SB 582 Recycling System, adds more red tape to recycling & recyclers.

This bill requires a study of current Oregon recycling system. Proposed amendment bypasses study to implement a producer responsibility organization program controlling sellers of products, packaging, manufacturing, importers, shippers, and persons distributing printed material. Personal Choice and Responsibility The amendment includes an equity study. The availability of opportunities in the recycling system for women and minority individuals and the barriers…

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HB 3092 Harney Valley Groundwater grants

This bill requires Water Resources Department to establish grant program for purpose of sharing cost of remediating reductions in amount of ground water available for domestic personal use in Greater Harney Valley Groundwater Area of Concern due to over-allocation of ground water for agricultural use. May award grants for costs related to the replacement, repair or deepening of the wells…

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SB 52 Requires Specialized Education Plan for LGBTQ etc.

This bill directs Department of Education to develop and implement statewide education plan for early childhood through post-secondary students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, nonbinary or another minority gender identity or gender orientation. Personal Choice and Responsibility Directed towards students that have experienced disproportionate results in education due to historical practices, as identified by…

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HB 2345 New County Assistance Program

This bill requires Oregon Business Development Department to distribute moneys in Oregon Rural Capacity Fund to Oregon’s Economic Development Districts for purpose of assisting rural jurisdictions to apply for and administer grants and other forms of funding available from any source. Fiscal Responsibility HB 2345 provides a onetime appropriation of $918,750 General Fund to the Oregon Business Development Department (OBDD)…

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HB 2518 Forgivable Loans to Minorities and Women

This bill establishes and allocates funding to the Oregon Brownfield Properties Revitalization Fund to support a forgivable loan program for owners or operators of brownfield properties that incur eligible costs in the recovery of the brownfield property. Requires Business Oregon to develop the forgivable loan program for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses and emerging small businesses controlled by socially disadvantaged individuals….

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HB 2167 Creates Racial Justice Council into conduct of state business

This bill creates Racial Justice Council within Office of Governor to report at least once per year on strategies designed to institutionalize racial justice into conduct of state business. Personal Choice and Responsibility Achieving the governor’s goal will require a new approach to everyday norms and reframing of processes to create an equitable, healthy, just, and anti-racist state. The social…

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HB 3354 Tilts Scales for Evaluation of Teacher Candidates

This bill directs Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to adopt standards for educator preparation programs relating to evaluations of teacher candidates. Requires using multiple measures and at least one measure that is locally determined having the effect of manipulating scores towards more diverse underrepresented candidates. Fiscal Responsibility Impact is estimated by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission at $470,288 general fund….

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HB 2927 Preparedness means Bigger Government

This bill renames the Office of Emergency Management and Office of State Fire Marshal, and establishes each as an independent state agency. The measure also creates the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council and the Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Council. Fiscal Responsibility Total restructure for 2021-23 is $5,581,206 and increase for ongoing biennium’s $7,529,338 General Funds. OMD estimates the fiscal impact…

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SB 33 Increase food license fees

This bill authorizes State Department of Agriculture to establish a total of 30% additional food safety program license fees for food commodities and meat processing for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023. Fiscal Responsibility Department of Agriculture may by rule increase a license fee beginning July 1, 2022, by no more than 15 percent of the…

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SB 225 Establishes minimum distribution for ESDs

This bill enacts a minimum distribution for small education service districts. Fiscal Responsibility Currently, funding generated by the corporate activity tax contained in House Bill 3427 (2019) is distributed to education service districts based on enrollment. SB 225B enacts a minimum distribution for small education service districts. “(2)(a) The amount of a distribution to an education service district under this…

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HB 2007 Requires mortgage lenders complete education on racial bias

This bill requires mortgage loan originators applying for or renewing a license to complete continuing education requirements including on topics of implicit bias and racial bias. Allows Department of Consumer and Business Services to establish educational requirements on implicit bias and racial bias. Establishes Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. Personal Choice and Responsibility This does…

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HB 3291 allows late ballots to be counted

This bill allows ballot returned by mail to be postmarked not later than the date of the election and received at the office of the county clerk not later than seven calendar days after the date of the election, and allows immediate scanning of ballot upon receipt. Changes election date from the second Tuesday in September to fourth Tuesday in…

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HB 2021 Clean Electric Energy Policy – Raises Electric Rates

