cultural diversity needs. Fills the need to replace workers forced to leave. Fiscal Responsibility Appropriates $250,000 from General Fund to provide loan repayment subsidies to qualified mental health associates serving children in child-caring agencies….

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HB 4002 Overtime pay for agricultural workers

Amendment B modifies tax credit percentages. Increased annual credit limit to $55 million per calendar year. Requires report on impacts of overtime compensation requirements. Requires recommendations for legislation from Department of Agriculture and Oregon Business Development Department. But does not change government overreach. This bill prohibits employers from permitting or requiring agricultural workers to work in excess of maximum allowable…

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HB 4079 Sales tax to fund debit card for low-income

This bill establishes a 3% sales tax to fund $750 monthly debit cards to the homeless and people under the poverty level. The sales tax would hit targeted items like electronic goods, computers, cell-phones, handbags, jewelry, hunting rifles and even clothing, in an undefined amount. Requires a 60% vote. Personal Choice and Responsibility There is discussion in the Capitol that…

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SB 1516 prohibits Covid-19 vaccination mandate

This bill prohibits public bodies and private entities from requiring person to receive COVID-19 vaccination or require an immunity passport. Prohibits public bodies and private entities from interfering with certain rights on account of risks presented by COVID-19 pandemic. Personal Choice and Responsibility A minor person or incapacitated person may not be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination absent legally…

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HB 4091 Distorts Student Success Act

This bill develops a statewide education plan for students who are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Requires all statewide education plans to include strategies that provide for alignment with other statewide education plans. Directs Department of Education to revise processes for collection of racial and ethnic data for purpose of developing and implementing statewide education plans. Personal Choice and Responsibility…

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SB 1577 Prohibits undetectable and untraceable firearms

This bill defines “undetectable” firearm as “constructed or produced, including through a three-dimensional printing process, entirely of nonmetal substances”; defines “untraceable” firearm as “cannot be traced by a law enforcement agency by means of a serial number affixed to the firearm.” Prohibits possession, manufacture, import into state, offer for sale, sell or transfer, undetectable or untraceable firearms. Personal Choice and…

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HB 4069 Prohibits sharing someone’s medical history

This bill makes discrimination based on one’s medical history illegal by a government entity or private business. Prohibits discrimination in education on basis of person’s medical history, and prohibits requiring disclosure of student’s medical history. Personal Choice and Responsibility We need to treat each other with dignity and respect, ending the practice of looking at one another with suspicion and…

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HB 4149 Gun-free zone liability

This bill provides that person or public body that establishes gun-free zone is liable for damages resulting from certain crimes committed in gun-free zone, if reasonable person would believe that possession of firearm could have helped individual defend against crime. Personal Choice and Responsibility SB 1544 passed in 2021 prohibited concealed carry, even by those with spotless records, thoroughly background…

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HB 4112 Funds training for ethnic studies

This bill appropriates $1.25 million from General Funds for the Educator Advancement Council to provide professional learning opportunities related to ethnic studies standards adopted by Department of Education. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parent are being pushed out of the back of the bus with little or no say in their children’s education if they remain in public schools. Fiscal Responsibility…

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SB 1546 Elliott State Research Forest

Signed into law by Gov Brown on 3-24-22 This bill establishes the Elliott State Research Forest, but is not about creating a sustainable forest for cutting and selling timber for the common school fund. It is more boondoggles for inclusive public processes and equity and to create an enduring, world-class research forest. Personal Choice and Responsibility The Elliot and Common…

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HJR 206 Limits Governor to declare an emergency

This bill refers to the voters the option to vote to amend the Oregon Constitution to limit the Governor’s ability to declare an emergency or exercise powers under the declaration of emergency to only those granted by the law and for 30 days. Personal Choice and Responsibility This resolution would bring better balance to Oregon’s government which currently concentrates a…

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SJR 204 limits highway tolling

This bill amends Oregon Constitution to prohibit public body from assessing highway toll unless toll became operative before January 1, 2018, or proposed toll is approved by majority of total votes cast in elections held in counties with border located within 15-mile radius of any section of highway proposed to be tolled. Personal Choice and Responsibility Puts voters in the…

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SJR 202 Restricts release of prisoners

This bill amends Oregon Constitution to require approval by majority of Senate of any pardon or commutation of a prisoner. Limited Government Unfortunately, the Governor has abused her power releasing violent criminals that once released, will again rob and kill. For the safety of Oregonians, the governor’s authority needs a double check.

HJR 201 Ending the emergency

BILL  WAITING TO BE ASSIGNED A HEARING This bill will terminate state of emergency relating to COVID-19. Personal Choice and Responsibility Forces people to take an unproven Vaccine that is ineffective in protecting from the Covid-19 virus is ludicrous. Forcing people to wear an ineffective mask is without a doubt the dumbest thing we have faced. It is constitutionally a…

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HB 4029A school adm training mandates

This bill gives the Oregon Department of Education more power over local school board training, including boards of public charter schools and educational service districts mandating superintendents follow state training. Prescribe requirements for professional learning plans. Directs ODE to establish a list of trainers and an advisory group on professional learning and training. Personal Choice and Responsibility The bill inches…

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SB 1552 expands virtual public charter school

This bill removes requirement that student must receive approval from resident school district before enrolling in virtual public charter school not sponsored by school district eliminating the maximum percentage of students that can be enrolled outside the school district. Personal Choice and Responsibility What is best for the student should never be determined by quotas or limited by where they…

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HB 4051 Extends task force on homeless and racial disparities

This bill extends sunset date for Task Force on Homelessness and Racial Disparities to January 2, 2026, to identify implementation pathways for changes to the state’s funding structure, modifications for contracting processes, and solutions regarding eligibility and funding of services for individuals experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Personal Choice and Responsibility Task Force purpose is unconstitutional limiting equality of personal…

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HB 4133 Allows social security for voter registration

This bill requires electronic voter registration system to allow qualified individual to register to vote with last four digits of an individual’s Social Security number. Requires system to enable individual to electronically submit image of signature. Authorizes Secretary of State to have system include application allowing approved third-party organizations to submit registration cards electronically on behalf of individuals. Personal Choice…

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HB 4031 Education employment goal to match diverse student percentage

Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 03/23/2022 This bill establishes state goal that percentage of diverse employees employed by Department of Education reflects percentage of diverse students in public schools. Provides for $10,000 scholarship for training of diverse educators. Fiscal Responsibility In addition to any other form of student financial aid authorized by law, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission…

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SB 1534 Creates carbon sequestration program

This bill establishes state policy to increase carbon sequestration in natural and working lands and waters that develops another measurement piece to the greenhouse gas emission goals. Nothing actually provides for carbon sequestration, just measurement and study. Fiscal Responsibility This bill isn’t about carbon sequestration, it’s about climate-smart incentive-based programs that aren’t identified. The Institute for Natural Resources shall study…

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