Pacific Power 14.16% rate increase proposal

(Exert from Rep. David Gomberg (D, HD10) newsletter, dated 5-23-22) The Oregon Public Utility Commission is hosting a virtual public comment hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24. The event provides Pacific Power customers an opportunity to speak directly to the commissioners about the utility’s proposed increase to electricity rates. Pacific Power is asking for an increase in its general…

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Oregon sales tax to pay for $750 monthly checks to poor

The bills to be debated during the 35-day Oregon Special Session have been introduced this week. House Bill 4079, sponsored by State Representative Brad Witt would create a sales tax in order to give debit cards to lower income people loaded with $750 monthly payments. The sales tax would hit electronic goods, computers, cell-phones, certain vehicles and certain clothing of…

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SB 139 Increases Tax Liability for Some Businesses

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2434 Increases Aviation Fuel Tax

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2142 Increases Water Fees charged by Water Resources Department

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 3141 Increases energy rates by Oregon Community Power

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2143 Increases Fees for Hydroelectric Companies

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2021 Clean Electric Energy Policy – Raises Electric Rates

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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HB 2342 Imposes per-mile road usage charge

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 3305 Ban on selling diesel

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

HB 2398 Reduces energy use for building codes

VOTE:NO
Died In Committee

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HB 3180 Accelerates decarbonizing electric grid

VOTE:NO Died In Committee on 06-26-21 Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB3180 Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HEE/Overview 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…

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HB 2358 Overtime for Agricultural Workers

HB 2358 VOTE: NO Died In Committee on 06/26/21 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2358 Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/JWM/Overview 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…

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

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

SB 493 Setting of prevailing wage for trades

SB 493 VOTE: NO Signed into Law by Gov Brown on May 26, 2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SB493 This bill changes how the prevailing wage for trade or occupation in a locality is set to be the highest rate of wage among collective bargaining agreements for trade or occupation in locality. Personal Choice and Responsibility Prevailing wages for public…

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HB 2475 Inequity of energy rates

VOTE:NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown