SALEM -- Welcome to our final rundown of the bills Gov. Kate Brown signed into law during and after the Oregon Legislature's 2015 regular session.
The governor's office, on Aug. 12, announced Brown would sign the 40-plus bills passed in the session's final days still waiting for a decision. That announcement also means Brown, in keeping with history, decided not to veto any of the 840-some bills that made it to her desk.
Thanks for reading all these long months -- and look for us to revive this roundup in time for next February's short session.
AUG. 10-AUG. 14
Trail Blazers license plates: House Bill 2730, signed Aug. 12, creates new vanity license plates featuring the Portland Trail Blazers' iconic pinwheel. The plates will cost $40 and raise money for the team's charitable foundation. A final design for the plates will require approval from both the team and the Oregon Department of Transportation.'
Medical marijuana: Senate Bill 844, signed Aug. 12, expands the qualifications for a medical marijuana card to include "a degenerative or pervasive neurological condition. It also allows people younger than 21 convicted of marijuana offenses to have those crimes expunged after a year, with no additional offenses. Patients in hospice care also will be able to obtain marijuana from caregivers. The bill, because it's an emergency measure, took effect Aug. 13.
Financial aid: Senate Bill 932, signed Aug. 12, expands eligibility for state college-tuition grants to qualifying low-income undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children.
Savings accounts for people with disabilities: Senate Bill 777, signed Aug. 12, piggybacks on recent federal legislation so Oregonians receiving disability benefits can build up modest nest eggs -- and pay for homes and cars to help hold jobs -- without jeopardizing that assistance.
HB 2058 -- Extends a sunset that exempts lobbyists from reporting to the state ethics commission on money spent lobbying other lobbyists.
HB 2209 -- Compels an annual report on the cultivation of shellfish
HB 2278 -- Modifies lottery bonds for Coos Bay Channel project
HB 2280 -- Transfers Oregon Growth Fund funding from the Oregon Growth Board to Business Oregon
HB 2300 -- Creates a method allowing health care practitioners to treat terminal patients with products not approved by federal regulators
HB 2320 -- Directs the state's board in charge of parole and post-prison supervision to devise risk levels for classifying sex offenders
HB 2539 -- The state Department of Veterans Affairs must study how female veterans in Oregon access health care by July 1, 2016
HB 2618 -- Some Department of Human Services workers can qualify as police officers under the state pension system.
HB 2653 -- Oregon State University must work with beekeepers and the state's Agricultural Department to establish best practices for beekeeping in residential neighborhoods
HB 2838 -- Creates a task force on helping incarcerated veterans
HB 3063 -- Higher-education grants for community colleges or their foundations to meant to help underserved, low-income and first generation college-bound students
HB 3089 -- Orders a study of the mineral resource potential of counties in Eastern and Southern Oregon
HB 3099 -- Moves certain telecommunications and information technology jobs from the Department of Administrative Services to a state chief information officer
HB 3125 -- Machinery would receive a property tax exemption if it's used to process grains, bakery products, dairy products and eggs
HB 3199 -- Bonding authority changes for universities with governing boards
HB 3396 -- The state's health policy board must study current its financial incentives, and devise new ones, when it comes to attracting medical providers in rural and underserved areas
HB 3503 -- Creates a Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot Program involving courts, county corrections agencies and the Department of Human Services
HB 3526 -- Creates a Main Street grants program within the state parks department to fix up buildings in designated downtowns
HB 3530 -- Prohibits certain limits on vision providers by insurance policies or discount cards
HB 3549 -- Aircraft pesticide sprayers would need to have a special certificate
HB 3563 -- Surface mining activities below certain thresholds must obtain an exclusion certificate and pay a fee
HB 5006 -- The bonding bill that lays out hundreds of millions in state borrowing over the next two years, including $40 million for affordable housing sought by Brown
HB 5019 -- Forestry department budget
HB 5021 -- Governor's office budget
HB 5029 -- Relating to Oregon Lottery revenues and borrowing to promote economic development
HB 5030 -- Increases Oregon Lottery bonds for the state housing and econonic development departments.
HB 5039 -- Relating to the state's Tobacco Settlement Funds Account
HB 5047 -- Spending for the Oregon Health Authority
SB 217 -- Modifies statutory requirements for certain education investments
SB 233 -- The health authority and the human services department would be able to merely suspend, instead of terminating, medical assistance for someone in prison for more than a year
SB 307 -- Orders a written procedure for grievances in nursing homes and for hwo residents can ask for care from a staffer of a particular gender.
SB 501 -- Creates a task force on the legislature's process for divvying up bond money and budgeting money for other major projects
SB 519 -- Creates a uniform budget system for community college districts
SB 5507 -- The state's so-called "Christmas tree" bill, in which lawmakers and legislative leaders allot unspent money at the end of a session -- sometimes to reward or punish colleagues
SB 5526 -- General fund money for the health authority
SB 606 -- Allows a seven-year extension for a dental pilot project
SB 900 -- The state's heath agency must post online health care price data for inpatient and outpatient services at hospitals
SB 946 -- Creates a new LGBT coordinator with the state's veterans department
SB 969 -- Mandates a task force helping with re-entry employment and housing issues
AUG. 3-AUG. 7
Brown didn't sign any of the 43 bills left on her desk.
JULY 27-JULY 31
Early cannabis sales: Last week, Brown signed House Bill 2014, which levies a temporary tax on early recreational marijuana sales. This week, the governor approved the legislation that actually mandates those sales. Senate Bill 460, signed July 27, means non-medicinal-marijuana consumers can start heading to dispensaries for dried flowers -- other products will have to wait until next summer -- as soon as Oct. 1.
Brown had expressed reservations about early sales and potential conflicts with the federal government. But lawmakers were determined to handicap what many feared would be a booming black market during the long months between this July, when possession became legal, and next July, when fully regulated sales are set to begin.
Earthquakes: House Bill 2270, signed July 27, adds the position of "chief resilience officer" to the governor's office. In this instance, "resilience" has to do with earthquakes. The new resilience officer has been tasked with riding herd on Oregon's preparations for a catastrophic Cascadia subduction zone earthquake -- the subject of two recent, and horrifying, New Yorker articles.
Immunizations: Senate Bill 895, signed July 27, requires schools to send the Oregon Health Authority the number of students with incomplete immunization records who have been allowed to attend conditionally. Schools must also provide that aggregate data, upon request, to parents. SB 895 followed a failed attempt to pass a more restrictive -- and intensely more controversial -- bill doing away with all non-medical vaccine exemptions.
Social services safety net: House Bill 5026, signed July 27, makes up the budget of the Department of Human Services. It allocates $2.7 billion from the state's operating budget to help the agency manage foster children, food stamps, assistance for working families and programs for disabled Oregonians. That's nearly 16 percent more than the previous budget, but lawmakers acknowledged it's only enough to keep pace with rising workload levels in divisions such as child welfare.
Transportation: House Bill 5040, signed July 27, sets aside $3.5 billion for the Department of Transportation. The department's budget includes money for something drivers have long coveted: A project that would let customers at the Department of Motor Vehicles Services pay with their credit cards instead of having to remember to bring a checkbook or carry large amounts of cash.
Gas tax revenues in the budget are estimated at more than $1 billion. But with hundreds of millions of those dollars already earmarked to pay for past projects, that money won't go as far as lawmakers had hoped. That's one reason why many were keen to see a gas tax increase -- something that ultimately failed -- approved this session.
HB 3557 Requires public bodies that receive requests for disclosure of specified personal contact information of public employees or certain other persons to forward copy of request to affected persons whose information is subject of request or their representatives.
SB 218 Authorizes Higher Education Coordinating Commission to charge schools based outside of Oregon fee of $7,000 for degree authorization and fee of $1,000 for new program application.
SB 222 Extends sunset on provision authorizing Department of Human Services to appear as party in juvenile court proceeding without appearance of Attorney General.
SB 226 Establishes Task Force on Client and Staff Safety to make recommendations on certain issues regarding staff safety, resident care and operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units.
SB 228 Increases fees and fee limits for registering tanning devices and X-ray machines and issuing specific licenses for sources of radiation.
SB 247 Incrementally increases or establishes certain fees related to hunting, angling and commercial fishing over six-year period, applicable January 1, 2016, January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2020.
SB 266 Allows Water Resources Department to issue grants to facilitate preparation of place-based integrated water resources strategies.
SB 418 Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene work group to identify methods for improving success rate of, and educational outcomes for, students receiving state-administered waiver of tuition, or state-administered grant for amount of tuition, for courses taken at community college.
SB 439 Directs Oregon State University Extension Service to assist school districts and education service districts in providing outdoor school programs.
SB 447 Establishes grant program to provide matching fund grants to school districts for capital costs of school districts.
SB 215 Changes name of Oregon Education Investment Board to Chief Education Office.
SB 213 Requires Early Learning Council to develop metrics for funding Early Learning Hubs.
SB 202 Establishes Task Force on Independent Scientific Review for Natural Resources to evaluate and assess need for independent scientific review in Oregon and make recommendations.
HB 3072 Establishes funding mechanism for activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and activities related to career and technical education that can lead to high wage and high demand jobs.
HB 3459 Increases frequency of days for which State Fish and Wildlife Commission may authorize persons to angle for fish or take shellfish without licenses or tags.
HB 3535 Modifies temporary assistance for needy families program.
HB 5016 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Education for certain biennial expenses.
SB 113 Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene work group of stakeholders to determine most appropriate method for public universities and community colleges to report employment data for employees.
SB 128 Includes base pay of certain telecommunicators as comparable factor to be considered by arbitrator in establishing pay for telecommunicators employed by Department of State Police.
SB 131 Establishes Task Force on the Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks.
SB 465 Specifies duties and liabilities of community mental health program with respect to commitment proceedings initiated for individuals with mental illness.
SB 478 Requires Oregon Health Authority to establish and maintain list of designated high priority chemicals of concern for children's health used in children's products and to periodically review and revise list.
SB 80 Abolishes Oregon University System, office of Chancellor of the Oregon University System and State Board of Higher Education.
SB 800 Establishes Task Force on Reserve Funds to study performance of Education Stability Fund and Oregon Rainy Day Fund and make recommendations to next odd-numbered year regular session of Legislative Assembly.
SB 832 Requires Oregon Health Authority to prescribe by rule standards for integrating behavioral health services and physical health services in patient centered primary care homes and behavioral health homes.
SB 833 Requires Oregon Health Authority to give coordinated care organization at least 60 days' advance notice of proposed amendments to contracts.
SB 841 Modifies requirements for health plan coverage of prescription drugs dispensed in accordance with synchronization policy.
SB 860 Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to solicit applications and select two public universities to design and develop career advising and mentorship pilot program.
SB 898 Prohibits school districts from receiving State School Fund distributions for certain students who have satisfied requirements for high school diploma and who are enrolled in one or more college-level courses.
SB 912 Creates temporal distinction between "historically filled lands" and "new lands" for purposes of determining ownership and transfer of ownership of lands created upon submersible or submerged lands by artificial fill or deposit.
HB 2250 Authorizes Oregon Department of Administrative Services to adopt rules related to electronic fingerprint capture services.
SB 774 Requires Home Care Commission to adopt statewide plan to expand home care worker workforce.
SB 741 Directs Department of Human Services to adopt administrative rules for home studies and placement reports in adoption proceedings that require that equal consideration be given to relatives and current caretakers as prospective adoptive parents, and that greater consideration be given to relatives and current caretakers as compared to other persons who are not relatives or current caretakers.
SB 534 Authorizes city and airport to enter into agreement pursuant to which city provides sewer and water services to airport without requiring annexation, or consent to eventual annexation, to city of territory on which airport is situated.
SB 55 Authorizes state agencies that request persons to voluntarily supply Social Security numbers on documents relating to any monetary obligation or transaction to include on documents notice that Social Security numbers may be used for state agency debt collection activities.
SB 5518 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Legislative Administration Committee, Legislative Assembly, Legislative Counsel Committee, Legislative Fiscal Officer, Legislative Revenue Officer and Commission on Indian Services for biennial expenses.
SB 586 Increases age of youth for whom Youth Development Council may oversee unified system of services from 20 years to 24 years.
SB 608 Creates Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council in Oregon Health Authority.
SB 612 Directs Department of Education to designate dyslexia specialist and develop list of training opportunities related to dyslexia.
SB 660 Directs Oregon Health Authority to promote oral health throughout this state by ensuring availability of dental sealant programs to students attending school in this state.
SB 695 Repeals sunset on authorization for Oregon Health Authority to contract with prepaid managed care health services organization to provide care to medical assistance recipients.
SB 698 Creates position of State School Nursing Consultant in Oregon Health Authority and specifies duties.
SB 699 Broadens exemption to provisions regulating cosmetology disciplines for persons who prepare individual's hair solely for professional photograph or theatrical performance
JULY 20-JULY 24
Cannabis sales taxes: House Bill 2041, signed July 20, levies a temporary 25 percent sales tax on early marijuana sales, assuming Brown, as expected, signs legislation allowing that market to spring up as soon as Oct. 1. (That temporary tax, however, won't take effect until Jan. 4, 2016, potentially giving Oregonians three months of tax-free shopping.) Eventually, when Oregon's system for legal sales is fully implemented, the state's sales tax will fall to 17 percent, with local governments allowed to levy an additional 3 percent.
Child care subsidies: House Bill 2015, signed July 20, expands working parents' access to payments, and provides those subsidies over a longer period. Oregon, coping with a recession, scaled back its Employment Related Day Care program (ERDC) in 2009.
Photo radar in Portland: House Bill 2621, signed July 20, allows Portland police officers to set up remote radar cameras along high-crash corridors in hopes of nabbing speeders.
Speed limits on rural highways: House Bill 3402, signed July 20, raises speed limits on several highways in lightly populated portions of central and eastern Oregon starting next March. Interstate 84's limit will jump to 70 mph east of The Dalles, the Bend Bulletin reported.
Campaign finance reform: House Bill 2178, signed July 20, represents a concession for Brown and other advocates who'd hoped to make the 2015 session a stand against unchecked campaign spending in Oregon. A planned constitutional amendment asking voters to approve limits withered. And HB 2178, which originally contemplated other campaign reforms, was gutted and amended to call for a task force on how and whether to make changes in upcoming legislative sessions.
Oil train safety planning: House Bill 3225, signed July 20, requires the state's fire marshal to come up with a coordinated plan for responding to oil train crashes and accidents -- which have led to catastrophic fires across the country.
Debit card for government aid: House Bill 2392, signed July 20, calls for replacement debit cards for any Oregonians receiving low-income cash assistance or food stamps. The new cards will include the names of allowed recipients. HB 2392 also tightens rules that allow certain benefits to be directly deposited into recipients' bank accounts.
HB 3468 Adds threatening to cause physical injury to animal to induce other person to engage in conduct as manner of committing crime of coercion.
HB 3464 Requires Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules prescribing time frames within which pregnant medical assistance recipient receives dental services.
HB 3452 Provides that property owner that enters into contract to allow nonprofit organization or certain educational provider to use property or facilities may not require in separate agreement individual to indemnify property owner for damages not caused by individual during use of property or facilities.
HB 3431 Permits owner of Metolius resort site that notified Department of Land Conservation and Development prior to June 29, 2010, that owner has elected to seek approval of small-scale recreation community to apply to county for approval of small-scale recreation community within five years of effective date of Act.
HB 3479 Creates position of Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator in Department of Veterans' Affairs and specifies responsibilities.
HB 3525 Establishes Task Force on Immigration Consultant Fraud.
SB 129 Directs Department of Revenue to make shared services distributions out of unreceipted revenue.
SB 32 Directs Public Utility Commission to form work group to study methods by which public utility that furnishes natural gas may expand service to areas that do not have access to natural gas.
SB 61 Modifies list of jurisdictions of incorporation for which income must be included on Oregon corporate excise tax return, if corporation is member of unitary group with Oregon corporation.
SB 78 Modifies requirements for becoming approved teacher education program
HB 2402 Establishes Task Force on Funding for Fish, Wildlife and Related Outdoor Recreation and Education.
HB 2453 Requires organizer to obtain permit from State Forestry Department prior to conducting large commercial event on state forestlands.
HB 2455 Extends privilege taxes on merchantable forest products harvested on forestlands.
HB 2463 Authorizes Department of State Lands to seize abandoned structures and derelict structures on, under or over state-owned submerged and submersible lands.
HB 2465 Modifies requirements related to school enrollment that person under 18 years of age must meet before being issued driving privileges.
HB 2522 Directs Department of Consumer and Business Services to develop, no later than September 15, 2016, recommendations to Legislative Assembly for creation of premium assistance program to enable low-income individuals residing in Oregon under Compact of Free Association to purchase health insurance through health insurance exchange.
HB 2545 Requires school district to provide lunch free of charge to students who are eligible for reduced price lunches.
HB 2547 Creates Task Force on Housing with Services.
HB 2594 Requires insurer of liable party to pay actual costs of emergency response by private emergency responders.
HB 2393 Requires Oregon State Lottery to hold lottery prize in excess of $600 that is owed to person that has not repaid overpayment of certain public benefits.
HB 2357 Modifies certain law enforcement defenses applicable to certain firearms-related crimes.
HB 2015 Directs Department of Human Services, in consultation with Early Learning Division and Office of Child Care, to adopt rules for subsidy programs for employment-related child care that, at minimum, provide for one year of eligibility regardless of change in employment, permit students enrolled in coursework and self-employed persons to receive subsidized employment-related child care, and provide for reduced copayments and incentive payments when child care provider meets specified minimum standards.
HB 2075 Increases aircraft fuel taxes.
HB 2171 Extends sunsets for certain income and excise tax credits.
HB 2205 Establishes Fund to End Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
HB 2207 Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule procedures for implementing alternative ballast water management strategies for vessels with empty ballast tanks.
HB 2228 Requires Department of State Police to establish voluntary program through which department retains fingerprint cards or creates facsimiles of fingerprints received from Federal Bureau of Investigation, or created during state criminal records check, for purpose of notifying agencies and districts that subscribe to program of receipt of fingerprints or other identifying information by department for reasons related to administration of criminal justice.
HB 2233 Directs Department of Human Services to create advisory committee within Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations to advise regarding residential care for children, youth or youth offenders.
HB 2282 Allows Department of Transportation to accept documents received electronically related to titling, registration, odometer disclosure and other activities.
HB 2642 Establishes Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians within Health Licensing Office.
HB 2719 Increases share of moneys retained by Oregon Racing Commission from payments received by commission from gross receipts of mutuel wagering recorded by totalizator system.
HB 2803 Requires Oregon Liquor Control Commission to include certain information in orders approving beverage container redemption centers.
HB 3166 Establishes teacher authorization pilot program for purpose of determining effectiveness of alternative requirements for teachers of noncore courses.
HB 3230 Modifies registration requirements for certain residential facilities.
HB 3308 Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to convene work group to analyze and make recommendations on how to address disparities in higher education among traditionally marginalized, underserved and underrepresented communities.
HB 3333 Requires that portion of surcharge moneys from salmon registration plate program directed to fund controlled by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board be used only for projects to protect or restore native salmon habitat or to remove artificial obstructions to native salmon migration.
HB 3335 Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to work with public universities to develop effective solutions to problem of students who enroll at public university, complete two or more years of coursework and leave university without graduating or receiving official recognition.
HB 3362 Establishes pollinator health outreach and education plan.
HB 3380 Directs Early Learning Division to administer preschool program.
HB 2274 Changes name of Multimodal Transportation Fund to Connect Oregon Fund.
HB 3148 Creates Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account within Oregon Housing Fund.
HB 3100 Changes governmental framework for conducting public health activities in this state and for providing public health services to residents of this state.
HB 3059 Requires Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries to establish toll-free telephone hotline to receive inquiries related to employment status of persons who perform live entertainment at certain facilities.
HB 2828 Extends, for two years, sunset of provisions requiring Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to Legislative Assembly on best option for financing health care in this state.
HB 2870 Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to implement process to resolve student complaints against schools operating in state.
HB 2871 Establishes Open Educational Resources Grant Program within Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
HB 2928 Establishes Task Force on Class Sizes to determine appropriate class sizes of students, identify methods to reduce class sizes and determine cost for methods to reduce class sizes.
HB 2931 Directs Oregon Health Authority to disseminate to school districts information related to elevated levels of radon.
HB 2936 Defines "sobering facility." Requires facility to adopt policies in consultation with addiction treatment program or provider.
HB 2955 Directs Department of Education to administer process for providing funding for activities related to annual conference dedicated to Oregon civics and held on Oregon Civics Day for Teachers.
HB 2968 Directs Chief Education Officer to convene work group to produce report on how State School Fund expenditures relate to educational achievements of students from families in poverty.
HB 2984 Requires Clackamas County to develop pilot program for forestry products grown on nonforest land in county to be commercially produced and marketed through forestry product cooperative.
HB 3012 Establishes Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund.
JULY 13-JULY 17
Community college tuition waivers: Senate Bill 81, signed July 17, offers tuition waivers for needier recent high school graduates as part of a newly created program called "Oregon Promise." The program, allocated just $10 million, is expected to help as many as 6,000 students in its first year. Tuition waivers won't be available for adult students looking to continue or obtain a college education.
"Oregonians can now afford to dream big," Brown said in a statement. "Today, we fling wide open the doors of opportunity by expanding access to post-secondary education, the precursor to a better life.
"The Oregon Promise program is made possible through a combination of budget and policy changes: significant budget increases for community colleges, and the expansion of the Oregon Opportunity Grant coupled with the new policy that gives priority to students who have substantial financial need. These elements work together with Federal Pell Grants to broaden access to more students."
Earthquake fixes for schools: House Bill 5005, signed July 15, sets aside $175 million to pay for seismic improvements at schools statewide facing serious damage or collapse in a major earthquake. Lawmakers also hope schools will tap $125 million available for general improvements to make quake-related fixes. Public safety buildings can tap $30 million for retrofits. HB 5005 also includes $17.7 million to help Multnomah County get started on replacing its aging, quake-vulnerable downtown courthouse.
Racial profiling: House Bill 2002, signed July 13, bans police from targeting suspects based on age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, gender, sex, political affiliation, religion or other identifying factors -- unless the officer is acting on precise information from a report. Law enforcement agencies must establish a framework for reporting profiling incidents.
Oregon State Police budget: Senate Bill 5531, signed July 15, hands the Department of State Police $389 million -- funding the agency's patrol work as well as offices for state's medical examiner and fire marshal. The budget includes funding for 20 additional troopers, a number rural lawmakers had hoped would be larger and only reluctantly accepted. SB 5531 also allocates more than $5 million so state police can pick up Fish and Wildlife enforcement costs previously funded by fishing and hunting fees.
HB 5036 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Secretary of State for certain biennial expenses.
HB 2728 Establishes Oregon Talent Council.
HB 5002 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Agriculture for certain biennial expenses.
HB 5003 Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by State Department of Agriculture.
HB 5022 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Education Investment Board for biennial expenses.
HB 5025 Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
SB 5517 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Bureau of Labor and Industries for biennial expenses.
HB 5041 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Treasurer for administrative expenses of State Treasury operations and Oregon 529 College Savings Network.
SB 5511 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for certain biennial expenses.
SB 5514 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Judicial Department for biennial expenses.
SB 5516 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Justice for biennial expenses.
SB 5527 Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Oregon Health Authority.
SB 5525 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Business Development Department for Oregon Arts Commission and debt service.
JULY 6-JULY 10
Birth control access: House Bill 2879, signed July 6, will likely make Oregon the first state where women can obtain birth control prescriptions directly from a pharmacist -- skipping costly or inconvenient doctor's visits. Women must fill out a questionnaire to help screen for any health problems. Girls 18 and younger are eligible if they've already received a recent doctor's prescription. (That provision, by the way, will go away after 2020.)
Pharmacy prescriptions will officially be available Jan. 1, 2016. That means Oregon would leapfrog California, which was the first state to approve the prescriptions but isn't expected to offer them until later next year.
Hidden cameras: House Bill 2356, signed July 6, creates a felony invasion of privacy charge for someone suspected and convicted of setting up hidden cameras to record someone in places where privacy is normally presumed, such as a bathroom or changing area. Before HB 2356, using hidden cameras to record someone -- even in the nude -- was a misdemeanor.
Tax collections: House Bill 2089, signed July 6, orders state tax officials to drop debt collection attempts involving senior citizens and others living off income -- including Social Security checks -- that's exempt from being garnished. The measure was revived, after dying in a committee, after reporting by The Oregonian/OregonLive found tax collectors defying internal policies by pursuing ailing and elderly Oregonians.
Higher education: House Bill 5024, signed July 6, hands Oregon's public universities a 22 percent funding increase over the next two years -- allocating $700 million. The new money, while $55 million less than what university leaders had sought, is enough for Portland State University to cut back a planned (and controversial) tuition increase.
SB 966 Requires Oregon Department of Administrative Services to develop and administer, or enter into contract with private entity to develop and administer, training program for members, administrators or directors of boards, commissions and small entities of executive department.
SB 306 Permits Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority to provide financial assistance for levee projects that contribute to improvement, expansion or repair of infrastructure systems and are essential for use or development of farm, industrial or commercial land.
SB 294 Grants Oregon Government Ethics Commission administrative rulemaking authority to assist in commission's enforcement of executive session provisions of public meeting laws.
SB 292 Repeals duplicative provision regarding conflict of interest for planning commission members.
SB 262 Increases fees for oil spill prevention program.
SB 245 Modifies purposes for assessing, and authorized uses of, solid waste facility permit fees.
HB 3391 Authorizes Attorney General to file action on behalf of Department of Human Services employee for stalking citation or stalking protective order upon request that has been approved in writing by Director of Human Services or designee and sets forth sufficient facts and evidence, and that in opinion of Attorney General is likely to succeed.
HB 3304 Allows applicant for licensing as landscape construction professional, or for issuance of limited or specialty license, to take practical skills test and attend class on landscape contracting business practices as alternative to taking written examination.
HB 3243 Permits funeral establishment to take custody of unclaimed body of indigent person.
HB 3188 Authorizes landowners who meet certain criteria to petition for formation of predator damage control district within county.
HB 2643 Authorizes designation of enterprise zone and zone and city for electronic commerce, addition of zone cosponsor and change of enterprise zone boundary without application process, subject to determination by Oregon Business Development Department that certain statutory requirements met.
HB 2411 Updates terms for teacher education programs and institutions.
HB 2375 Requires state contracting agency to use solicitation template that Attorney General and Oregon Department of Administrative Services develop, approve and make available in advertising and soliciting procurements under Public Contracting Code and to use contract form or contract template, as appropriate, that Attorney General and department develop, approve and make available as basis for public contracts into which state contracting agency enters.
HB 2150 Requires district extended ADMw to be calculated by considering students in public charter schools to be students in nonchartered public schools.
SB 441 Authorizes Trust for Cultural Development Board to solicit and accept gifts, bequests or devises of money, securities or other property.
SB 469 Makes changes to laws governing hospital nursing staff, including laws setting forth composition of hospital nurse staffing committees and laws governing content of written hospital-wide staffing plans.
SB 473 Requires each public university to allow students, faculty and staff to identify sexual orientation on forms used to collect demographic data.
SB 696 Increases membership of Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board.
SB 715 Permits travel retailers that are not licensed insurance producers to offer travel insurance at direction of licensed insurance producers, subject to certain restrictions.
SB 72 Increases fees to take nursing examination and renew nursing license.
SB 875 Requires State Board of Education to adopt rules under which school personnel may administer medications that treat adrenal insufficiency to students experiencing adrenal crisis.
SB 879 Exempts individual from requirement to obtain mortgage loan originator's license if individual as seller during any 12-month period offers or negotiates terms for not more than three residential mortgage loans that are secured by dwelling unit that individual owns or that limited liability company of which individual is member owns and that did not serve as individual's residence if membership in limited liability company consists only of individual and individual's relatives
SB 886 Requires that citation or order for nonconformity with fire safety standard include information regarding source of standard and facts providing basis for citation or order.
SB 93 Requires reimbursement for up to 90-day supply of prescription drug that is prescribed under certain conditions.
SB 293 Expands exemption from statutory gift limit to include admission provided to, or cost of food or beverage consumed by, relative of public official who accompanies public official at reception, meal or meeting.
SB 583 Changes frequency for holder of direct shipper permit to report wine and cider shipments made to Oregon residents.
SB 580 Authorizes landscape contracting business to install outdoor artificial turf.
SB 5541 Limits expenditures of lottery funds from Watershed Conservation Grant Fund for local grant expenditures by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for six-year period beginning July 1, 2015.
SB 5540 Directs Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to allocate moneys from Watershed Conservation Operating Fund to various state agencies to implement Article XV, section 4b, of Oregon Constitution.
SB 5534 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for debt service.
SB 5512 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries for biennial expenses.
SB 5510 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Department of Energy.
SB 5504 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Corrections for certain biennial expenses.
SB 475 Provides that students in youth care center within detention facility are to receive educational services through Juvenile Detention Education Program.
SB 5502 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Department of Administrative Services for certain biennial expenses.
JUNE 29-JULY 3
Marijuana legalization: House Bill 3400, signed June 30, took months of difficult, bipartisan negotiations to assemble and marks the Legislature's blueprint for Oregon's soon-to-boom recreational cannabis market. The measure also sets out regulations for medical marijuana, sets up testing regimens for all marijuana provided in the state and reduces the severity of certain pot-related crimes.
But in the name of political peace, HB 3400 also undoes a key part of last year's Measure 91: Local governments in counties whose residents were strongly opposed to legal pot now have the right to ban retail operations without first seeking a referendum.
HB 2019 expands the Oregon Government Ethics Commission from seven members to nine, while speeding up its timelines for investigating ethics complaints and giving legislative leaders a larger role in appointing its members.
