HB 4083 Prohibits investments in thermal coal companies

This bill directs the Oregon Investment Council and the State Treasurer to make efforts to eliminate certain investments in thermal coal companies. Provides that divestments must be accomplished without monetary loss to the investment funds. Provides that investments may be retained in a thermal coal company that is transitioning to clean energy. This is a violation of fiduciary responsibilities and…

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HB 4080 Offshore wind energy construction standards

This bill creates a state policy on offshore wind energy. Tells the state agency on energy to make a road map on standards for offshore wind energy. Makes a person involved in an offshore wind energy or port project to meet certain labor and supply chain standards. Tells the state agency on land use to conduct, or support, federal reviews of…

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SB 1537 Reforms land use and funds housing

Through Senate Bill 1537 and budget request, Kotek had asked for $600 million in funding, including $200 million for revolving loans developers could use to build homes for middle-income Oregonians, $200 million to help cities and tribal councils pay for infrastructure needs, $65 million to keep existing homeless shelters running and $35 million for eviction prevention. The Senate Housing and…

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HB 4002 reform Measure 110 – Democrat

This bill has a 137 page amendment in -24 as the basis of what goes forward that House leadership write behind closed doors. This is only the start of keeping the public at arm’s length. This may be the only chance to testify if it is passed to Ways & Means to approve funding. The proposal is a Band-Aid that…

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SB 1589 return to in-person voting

This bill makes voting in person the normal method for voting. Requires voters to show picture ID when voting or requesting a ballot. Makes in-person voting on the date of an election the standard method for conducting an election. Allows an elector to request a ballot that may be voted by mail if the elector is unable to vote in…

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HB 4078A Develops system for sharing student private information

Th amended bill directs e Legislative Policy and Research Director to undertake a study of the creation of a statewide student information system, and establish goals and recommendations for legislation. Establishes the Task Force on a Statewide Student Information System to review the study. the J.N. v. Oregon Department of Education class-action lawsuit, the neutral expert hired by the court…

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SB 1553 Crime to consume illegal drugs on public transportation

This bill expands the crime of interfering with public transportation to include when a person, while in or on a public transit vehicle or public transit station, knowingly consumes a controlled substance that is not lawfully possessed by the person. Provides that a conviction for interfering with public transportation established by this measure shall be classified as a designated drug-related…

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SB 1559 changes greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals

Global warming is not panning out for the liberals so rather than see the deceptiveness in the concept, they pursue, full-steam ahead, under Climate Change. The Act changes the term “global warming” to “climate change” in some laws. The Act declares an emergency and takes effect when it passes. Modifies state greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. The first change comes…

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HB 4161 expands school choice with education savings

HB 4161 increases the number of students that may enroll in virtual public charter school that is not sponsored by the student’s resident school district without first receiving approval from the school district – extends the cap from 3 to 6% in school year 2025-26. Requires school districts to participate in open enrollment, but may apply for a waiver if…

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SB 1532 Develops education plan for immigrants

Directs the Department of Education to develop and implement a statewide education Student Success Plan for students who are asylum seekers, refugees or any other immigrant. Requires Student Success Plan for immigrant and refugee students to address academic disparities, historical practices, and educational needs based on culturally responsive best practices. Requires plan to provide strategies to meet specified goals. Forms…

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SB 1572 Task force for commuter train between Portland and Salem

This bill is a repeat of HB 2662 from 2023 that passed out of committee, but not without  objection from those testifying. It creates a multi‐organizational task force—the Westside Express Advisory Committee—composed of local governments, transit agencies, railroads and public‐interest groups to study extending the current rush‐hour‐only Westside Express Service (WES) commuter train from the current southern terminus in Wilsonville…

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HB 4057 Makes teacher participation in strikes unlawful

This bill would make it unlawful for teachers to participate in a strike. Expands the statutory list of strike-prohibited employees to include teachers employed by a common school district or a union high school district. Imposes a civil penalty of $500 per day against an individual or labor organization that participates in an unlawful teacher strike. Strikable conditions and pay…

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HB 4096 Firearm hold agreement

The Act allows “Federal firearms licensee” (a person licensed as a dealer, manufacturer or importer) to enter into agreements with a firearm owner to hold guns for safety. The Act also directs OHA to develop a firearm safety pamphlet. Prohibits a civil cause of action against a licensee who takes possession of a firearm pursuant to a firearm hold agreement…

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