This bill raises electricity costs for ALL Oregonians and will likely make the state’s energy grid unreliable. If they want to promote electric cars, why are they pushing this bill? This bill requires retail electricity providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon consumers to 80% below baseline emissions levels by 2030, 90% below baseline emissions…

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HB 2007 Requires implicit bias training for mortgagors loan originators

This bill requires mortgage loan originators applying for or renewing a license to complete continuing education requirements including on topics of implicit bias and racial bias. Allows Dept. of Consumer & Business Services to establish educational requirements on implicit bias and racial bias. Establishes Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. Personal Choice and Responsibility This does…

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HB 2055 Tribal Early Learning Hub

This bill establishes Tribal Early Learning Hub for purpose of delivering early learning services to tribal communities of this state. This is about the destruction of sovereignty of tribal nations. Fiscal Responsibility Anticipates needing $851,263 per biennium in General Funds. This measure is part of the Oregon Department of Education’s budget request for the 2021-23 biennium. The department anticipates that…

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SB 590 Organizes a Rangeland Protection Association & provided Fire Protection for Croplands

This bill allows lands designated as “croplands” to join Rangeland Protection Associations nonprofit groups of landowners trained and authorized by state law to respond to wildfires. Fiscal Responsibility Given the federal and state government’s total failure to aggressively fight potentially devastating fires to property and persons, this bill is absolutely essential for the future of our state. Limited Government Over…

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HB 2143 Increases Fees for Hydroelectric Companies

This bill changes annual fees, relicensing and reauthorization fees for all power claimants to match annual fees for other hydroelectric projects and revises hydroelectric fee structure. Changes timing requirement for appointment of panel to review fee amount. Personal Choice and Responsibility The $759,344 will come from rate increases and roll down to affect all Oregonians. Fiscal Responsibility This measure increases…

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SB 762 Reducing Risk of Wildfires via Mandates

This bill directs Public Utility Commission to convene workshops to help public utilities adopt best practices regarding risk-based wildfire protection and mitigation standards. Directs certain agencies to develop specific programs. Establishes Oregon Wildfire Workforce Corps Program managed by Oregon Wildfire Workforce Advisory Committee appointed by Governor and awards grants preference to communities of color, indigenous communities, communities with limited proficiency…

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SB 32 Increased branding fees

This bill is amended to remove fees that doubled the amounts on livestock branding and feedlot licensing leaving small increases on sheep and renewals. Adds an emergency clause. This bill doubles amounts or amount caps for various fees related to livestock branding and feedlot licensing. Personal Choice and Responsibility Increased fees means increased food costs. When people are struggling through…

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HB 2993 Rulemaking must address racial equity

This bill provides that advisory committees appointed by agency as part of rulemaking must represent interests of persons and communities likely to be affected by rule. Requires agency to include in notice of rulemaking statement identifying how adoption of rule will affect racial equity. Personal Choice and Responsibility This would be a good bill if it didn’t push equity over…

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SB 732 Educational equity advisory

This bill requires school districts to establish educational equity advisory committee about the educational equity impacts of policy decisions and to inform district leaders when situations arise that negatively impact underrepresented students. Requires involvement in creation of district continuous improvement plans and district budgets. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parents are objecting to BLM and LGBTQ+ political speech that equity teams…

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HB 2172 Makes sentencing flexible

This bill converts mandatory minimum sentences for specified felonies other than murder to presumptive sentences. The intent is to allow a lesser sentence than mandated by Measure 11. Personal Choice and Responsibility For victims trying to move on and heal from abuse, letting their abusers off with lesser sentences is unconscionable. Eight of the nine female prosecutors in Oregon issued…

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HB 2334 Small business cost required for rulemaking

This bill requires rulemaking to include a statement of cost of compliance effect on small businesses before adoption. helps reinforce the statue by actually considering the economic consequences of temporary and permanent rules at the time the rule is being developed. Limited Government When the legislature passes new laws, they often then need to pass that law onto an appropriate…

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HB 3194 privatizes low-proof spirit beverages

This bill privatizes the sale of low-proof spirit beverages, permitting the sale, import, export, ship or delivery of these distilled spirits products in off-premises licensees such as grocery and convenience stores. Personal Choice and Responsibility Oregon is facing one of the worst addiction crises in the nation, 3rd highest untreated addiction rate in the nation, the 4th highest alcohol use…

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SB 286A Environmental Justice Council