HB 2020 clarifies that the governor's partner is a public officials who must join the governor's policy advisers in filing economic conflict-of-interest forms. It also raises bans the governor and first partner, and all other statewide elected officials, from accepting speaking fees.
Gender-neutral marriage language: House Bill 2478, signed July 1, alters state code to reflect same-sex marriage as the law of the land. References to "husband and wife" in various statutes will change to "spouses in a legal marriage."
Strangulation penalties: House Bill 3469, signed July 1, adds another case in which prosecutors can charge the crime of strangulation as a felony instead of a misdemeanor: Strangling someone who is known to be pregnant.
HB 2423 Provides that inmates convicted of certain crimes are not eligible for earned time reduction in prison sentence.
HB 2474 Prohibits veterinary facility from offering services related to practice of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry unless veterinary facility registers with Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
HB 2459 Increases certain fees related to registering and titling boats, floating homes and boathouses.
HB 2451 Extends maximum loan term for loans made from Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to 30 years.
SB 5542 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Youth Authority for certain biennial expenses.
HB 2407 Establishes procedures for determining maximum grant amount for Oregon Opportunity Grant program.
HB 2316 Increases certain fees charged by justice courts.
HB 2255 Suspends during 2015-2017 biennium application of requirement that state agencies attain 11 to 1 ratio of nonsupervisory employees to supervisory employees.
HB 2230 Requires Director of Oregon Health Authority to notify Director of Veterans' Affairs upon receipt of certain written information from member or veteran of uniformed service, if authorized to do so by member or veteran.
HB 2016 Directs Department of Education to develop and implement statewide education plan for early childhood through post-secondary education students who are black or African-American or not covered by existing statewide education plan and have experienced disproportionate educational results.
HB 2509 Allows person to file mediation request with State Department of Agriculture if person has reasonable belief that agricultural or horticultural practice on nearby land is interfering or might interfere with farming practice.
HB 2734 Authorizes local government to create by ordinance or resolution Land Bank Authority as municipal corporation.
SB 5539 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Veterans' Affairs for certain biennial expenses.
SB 5533 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Public Defense Services Commission for certain biennial expenses.
HB 3542 Requires chief sponsor or proponent of measure creating or expanding tax credit to submit statement of purpose to legislative committee on revenue.
HB 3522 Specifies that Environmental Quality Commission may increase water quality permit fees by greater amount than provided for in statute if greater amount is provided for in Department of Environmental Quality's legislatively approved budget.
HB 3382 Extends sunset from January 2, 2019, to July 1, 2019, for law imposing general prohibition on growing of canola in Willamette Valley Protected District.
HB 3086 Requires City of Damascus, if city is disincorporated, to notify public of city's obligation to satisfy city's debts and obligations and to encourage creditors to present claims to city to ensure timely payment of valid debts and obligations.
HB 2796 Directs Health Licensing Office to issue license to practice music therapy to qualified applicant.
HB 2832 Directs governing entity of public or private post-secondary institution of education that contracts with third party financial firm for student financial aid services to consider federal policies for contracting.
HB 2846 Provides that time spent by students consuming breakfast is considered instructional time in certain circumstances.
HB 2997 Limits biennial expenditures by Oregon Business Development Department from lottery moneys for funding of cooperative efforts of National Policy Consensus Center of Portland State University and community organizations related to western juniper harvesting and related manufacturing.
HB 2998 Requires Oregon Business Development Department to provide economic development assistance to persons engaged in business of western juniper harvesting or of manufacturing products from western juniper, provide technical business assistance to western juniper harvesting and related manufacturing businesses and provide or fund workforce training assistance for potential western juniper harvesting and related manufacturing business workers.
SB 173 Authorizes person licensed to carry concealed handgun to present valid license instead of providing firearm to peace officer for examination when possessing firearm in public building.
SB 244 Authorizes Housing and Community Services Department to use moneys in Housing Development and Guarantee Account for housing for persons with low or very low income.
SB 380 Makes certain actions based on complaints filed with Commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries discretionary on part of commissioner.
SB 383 Modifies pleading requirements for claims against design professionals.
SB 430 Authorizes State Board of Psychologist Examiners to impose sanctions on person regulated by board who has been convicted of sex crime.
SB 5506 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Criminal Justice Commission for biennial expenses.
HB 3499 Directs Department of Education to convene advisory group related to budgets and spending for English language learner programs.
SB 641 Prohibits law enforcement agency from obtaining by forensic imaging information from portable electronic device without warrant except when authorized by consent.
SB 578 Permits insurer, under specified conditions, to post insurance policy and endorsements on insurer's website in lieu of mailing or delivering insurance policy and endorsements to insured.
SB 5544 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Agriculture for wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program.
HB 5012 Limits certain biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts , but excluding lottery and federal funds, collected or received by Department of Consumer and Business Services.
HB 5018 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Environmental Quality for certain biennial expenses.
HB 5032 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Military Department for certain biennial expenses.
HB 5034 Limits certain biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Public Employees Retirement System.
HB 5035 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Revenue for biennial expenses.
HB 5042 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Water Resources Department for biennial expenses.
HB 5044 Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Department of Consumer and Business Services.
HB 5046 Authorizes expenditures for obligations incurred by state agencies on or after July 1, 2015, that do not exceed specified levels.
SB 5522 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Marine Board.
SB 5538 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
Paid sick leave: Senate Bill 454, signed June 22, was one of legislative Democrats' top priorities this session: It requires employers with 10 or more employers to give each worker five paid sick days a year. The new law -- which takes effect Jan. 1, 2016 -- makes Oregon the fourth state to offer paid sick leave for its workers.
Sick-leave laws are meant to offer job security to low-wage workers, who are less likely to have the benefit than higher-wage workers and who might otherwise have to choose between working while sick or or not getting paid or even losing their jobs if they stayed home. Portland's sick-leave law, approved in 2013, will remain in place.
Passage of the statewide sick leave bill was tied to another workplace measure, Senate Bill 968, signed June 26. SB 968 bans local governments, for the next two years, from passing any laws that limit or regulate how employers' set their employees' work schedules. Officials in cities such as Portland had been raising concerns about the effects of irregular shifts and late-notice scheduling changes on workers struggling to juggle child care or who need transit to come to work.
"Ban the box": House Bill 3025, signed June 25, forbids employers from asking about someone's criminal history on a job application -- in other words "banning the box" that someone must check, on an application form, that asks whether they've ever been convicted of a crime.
The legislation ultimately signed by Brown, seen as a means of easing recidivism by making it easier for ex-convicts to find work, is a watered-down version of what was initially proposed. Business interests balked at provisions that would have forbid employers from conducting background checks until after a conditional job offer was on the table. Other amendments make clear that violations of the new law will be handled by the Bureau of Labor and Industries, not the civil court system.
Self-service gas-pumping: House Bill 3011, signed June 22, marks a little bit of history for Oregonians. Starting in 2016, non-commercial car drivers will be allowed to pump their own gas -- so long as they're stopped at a service station in a rural area (counties with 40,000 people or fewer) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Body cameras for police: House Bill 2571, signed June 25, sets new rules for Oregon police agencies -- among them the Portland Police Bureau -- that choose to outfit officers with body cameras. One key rule: Release of any footage recorded by officers will be strictly limited -- with all faces, even officers' faces -- blurred so they're unrecognizable.
Filming the police: House Bill 2704, signed June 25, clarifies what civil rights advocates argued was a loophole in Oregon's privacy laws by explicitly allowing bystanders and others to film police who are doing their jobs.
Public retirement accounts: House Bill 2960, signed June 25, creates state-run retirement accounts for workers who otherwise lack access to a savings plan through their employers. Those workers would be automatically enrolled in the accounts, which would be overseen by the state treasurer's office.
HB 2024 Directs Oregon Health Authority, in consultation with coordinated care organizations and dental care organizations, to adopt rules and procedures for training and certifying certain health workers to provide oral disease prevention services.
HB 2927 Increases amount transferred from State School Fund to High Cost Disabilities Account each fiscal year.
HB 2972 Requires public school students seven years of age or younger who are beginning educational program to have dental screening.
HB 3030 Authorizes creation of sand control districts for purpose of controlling drifting sand.
HB 3031 Requires caller that uses automatic dialing and announcing device in prerecorded or synthesized voice message that device plays to subscriber to provide method by which subscriber may enter single dual-tone multifrequency signal or enter or speak one-digit code to notify caller that subscriber does not want to receive future calls from caller.
HB 3084 Authorizes owner of tract within corporate boundaries of City of Damascus to withdraw tract from city in certain circumstances.
HB 3164 Specifies conditions under which farm implement supplier has good cause to terminate, cancel or not renew retailer agreement, or to cause change in competitive circumstances for retailer.
HB 3206 Permits any person convicted of aggravated murder or felony with relevant DNA evidence to file motion for DNA testing.
HB 2910 Repeals obsolete laws relating to agricultural experiment stations.
HB 2266 Provides exemption from weight-mile tax for vehicle dealers under certain conditions.
HB 2277 Modifies authority of drainage districts to perform flood control activity.
HB 2448 Allows State Department of Energy to require recertification of eligibility for tax credits and to require project owners to enter into performance agreements.
HB 2452 Abolishes Fish and Wildlife Deferred Maintenance Subaccount.
HB 2469 Establishes requirements for certain insurers to conduct own risk and solvency assessment and to file report of assessment with Department of Consumer and Business Services.
HB 2492 Authorizes issuance of pass-through revenue bonds for projects outside this state.
HB 2567 Allows direct purchase and sale of bulk distilled liquor between distillery licensees for blending and manufacturing purposes.
HB 2638 Permits medical assistance recipients and coordinated care organizations to use Oregon Prescription Drug Program.
HB 2696 Specifies requirements for external quality reviews of coordinated care organizations by Oregon Health Authority.
HB 3303 Permits Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity to certify business that service-disabled veteran owns as business enterprise that is eligible for certain preferences in public contracting.
HB 3315 Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to recoup costs incurred in providing services to executive department agencies for advancing administration of fee-funded programs.
HB 3319 Directs Department of Education to produce report that describes best practices used by school districts to reduce dropout rates.
SB 705 Directs Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules requiring accredited inspector to perform asbestos survey for purpose of determining whether asbestos-containing materials are present at residence or residential building before demolition.
SB 713 Prohibits motor vehicle manufacturer, distributor or importer from requiring dealer to advertise, promote, offer or sell extended service contracts, extended maintenance plans or similar products or services that manufacturer, distributor or importer provides, originates, sponsors or endorses.
SB 820 Authorizes public charter school to implement weighted lottery for students who are historically underserved.
SB 825 Provides that defendant has right to appear as witness before grand jury in certain circumstances.
SB 829 Establishes procedures for Department of Environmental Quality to follow in developing or selecting methodologies for applying water quality standards in assessing waters of state and prior to publishing draft assessments.
SB 89 Authorizes county governing body in each county and Department of Veterans' Affairs to appoint one or more volunteer veterans' guides to provide support services and assistance to veterans, spouses and dependents of veterans, and survivors of veterans, within county or served by department.
SB 901 Requires insurer to reimburse providers directly for medical or mental health services provided to insured.
SB 934 Makes limitation on state liability for nonproperty claims applicable to State Fair Council.
SB 958 Creates free license for organizers of certain fishing derbies to take and sell fish taken during duration of derby.
HB 2941 Authorizes electric company to offer residential electricity consumer rate option for electricity associated with specific energy resource.
SB 684 Permits Oregon Medical Board to issue limited license to practice medicine to physician licensed in another state or country who holds full-time professor appointment at school of medicine in this state.
SB 671 Requires Oregon Department of Administrative Services to transfer ownership of certain real property to City of Pendleton.
SB 523 Requires insurer to provide specified notifications to health care providers regarding coverage under qualified health plan offered by insurer through health insurance exchange.
HB 3323 Authorizes type B area agency or other person designated by Department of Human Services in county that serves population of 650,000 or more persons to investigate suspected abuse and to bring civil action against person who engages in abuse of vulnerable person.
HB 3348 Designates March 10 of each year as "Mighty Oregon" Day.HB 3399 Provides that party to proceeding in open court in justice or municipal court may arrange for recording or reporting of proceeding.
HB 3492 Authorizes county to enter into agreement, for period not to exceed 20 years, with owner or person in possession or control of solar project pursuant to which property constituting solar project is exempt from property taxation and owner pays fee in lieu of taxes.
HB 3524 Requires state, when selling or disposing of real property, to grant right of first refusal to developers of affordable housing.
HB 3539 Designates fourth week in April each year as Oregon Oyster Week.
SB 231 Requires certain carriers, Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board to report to Department of Consumer and Business Services proportion of carrier's and board's total medical expenses allocated to primary care.
SB 297 Revises qualifications for registration to practice professional engineering, land surveying or photogrammetric mapping.
SB 458 Designates February 14 of each year as Oregon Statehood Day.
SB 463 Permits person who has certain physical condition, or person in same household, to use window tinting that is darker than otherwise allowed if person shows police officer prescription or letter on letterhead from physician or optometrist.
HB 2472 Modifies authority of State Mortuary and Cemetery Board to conduct investigations of premises and records of facilities that provide services related to final disposition of human remains.
HB 2501 Requires that annual report by State Forester to Emergency Board include private property loss information for fires of 1,000 acres or more.
HB 2652 Amends definition of "rural area" to mean area outside urban growth boundary of city of 40,000 or more, as boundary is acknowledged on date on which application is submitted for strategic investment program.
HB 2655 Directs State Board of Education to adopt specified standards related to student education records.
HB 2690 Exempts from property taxation land acquired and held by nonprofit corporation for building residences to be sold to individuals whose income is not greater than 80 percent of area median income.
HB 2830 Modifies time period for local government to take action on application for permit, limited land use decision or zone change after remand based on final order of Land Use Board of Appeals.
HB 2466 Modifies requirements for health insurance.
HB 2443 Increases registration and tonnage fees for distribution, labeling and registration of various soil enhancing products.
HB 2409 Repeals unfunded higher education loan, scholarship and grant programs.
HB 2366 Modifies filing, motion and certificate fees in adoption proceedings.
HB 2365 Updates and revises adoption and readoption laws to provide clarification and consistency.
HB 2333 Clarifies that certain statutes of limitation are tolled if person entitled to bring action is child or has certain disabling mental condition.
HB 2313 Authorizes Oregon Youth Authority and county juvenile departments to disclose and provide copies of reports and other materials relating to child, ward, youth or youth offender's history and prognosis to Department of Corrections for purpose of exercising custody or supervising person committed to department's legal and physical custody.
HB 2310 Allows Department of Corrections inmates to receive credit for time served for presentence incarceration after arrest for certain crimes related to sentencing crime.
HB 2126 Defines "nonresidential use" for purposes of vertical housing development zone program to mean any use that is not exclusively residential use.
HB 2845 Establishes conditions under which person may sell guaranteed asset protection waiver in connection with sale or lease of motor vehicle.
