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Legislative Update

Feb. 18, 2013

This Week in Salem:

Legislators have until Thursday of this week, February 21st, to file their legislative concepts with the Chief Clerk of the House for introduction as bills. With the exception of five priority bills, all legislative concepts were required to have been submitted for drafting last month. Under House rule 13.15 each House member is allowed to submit only five more bills after that Thursday deadline.
This also means legislators and the public alike will have access to see and study what all their colleagues are proposing for legislation. It is expected that PERS reform will rightfully be front and center for consideration by the legislature. Most bills relating to PERS are expected to see the light of day by Thursday. While it is anticipated that a variety of “fixes” will be found in these bills, probably only one or two will be brought forward by the majority party for a vote.

Additional legislative issues of statewide interest in Salem this week include a second public hearing for the Columbia River Crossing Bill. Among other things, this measure would create bonding to borrow $450 million to pay for the State of Oregon’s share of the cost for building a new bridge to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River. Inexplicably, at this time the bill is not scheduled for a Ways and Means budget hearing even though it carries a $3.5 billion price tag.

The tuition equity bill that would provide for in state tuition for undocumented alien students is also scheduled for hearings. This is a contentious issue that will likely have impassioned testimony on both sides.

Committee Updates


Agriculture & Natural Resources

This week’s bills are:
  • HB 2032 - Off-site compensatory mitigation
  • HB 2039 - Outfitting and guiding services
  • HB 2247 - Noncultivar noxious plants
  • HB 2249 - Willamette River Basin Bonneville Power Administration Stewardship Fund
  • HB 2616 - Oregon Wheat Commission
  • HB 2649 - Grants awarded to schools for food programs
  • HB 2782 - Commodity commission member qualifications

Energy & Environment

This week's bills are:
  • HB 2224 - Tax credits for energy equipment manufacturing facilities
  • HB 2472 - Tax credits for renewable energy resource equipment manufacturing facilities
  • HB 2795 - Community net metering
  • HB 2796 - Net metering
  • HB 2820 - Solar energy
  • HB 2893 - Solar photovoltaic energy systems

Human Resources & Housing

This week's bills are:
  • HB 2053 - Criminal checks for tribal foster care
  • HB 2082 - Social work
  • HB 2165 - Multidisciplinary teams for investigating the abuse of adults with disabilities
  • HB 2628 - Transportation of person discharged from emergency custody
  • HB 2674 - Amounts reserved from appropriations for capital construction
  • HB 2676 - Cancellation of ad valorem tax assessment of personal property
The entire assembly during the Inauguration Ceremony on January 14, 2013

What Bills Have Passed?


NOTE - These bills have all been passed to the Senate.

Monday, February 11 -

  • HB 2089 - Authorizes lay representation of OHA and DHS at case hearings
  • HB 2092 - Requires OHA to establish injury and violence prevention program
  • HB 2148 - Makes nonsubstantive and technical changes in Oregon law

Wednesday, February 13 - recording

  • HB 2033 - Eliminates loans of university funds by Department of State Lands
  • HB 2043 - Jurisdiction in cases of denial (Department of Public Safety Standards)
  • HB 2057 - Expands membership of Alcohol Server Education Advisory Committee
  • HB 2080 - Modifies language of civil penalties for government ethics violations
  • HB 2131 A - Confidentiality of certain information pertaining to bedbug infestations
  • HB 2141 - Repeals outdated statute relating to county fairgrounds
  • HB 2142 - Repeals certain outdated statutes relating to county treasurers
  • HB 2182 - Designates September 27 as annual First Responder Appreciation Day
  • HB 2183 - Eliminates requirement that annual earthquake drills be held in April
  • HB 2211 - Abolishes Information Resources Management Council
  • HB 2236 - Extends Dept. of Corrections authorization to use out-of-state contracts
  • HB 2268 - Clarifies qualifications for firms providing architectural services
  • HB 2329 - Makes Nov. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month
  • HB 2547 - Modifies statutes relating to jurors summoned by circuit courts
  • HB 2565 - Gives priority to judgment lien awarded to custodian of law practice
  • HB 2609 - Deletes requirement that county audit include audit of circuit court
  • HB 2633 - Defines "honorable conditions" with regard to honorable discharge status

Monday, February 18 - recording

  • HB 2244 - Repeals statutes regarding Deptartment of Agriculture inspection of grain
  • HB 2245 - Eliminates permit requirement for transporting onions 50 or more miles
  • HB 2120 - Licensees may self-refer to the impaired health professional program
  • HB 2246 - Repeals laws regarding inspection of prune packers and prune grading
  • HCR 3 - Recognizes Korean veterans for their service during Vietnam War
Thank you for reading my newletter. Please don't hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Representative Gail Whitsett
House District 56


Wednesday, Feb 20


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