This bill creates Environmental Justice Council and requires with DEQ, natural resource agencies, local agencies, officials, and community representatives to develop an environmental vulnerability assessment to determine susceptibility to environmental burdens and review and update the environmental vulnerability assessment every five years. Personal Choice and Responsibility Environmental justice is a social justice agenda that suppresses the economy. What is catering…

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HB 2479A Estimates human cause of black carbon

This bill requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish and maintain an estimate of human-caused black carbon emissions in Oregon, and to estimate the net impact of human-caused black carbon sources on climate change. modifies definition of “global warming” to include certain aerosol air contaminants, including black carbon. Directs Department of Environmental Quality to estimate black carbon emissions in…

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SB 313 Allows political Party to add voting members

This bill permits state central committee of political party to include as voting member any additional individuals designated by party. Personal Choice and Responsibility This is false representation allowing unofficial officers that aren’t elected as delegates being allowed to be a voting member. It destroys the grass roots effort. Limited Government A state central committee may include anyone as voting…

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HB 2205 Allows lawsuits on behalf of state

This bill creates a process for private individuals and organizations to bring public enforcement actions on behalf of and in the name of the State of Oregon for violations of statute or rule for which a state official has the power to enforce. Limited Government Born out of the California Private Attorney General Act, PAGA, it establishes procedures for persons…

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HB 2195 Decreases School Choice

Sponsored by Rep. Marty Wilde (D, HD-11)  Why is he against School Choice? This bill prohibits student from enrolling in virtual public charter school located in school district in which student is not resident if student’s resident school district or education service district offers appropriate online instruction. Restricts school choice. Personal Choice and Responsibility Adds restrictions to school choice of…

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SB 791 Rank-choice voting for State/Local elections

This bill established ranked-choice voting counting first and second choices for federal and state elections, and non-home charter counties. Becomes operative on January 1, 2023. Personal Choice and Responsibility This method gives a voter first and second choice so if the first choice is eliminated by receiving the fewest votes, the voters second choice becomes their vote. Fiscal Responsibility Provides…

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SJM 5A urges Congress to pass HR 763 on climate change

This bill urges Congress to pursue viable solutions to the threat posed by climate change and to pass House Resolution 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Personal Choice and Responsibility Whereas most Oregonians don’t agree or support the socialist agenda in HR 763, it is presumptive to send congress a false message. Limited Government In January 2019, House…

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SB 343 Ranked-choice voting in Counties

This bill permits counties to adopt ranked-choice voting counting first and second choices. Requires Secretary of State to create and staff a subdivision to assist counties that adopt ranked-choice voting in purchasing compatible computers, voting machines, and vote tally systems. Personal Choice and Responsibility This method gives a voter first and second choice so if the first choice is eliminated…

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HB 3298 Releases prisoners early for medical excuses.

This bill modifies procedures for early medical release of adult in custody from prison. The intent is to reform sentencing mandates in Measure 11. (same as SB 835) Personal Choice and Responsibility For victims trying to move on and heal from abuse, letting their abusers off with lesser sentences is unconscionable. Eight of the nine female prosecutors in Oregon issued…

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SB 249 Open mail in ballots when received

This bill will allow the opening of Mail-in ballots when received by the County Clerk removing the restriction that ballots can only be counted one week before the election. Personal Choice and Responsibility Without Poll watchers or ballot counters, this could lead to election fraud! No ballot-counting should take place with out poll watchers, Period! Local Control Opening mail-in ballots…

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HB 2679 17-year-old allowed to vote in primary

This bill allows major political party to permit a 17 year old to vote in the primary if 18 before the general election. Forces a party to adopt rules to be competitive. Limited Government This bill sets up a situation that can be changed every election based on party rules. The real goal is to allow 16 year-olds the vote….

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SB 594 Prohibits certain software to monitor student’s computer usage

This bill requires Legislative Policy and Research Office to conduct study of monitoring software and its usage. Establishes parameters of study. Requires report by September 1, 2022 Personal Choice and Responsibility As virtual classes has become necessary during the pandemic, so is protecting student privacy. Limited Government Replaced with a study. “Monitoring software” means any programs, procedures, routines or other…

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HB 2226 Ballot postmark & harvesting on election day

This bill requires ballots be postmarked not later than date of election, allows 7 days for delivery. Allows “ballot harvesting” on election day. Requires county clerks to announce status of tally of ballots received after election date on third and eighth calendar days after date of election. Personal Choice and Responsibility Voter responsibility is to make sure ballots are received…