HB 2958 Provides that limited license that rental company obtains to sell insurance in connection with renting vehicles also extends to rental company's employees and designated agents.
HB 3011 Allows dispensary for Class 1 flammable liquids located in low-population county to permit self-dispensing of liquids after 6 p.m. and before 6 a.m.
SB 948 Permits Department of Transportation to issue vehicle registration plates from regular series for use on county-owned vehicle rather than plates from specially designed government series.
SB 675 Requires bidder or proposer for public contract to demonstrate responsibility by attesting in any way contracting agency deems credible and convenient that bidder or proposer complied with tax laws of this state.
SB 462 Provides that record is effective as financing statement if record satisfies requirements for financing statement and sufficiently provides name of debtor.
SB 444 Directs Housing and Community Services Department to submit report related to housing stabilization programs to interim legislative committees no later than July 1, 2016.
SB 341 Provides that agri-tourism professional is not liable for injury to or death of participant arising out of inherent risks of agri-tourism if agri-tourism professional posts certain notices.
SB 3 Creates crime of endangering person protected by Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order.
SB 263 Adds program elements to opportunity to recycle.
SB 256 Allows State Department of Agriculture to adopt certification standards for persons dealing in nursery stock.
HB 3248 Requires public agency that terminates contract with qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities to provide in new contract with second qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities that second qualified nonprofit agency for individuals with disabilities must, for period of 90 days after date of new contract, offer employment to individuals with disabilities who performed work under contract that public agency terminated.
HB 2764 Modifies circumstances under which attorney fees may be awarded and amount of attorney fees awarded in workers' compensation claims.
SB 187 Establishes Oregon Student Information Protection Act.
SB 242 Expands causation requirement for offset of federal moneys against liquidated state debt to include situation in which debtor failed to report earnings, to report earnings accurately or to make contributions to Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.
SB 243 Provides that individual paid unemployment insurance benefits to which individual is not entitled, in certain circumstances, is liable to have amount deducted from future benefits otherwise payable under law of another state.
SB 250 Repeals outdated statutes.
SB 255 Raises limit on fees for annual registration of animal remedy, veterinary biologic or pharmaceutical.
Powdered alcohol: Senate Bill 937, signed June 16, preemptively bans the sale of powdered alcohol in Oregon -- meant as a convenience for travelers and campers, but something that's also stoked fears of easier underage intoxication. Powdered alcohol is basically like lemonade powder for grownups: The flavored freeze-dried alcohol dust, when mixed with water, is supposed to taste like a handful of familiar cocktails.
Sex crime statute of limitations: House Bill 2317, signed June 16, doubles the window for the prosecution of rape charges to 12 years. Survivors of sex assault had sought a 20-year statute of limitations, but lawmakers minded concerns from defense attorneys and others about lost evidence over so long a span of time. Lawmakers instead said they'll assemble a working group to further study a 20-year limit.
The issue was crystallized by testimony from Brenda Tracy, who came forward after the six-year limit to report being raped by four football players from Oregon State University.
Ethics reform: To no one's surprise, Brown wasted no time signing Senate Bill 9, one of her three post-John Kitzhaber ethics proposals, once it hit her desk this month. SB 9, signed June 15, orders an audit of state agencies' handling of public records. Brown's other two ethics bills -- House Bill 2019, which changes the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, and House Bill 2020, which extends ethics rules to a governor's partner -- won a return trip to her office June 18.
Lottery reform: House Bill 3318, signed June 18, was the least intrusive of three reform-minded Oregon Lottery bills introduced this session by Rep. Kathleen Taylor, D-Portland. HB 3318 enshrines the lottery's code of practices on problem gambling into state statute.
Legislation that would punish lottery retailers who receive most of their revenues from gambling died in a House committee. And a bill that would map lottery retailers against socioeconomic U.S. Census data died in a Senate committee after passing the House with hardly any opposition. The Oregonian/OregonLive did an analysis similar to what was contemplated in House Bill 3317 and found half of Oregon's lottery retailers and lottery sales within the state's lower-income census tracts.
Domestic workers: Senate Bill 552, signed June 16, extends workplace rights to Oregon's 10,000 domestic workers, many of them women and immigrants. Those new provisions include overtime pay, rest periods and paid personal time off.
Dumping on West Hayden Island: Senate Bill 412, signed June 18, lets the Port of Portland continue depositing polluted muck dredged from shipping channels in the Willamette and Columbia rivers onto West Hayden Island. The Port's ability to dump dredge material had been predicated on the promise of eventual industrial development on the island. But that possibility went away after the Port dropped decades-old plans for a new marine terminal.
SB 370 Provides that certain death benefits available to members of Public Employees Retirement System and other public employer retirement plans may be paid to former spouse and dependent child as provided in judgment of annulment or dissolution of marriage or of separation.
HB 3339 Directs Secretary of State to conduct audit related to Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
HB 5020 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts and reimbursements from federal service agreements, but excluding lottery funds and other federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Government Ethics Commission.
SB 137 Changes definition of public works for purpose of applying prevailing rate of wage to include project that uses $750,000 or more of funds of public agency for constructing, reconstructing, painting or performing major renovation on road, highway, building, structure or improvement of any type.
SB 140 Extends sunset date for Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.
SB 209 Makes Invasive Species Council appointment of State Invasive Species Coordinator mandatory.
SB 216 Allows education service districts to receive funding from Department of Education to accomplish purposes of Network of Quality Teaching and Learning.
SB 259 Requires person submitting notice of intent to file for site certificate, request for exemption or request for expedited review to pay fee prior to submitting notice or request to Energy Facility Siting Council.
HB 3214 Directs Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt or amend rules related to statewide planning goals to allow local government to rezone land for certain purposes.
HB 2023 Specifies requirements for hospital policies for discharge planning involving patient who is hospitalized for mental health treatment.
HB 3058 Permits certain Public Employee Retirement System members who are retired to be employed by school district or education service district as teachers of career and technical education without loss of retirement benefits.
HB 2306 Authorizes Oregon Health Authority to limit providers from which medical assistance recipient may obtain prescription drugs if recipient meets specified criteria.
HB 2566 Provides that disaster or emergency related work conducted by out-of-state business may not be used as sole basis for determination that business is doing business in state, or that employee has residency or domicile in state.
HB 2611 Requires universities with institutional governing boards to continue to participate in shared services relating to listed employee benefits and to collective bargaining until July 1, 2019.
HB 2758 Prohibits carrier or third party administrator from disclosing to persons, other than enrollee who receives health services, protected health information relating to services provided to enrollee.
HB 2889 Requires Department of Human Services to ensure child 12 years of age or older in custody of department for at least six consecutive months is entitled to assistance to establish savings account at financial institution.
HB 2890 Requires Department of Human Services to ensure that substitute care providers for child or ward in care or custody of department provide opportunities to participate in at least one extracurricular activity and apply reasonable and prudent parent standard in determining participation.
HB 2948 Specifies additional conditions under which protected health information may be disclosed by health care provider that do not subject health care provider to civil liability.
HB 3039 Allows district school board to enter into transactions that are expected to reduce cost to district for school facilities.
SB 271 Modifies standards for state safety oversight program for rail fixed guideway systems.
SB 278 Voids payday loan, title loan, or consumer finance loan of $50,000 or less, if at time loan is made person making loan does not have required license.
SB 709 Modifies provisions that allow students who are not residents of school district to attend school of school district when school district and resident school district give consent.
SB 71 Provides that pharmacies shall electronically report to Oregon Health Authority information under prescription monitoring program not later than 72 hours after dispensing prescription drug.
SB 752 Conditionally exempts from regulation under certain air pollution laws carbon dioxide emissions from combustion or decomposition of biomass.
SB 874 Requires Oregon Health Authority to disseminate information to health care professionals and public related to adrenal insufficiency.
SB 878 Changes requirements for operating moped or motorcycle.
SB 881 Provides that seed not intended for planting but remaining capable of germination is agricultural hemp seed.
SB 922 Exempts from certain regulations legal access provider that charges fee to customer for purpose of providing customer with access to legal consultations and other legal services and that pays administration fee to attorney.
SB 935 Provides that insurer does not require certificate of authority to transact wet marine and transportation insurance.
HB 3068 Directs Department of Environmental Quality to conduct study and develop recommendations for legislation to reduce woodstove smoke.
SB 574 Requires person providing restoration work on residential or small commercial structure following man-made or natural disaster to have appropriate license endorsement issued by Construction Contractors Board.
SB 5508 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts and certain federal funds, but excluding lottery funds and other federal funds, collected or received by Employment Department.
SB 298 Excludes high-velocity, short-amplitude manipulative thrusting from definition of "massage." Excludes community colleges and accredited colleges and universities from definition of "massage facility." Increases number of class hours required for licensure as massage therapist or bodyworker.
SB 36 Makes technical changes in Oregon tax statutes.
SB 361 Modifies provisions relating to procedure for consideration of application for operating permit for surface mining.
SB 391 Prohibits seizure of property deposited to obtain security release in criminal case by law enforcement agency without search warrant or court order.
SB 493 Removes ability of Governor to disband university governing board or force university to take other action if university fails to make timely compliance with conditions established when State Board of Higher Education endorsed governing board.
SB 505 Requires, from October 1 through March 1 of each year, each hospital in this state to make offer to each patient of hospital who is 65 years of age or older to immunize patient against influenza virus.
SB 525 Prohibits possession of firearm or ammunition by person who is subject to certain court order protecting intimate partner or child of person or intimate partner, or who has been convicted of certain misdemeanor crimes committed against family member.
SB 5503 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Commission for the Blind for biennial expenses.
HB 3236 Limits enforceability of noncompetition agreement to 18 months.
HB 3242 Permits State Mortuary and Cemetery Board to grant temporary operating permit for cemetery without operating license to perform interment.
HB 3244 Provides that borrower or borrower's agent may rely on lender's payoff statement for amount required to discharge mortgage or perform obligation necessary to request reconveyance of estate of real property described in trust deed until after lender delivers amended payoff statement.
HB 3274 Directs Oregon Business Development Department to conduct study and submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than December 31, 2016, regarding methods to expand broadband and telecommunications infrastructure in rural cities and counties in Oregon.
HB 3347 Modifies definition of "person with mental illness" as used in civil commitment statutes.
HB 3371 Prohibits retaliation against student of education program who makes good faith report regarding possible violation of state or federal law, rule or regulation.
HB 3455 Increases membership of All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee.
HB 3488 Exempts specified instruments that condition transfer of fee simple interest in real property from prohibition on fee, commission or other payment to declarant or other person upon transfer of interest in real property.
HB 3497 Modifies method by which minimum amount distributed to education service districts is calculated.
HB 3498 Provides that applicant for registration by State Marine Board as outfitter and guide may not have been convicted of certain offenses preceding application.
HB 5045 Increases and decreases certain biennial appropriations made from General Fund to Department of Corrections and State Forestry Department.
HB 3186 Deletes language prohibiting advertising or promoting outdoor mass gathering without permit.
HB 3069 Requires teacher education programs to demonstrate that students enrolled in programs receive certain training related to teaching reading.
HB 3050 Modifies requirements for composition of boards of directors of regional air quality control authorities.
HB 2225 Authorizes circuit court judge to authorize execution of search warrant outside judicial district of court for search related to certain offenses involving victim 65 years of age or older.
HB 2227 Exempts from definition of "sexual abuse" consensual sexual contact between elderly person and facility employee who is also spouse of elderly person.
HB 2475 Authorizes Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board to impose $100 fine on individual regulated by board who commits administrative or clerical violation that does not create risk of harm to public.
HB 2644 Provides that public body and its officers, employees and agents are not immune from liability for wrongful death of person who is covered by workers' compensation law if death occurred in course and scope of decedent's employment, death occurred as result of conduct of another person who is subsequently convicted of murder or found guilty except for insanity of murder and decedent was not employed by public body at time of death.
HB 2661 Provides that school drills and instruction on safety threats include procedures related to lockdown, lockout, shelter in place and evacuation.
HB 2762 Requires school district to eliminate use of polystyrene foam plates, trays, food containers or food packaging in service of any meal unless school district recycles polystyrene foam.
HB 2831 Modifies authority to use property line adjustments in resource zones.
HB 2987 Removes requirement for contracting agency to hold in account or otherwise reserve moneys for including green energy technology in constructing, reconstructing or performing major renovation on public building if contracting agency determines that including green energy technology is not appropriate.
HB 3015 Adds options for name after marriage or after entering into registered domestic partnership.
HB 2034 Removes State Parks and Recreation Department's authorization to exercise power of eminent domain over certain land situated within boundaries of Willamette River Greenway.
SB 138 Allows brewery-public house licensee to distribute malt beverages manufactured by licensee for delivery to other premises having same owner, for export or for delivery to wholesale purchasers.
SB 161 Authorizes county tax collector to transmit electronic notices of warrants for delinquent taxes on business personal property to Secretary of State for filing in Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) system.
SB 5524 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon State Board of Nursing.
SB 5545 Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Oregon State Board of Nursing.
SB 582 Removes requirement that credit union apply and pay fee to Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services in order to open additional places of business.
SB 63 Updates connection date to federal Internal Revenue Code and other provisions of federal tax law.
SB 779 Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study expanding application of laws that consider members of uniformed services residents for licensing purposes and present report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to environment and natural resources on or before September 15, 2016.
SB 781 Exempts association with membership composed of current or former members of Armed Forces of United States from operation of Insurance Code and requires association to submit certain information to Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services.
SB 840 Authorizes licensed independent practitioner to initiate or approve prehearing detention in hospital or nonhospital facility of person who is subject of civil commitment proceedings.
SB 908 Removes prohibition of filing motion to set aside conviction for person committing single violation within previous 10 years.
SB 515 Requires provision of method for users to offer suggestions on form and content of Oregon transparency website.
SB 494 Permits person stationed outside of Oregon while serving in active duty military service to renew or replace driver license or driver permit without photograph if Department of Transportation does not have acceptable photograph on file.
SB 491 Directs Oregon Department of Administrative Services to establish training program and specifies elements that program must include.
SB 206 Allows temporary lease or temporary transfer of upper Klamath Basin water right established by Water Resources Director in order of determination during period while judicial review of order is pending.
SB 237 Clarifies authority of certain designees of Oregon State Athletic Commission in conduct of boxing and mixed martial arts events.
SB 248 Authorizes State Forester to enter into and administer contracts for activities necessary or convenient for sales of timber from lands owned or managed by State Board of Forestry or State Forestry Department.
SB 254 Increases fee on motor vehicle fuel metering instrument or device in accordance with graduated schedule.
SB 26 Repeals sunset of law requiring moneys that are in county's road fund and expended for patrolling to be used solely for direct and indirect costs associated with patrolling.
SB 264 Authorizes Water Resources Department to participate in activities related to joint management entity for carrying out Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.
SB 269 Increases pilot registration fees.
SB 272 Makes changes to provisions of law regulating accountants.
SB 283 Prohibits individual from using title "Advanced Practice Registered Nurse" or abbreviation "APRN" unless individual is clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist.
