Tag Archives: House Bills

Plan for local control of transit funds alive

The bill would shift authority from Salem to Bend area A plan that would allow Bend-area officials to set transportation spending priorities for some state money has been safely parked in the House Revenue Committee. While no action is pending on the bill, its approval by the House Transportation Policy Committee on March 27 beat […]
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Nosse Prescription Drug Price-Setting Bill Survives Filing Deadline

A more thorough fiscal analysis of HB 2387 will be conducted in the Committee on Ways & Means. The amended version sets up an account for drug manufactures to issue rebates for excessively priced drugs, which will be used to repay health insurers. A bill regulating the price of medications in Oregon passed out of […]
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Bill to address solar panels on farmland

A bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) aims to address the development of solar panels on high-value farmland. State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) is sponsoring legislation that would make it easier for the Umatilla Electric Cooperative to develop solar power in Umatilla and Morrow counties, allowing the utility to comply with statewide renewable energy […]
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A change to public employee healthcare could help Oregon schools, graduations rates (Guest opinion)

During my time in the Legislature, and particularly as co-Speaker of the Oregon House, Oregonians were clear about their priorities. They wanted us to increase access to healthcare, improve its delivery, and prioritize predictable education funding that would improve graduation rates while getting more money into the classroom. Source: A change to public employee healthcare […]
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House Mistakenly Passes Bill That Would Allow Drones to Fire Bullets at Wolves, Other Wildlife Predators

Measure relaxes earlier prohibitions on use of unmanned aircraft in Oregon skies but is expected to be amended in Senate. The Oregon House yesterday passed House Bill 3047, which explicitly expands the permitted use of drones in Oregon airspace and, according to the bill summary, allows the “use of unmanned aircraft system capable of firing […]
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Backpack safety bill a burden education department shouldn’t have to carry: Editorial

Senate Bill 216, which requires the Oregon Department of Education to distribute information on backpack safety to school districts, is all about good intentions. Anyone who has seen students staggering under the weight of mammoth backpacks, often hanging off one shoulder, can understand the concern that kids are courting pain or injury with the loads […]
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Plan to dismantle Measure 98 funding scrapped — for now

A proposal by the state’s teachers union to fundamentally alter a voter-approved mandate for college-prep, vocational and dropout prevention funding in Oregon high schools effectively failed last week in Salem – at least for now. Source: Plan to dismantle Measure 98 funding scrapped — for now

Legislature ponders whether to give Oregon State Parks more campsite pricing flexibility

Oregon State Parks may soon be able to reduce or increase campsite rates depending on a park — or even an individual site based on its popularity — under a proposed bill in the Oregon Legislature. House Bill 2318, if approved, is designed to give state park officials the ability to temporarily raise rates at […]
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Rep. Mitch Greenlick brings his health systems reform to the Oregon House floor this week

The coming weeks will be prime time for pet bills that survived the most recent legislative deadline. While behind the scenes, leaders conduct budget negotiations, the House and the Senate will publicly take up the heartfelt issues-type bills that lawmakers shepherded to the session’s midpoint. Source: Rep. Mitch Greenlick brings his health systems reform to the Oregon House floor […]
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Tensions rising as Oregon Legislature passes halfway mark

Oregon’s 2017 Legislative session hit its halfway mark last week, as hundreds of bills died for lack of committee action. That, in itself, isn’t unusual. It’s part of the regular winnowing process of legislation. Source: Tensions rising as Oregon Legislature passes halfway mark