Tag Archives: House Bills

Oregon carbon reduction greenhouse gas most important climate bill

House Bill 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Plan currently moving through the State Capitol, establishes a carbon reduction program tailor-made for our state’s families and businesses. As a volunteer board member representing Salem with the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB), which was created by voters to advocate for residential utility customers, I especially support HB […]
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Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical vaccine exemption

As an organization invested in the health of every person in our communities, we were extremely disappointed to that the Oregon Legislature abandoned HB 3063, a bill that would have eliminated parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school attendance without a medical exemption. Source: Oregon legislators abandon bill removing non-medical […]
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Oregon Senate Republicans still absent, no clear path forward

Oregon Senate Republicans continued their walkout from Senate floor sessions for the second day on Friday, avoiding Oregon State Police and thwarting Democrats who want to pass an economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. Republicans want to change House Bill 2020, saying they have been alternatively cut out of the process or their suggestions have been dismissed by […]
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Oregon Legislature repeals tsunami zone building law

The Oregon Legislature has repealed a nearly 25-year-old law prohibiting new schools, hospitals, jails, and police and fire stations from being built in the state’s tsunami inundation zone. Coastal legislators, who pushed the bill, say the risks of a natural disaster must be weighed against an actual economic disaster already unfolding because of the statute. Source: […]
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Logjam Continues at Oregon Capitol, But Militia Threat Fails to Materialize

Senate Republicans have refused to provide Democrats a quorum since Thursday, and have been hiding out of state. The Oregon Legislature remained at an uneasy standstill Sunday with Republicans blocking a carbon cap-and-trade bill, even as national observers sensationalized the impasse. Source: Logjam Continues at Oregon Capitol, But Militia Threat Fails to Materialize – Willamette […]
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Republican leader says Senate Democrats ‘lacked the courage’ to face protesters at Oregon Capitol

“Democrats were reactionary to rumors and lacked the courage to face these Oregonians,” Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr. said Sunday. Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr. chided the Democrats for closing the State Capitol building over the weekend. Source: Republican leader says Senate Democrats ‘lacked the courage’ to face protesters at Oregon […]
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Housing option bill builds bipartisan support

HB 2001 hopes to fill in ‘missing middle’ by opening land-use zones to more than just single-family homes. Single-family homes have long dominated the housing market in Oregon. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Housing option bill builds bipartisan support

Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol

Oregon’s Democratic governor, Kate Brown, has dispatched state troopers to find missing Republican senators and bring them back to Salem to legislate. All 11 Republican senators are in hiding, at least some of them out of state, in order to prevent the Senate from having the quorum it needs to operate. They can’t abide the […]
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Oregon House unanimously moves to scrap state’s nonunanimous jury system

The Oregon House on Thursday approved a measure that would ask voters to overturn the state’s decades-long practice of allowing split juries to convict felony defendants, an anomaly within the American criminal justice system that reform advocates have targeted as deeply flawed and racist. Source: Oregon House unanimously moves to scrap state’s nonunanimous jury system

Senate Republican walkout: What do they want?

Despite a marathon negotiating session Wednesday to find a compromise set of amendments to Oregon’s carbon cap and trade policy, HB 2020, Republicans and Democrats came up empty handed. Here’s the big picture changes Republicans are seeking. Source: Senate Republican walkout: What do they want?