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HB 2504 Disciplinary Mediator standards

This bill directs school districts to identify at least one school employee for every 250 students to train and act as disciplinary mediator for compensation increasing workload and budget. Personal Choice and Responsibility A disguised way of evaluating racial disparity and forces schools to think about race and color versus equal and fair treatment of all students. This bill also…

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SB 619 Establish program to pay reparations to blacks for slavery

This bill directs Department of Revenue to establish a program to pay alleged reparations to Black Oregonians who can demonstrate heritage in slavery Personal Choice and Responsibility It has been close to 160 years since anyone owned an African Slave. Will create victimhood where it is not warranted. There were Chinese, and Irish indentured persons, what about them! African Americans…

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SB 618 Directs study to provide Black Reparations for Slavery

This bill directs a study by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services methods of providing alleged reparations for the slavery of Black Oregonians. Personal Choice and Responsibility It has been close to 160 years since anyone owned an African Slave. Will create victimhood where it is not warranted. There were Chinese, and Irish indentured persons, what about them! African Americans…

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HB 2782 Reinstates tax credit for reforestation

This bill reinstates tax credit for reforestation. Fiscal Responsibility A tax credit is allowed with a preliminary certificate when issued before December 31, 2027. Local Control Adds jobs to rural areas, and small trees absorb more carbon to grow helping the environment agenda.

HB 2632 Reinstates tax credit for reforestation

This bill reinstates tax credit for reforestation. Fiscal Responsibility A tax credit is allowed with a preliminary certificate is issued before December 31, 2027. Local Control Adds jobs to rural areas, and small trees absorb more carbon to grow, helping the environment agenda.

SB 571/HB 2366 Voting rights for prisoners

This bill allows persons convicted of felony to register to vote, update voter registration and vote in elections while incarcerated. Personal Choice and Responsibility States with experience have noted that very few inmates exercise their right to vote, and inmates say it can be dangerous to discuss politics. Distrust of politicians and no interest are the reasons reported by volunteers….

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HB 2598 Imposes severance tax on all timber harvested

This bill imposes a severance tax on all timber harvested from public and private forestland. Redirects revenues from certain forest products harvest taxes. Repeals exclusion and exceptions. Fiscal Responsibility Department of Revenue shall determine biannually the value of timber at the time of harvest. Provides lower rates for older stands of trees. Creates Timber Tax Fund to pay Revenue’s administrative…

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HJR 18 Terminates COVID-19 Emergency Order

This bill ends the governors emergency declaration in Executive Order 20-03 dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Personal Choice and Responsibility People are waking up that numbers can be made to lie, and hearing no truth, they have had enough. Fiscal Responsibility The economy has been stretched to it’s breaking point. It’s insane to try the same losing tactic over and…

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SB 776 Lowers voting to 16 for school district elections

This bill lowers the voting age for school district elections to 16 or 17 instead of 18. They are a protected class of citizen and cannot have their signature or birthdate verified. Personal Choice and Responsibility An individual may vote in all school district elections, including the nomination and election of school directors, if the individual is 16 or 17…

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HB 3177 Restricts pandemic impact on businesses

This bill brings equity across the business sector during the remainder of the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak, restricting what the Governor may impose on certain businesses. Personal Choice and Responsibility Nothing in this bill limits the authority of the Governor to impose generally applicable requirements on individuals, including physical distancing or masking requirements. Limited Government For…

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SB 581 Recyclable Symbol

This bill prohibits sale of products that make deceptive or misleading claims about recyclability by the symbol on the product. Subject up to $25,000 fine per day. (same as HB 2815) Personal Choice and Responsibility The symbol includes a number, ranging from 1 to 7, within a triangle. While you may think nothing of these symbols, they can actually offer…

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HB 3130 Increases certain substitute teacher benefits

This bill expands collectively bargained benefits to substitute teachers by considering them employees of school district making them eligible for retirement benefits and health benefit plans. Fiscal Responsibility The bill has a retroactive portion which could cause financial obligations for school districts that have not budgeted for the additional cost. Not only could this be costly for school districts, but…

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SB 683 History curriculum based on racism

This bill requires school districts to provide instruction on racist history of this country and state. Implements a 1619 Project-type curriculum. Personal Choice and Responsibility A mandatory curriculum with no balanced agenda for objective discussion is indoctrination, not equity. It degrades white students to appease adults looking for revenge. Limited Government The language in the bill seems to blindly copy…

