Tag Archives: House Bills

Oregon Senate votes to raise state’s tobacco age to 21

Oregon is on track to become the third state in the nation to raise its tobacco age minimum to 21 after Thursday’s vote by the Senate. Source: Oregon Senate votes to raise state’s tobacco age to 21 | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Leave Proposal

  Oregon businesses would have to offer employees paid time off to care for children or family members under a bill being considered in Salem. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Leave Proposal . News | OPB

Businesses: Paid family leave adds to fatigue of Legislature-imposed mandates

A bill to require 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave would bring Oregon up to the living standards of most other developed nations but represents another financial setback to the state’s business community, said speakers at a hearing Thursday, March 23, at the Capitol. Source: Oregon Local News – Businesses: Paid family leave […]
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Reschke seeks comments on three water bills 

In response to a series of three water-related bills, Rep. Reschke, R-Klamath Falls, is calling for comments from local landowners and water users. Source: Reschke seeks comments on three water bills | Agriculture | heraldandnews.com

Editorial: Saving for family leave should be optional

Oregon lawmakers will decide the fate of two bills dealing with family leave this legislative session. House Bill 3087 is sponsored by a pair of House Democrats and would require workers and their bosses to contribute to a state fund to pay for family leave. A second measure, House Bill 3336, co-sponsored by Rep. Knute […]
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Barreto seeks comments on water bills

Republican Rep. Greg Barreto of Cove is seeking comment from local landowners and water users on three water bills. Barreto in a written statement said House Bill 2705 would require measurement and annual reporting of all diversions of water after 2020; HB 2706 would impose an annual $100 “management fee” on each water right certificate, […]
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Editorial: Give counties more freedom in land use

Two measures before the Oregon Legislature would make relatively minor changes to Oregon’s land-use laws by allowing property owners to put accessory dwelling units and recreational vehicles on rural land for housing. House Bill 2937 applies to ADUs, while HB 2938 applies to RVs. In both bills, the uses would be allowed outright on land […]
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Bladine: Tax hikes become preferred solution

Oregon state and local governments have more money, but provide fewer services. The clarion call from those who presided over creation of our budget crisis is to raises taxes. One hand points to large businesses and higher-income citizens as taxation targets; the other hand slips silently into the back pockets of all Oregonians who will […]
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Oregon’s massive housing subsidy to the well-off deserves legislators’ scrutiny: Editorial

As public policy goes, the state’s home-mortgage interest deduction that helps shrink Oregonians’ tax bills flunks the test of public benefit. Source: Oregon’s massive housing subsidy to the well-off deserves legislators’ scrutiny: Editorial Agenda 2017 | OregonLive.com

Oregon may let farmers sue Monsanto, other GMO patent-holders, for crop contamination

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would let farmers sue Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro and other companies that hold patents on genetically engineered seeds if crops grown from those seeds contaminate traditional or organic crops. Source: Oregon may let farmers sue Monsanto, other GMO patent-holders, for crop contamination