SB 320 Allows food establishment located within residential dwelling to produce limited amounts of certain foods for sale to public without being regulated by State Department of Agriculture.
SB 953 Establishes process by which future interests in specified properties in Klamath County may be extinguished.
One year of birth control: House Bill 3343, signed June 11, requires insurers to pay for 12-month refills of birth control pills -- up from the one- to three-month refills typically covered. Brown's signature makes Oregon the first state to mandate, through insurers, yearlong access to oral contraception.
Upskirting: House Bill 2596, signed June 10, closes what many advocates considered a puzzling loophole in the state's privacy laws. It amends statute to ban intentionally photographing someone's "intimate areas" -- known as "upskirting" or "downblousing" -- even if the subject's "intimate areas" are covered by underwear. Lawmakers sought the change after a man accused of taking pictures up the skirt of a 13-year-old girl at a Beaverton Target won acquittal on charges of child pornography and invasion of privacy.
"Revenge porn": Senate Bill 188, signed June 11, outlaws the practice of posting naked photos of a lover or partner on the internet, without their permission, with the "specific intent" to humiliate that person or ruin that person's reputation.
Collecting wage claims: Senate Bill 468, signed June 10, gives the Bureau of Labor and Industries the power to garnish income, without first spending time and money beseeching a court, to collect on delinquent orders and judgments. BOLI asked lawmakers for help this session after a handful of cases in which it struggled to collect money owed by employers.
Animal abuse: House Bill 2693, signed June 10, makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by jail time or a $6,250 fine, for someone to knowingly possess video recordings that show bestiality. The bill also raises the sexual abuse of an animal from a misdemeanor to a Class C felony and extends to 15 years the amount of time someone convicted of sexually abusing an animal is banned from having certain kinds of animals.
Bomb threats: Under Senate Bill 919, signed June 10, calling in a bomb threat or other false emergency at a public building or courthouse will become a Class A misdemeanor -- with any subsequent offenses treated like Class C felonies.
Pacific Wonderland license plates: Oregon's blue-and-yellow Pacific Wonderland plates, revived in 2009, were supposed to be a limited edition offering on behalf of the Oregon Historical Society and Oregon State Capitol Foundation, stopping production after 40,000 sales. Senate Bill 472, signed July 11, doubles that sunset to 80,000 sales.
SB 951 Modifies size and membership of Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission.
HB 5001 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office for biennial expenses.
HB 5009 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Board of Licensed Social Workers.
SB 153 Clarifies definition of "independent practice" for purpose of insurance reimbursement for services provided by licensed physician assistant or certified nurse practitioner.
SB 175 Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations.
SB 230 Makes law requiring certain health care workers to submit demographic, education and other information to health care worker regulatory boards apply to all health care workers.
SB 251 Clarifies Department of Veterans' Affairs status and authority as fiduciary and representative payee appointed by United States Department of Veterans Affairs and United States Social Security Administration.
SB 252 Exempts Department of Veterans' Affairs from requirement to request or participate in resolution conference in connection with foreclosure of residential trust deed when department is acting in capacity as beneficiary of loan made by department pursuant to statute.
SB 253 Exempts personally identifiable and contact information of veterans and persons serving on active duty or as reserve members with Armed Forces of United States, National Guard or other reserve component from disclosure as public records when information was obtained by Department of Veterans' Affairs in performance of department's duties and functions.
SB 267 Requires Water Resources Department to report to Eighty-first Legislative Assembly regarding pilot program allowing specified irrigation districts and water control districts to temporarily transfer water use to another location within district.
HB 3222 Modifies provisions related to Land Conservation and Development Commission requirement that local government, state agency or special district bring comprehensive plan, land use regulations and limited land use decisions or other land use decisions into compliance with acknowledged plan or regulations upon good cause belief by commission of existence of particular circumstances.
HB 2876 Prohibits health care facility from allowing person without certain qualifications to practice surgical technology.
HB 2182 Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing predator management plan for State of Oregon and to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2016.
HB 2349 Requires petition for appointment of professional fiduciary to include information regarding investment credentials, licensing, fees, method for assessing or charging fees and acknowledgment that professional fiduciary will make all investments of client assets in accordance with certain investment standards.
HB 2361 Prohibits court from charging or collecting fee for filing of objections or motions by office of Long Term Care Ombudsman or specified system.
HB 2408 Changes name of Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development to Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.
HB 2471 Changes qualifications to practice as funeral service practitioner or embalmer in this state, including qualifications related to reciprocity and training.
HB 2486 Removes statutory provisions relating to categorization of property tax revenue under Ballot Measure 5 (1990) that were held unconstitutional by Oregon courts.
HB 2561 Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to work with representatives from public universities to evaluate best method for overseeing public universities to ensure universities interview at least one minority applicant when hiring head coach or athletic director.
HB 2599 Requires utility that provides electric or natural gas service to residential customers to prepare report on utility's processes that mitigate, for nonpayment of delinquent accounts, termination of electric or natural gas service to certain residential customers under certain conditions.
HB 2645 Requires public universities to establish priority enrollment system for qualified students who are active members of Armed Forces of the United States, who are qualified veterans or who receive veterans' educational benefits as federally qualified dependents of active members or qualified veterans.
HB 2713 Directs Secretary of State to conduct audit of use of statewide summative assessment in public schools in this state.
SB 280 Modifies composition of Board of Medical Imaging.
SB 319 Requires proprietary authorization from Department of State Lands to construct or operate ocean renewable energy facility in Oregon's territorial sea.
HB 2028 Permits pharmacists to engage in practice of clinical pharmacy and provide patient care services to patients.
SB 672 Directs Oregon Health Authority to appoint state dental director to oversee programs operated by authority that increase access to oral health services.
SB 714 Prevents motor vehicle manufacturer, distributor or importer from taking any adverse action against motor vehicle dealer because dealer sold motor vehicle to customer that exported motor vehicle or resold motor vehicle for export.
SB 740 Removes requirement that arrested person with disability provide proof of inability to obtain qualified interpreter in order for public employer of arresting officer to pay for interpreter.
SB 759 Requires public universities, community colleges and Oregon-based private universities and colleges to adopt written protocol for victims of sexual assault.
SB 788 Requires petitioners in family law proceedings to disclose existence of certain protective orders entered between parties in petitions for marital annulment, dissolution or separation.
SB 790 Requires Department of Justice to encourage and support services, programs and curricula to educate and inform students in grades 7 through 12 about domestic violence.
SB 856 Establishes child sexual abuse prevention instructional program for public schools.
SB 902 Revives section 1, chapter 598, Oregon Laws 2013.
SB 905 Adds physician assistant to Oregon Medical Board membership.
SB 943 Prohibits counties and districts from imposing vehicle registration fee on vehicles registered to employment address when registered owner's residence address is not in same county as employment address.
SB 662 Requires that dental instructor's license issued to specialist be restricted to specialty for which applicant completed advanced dental education program.
SB 659 Requires Department of Human Services and its contractors to assist noncustodial parent, who resides in Oregon, in specified ways to obtain home and community-based services for nonresident child during child's visitation with parent for six weeks or more.
SB 5532 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Psychiatric Security Review Board for biennial expenses.
SB 390 Modifies provisions affecting landlord and tenant relations.
SB 440 Requires Oregon Health Policy Board to develop strategic plan for collection and use of health care data and to establish Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee, appointed by Governor, to develop health outcome and quality measures for coordinated care organizations and plans offered by Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board and publish data.
SB 474 Allows certain nonprofit charitable corporations to own and operate dental clinics that serve children with special needs.
SB 521 Permits coach to allow member of school athletic team and nonschool athletic team to participate in athletic event or training at any time after athletic trainer determines that member has not suffered concussion.
SB 5509 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Employment Relations Board for biennial expenses.
SB 379 Updates and modernizes certain laws pertaining to intestacy, wills and estate administration.
SB 5530 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Board of Pharmacy.
SB 5523 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Medical Board.
SB 5521 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Long Term Care Ombudsman for biennial expenses.
SB 5519 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Library for biennial expenses.
SB 139 Decreases membership of Travel Information Council.
HB 5043 Increases and decreases certain biennial appropriations made from General Fund to Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority and Public Employees' Benefit Board.
HB 5038 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Board of Tax Practitioners.
HB 5037 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Department of State Lands for certain purposes.
SB 144 Modifies requirements for health benefit plan coverage of telemedical health services.
HB 5033 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Board of Psychologist Examiners.
HB 5015 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Justice for biennial expenses of district attorneys.
HB 5013 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.
HB 5027 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Land Conservation and Development for certain biennial expenses.
SB 192 Directs State Parks and Recreation Department to convene work group to examine options for allowing users of all-terrain vehicles to operate on state highways.
SB 377 Modifies crime of computer crime.
SB 301 Specifies which services to be performed by expanded practice dental hygienist must be included in agreement between expanded practice dental hygienist and dentist.
SB 296 Repeals elderly rental assistance program, operative January 1, 2016.
SB 285 Prohibits individual from using title "medication aide" or "Certified Medication Aide" or abbreviation "CMA" unless individual is certified nursing assistant and meets certain other criteria established by Oregon State Board of Nursing.
SB 284 Prohibits individual from using title "Certified Nursing Assistant," "nursing assistant" or "nurse aide" or abbreviation "CNA" unless individual is certified by Oregon State Board of Nursing and meets certain other criteria.
SB 282 Prohibits individual from using title "nurse" unless individual holds nursing degree or certificate and is licensed to practice health care profession in which degree or certificate was earned.
SB 270 Reallocates moneys for transportation projects listed in Oregon Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009.
SB 249 Allows payments for off-site compensatory mitigation credits to be made to Oregon Removal-Fill Mitigation Fund if credits from mitigation bank were not available at time Department of State Lands began developing off-site compensatory mitigation project in region and department has yet to recoup costs of project.
HB 2394 Requires Director of Oregon State Lottery to provide information about lottery prize recipient to Department of Human Services within seven days after paying lottery prize of $1,250 or more.
HB 5007 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
HB 5004 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Department of Aviation.
HB 3523 Reorganizes mission and governance of State Library.
HB 2354 Changes defined term "drone" to "unmanned aircraft system."
HB 2214 Includes Oregon nonprofit corporations as public employer for purposes of transfers of certain public employees.
HB 2208 Adds civil code enforcement officers to public officials who may request exemption from required disclosure under public records law of specified personal information.
HB 2193 Directs electric companies, if authorized by Public Utility Commission, to procure one or more energy storage systems that have capacity to store specified amount of energy.
HB 2187 Finds and declares policy position of Oregon relating to consideration of ocean renewable energy in regional transmission planning processes.
HB 2130 Authorizes governing bodies to adopt reasonable maximum periods for holding property for development as low income rental housing, additional criteria for exemption of low income rental housing and additional provisions of low income rental housing program that do not conflict with statutory criteria.
HB 2083 For purposes of homestead property tax deferral program, creates exception to five-year ownership requirement for homestead if claimant for deferral moved to homestead from homestead granted deferral and of greater real market value than new homestead, sells prior homestead within one year of purchasing new homestead, satisfies lien against prior homestead for deferred amounts and provides written attestation that claimant incurred debt for not more than 80 percent of purchase price of new homes.
HB 2038 Limits liability of owners of land for damages resulting from use of land for aviation purposes.
HB 2404 Adjusts school food and beverage nutritional standards to comply with federal food and beverage nutritional standards.
HB 2419 Modifies definition of "health care interpreter" and revises membership of Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters.
HB 2549 Allows state agency to decline to assign debt of estate to private collection agency if state agency has notice that estate has closed
HB 3516 Requires each school obtaining approval from Higher Education Coordinating Commission to offer academic degree to annually obtain bond or letter of credit demonstrating school is financially sound and capable of fulfilling commitments to students.
HB 3495 Provides for employer and employee contributions to pension program and individual account program of Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan to first be made for new members for wages that are attributable to services performed during first full pay period following six-month probationary period, without regard to when wages are considered earned for other purposes.
HB 2716 Requires public contracting agencies to provide as material condition of public contract that contractor remain certified as disadvantaged, minority, women or emerging small business enterprise during entire term of public contract if contracting agency awarded public contract, in whole or in part, on basis of contractor's certification.
HB 2600 Requires continuation of group health insurance coverage for employee on family leave on same terms as when employee is not on leave.
HB 2597 Requires truancy notice to inform parent or person in parental relation of right to request evaluation for individualized education program or review of individualized education program.
HB 2557 Creates process by which person found guilty except for insanity can apply to court for order setting aside judgment of guilty except for insanity.
HB 2007 Makes imposition of disciplinary action against employee that inquires about or discloses wage information unlawful employment practice.
SB 385 Defines "local court facility" as area in which justice court, municipal court, probate court or juvenile court conducts business, during hours of court operation.
SB 492 Authorizes use of accrued sick leave or personal business leave by certain employees who are victims of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or stalking.
SB 234 Repeals requirement that Department of Corrections and other correctional facilities jointly promulgate rules authorizing purchase of products to be manufactured by Oregon Corrections Enterprises.
SB 79 Requires school district to provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and uses of automated external defibrillators.
SB 710 Requires state health plans, health insurers, health care providers or health care clearinghouses to provide, upon request, one copy of individually identifiable health information free of charge to individual, or to personal representative, when individual is appealing denial of Social Security disability benefits.
SB 648 Expands duties of Central Oregon Health Council.
SB 623 Eliminates wine production restriction on winery licensee, or person having interest in winery licensee, that acquires full on-premises sales license.
SB 601 Expands definition of "personal information" for purposes of Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act.
SB 596 Requires person employing, contracting with or leasing services of construction flagger to obtain construction flagging contractor license.
SB 581 Changes fee for application for or renewal of permit to practice public accountancy.
SB 548 Authorizes county to sell or donate real property to certain federally recognized Indian tribes.
SB 547 Creates nurse emeritus license to permit certain retired nurses to engage in volunteer practice of nursing.
SB 148 Changes State Board of Pharmacy membership to include two licensed pharmacy technicians.
SB 561 Directs Oregon Health Authority to develop plan for communication among local mental health authorities and systems to improve notifications and information-sharing when death suspected to be suicide involves individual 24 years of age or younger.
SB 5536 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Racing Commission.
SB 5535 Limits certain biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Public Utility Commission of Oregon.
SB 5529 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision for biennial expenses.
SB 5528 Limits certain biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Parks and Recreation Department.
SB 594 Provides that health care practitioner is not required to submit credentialing information to Oregon Health Authority for purposes related to credentialing program until occurrence of certain events, including passage of date by which authority by rule requires that type of health care practitioner to submit credentialing information to authority.
SB 604 Repeals former provisions of Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
SB 667 Extends sunset related to grants distributed to small school districts with one or more small high schools.
SB 681 Revises definition of "local government" for purpose of public employee benefit plans.
SB 76 Removes requirement for business to file notice of intent to conduct going out of business sale with Secretary of State but requires business to display notice of intent at location where going out of business sale will occur.