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HB 2991 Racial and Ethnic impact statement

This bill requires LPRO to prepare a racial and ethnic impact statement, if requested by a member or committee of the Legislature to determine the effect on traditionally marginalized groups, and if a negative impact the bill cannot be moved to the floor of either chamber. Personal Choice and Responsibility Kills bills with any negative impact on the underserved. Fiscal…

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HB 2825 Mitigating factors for sentencing

This bill -1 amendment requires a sentencing court to consider, as mitigation evidence, whether a defendant was subjected to abuse by an intimate partner or family or household member and that was a contributing factor to the defendant’s criminal behavior. The intent is to allow a lesser sentence than mandated by Measure 11. Personal Choice and Responsibility For victims trying…

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HJR 9 Increase to 36. One Senator for each County.

This bill amends Oregon Constitution to increase the number of Senators serving in the Legislative Assembly to 36, one for each county by duplicating the structure of the U.S. Congress. Limited Government Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution is a model for equal representation for rural and less populated states to balance the power against populated areas. Supreme…

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HJR 11 Provides Same Day Voter registration

This bill amends Oregon Constitution providing for same-day voter registration. Personal Choice and Responsibility We are blessed with the privilege of voting, but we also must accept responsibility for that privilege. Elections don’t pop up out of the blue and surprise us. If we are a responsible voter, we study the ballot ahead of time, and we also need to…

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HB 2716 Increases School Choice

Sponsored by Rep. Jack Zita (R, HD-53)  Thank you Rep Zita for supporting School Choice. This bill increases percentage of students to 8% of students in school district who may enroll in virtual public charter school not sponsored by school district without first receiving approval from school district. Expands school choice. Personal Choice and Responsibility Public schools have failed in…

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SJR 2/SB 224 Removes Superintendent of Public Instruction from Constitution

This bill amends constitution to remove provision that makes Superintendent of Public Instruction constitutional office that is filled by Governor or as result of statewide election. Personal Choice and Responsibility Removes the people’s constitutional involvement in the oversight and policies of our children’s education. Limited Government Attached to SB 224 which makes the Superintended an appointed position by the Governor…

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HB 3180 Accelerates decarbonizing electric grid

  This bill provides a method for accelerating the decarbonization of the grid to an emissions based approach that is a more comprehensive strategy producing more assured outcomes giving PUC greater leverage to direct utilities to meet requirements. Personal Choice and Responsibility The bill changes rates from customer based rates to a development model for rates, which will raise rates….

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SB 262 Legislator fines for absences

This bill imposes fine of $500 per day for unexcused absence from the Legislative Assembly for legislators who are absent without excuse. Also prevents them from receiving salary, per diem or expense reimbursement and prohibits political contributions from being used to cover expenses or pay fines, legal fees. Personal Choice and Responsibility Prohibits rural areas from supporting their causes by…

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SB 261 Restrictions for Legislator’s unexcused absences

This bill prohibits members of Legislative Assembly from soliciting or using contributions to pay fines or legal expenses, replace salary, defray expenses or otherwise compensate members for monetary losses incurred as result of unexcused absences from sessions of Legislative Assembly. Personal Choice and Responsibility Prohibits rural areas from supporting their cause being represented when it’s the only means to be…

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SB 223 Private school registration

This bill requires private school registration with the Oregon Department of Education by preventing their participation in interscholastic sports or activities with public schools unless registered. Attacking private schools is an attack against school choice. Personal Choice and Responsibility The Supreme Court has upheld parents’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights as they relate to education. Over 50,000 Oregon schoolchildren choose…

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SJR 3 Prohibits legislators reelection for session absences

This bill amends Oregon Constitution to prohibit a Senator or Representative from re-election if not attending 10 or more floor sessions without excuse. Personal Choice and Responsibility Prohibits rural areas from supporting their causes by supporting due representation and the only means to be heard in dire situations when livelihood and the economy is at stake. It is violating our…

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SJR 4 Quorum modification

This bill amends Oregon Constitution to modify quorum to be the majority necessary for house to conduct business, and following declaration of catastrophic disaster by Governor. Allows the majority party to more easily ignore the minority party. Personal Choice and Responsibility Prohibits rural areas from a voice since urban has the majority of representation. The 2/3s quorum protects equal representation…

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HB 2161 Racial Justice Council

