Oregon Tribal Student Grant program seeks to improve access to higher education

A new grant program aims to help members of the Oregon’s nine federally recognized Native American tribes with the cost of attending college next academic year. The Oregon Tribal Student Grant program will cover attendance costs, beyond what federal and state financial aid cover, at eligible colleges or universities in the state. Students can use the money for tuition, and…

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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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HB 4029A school adm training mandates

PASS HOUSE COMMITTEE – REFERRED TO WAYS & MEANS – CONTACT (below) 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…

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Rep. Reschke: Review of legislature’s first week

New Speaker of the House For the first time in 9 years, Oregon’s House of Representatives has a new Speaker of the House: Representative Dan Rayfield of Corvallis. How Speaker Rayfield will differ from the previous Speaker is yet to be seen. Bills  I introduced two bills on the opening day of session: • HJR 201 – Ending the Governor’s…

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HB 4069 prohibits sharing someone’s medical history

WAITING HEARING ASSIGNMENT – CONTACT COMMITTEE MEMBERS 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…

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Rep. Reschke bills: Stop endless emergencies. End medical discrimination.

State Representative Reschke announced he will introduce two bills for the 2022 short legislative session, which begins in Salem on February 1st. End the State of Emergency HJR 201 is a resolution, that upon passage, would immediately terminate the Governor’s state of emergency declaration that first began March 2020. The resolution does not require the Governor’s signature to take effect,…

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HB 2266 Financial assistance for minority owners of businesses

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

HB 2518 Forgivable Loans to Minorities and Women

HB 2518 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/27/2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2518 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…

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HB 2167 Creates Racial Justice Council into conduct of state business

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

SB 52 Requires Specialized Education Plan for LGBTQ etc.

SB 52 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/27/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB52 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…

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HB 3354 Tilts Scales for Evaluation of Teacher Candidates

HB 3354 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/27/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3354 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…

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HB 2007 Requires implicit bias training for mortgagors loan originators

HB 2007 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07/19/2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2007 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….

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HB 2438 Property Tax Exemption Program for Certain Income Brackets

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2007 Requires mortgage lenders complete education on racial bias

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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SB 762 Reducing Risk of Wildfires via Mandates

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2993 Rulemaking must address racial equity

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2819 Unearned tax credits to unqualified persons.

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

HB 3112 Cannabis Equity Board

HB 3112 VOTE: NO Died In Committee on 06/26/2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3112 Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HJUD/Overview 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…

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HB 2161 Racial Justice Council

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 2991 Racial and Ethnic impact statement

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee on 06-26-21

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HB 2337 Collects data on race, ethnicity, language and disability status

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee

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HB 2504 Disciplinary Mediator standards

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Sets standards for evaluating racial disparity

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SB 286-A Environmental Justice Council

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee

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SB 618 Directs study to provide Black Reparations for Slavery

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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SB 619 Establish program to pay reparations to blacks for slavery

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 3363 Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group

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HB 3110A minority representation on corporate boards

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 3363A Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Establishes Racial Equity and Justice Student Collaborative work group

SB 683 History curriculum based on racism

VOTE: NO
Died In Committee
Requires school districts to provide instruction on racist history

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

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires school districts facing budgetary constraints to prioritize teachers for retention based on the school district’s diversity ratio

SB 483 Rebuttable presumption against employers

SB 483 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 06/15/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB483 This bill create a presumption of guilt for employers accused of retaliation. The law would completely change accepted procedures of fairness. Limited Government Creates rebuttable presumption that person violated prohibition against retaliation or discrimination against employee or prospective employee if person takes certain…

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SJM 4 Starts legislation for Black Reparations

VOTE:NO
Filed with Secretary of State

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HB 2056 Lowers Non-English Graduation Requirements

Allows non-English students to fulfill graduation requirements by taking language arts classes in their native languages to satisfy “English” diploma requirements

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HB 2697 Prohibits bias incidents in schools

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown
Requires education providers to prohibit display of any symbols of hate on school property

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HB 2165 Electric customers to pay for transportation electrification for electric cars

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2475 Inequity of energy rates

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

Oregon bill sets requirements for corporate board diversity

A bill has been introduced in the Oregon Legislature that would require a certain number of board seats of publicly traded companies, with principal offices in Oregon, be filled with women and people from underrepresented communities. It’s similar to bills passed in California. The first was in 2018 that required a minimum number of women on public company boards, the…

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