SB 77 Provides that corporation sole may not be formed or incorporated in this state on or after effective date of Act.
SB 83 Establishes supervised clinical practice experience requirements for applicants for initial teaching license.
SB 864 For purposes of natural resource credit against estate tax, modifies definition of "natural resource property" to mean property in state.
SB 5501 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Board of Accountancy.
SB 520 Permits pharmacists to administer vaccines to individuals at least seven years of age.
SB 120 Directs Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt or amend rules relating to transportation improvements.
SB 121 Authorizes electors in affected territory to propose plan for abating health hazard other than annexation of territory or extraterritorial extension of city or district services to territory.
SB 135 Directs Department of Education to pay for costs of education of students in eligible day treatment programs and eligible residential treatment programs by making grants in aid to school districts where programs are located.
SB 142 Subjects vehicles owned or operated by certain public bodies to laws regulating motor carriers.
SB 20 Modifies applicability of minimum energy efficiency standards to certain products.
SB 224 Exempts Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services from certain provisions relating to acquiring, holding or disposing of real property or equitable interest in real property or in mineral or geothermal resource right.
SB 227 Authorizes establishment, from information maintained in Oregon Trauma Registry, of registry of information related to brain injury trauma.
SB 229 Requires members of Consumer Advisory Council who advise Director of Oregon Health Authority on provision of mental health services to be compensated by Oregon Health Authority for performing duties of council.
SB 261 Increases ballast water trip fee to $88.
SB 405 Provides circumstances under which Oregon Youth Authority may disclose information relating to youth offenders committed to Oregon Youth Authority.
SB 378 Creates and revises definitions in dog control laws.
SB 368 Requires sheriff to deliver proceeds of execution sale to court administrator.
SB 364 Requires court to consider marijuana offenses committed before July 1, 2013, to be classified as if conduct occurred on July 1, 2013, when determining if person is eligible for order setting aside conviction.
SB 329 Increases annual fee imposed on public utilities and telecommunications providers for purpose of defraying costs of Public Utility Commission.
Highway median cable barriers: Senate Bill 921, signed June 4, orders the Oregon Department of Transportation to spend no more than the next six years installing cable barriers along 100 miles of highway where narrow or unprotected medians might lead to crossover crashes. The bill, also known as the Fritz-Fairchild Act, honors two Oregon State Hospital employees killed in such a crash last fall: Dr. Steve Fritz, husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Cary Fairchild, a mental health specialist.
Social media freedom: Senate Bill 185, signed June 2, gives employees the right to keep their lives on social media -- if they even want one -- separate from their lives at work. Under the bill, employers can't require someone to create and use personal social media accounts as a condition of employment. They also can't force employees to advertise for the business on an employee's existing personal account. Workers who think their bosses have run afoul of the law can file a complaints with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.
E-vehicle parking spots: House Bill 2625, signed June 2, says anyone in a regular car who parks in a parking space reserved for alternative fuel vehicles -- like electric vehicles that require time plugged in to keep running -- will receive a tidy $250 fine.
School attendance age: Under Senate Bil 321, signed June 2, parents may no longer decide to keep their 6-year-olds home from school -- waiting for them to turn 7. SB 321 sets the new minimum compulsory age for school attendance at 6.
School discipline limits: Senate Bill 553, signed June 2, aims to tackle bias against students of color, and what advocates call the "school to prison pipeline." It dramatically limits when administrators can suspend students in fifth-grade or younger. Senate Bill 556, signed June 2, says expulsion -- banning children from attending school -- is no longer allowed as a punishment for truancy, which is when children aren't attending school in defiance of the law.
HB 2934 Requires Oregon Health Authority to convene stakeholder group to provide recommendations to Legislative Assembly concerning basic health program.
HB 2919 Eliminates reporting requirement related to disclosure, at request of law enforcement agency, of call location information of cellular device used to call 9-1-1 or believed to be in possession of individual who is believed to be in emergency situation.
HB 2908 Brings Oregon law into compliance with federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014.
HB 2847 Requires ASPIRE programs to annually provide financial aid instruction to high school students and to make instruction available to students' families, including different types of loans available to students attending post-secondary institutions of education, potential use of individual development accounts and economic impact of each type of loan.
HB 2776 Authorizes peace officer to apply for and circuit court to enter ex parte emergency protective order when court finds probable cause that person was victim of domestic disturbance or abuse and protective order is necessary to prevent abuse.
HB 2660 Provides court discretion to order person participating in driving while under influence of intoxicants diversion agreement to install ignition interlock device if person submitted to chemical test of person's breath, blood or urine and test disclosed blood alcohol content below 0.08 percent by weight.
HB 2609 Provides that information or complaint may be verified by complainant's certifying sufficient grounds to believe defendant committed offense.
HB 2585 Modifies authority granted to owner of lot in planned community or unit in condominium to install and use electric vehicle charging station for personal, noncommercial use.
HB 2456 Modifies optional process for evaluation of changes to urban growth boundary of city outside Metro with population of 10,000 or more.
HB 2426 Establishes statutory authority for technological enhancements to 9-1-1 emergency communications system.
HB 2424 Authorizes employees of Department of Corrections, State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and Oregon Corrections Enterprises who work in department building to store personal handgun and ammunition in vehicle.
HB 2412 Removes outdated provisions and updates terminology related to teachers.
HB 2350 Updates and clarifies portions of Bank Act and related statutes.
HB 2294 Requires Oregon Health Authority to establish Oregon Health Information Technology program.
HB 2195 Directs county to use proceeds acquired by foreclosure of delinquent tax liens or in exchange for land originally acquired by foreclosure of delinquent tax liens to refund county general fund.
HB 2974 Requires Legislative Assembly to hold 10 public hearings throughout state prior to proposing congressional or legislative reapportionment plan, with at least one hearing held in each congressional district of state and at least one hearing held in areas that experienced largest population shift since previous reapportionment.
SB 5 Provides that portion of State Highway 126 between Florence and Eugene shall be known as William Tebeau Memorial Highway.
SB 839 Exempts specified persons from arrest and prosecution for certain offenses and for certain violations of terms of release or supervision if evidence of offense was obtained because emergency medical services or law enforcement agency was contacted to obtain necessary medical assistance due to drug-related overdose.
SB 588 Allows school district and public charter school to be considered single legal entity for purpose of public charter school law if public charter school is only school in school district and other conditions are met.
SB 4 Modifies definition of "animal rescue entity" to provide that legal custody of 10 or more animals includes animals located off-site.
SB 350 Modifies provisions relating to motions for change of judge.
SB 287 Deletes provision that authorizes teachers who are licensed and properly endorsed by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to practice speech-language pathology without obtaining license from State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
SB 236 Authorizes Department of State Police to enter into lease agreements and take title to real property as considered necessary by Superintendent of State Police for performance of duties of department and Oregon State Police.
SB 225 Removes requirement for agency to send individual notice to each affected recipient of supplemental nutrition assistance or Women, Infants and Children Program when suspension or closure of grant of assistance is caused by change in benefit or standard by federal government and change affects all or significant portion of recipients.
HB 3501 Revises voting requirements for certain actions related to benefit company formation or conversion.
HB 3476 Establishes privilege in civil, criminal, administrative and school proceedings for certain communications between persons seeking services related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and victim services programs and advocates.
HB 3114 Allows injured worker 90 days from date health benefit plan rejects claim for benefits to file workers' compensation claim.
HB 3223 Modifies provisions authorizing expedited land divisions.
HB 3282 Provides that Land Conservation and Development Commission may permit cities to undergo periodic review for limited purpose of completing work relating to certain urban growth boundary amendments.
HB 3329 Modifies standard by which geothermal energy qualifies as type of green energy technology for which at least 1.5 percent of total contract price of certain public improvement contract for construction or certain reconstruction or major renovation of public school building must be spent.
HB 3378 Requires hospital to adopt written discharge policies.
HB 3466 Provides that release decision for defendant charged with sex crime or crime constituting domestic violence must include order prohibiting attempted contact with victim and third-party contact with victim while defendant is in custody.
HB 2980 Authorizes defendant to request district attorney to approve extension of stay of criminal proceedings for district attorney diversion.
HB 2560 Requires health benefit plan to cover cost of colonoscopy for insured who is 50 years of age or older and who has positive fecal test result.
HB 2614 Allows certain special districts to dispense fuel at nonretail dispensing facility notwithstanding purchase of less than 900 gallons annually.
HB 2664 Subjects university with governing board, or not-for-profit organization or other entity that university with governing board controls, to certain provisions of Public Contracting Code.
HB 2670 Allows in-state tuition in certain circumstances for individuals who resided in Oregon but relocated due to position in military, government or humanitarian aid organization.
HB 2797 Requires subject employer to pay first installment of temporary disability compensation in workers' compensation claim within 14 days after employer has notice or knowledge of claim and has notice or knowledge of employee's disability.
HB 2911 Deletes obsolete references to terms of court and constables.
HB 2964 Provides that when guardian ad litem or conservator of estate of child maintains cause of action for damages to child, parent or conservator may file consent to accompany complaint that authorizes inclusion in cause of action of request for recovery of damages to child.
HB 2973 Establishes Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Act.
HB 2211 Authorizes Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services to impose civil penalty for workers' compensation claims processing violations by service company.
HB 3187 Extends terms of office of members of Commission for the Blind.
HB 2460 Authorizes Department of State Lands to establish and impose one-time application fee on person applying for easement to construct water, gas, electric or communication service line, fixture or other facility on state land.
HB 2219 Requires Department of Human Services to convene work group to study consolidation of application processes for human and social services and to report recommendation to Legislative Assembly.
HB 2288 Increases membership of Oregon Innovation Council.
HB 2340 Limits personal information that may be included in certain judgments, orders and other court documents.
HB 2341 Authorizes court to order defendant to pay extradition costs when defendant is found in violation of probation in certain circumstances.
HB 2383 Requires telephonic seller that solicits purchase of business opportunity to make certain disclosures before completing transaction.
HB 2413 Prohibits licensing agency from issuing initial license to residential care facility that has not conducted market study.
HB 2414 Permits parents or guardians of minor adoptees or minor genetic siblings of adoptees to use and register with voluntary adoption registries.
HB 2429 Repeals sunset on provisions related to relief from prohibition on possessing and purchasing firearms.
HB 2444 Revises statutes relating to mediation of agricultural disputes.
HB 2445 Allows Director of Agriculture and State Department of Agriculture to choose methods for giving notice regarding quarantines, control areas and related rules in addition to notice by publication in newspaper.
HB 3005 Extends expiration date of driver license for persons volunteering outside of United States.
HB 3016 Modifies provisions of capital gains exemption for amounts received for sale of manufactured dwelling park.
SB 291 Modifies circumstances under which injured state worker has right to reinstatement or reemployment with employer at injury.
SB 295 Requires Chief Education Officer, members of Oregon Education Investment Board and auditor of metropolitan service districts to file verified statements of economic interest.
SB 363 Prohibits prosecuting attorney from charging fee for performing requirements associated with motion for setting aside conviction.
SB 496 Includes certain compensable workers' compensation claims as qualifying criteria for eligibility for benefits from Public Safety Memorial Fund.
SB 686 Provides that individual enrolled in alternative education program may be considered out-of-school youth for purposes of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
SB 693 Authorizes scrap metal business to make payment by electronic funds transfer, stored value card or stored value device.
HB 2461 Allows Department of State Lands by rule to provide for additional exemptions to leasing requirements relating to submersible lands.
SB 286 Increases amount of civil penalty for violating statute that provides for regulation of hazardous substances by Public Utility Commission.
SB 199 Requires State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to notify victim, if requested, prior to hearing or administrative decision to reset or advance release date of prisoner for outstanding reformation, severe medical condition or age-related incapacity.
HB 3021 Requires insurer to offer health care provider method of reimbursement that does not impose fees or other charges on provider.
HB 3045 Removes requirement that school district transfer moneys to other school district for student who attends public charter school in school district and is resident of other school district.
HB 3132 Expands definition of "hospital facility" to include behavioral treatment facilities and family safety facilities in regard to local public authorities created to finance hospital facilities.
HB 3143 Provides that tax-exempt nonprofit organization may supply to Oregon Liquor Control Commission informational materials about human trafficking, including adhesive stickers, provided that materials contain objectively verifiable information only about human trafficking.
HB 3301 Requires insurer to permit naturopathic physician to apply to be primary care provider or specialty care provider for purposes of insurer credentials.
HB 3401 Requires Department of Transportation to study options for improving on-time performance of passenger trains.
HB 3487 Requires licensed investigator to include investigator's name and license number in all advertisements for investigator's services.
HB 5031 Approves new fee adopted by Board of Medical Imaging.
SB 141 Provides for Oregon Liquor Control Commission to pay business loss compensation to liquor store operator if change in system for selling distilled liquor prohibits commission from purchasing or selling distilled liquor.
Crackdown on "vaping": House Bill 2546, signed May 26, makes the act of puffing on electronic cigarettes or related devices while indoors -- whether on the job, or at a bar or restaurant -- an official crime starting Jan. 1, 2016. The bill also makes Oregon the 42nd state to ban the sale of vaporizers, nicotine liquid and other accessories to minors.
Multnomah County adopted a similar ban in March, following discussions held at Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury's urging in January. Though e-cigarettes are seen as a bridge away from traditional cigarettes and don't produce smoke -- they rely on atomizers to generate nicotine vapor -- they've become a target for health officials worried they'll instead introduce minors to nicotine products.
Homeless youth: House Bill 2232, signed May 26, orders the Department of Human Services to create an advisory committee with the job of coordinating statewide services for runaways and homeless kids. DHS also must submit a report to lawmakers every Sept. 15.
Students and sunscreen: House Bill 3041, signed May 26, makes clear to school districts that sunscreen isn't supposed to be considered a medication dispensed under special rules. Previously, a kid who wanted to wear sunscreen while playing outside may have needed to furnish a doctor's note.
Animal neglect: Senate Bill 614, signed May 26, lets police officers crack into someone's vehicle if they see an animal inside and have probable cause that animal has been abused. The legislation was drafted to help police deal with dogs and other pets left to swelter in cars on hot days. House Bill 2694, signed May 28, makes clear that Department of Human Services social workers are allowed to report any suspected animal abuse they encounter while visiting homes as part of their duties.
Proof of valid vehicle registration: Good news for anyone who's ever waited until the last minute to renew a vehicle sticker online -- only to get a ticket during those few days between when your old tag expires and your new sticker shows up in the mail. House Bill 2261, signed May 26, tells the Oregon Department of Transportation to come up with some kind of way for drivers in those straits to prove they're in good standing.
Drug treatment and court fees: House Bill 3168, signed May 28, gives judges the power to waive fines and other fees in misdemeanor and felony convictions -- sometimes adding up to thousands of dollars -- if the person with the conviction completes drug and alcohol treatment as a condition of supervision. Fees could also be waived if paying them interferes with someone's ability to remain in treatment.