This bill creates a study of laws focused on supporting the long-term economic success of those who experience systemic economic disadvantages in business creation, as well as access to traditional capital and wealth creation redistributing wealth to small businesses owned by members of minorities. It is at the request of Governor Kate Brown. Personal Choice and Responsibility Oregon’s population is…

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SB 14 Plastic stewardship program

This bill establishes product stewardship program for plastic packaging and plastic food serviceware. Fiscal Responsibility Unlike hazardous stewardship programs, this programs is far reaching so a concise organization isn’t possible making it an over reach for government. General fund will continuously appropriates moneys in fund to Department of Environmental Quality for purposes of Act. DEQ will collect an annual fee…

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HB 2398 Reduces energy use for building codes

This bill requires ratcheting down energy usage of new or refurbished buildings as compared to similar existing structures. Creates code separate from and superseding the current building code. As the new code progressively reduces energy use the new level of energy use will be adopted into the building code. Personal Choice and Responsibility How energy is used will ultimately be…

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HB 2908 Allows examination upon suspicion of accounts of person, political committee or petition committee.

This bill gives the Secretary of State and Attorney General authorization, upon reasonable suspicion that a violation has occurred and in addition to any other action permitted by law, examine the accounts of the person, political committee or petition committee or election law complaints with access to bank accounts and other documentation for the three prior months with access to…

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HB 2365 Prohibits single-use plastic food service ware

This bill prohibits food vendor from using single-use plastic food service ware when selling prepared food, unless specifically requested and food service ware isn’t plastic and is recyclable. Requires specified restaurants and bed and breakfast facilities to be able to sanitize reusable food service ware. Fiscal Responsibility The economy can only rebound with restaurants and food vendors in full operation….

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HB 736 Task Force on Restorative Justice in education

This bill establishes a 24-member Task Force on Restorative Justice charged with making recommendations to reduce: (1) exclusionary discipline in schools; (2) juvenile incarceration; and (3) racial disparities in both the education and juvenile justice systems. The task force is required to submit a report to Legislature by September 15, 2022. Fiscal Responsibility The purpose is to create a new…

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HB 3110A minority representation on corporate boards

This bill requires board of directors of publicly traded corporation to have at least one female director and one director who is a member of an underrepresented community. Punishes violation of requirement with civil penalty of at least $10,000 for publicly traded corporations. Personal Choice and Responsibility The definition of “Female” means an individual who self-identifies as a woman, regardless…

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HB 2499 Extends automatic voter registration

This bill extends automatic voter registration to Oregon Health Authority and any state agency designated by Governor. Allows registration without an electronic signature on file by requiring elector to provide signature after the fact in order for ballot to be counted. Personal Choice and Responsibility All of our voting laws require a signature on record. This subverts that basic protection….

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SJR 7 Allows impeachment of Elected officials

This bill amends the Oregon Constitution to allow impeachment of Statewide elected official by the House, that they be tried in the Senate, and convicted by a three-fifths vote. Limited Government Currently, Oregon does not have an impeachment process. We only have a recall process.

HB 2357 Prohibits OFRI from educating public

This bill puts Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) under magnifying glass recording all interactions with elected officials, boards and commissions, and agencies reporting to the Governor. Establishes Sound Forestry Practices Subaccount and the Family Forestlands Subaccount. Transfers authority to set privilege tax rate from OFR to the Board of Forestry. Prohibits use of privilege tax revenue from educating the public….

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HB 2942 Allows criminals in K-12 classrooms

This bill allows individuals convicted of drug dealing, sex crimes into K-12 settings, and open the door to convicted criminals working and volunteering in K-12 educational settings. Personal Choice and Responsibility It’s completely unacceptable that the Salem supermajority is intentionally putting felons inside the classroom and on the playground with our kids, even when their crimes included making and selling…

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HB 2814 new program to regulate emissions

This bill provides an open-ended directive to the Environmental Quality Commission to create a new program to regulate indirect sources, including the regulation of emissions associated with construction and operation of an indirect source as well as regulating the aggregate emissions from on-road and non-road vehicles and engines. The -1 amendment also authorizes the EQC to establish an “emissions mitigation…

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SJR 15 Emergency clause to require 2/3 of each House

This bill requires that 2/3rds of the members of each house to vote yes in order to pass a bill that declares an emergency. This resolution will be on the ballot during the next regular statewide election. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill gives the People the power to vote for or against this resolution during the next election. By…

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HB 2674 Study the impacts of engine emissions on environment

