Tag Archives: House Bills

Erik Lukens column: Behind the dogfight over wilderness access and a local footbridge

A prominent bridge opponent has another, and related, passion: off-leash dog recreation. Where you stand, according to a famous political maxim, depends on where you sit. This is a clever way of explaining that a person’s circumstances and interests tend to inform his policy preferences, and it’s particularly relevant in light of two local recreational […]
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Locals voice alarm over proposal on hard drugs

A bill slated for Gov. Kate Brown’s desk targets racial profiling by law enforcement and intends to defelonize small-amounts of hard drugs — a part of the bill which raises concerns in Malheur County. House Bill 2355 would reclassify offenses for possession of small quantities of hard drugs as misdemeanors rather than felonies for offenders. […]
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Oregon Expands Pay Equity Protections

Oregon recently enacted the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (H.B. 2005) (the “Act”). The Act broadly expands Oregon’s existing equal pay protections and imposes new restrictions on Oregon employers’ use of salary histories in recruiting employees and setting compensation. Source: Oregon Expands Pay Equity Protections | The National Law Review

Council Watch: Banking on brownfields

Portland considers a tax incentive program to ready polluted properties for development. The city is home to about 600 brownfields representing 910 acres. [View a map of the city’s brownfields here.] In Multnomah County, the numbers are even higher — more than 6,300 acres. These sites harbor soil polluted by a range of businesses: gas […]
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East Oregon gets $5 million for economic development region

The Oregon Legislature’s recently passed House Bill 2012 provides $5 million for a special economic development region in Eastern Oregon designed to help businesses there compete on a more level playing field with their Idaho counterparts. A bill passed by the Oregon Legislature this month will create a special economic development region in Eastern Oregon […]
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Mullins: health care tax could have ‘damaging effects’

Construction of a 16-bed, nearly $4 million alcohol and drug treatment center in Lebanon has been put on hold until Samaritan Health Services gets a clearer picture of how the state’s expanded health care tax (House Bill 2391) is going to affect the system’s bottom line. Source: Mullins: health care tax could have ‘damaging effects’ […]
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Editorial: Renters’ bill is blocked in Legislature 

Compromises helped pave the way for legislative action this session on bills regarding workplace scheduling and pay equity. But another big piece of this year’s Democratic agenda — strengthening protections for renters — fell by the wayside in the final days of the session. It was a stinging defeat for Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, who […]
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New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect in October

The Oregon Legislature earlier this month closed a loophole in the state’s regulation for use of electronic devices behind the wheel – making it illegal for drivers to touch their phones or other devices while driving. The law kicks in October 1. Source: The Skanner News – New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect in October

Oregon’s Small Drug Possession Lowered to Misdemeanor

Oregon legislatures passed a landmark bill this week that reclassifies small scale possession of illegal drugs – heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and others – from a felony to a misdemeanor. Source: The Skanner News – Oregon’s Small Drug Possession Lowered to Misdemeanor

Editorial: Sign the petition to put taxes on the ballot

Among the budget-balancing efforts approved by the 2017 Oregon Legislature and signed by the governor is House Bill 2391, which raises some $605 million to keep the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) whole while balancing the state budget. Source: Editorial: Sign the petition to put taxes on the ballot;