HB 2578 Permits individual in hospice program, or next of kin or personal representative of individual who has died, to terminate, without penalty, residential cable service or residential telecommunications service.
HB 2442 Changes name of State Housing Council to Oregon Housing Stability Council.
HB 5028 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Land Use Board of Appeals for biennial expenses.
HB 2629 Requires owners of rental property subject to federal rural rental housing loans to provide at least one year's notice of date of maturity of loans to tenants, Housing and Community Services Department, housing authorities and local governments.
HB 2658 Permits Department of Transportation to issue veterans' recognition registration plate to Gold Star Family member who is sibling of person who was killed in action in armed conflict while serving in Armed Forces of United States.
HB 2892 Requires that National League of Families' POW/MIA flag be displayed with Oregon State flag on public buildings in this state.
HB 3257 Extends sunset on collection of certain moneys from electric companies or Oregon Community Power for purposes related to low-income electric bill payment assistance.
HB 5010 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Columbia River Gorge Commission for biennial expenses.
HB 5011 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Construction Contractors Board.
HB 5014 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Oregon Board of Dentistry.
HB 5023 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by State Mortuary and Cemetery Board, Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine, Occupational Therapy Licensing Board, Board of Medical Imaging, State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Oregon State Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
SB 7 Requires Oregon Health Authority to exercise procurement authority under Public Contracting Code and under supervision of Oregon Department of Administrative Services, for specified purposes.
HB 3042 Designates April 14 of each year as Honorary Artists of Oregon Day.
HB 3036 Authorizes State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to request appearance by representative of office of prosecuting attorney at hearing setting or resetting release date of person.
HB 2715 Prohibits school district employee or volunteer from posting, publishing or making publicly available personally identifiable information in relation to results of performance-based assessment.
HB 2681 Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission and State Board of Education to oversee work group to examine and recommend effective processes and strategies for placing students in courses at community colleges.
HB 2400 Provides that submission of certain task force reports prior to specified dates in 2015 satisfies requirement to submit reports by July 1, 2014.
HB 2339 Requires court to appoint interpreter and provide appropriate assistive communication device when necessary for crime victim who seeks to exercise certain constitutional rights in open court.
HB 2231 Prohibits coordinated care organization from requiring organizational providers to produce information that is redundant with respect to or outside scope of on-site quality assessment of organizational provider conducted by Oregon Health Authority.
HB 2210 Authorizes individuals acting under authority of broadcasters to enter geographic area subject to declaration of emergency to maintain essential broadcast equipment.
HB 2047 Makes adjustments to reserve boundaries in comprehensive planning maps adopted by Metro and previously adjusted by Legislative Assembly.
HB 3104 Authorizes rural ports to acquire and operate telecommunications facilities.
HB 3239 Expands definition of "lender" for purposes of Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program to include person selling agricultural land to beginning farmers pursuant to owner-financed agreement or sales contract, institution organized and existing under Farm Credit Act of 1971 and other persons or entities as defined by rule adopted by Oregon Business Development Department.
HB 2410 Allows community college to award training certificates for noncredit courses and programs.
SB 622 Adds personal support workers and home care workers to list of mandatory reporters of abuse of children, elderly persons and other vulnerable persons.
SB 616 Requires Secretary of State to conduct investigation of Community Housing Trust Account, within Developmental Disabilities Community Housing Fund.
SB 590 Directs court to appoint court visitor for minor respondent in guardianship proceeding where minor is more than 16 years of age and court determines there is likelihood that petition seeking guardianship of respondent as adult will be filed before respondent attains age of majority or as adult.
SB 448 Permits presiding judge of seventh judicial district, with approval of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to enter into memorandum of understanding with Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs regarding adjudication and disposition of youths and youth offenders.
SB 343 Repeals sunset provision related to authorized tribal police officers.
SB 281 Changes term of office provisions for member of Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine.
HB 3521 Designates third week in April of each year as Independent Media Week.
SB 28 Clarifies that county clerk may use elector's registration record, rather than physical registration card, to authenticate signatures.
SB 27 Resolves certain contradictory provisions applicable to duties of county clerk.
SB 240 Permits State Apprenticeship and Training Council to make exceptions to apprentice wage schedule, and to minimum numeric ratio of journeyworkers to apprentices, to further operation of apprenticeship and training programs in Oregon Youth Authority institutions.
SB 219 Directs that Legislative Assembly appropriations for public universities and Oregon Health and Science University be made to Higher Education Coordinating Commission rather than to Oregon Department of Administrative Services.
SB 133 Allows Department of Consumer and Business Services to make system for electronic access to building code information available for other purposes.
"Conversion therapy": House Bill 2307, signed May 18, makes Oregon the third state, along with Washington, D.C., to ban so-called "conversion therapy" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Under the law, mental health providers will be forbidden from administering therapy that tries to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity to anyone younger than 18.
Stoplight mercy for bicyclists: Senate Bill 533, signed May 21, offers what one lawmaker calls a "very, very limited exception" to Oregon's rules for red lights. Under the bill, cyclists, motorcycle riders and other two-wheeled motorists stranded at a red light that fails to go through a full light cycle are allowed to proceed through the intersection with extreme caution. Keep in mind: The new law is nowhere near as forgiving as Idaho's famed rule that lets bicyclists treat all red lights, assuming there's no other traffic on the road, like stop signs.
Standardized testing: House Bill 2680, signed May 21, says Oregon will have to wait another school year, 2015-16, before results from new statewide standardized testing can be used to officially rate Oregon's schools, teachers and/or administrators. The law applies to the new Smarter Balanced assessments, which are meant to reflect controversial Common Core teaching standards adopted in Oregon and dozens of other states.
Backing away from Oregon's "benefits cliff": House Bill 3082, signed May 21, offers relief for low-income families whose rising earnings would otherwise boot them from affordable housing. Right now, families whose earnings climb over 60 percent of their area's median income -- even by just a few dollars -- can be evicted and forced to hunt for market-rate housing likely still out of their reach. HB 3082 would instead bump the eviction threshold to 80 percent of median income.
HB 2430 Authorizes Department of State Police and State Fire Marshal to accept and distribute gifts, grants, donations and funds from any source, including services and property, to carry out duties of department or marshal.
HB 2601 Requires member of law enforcement agency who has probable cause to believe custodial interference or kidnapping with respect to child has occurred to notify Oregon State Police missing children clearinghouse within 24 hours.
HB 2551 Requires covered entities to report annually on system safeguards for protecting confidentiality of personally identifiable and protected health information.
HB 2525 Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to develop standards related to transferability of credits for community colleges and public universities.
HB 2420 Provides that community mental health program director or director's designee shall consult with criminal defendant found unfit to proceed, prior to decision on commitment, to determine availability of treatment in community.
HB 2415 Permits Department of Human Services or Oregon Health Authority to deliver written notice to financial institution after individual dies to request financial institution to provide certain information about accounts in deceased individual's name, balances on deposit on date of individual's death, account activity and names of individuals to whom financial institution disbursed funds from accounts.
HB 2377 Prohibits person from soliciting, requesting or otherwise inducing another person to provide personal information by representing or implying that person is third person, without third person's knowledge, authorization and consent.
HB 2362 Requires court to give greatest consideration to benefit to person who is subject of protective proceeding by party's actions in proceeding when determining whether to award attorney fees.
HB 2331 Provides when interests of beneficiaries vest.
HB 2326 Provides that when conditional discharge probation has expired but defendant has not fulfilled terms and conditions, case shall not be dismissed.
HB 2314 Permits youth offender foster home to be maintained by person related to youth offender by blood or marriage only under circumstances set forth by Oregon Youth Authority in rule.
HB 2036 Provides that U.S. Highway 395 shall be known as World War I Veterans Memorial Highway.
SB 600 Approves adoption of and modifications to rules of Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.
HB 2888 Allows action to enjoin or restrain nuisance if place is used for certain activities involving animals.
SB 584 Directs public contracting agency to suspend right of certified disadvantaged minority, women or emerging small business enterprise to bid on or participate in public contract if certified disadvantaged minority, women or emerging small business enterprise exhibits pattern of failing to perform commercially useful function in public contract.
SB 402 Permits affiant in small estate to open one or more deposit accounts in financial institution with funds of decedent upon which to withdraw funds to pay certain claims and expenses.
SB 387 Requires court to ensure that person is booked after being charged with driving while under influence of intoxicants.
SB 371 Allows insurer or self-insured employer to mail notice of closure of workers' compensation claim to beneficiaries of deceased worker under certain circumstances.
SB 366 Revises definition of "recidivism" for purposes of statistical evaluation.
HB 3139 Prohibits local government from preventing mobile medical clinic from locating to private property for not more than 180 days.
HB 3070 Specifies that reduction of period of supervision for certain convicted persons applies to probation or local control post-prison supervision.
HB 3035 Allows increased use of flashing lights in certain school zones.
HB 2912 Deletes obsolete and outdated provisions in transportation and motor vehicle laws.
HB 2893 Permits financial institution to conduct savings promotion raffle, subject to specified conditions.
HB 2457 Allows county to create parcel that is smaller than minimum size standard in resource zone for farm or forest use when part of existing unit of land has been included within urban growth boundary to be planned and zoned for urbanization.
HB 2462 Requires Department of State Lands to maintain electronic documentation rather than paper copies of deeds and conveyances belonging to state.
HB 2473 Authorizes State Board of Licensed Social Workers to adopt rules providing for temporary licensure, certification and registration related to practice of social work.
HB 2579 Authorizes domestic water supply district to provide services to cooperative corporation or mutual benefit corporation that supplies water for domestic purposes.
HB 2440 Provides that individual is available for work when individual is required to be outside individual's normal labor market area to apply for suitable employment within individual's normal labor market.
HB 2431 Requires physical examination for candidates for Oregon State Police to be physical examination consistent with rules adopted by Department of State Police.
HB 2385 Provides that person commits crime of luring a minor if offense involves police officer posing as minor or agent of police officer posing as minor.
HB 2234 Requires Oregon Health Authority and insurers offering health benefit plans that reimburse costs of physician services to reimburse community assessment center for child abuse medical assessment and related services.
HB 2213 Includes employees of Department of Corrections who have direct contact with inmates in category of employees for which on-the-job safety issues are employment relations issues subject to collective bargaining.
HB 2206 Renames crime of patronizing a prostitute to commercial sexual solicitation.
HB 2129 Requires county assessor to reduce maximum assessed value if taxpayer files petition demonstrating error in square footage of property or that new property or new improvements to property added to tax roll in prior tax year did not exist.
HB 2127 Prohibits recording by county clerk of instrument to convey fee title to real property to tax-exempt government transferee unaccompanied by certificate issued by county assessor attesting that all charges against real property as of date of recording have been paid.
HB 2684 Extends sunset on provisions allowing retired members of Public Employees Retirement System to be employed full-time by public employer as nursing instructor or as trainer for Department of Public Safety Standards and Training without loss of retirement benefits.
HB 2837 Directs Director of Transportation to issue certificate of exemption from requirement to use child safety system, safety belt or safety harness if statement is submitted by nurse practitioner or physician assistant on behalf of person requesting exemption.
HB 2843 Authorizes Department of Consumer and Business Services to enter into interagency agreements for Construction Contractors Board to perform duties on behalf of department related to state building code.
SB 232 Authorizes Department of Corrections to accept moneys for reentry support and services.
SB 381 Directs Board of Governors of Oregon State Bar to establish position on board for active member of bar who maintains principal office outside State of Oregon.
SB 376 Eliminates requirement that petitioner for post-conviction relief provide two extra copies of petition.
SB 375 Allows declaration under penalty of perjury as alternative to affidavit in certain circumstances.
SB 367 Makes purchaser at execution sale of real property in planned community or condominium community solely liable for assessments imposed against real property during redemption period.
SB 35 Specifies form of notice that cooperative must provide to directors, members, shareholders and other persons and when notice is effective.
SB 277 Authorizes Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services to license or register, or to renew licenses or registrations for, certain financial services businesses under agreement with Nationwide Multistate Licensing System.
HB 2886 Clarifies who may participate in vehicle dealer auction or display of vehicles without holding vehicle dealer certificate.
HB 3149 Provides that registered nurse who is employed by public or private school may accept order from physician licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy in another state or territory of United States if order is related to treatment of student who has been enrolled at school for not more than 90 days.
SB 189 Provides that state agency may adopt model rules prepared by Attorney General relating to confidentiality of mediation communications without complying with certain rulemaking procedures.
SB 238 Requires private safety agency to comply with certain requests for personnel records from Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
SB 239 Includes reserve officers in definition of "public safety personnel" and "public safety officer" subject to rules governing standards and training determinations by employing agencies.
HB 2437 Permits Oregon Business Development Department to enter into agreements for grants or other assistance, including but not limited to direct purchase of goods or services related to entrepreneurial and industry development.
HB 2384 Allows substituted service of certain investigative demands on natural persons to be accomplished in manner provided for service of summons in action or suit.
HB 2368 Provides that if person has both valid health care instruction, or valid power of attorney for health care, and declaration for mental health treatment, that inconsistencies in documents are governed by declaration for mental health treatment.
HB 2363 Requires treating physician to document in clinical record any seclusion of person alleged to have mental illness who is confined in hospital or nonhospital facility.
HB 2336 Allows filing and service of notice of appeal by mailing or dispatch for delivery within three calendar days via United States Postal Service or commercial delivery service.
HB 2305 Permits individuals who complete polysomnographic program that combines education and training program to apply for polysomnographic technologist license.
HB 2259 Modifies authority of Department of Transportation to issue variance permits to operate self-loading log truck.
HB 2467 Directs Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt rules to regulate penalties, fees and charges that insurer imposes for early withdrawal from individual deferred annuity policy.
HB 2481 Establishes filing fee for appealing board of stewards ruling to Oregon Racing Commission.
SB 5537 Limits biennial expenditures from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by Real Estate Agency.
SB 5515 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability for biennial expenses.
HB 3001 Allows application for determination of real market value and assessed value of property destroyed or damaged between January 1 and July 1 to be filed on or before December 31.
HB 2850 Provides that insurer may not issue individual long term care insurance policy until insurer receives written designation of full name and residential address of at least one person to whom insurer can send notice of lapse or termination because of failure to pay premium, or receives written waiver of right to designate person to receive notice.
HB 2798 Modifies percentage rate and amount of fees that pawnbroker may charge for storage and setup in connection with pledge loans.
HB 2628 Disallows all filing fees, service fees and hearing fees in action for court's protective stalking order, even if stalking order is not only relief sought in action.
HB 2605 Specifies procedures by which Department of Consumer and Business Services may approve, modify or disapprove rate filing.
HB 2532 Requires lender, or agent or affiliate of lender, in any advertisement or communication intended as inducement to apply for or enter into reverse mortgage to include summary of certain provisions of reverse mortgage contract.
HB 2258 Prevents insurers from considering individual's driving record when determining rates for and whether to issue or renew policy of personal insurance that provides certain types of coverage, except in specified circumstances when insurer may consider abstract of individual's nonemployment driving record to make determinations.