This bill is a study on the impacts of engine emissions on the environment . If gut and stuffed at the Public Hearing March 3, with the Amend -1, it will rewrite HB 2007 that encouraged the retrofit and replacement of older on-road engines in the Metro area. The Amendment will impose a 3% excise tax on the retail of…

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HB 2016 Clear notification before automatic renewals

This bill requires entities that offer services or products with automatic renewals to notify consumers in a separate and clear statement of terms of service before renewing such services or products. The consumer must give consent before the renewal occurs. Personal Choice and Responsibility Personal choice and responsibility have been quietly stolen from countless individuals with the rise of the…

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HB 3305 Ban on selling diesel

This bill prohibits retail dealer, nonretail dealer or wholesale dealer from selling petroleum diesel for use in motor vehicle. ‘Petroleum diesel‘ does not include fuel that consists of a blend of petroleum diesel and biodiesel or other renewable diesel where the biodiesel or other renewable diesel is at least 99 percent of the mixture by volume. Personal Choice and Responsibility…

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SB 227 Adoption of Ethnic Studies Standards

This bill appropriates $2,500,000 from General Fund for Educator Advancement Council to provide professional learning opportunities related to ethnic studies standards adopted by department. Personal Choice and Responsibility Ethnic studies is a way to force a point of political view on educators and thus on students. Fiscal Responsibility In addition to and not in lieu of any other appropriation, there…

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HB 2788 Shifts Attorney General fees to Dept. of Justice

This bill prohibits Department of Justice from charging officers and agencies of state government for assistance rendered. Directs department to pay for costs of assistance rendered to officers and agencies of state government out of funds appropriated to department for that purpose. Personal Choice and Responsibility This can’t help but increase taxpayer’s obligation to fund increases in the Dept. of…

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SJR 25 Allows 16-year-olds to vote

This bill allows 16-year-old children the right to vote. They are a protected class of citizen and cannot have their signature or birthdate verified. Personal Choice and Responsibility High school sophomores don’t have adult brain development to make good judgment no matter how smart they are. The reason why 16 and 17 year old should not vote is that they…

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HB 3363A Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative

This bill establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group to develop a process for individuals to apply to become a member of the collaborative. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill basically creates a state-level student collaborative of non-white students to help direct educational policy. Excludes membership of the 85% majority of students in Oregon based solely on their…

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HB 2638 Limits liability when following government guidance

This bill limits liability claims to businesses or other professionals for damage arising out of acts of compliance with government guidance taken during the COVID-19 emergency period. Creates a process for striking a claim early in the legal process. Limited Government On March 8, 2020, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 infections. At the time, there…

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HB 3112 Cannabis Equity Board

This bill establishes Cannabis Equity Board within office of Governor to provide equity oversight of cannabis industry in this state. Personal Choice and Responsibility Removes 40% of the Oregon Marijuana Account from funding the State School Fund making taxpayers obligated to make up the difference. When the word “equity” is used, it is about creating new power structures that benefit…

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HB 2001 Teacher retention based on cultural or linguistic ability over seniority

This bill requires school districts facing budgetary constraints to prioritize teachers for retention based on seniority, unless a teacher being retained has more merit and the retention of the teacher maintains the school district’s diversity ratio. Limited Government Currently when a public school district in Oregon needs to or chooses to do a reduction in staffing, they do the reduction…

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SB 289 Bias crimes hit outdoor recreation

This bill prohibits a person convicted of first or second degree bias crime from entering or remaining in any building, land or water of the state or publicly owned land used for outdoor recreation for a period of at least six months, but not longer than five-years in addition to any other penalty. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill now…

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SB 702 Social studies standards review

Sponsored by Sens. Dembrow & Manning Jr. This bill requires State Board of Education to review social studies standards by December 31, 2025. Establishes consultation requirements and considerations. Personal Choice and Responsibility Without public and parent input, how can parents critic and make sure critical race theory does not dominate. Limited Government Currently, Oregon’s content standards for K-12 schools are…

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HB 3141 Increases energy rates by Oregon Community Power

This bill will increase energy rates (gas & electric) for service districts that are controlled by Oregon Community Power thru a new 1.5 to 3% tax and natural gas “tariffs”. Requires that utility companies appoint board members that support stringent conservation policies and allocate funds to support these policies. Requires new self-reporting processes of the utility to ensure compliance Personal…

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HB 2358 Overtime for Agricultural Workers

This bill eliminates the agricultural exemption for payment of overtime to agricultural workers and requires overtime pay in excess of 40 hours per workweek. Personal Choice and Responsibility This bill will impact everyone raising food cost or cause a scarcity of food but not getting the harvest in before it rots. Fiscal Responsibility It stacks costs onto a volatile commodity…

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HB 3089 Provides Grants to Pay Water and Sewer Bills

This bill establishes Public Drinking Water and Sewer Ratepayer Assistance Fund and appropriates $15 million for grants to nonprofit community-based organizations, and public utilities providing domestic water or sewer service. Consideration for other utility bill payment or crisis assistance and low-income assistance programs. Fiscal Responsibility Appropriates one time $15,000,000 General Funds for deposit in the Public Drinking Water and Sewer…

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HB 2004 Grants for Emergency Shelters

This bill allocates $27 million General Funds to support emergency shelters through grants to the Oregon Community Foundation for the acquisition, retrofitting and operation of emergency shelters throughout this state. Also, $2 million for technical assistance for organizations developing and operating emergency shelters or transitional housing accommodations. Fiscal Responsibility It’s worth asking why the money goes to a specific non-profit…

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SB 27 Ballot security & notices

This bill allows county clerk or other filing officer to not provide a secrecy envelope for a ballot if the SOS has approved a different procedure to ensure secrecy, and to begin opening and counting ballots upon receipt. Requires that cover sheet of initiatives list city and state of residence for chief petitioners, rather than residence address of chief petitioners….

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HB 2631 Report harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying.”Notification need not be provided to the parents or guardians”

This bill requires a report of an act of harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying, school employees are required to notify parents or guardians in a timely manner. A student may request that parents/guardians not be notified. Personal Choice and Responsibility Parent rights and responsibility for their child is allowed to be bypassed without cause. “Notification may not be provided to…

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HB 2056 Lowers Non-English Graduation Requirements

This bill allows non-English students to fulfill graduation requirements by taking language arts classes in their native languages to satisfy diploma requirements English. Personal Choice and Responsibility This is the United States. To have employment options one must have basic English readiness. Effectively disenfranchises non-English speakers from receiving an education through public schools, leaving them unable to have educational and…

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SJM 4 Starts legislation for Black Reparations

This bill requests legislation be enacted to start implementing reparations for African Americans based on Slavery and discrimination. Personal Choice and Responsibility It has been close to 160 years since anyone owned an African Slave. Will create victimhood where it is not warranted. There were Chinese, and Irish indentured persons, what about them! African Americans owned slaves, American Indians took…

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HB 2474 Expands Oregon Family Medical Leave Act

This bill expands Oregon Family Medical Leave Act (OFLA) to establish eligibility for protected leave for all employees of a covered employer during public health emergency unless employed fewer than 30 days or worked less than an average of 25 hours per week in the 30 days leading up to the leave. Reinstates eligibility if reemployed within 180 days and…

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HB 2680 Creates Small Donor Election Program & Uses Taxpayer Money

This bill establishes the Small Donor Election Program funded with general fund (aka tax dollars) as a matching 6-1 program with steep qualifying amounts and sets maximum donations at $6,000. Participation is voluntary so this isn’t a campaign reform program. Candidates with big donors won’t participate, and those that do will have to refuse large donations or return all the…

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HB 2342 Imposes per-mile road usage charge

This bill imposes annual fee in lieu of participation with flat fee indexed to current cost of paying gasoline tax. establishes mandatory per-mile road usage charge for registered owners and lessees of passenger vehicles of model year 2027 or later that have rating of 30 miles per gallon or greater, beginning July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2030. Repeals voluntary…

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SJM 3 Property owner’s redress from federal forest fires

This bill urges Congress to establish a program to give property owners redress having the federal government reimburse property owners for property damage that resulted from a fire that started on mismanaged federal forest-lands. Fiscal Responsibility In 2020, wildfires in Oregon burned more than 1.2 million acres. More than 5,000 homes and commercial structures were destroyed. In 2020 alone, the…

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HB 2475 Inequity of energy rates

This bill imposes on public utilities another set of social inequities criteria to consider when setting rates. Allows the PUC to consider differential energy burden and other inequities of affordability in rates, and authorize the PUC to enter into agreements to provide financial assistance, limited to $500,000 annually, for organizations to represent interests of low-income residential customers and residential customers…

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