SB 628 Designates portion of U.S. Highway 395, known as Pendleton-John Day Highway, as Don Kendall Memorial Highway.
Gun background checks: The intensely contentious Senate Bill 941, signed May 11, for the first time in Oregon requires federal background checks for private gun transactions. The checks are meant to determine whether someone is legally prohibited from owning a gun for legal reasons including felony convictions, commitments to a mental hospital or misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. The background check provisions of SB 941 won't take effect until Aug. 9.
Drone-hunting: House Bill 2534, signed May 12, delivers on a request from sporting groups and forbids Oregonians from using aerial drones when hunting, fishing or both.
HB 2173 Requires Secretary of State, as State Auditor, to report fraud or other violations of criminal law to appropriate law enforcement agency, regardless of source of moneys involved in fraud or violation.
HB 2186 Provides that core teaching standards apply to public charter schools.
HB 2405 Allows Department of Education to solicit and accept gifts, grants, donations and other moneys from public and private sources for State School Fund.
HB 2439 Requires request to reopen hearing upon claim to be filed with Office of Administrative Hearings with copy to Employment Department.
HB 2913 Deletes outdated and obsolete provisions and updates references in laws relating to human services programs or services.
HB 2939 Prescribes salary calculation for substitute teachers in school district that has class schedule based on four-day week.
HB 3156 Changes circumstances under which enforcement of child support order may be suspended.
HB 3158 Removes time limitation on judgments subject to laws regarding multiple child support judgments.
HB 3159 Creates debt in favor of state for dishonored checks for support that are presented by other issuer on behalf of obligor or withholder.
HB 3044 Allows public charter school to use real property in other school district if school provides written notice of use to sponsor and to district.
HB 2148 Exempts from state and local property taxes and fees, charges and assessments related to property taxation permanent improvements located on federal land held in trust for federally recognized Indian tribe or tribe member.
HB 2128 Provides that ad valorem property taxes assessed on real property held by taxable person under lease from tax-exempt owner are personal liability of taxable person.
HB 2131 Pledges revenues from ad valorem property taxes as security for general obligation indebtedness of public bodies.
HB 2184 Directs Department of Transportation and State Parks and Recreation Department to provide link from Department of Transportation website to State Parks and Recreation Department website to provide information about how to purchase day-use parking passes.
HB 2279 Applies definition of "state government" to clarify meaning of "state" in relation to utility access to lands belonging to state.
HB 2296 Changes name of Board of Body Art Practitioners to Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners.
HB 2468 Specifies requirements for scope of insurer's network of providers.
HB 2432 Expands list of lands on which fireworks may be used to repel birds and other animals.
HB 2446 Deletes prohibition against advertising by unregulated producer engaged in small-scale on-premises sale of raw milk directly to consumer.
HB 2480 Establishes application fee for Oregon Liquor Control Commission processing of certain license applications.
HB 2880 Specifies that physician assistant may not practice fluoroscopy on person unless physician assistant holds certificate issued by Board of Medical Imaging authorizing such practice.
HB 2930 Requires that hospital rules granting admitting privileges to licensed, certified nurse midwife nurse practitioner meet specified requirements.
HB 2969 Allows on-premises consumption of food and nonalcoholic beverages at certified smoke shops.
HB 3013 Allows establishment of wildlife food plots on small forestland subject to reforestation requirements .
The Metro Council has approved plans to issue $60 million in revenue bonds to be paid through the lodging taxes at the hotel, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive's Elliot Njus. The $212 million hotel would also be subsidized with $10 million in state lottery funds and $8 million in other public loans and grants.
Earthquake preparedness: Senate Bill 85, signed May 4, allows local governments to set up financial assistance programs for property owners looking to make seismic upgrades. The bill came in response to concern from owners in Portland's Old Town and Chinatown, many of whom have "unreinforced masonry" building susceptible to earthquakes but can't afford the necessary upgrades.
Road signs: House Bill 2389, signed May 4, makes a slight change in the way deceased soldiers and transportation workers can be honored with Fallen Hero roadside memorial signs.
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Cigarette taxes: House Bill 2489, signed April 28, fixes a consequence of pending one-cent cigarette tax increases approved in 2013. Currently, cigarette distributors would have a month after the tax hikes take effect -- Jan. 1, 2016, and 2018, respectively -- to obtain new tax stamps. Because of concerns some distributors might feel forced to dump their cigarette supplies before the changeover in tax rates, HB 2489 now says older tax stamps won't expire.
Tax court appeals: House Bill 2334, signed April 28, gives taxpayers 30 days to file another hardship affidavit after receiving notice from the Oregon Tax Court that their original affidavit isn't on file. The measure, approved with no dissent in both chambers, is meant to protect against clerical errors.
Public employees serving in the military: Right now, public employers must treat deployed National Guard workers as if they're "absent on leave" -- which means they're barred from paying them. House Bill 2763, signed April 23, does away with that prohibition.
Preserving the Capitol: House Bill 2037, signed April 23, will reorganize the state's nearly 20-year-old Oregon State Capitol Foundation, part of the legislative branch, into a nonprofit corporation. The foundation is charged with managing repairs, preservation work, renovations, and other tasks involved with upkeep of the Capitol and its history.
Write-in candidates: Say you've won an election somewhere in Oregon as a write-in candidate. Currently, you'll be told about your victory by snail mail. And only by snail mail. House Bill 2855, signed April 23, allows elections officers to also let you know by email, too.
Local referendum timelines: House Bill 2957, signed April 23, does away with uncertainty over the timing of citizen initiatives and referendums that might require a special election. Under the bill, those issues would be added to regularly scheduled local ballots.
Industrial appraisals: House Bill 2482, signed April 23, clarifies the rules and process involved when the Department of Revenue wants to delegate appraisals of valuable industrial sites (worth more than $1 million) to county appraisers.
Property taxes: House Bill 2483 expands appeal rights in complicated property tax cases involving large parcels spread over multiple accounts. House Bill 2484 extends the deadline for filing property tax returns in certain cases from March 1 to March 15. House Bill 2487 gives assessors more discretion when asked to reduce assessments on properties that lose square footage. All three were signed April 23.
State debt oversight: House Bill 2493, signed April 23, directs the State Debt Policy Advisory Commission meet twice a year instead of annually.
Local tax increases: Under House Bill 2635, signed April 23, ballot titles for any measure looking to levy a local option tax also mention, albeit as an estimate, how much the tax will raise after factors like compression and the tax's collection rate.
Merger notices: House Bill 2330, signed April 14, is a small procedural change allowing businesses to give written merger and conversion plans to shareholders instead of submitting the plans to the Secretary of State's Office.
Municipal audits: House Bill 2174, signed April 16, requires the Secretary of State's Office to commission a report every two years showing the findings of municipal audits across the state.
DAS authority: House Bill 2476, signed April 16, grants the Department of Administrative Services authority to create uniform policies across multiple state agencies and boards.
Property taxes: House Bill 2485, signed April 16, clarifies that refunds on property taxes received through an appeal must be returned to the person who actually filed the appeal.
House Bill 2488, signed April 16, changes penalties for understating income taxes by adjusting them for inflation.
Housing inspections: House Bill 2610, signed April 16, gives local governments authority to inspect housing for farm workers.
Education budget: The $7.255 billion K-12 funding plan no one seemed to like much, especially Republicans, hardly had to wait long to win the governor's approval. Brown, as expected, signed House Bill 5017 on April 9, just two days after it reached her desk.
HB 5017 -- which increases overall funding and pays for all-day kindergarten statewide, but still might leave some schools facing cuts -- cleared both the House and the Senate without a single Republican vote. Republicans even briefly stormed off the Senate floor during a rancorous floor session April 6 that also included references to Jesus Christ. They were protesting Democrats' response to their $7.56 billion alternative plan funded through cuts in public safety and human services.
The schools budget went forward earlier than usual. Democratic leaders have repeatedly stressed that it's meant as a floor for school districts to use when planning their budgets and that it might increase if the May revenue forecast allows it.
Public records: House Bill 3037, signed April 9, adds to the ranks of ironclad public records exemptions that no amount of "clear and convincing" public interest can change. From now on, most public employees' home addresses, phone numbers, cell phones, personal email addresses, driver's license numbers, employee ID cards, and emergency contact information can never be released as part of a records request. That exemption also has been extended to workers in day cares and adult foster homes.
Natural gas: Two years ago, the Public Utility Commission won permission to let gas utilities participate in voluntary pollution reduction programs. Senate Bill 456, signed April 6 and effective as of April 7, makes clear that the PUC has the right to alter the mechanics of those programs as it sees fit.
Errata: Once a session, the Legislature passes a bill that "revises statutes to maintain accuracy. Corrects punctuation and grammatical errors. Conforms language to legislative style. Removes obsolete references, standardizes terminology, and replaces references to abolished state agencies. Makes other nonsubstantive corrections."Senate Bill 342, signed April 9, is this session's version of that bill. One lawmaker still somehow voted no: Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville.
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Tom McCall Day: From now on, courtesy of Senate Bill 333, every March 22 will mark the birthday of former Gov. Tom McCall -- who led the state from 1967 through 1975 and remains an enduring and beloved icon for his work passing Oregon's then-revolutionary "bottle bill" and helping safeguard public access to Oregon's coastline. No, you won't get a day off work. But schoolkids throughout the state will likely be treated to a special day of learning. SB 333 was signed March 30.
Taxes for data centers: Senate Bill 611, signed April 2, has spent weeks as a subject of global intrigue. Hoping to attract tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Apple to rural Oregon, the state will change its wonky rules for assessing property taxes on telecommunications infrastructure by exempting data centers coveted by local governments for their heavy utility fees. The bill also caps taxes that can be levied on cable TV companies, including Comcast.
But of note, there's one lingering problem in the wake of SB 611, which endured several rounds of revisions as it worked its way through the Legislature. In a bid to also exempt Google Fiber, the legislators wound up botching amended language -- with Google arguing, instead, that the newest bill had made things worse. A companion tax measure, House Bill 2485, is being massaged to address those concerns.
Painkillers for eye procedures: Thanks to Senate Bill 152, signed March 30, optometrists in Oregon will be able to resume scheduling hydrocodone for pain relief. Optometrists lost that ability last fall after the feds moved the drug into a more restrictive category that put it out of reach for eye doctors.
Business development: Senate Bill 482, another broadly bipartisan measure, creates a new consortium meant to promote manufacturing in Oregon and Southwest Washington: the Pacific Northwest Manufacturing Partnership. Brown signed it April 1. No kidding.
Housekeeping: House Bill 2175, signed March 30, eases some paperwork requirements for state agencies who take more than a business day to deposit funds with the state's treasurer.
Budget reconciliation: Senate Bill 5543, signed March 30, adjusts financial numbers from the 2011-13 budget cycle to achieve a balanced budget. Senate Bill 605, also signed March 30, is a companion measure to SB 5543 and includes tweaks that affect the handling of Oregon Lottery and liquor funds.
Billions for Medicaid: Brown signed the overwhelmingly bipartisan House Bill 2395 on March 23, extending a $1.9 billion tax on hospitals for the next four years to make sure Oregon receives an additional $5.4 billion in federal matching money over that same span. Two years ago, Republicans had sought to use the extension as a bargaining chip in the debate over public employee pension reforms. But this time, only three, between the House and the Senate, voted no.
Dental hygiene: Under Senate Bill 302, signed March 23, statute has been clarified to allow what had been a longstanding dentistry practice: Dental hygienists are now allowed to prescribe drugs and substances including fluoride and anti-microbials.
The "motor voter" bill: An ebullient Brown called it a "unique and humbling opportunity" when she signed House Bill 2177 on March 16 -- creating a first-in-the-nation system that automatically registers Oregon voters (with an opt-out window) by drawing data from their driver's license records.
Brown was beaming because she'd been championing the bill -- pushed by groups like the Bus Project and the League of Women Voters -- since 2013, when she was secretary of state. That's the job she still had when the bill came forward again this session, expected to pass courtesy of expanded Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. (Read Jeff Mapes' comprehensive Q&A for more details.)
Public records: Senate Bill 386, signed March 18, indefinitely continues a public records exemption that shields personal information for most animal research workers at Oregon Health and Science University.
Restitution: House Bill 2226, signed by the governor March 18, makes clear that the estate of a deceased crime victim -- in an elder abuse case, for example -- is equally entitled to seek restitution.
Legal system tweaks: House Bill 2335, signed March 18, edits the definition of "enter and remain unlawfully" in statutes dealing with burglary to match the interpretation of that statute applied in recent in appellate decisions. House Bill 2380, also signed March 18, allows judgments to be appealed and revised in circuit court if both parties in a legal dispute agree. And, in an incredibly technical change sought by the Oregon State Police, House Bill 2433, signed March 18, says electronic citations can be sized and formatted differently than their paper counterparts.
Code cleanup: House Bill 2372, signed March 18, strikes an errant reference to the old Board on Public Safety Standards and Training in favor of its successor agency, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. (Yawn. But now more accurate!)
Low-carbon fuel standards: Brown surprised almost no one this week when she made clear she'd sign the young legislative session's most politically divisive bill:Senate Bill 324, which extends Oregon's clean fuels program. The legislation was a top priority of Democratic leadership, who tried and failed to pass something similar in the last legislative session. In fact, environmental advocates spent dearly last year to help Democrats expand their majorities in the House and Senate in hopes of seeing the bill through.
But the program extended by the bill also has ties to former Gov. John Kitzhaber's legacy. Republican leaders had seized on those ties, as well as fear about higher gas prices, to demand a veto. And if they didn't get their way, they said, they'd refuse to negotiate over another Democratic priority: transportation funding.
They didn't get their way. Brown not only signed the bill but also strongly defended it as vital for Oregon's future in light of climate change. So Republicans have begun insisting those talks are "off the table" and that nothing can put them back on again.
Legal system tweaks: House Bill 2327 and House Bill 2328 both offer some modest tweaks to statutes dealing with jurisprudence. HB 2327 makes clear who can help the clients of an attorney who dies, quits practicing law, faces suspension or disbarment, or winds up sent to prison. HB 2328 changes the word "corporation" in statute to "party that is not a natural person."
Vehicle insurance payouts: Senate Bill 411 makes it easier for injured policyholders to receive and spend personal injury benefits.
Class-action damage awards: Brown signed House Bill 2700 on March 4, directing unclaimed damage awards from class-action lawsuits to the Oregon State Bar's legal-aid fund. Before, sued companies could keep any unclaimed money. The money will provide free legal counsel for Oregonians who need help in housing, family law, public benefits and other noncriminal cases.
Cover Oregon: Brown signed Senate Bill 1 on March 6 to dissolve the state's troubled, would-be health insurance exchange. Cover Oregon's operations will be handed to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. The agency and the health insurance marketplace it tried to create had already been abandoned amid technical failures, with Oregonians looking to obtain insurance using the federal exchange at HealthCare.gov instead.
-- Denis C. Theriault
Source : http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/08/trail_blazers_pot_and_immigran.html