OSCC Releases 2019 Legislative Report

Attached, please find your final OSCC legislative report for the 2019 session. It is a comprehensive summary and analysis of the issues identified by OSCC as the major legislative issues facing local business communities. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

2019 Legislative Report – Week 22

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) Senate Republicans have left the state in a showdown over HB 2020, the ‘Cap-and-Trade’ legislation that OSCC has strongly opposed.By leaving the state, the Senate Republicans are denying quorum, which means that the Senate cannot conduct business. The Senate can only conduct business with 20 senators present.There are currently 18 […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 21

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) There are only a handful of major business issues left in the 2019 session. All of the remaining business issues are still shrouded in some doubt and uncertainty in the final days. We are anticipating that the legislature is on track for adjournment mid-next week. The legislature must adjourn by […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 20

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The 2019 legislative session must adjourn by June 30. Tensions are high as legislators make a last push to pass priority bills before the Constitutional end of session. A number of large policy priorities remain-diesel, cap-and-trade, paid family leave -and the next three weeks will be chaotic as they work […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 19

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) Leadership is aiming toward a June 21 adjournment. Committees are rapidly finishing their work, particularly on the budget. The end game negotiations are largely concluded, and now that the PERS cost reduction bill passed, there seems to be an interesting mix of fatigue and resignation coupled with the excitement of […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 19

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The deadline for all policy bills has passed. Policy committees are now closed. All legislation passed from this point forward will have to come from either the Rules, Revenue, or Ways & Means Committees. As we indicated last week, this signals that the 2019 session is in the final homestretch […]

Public Hearings on PERS Reform to Begin

A PERS reform proposal has been formally introduced in SB 1049. The plan was unveiled Friday afternoon by Speaker Kotek and Senate President Courtney, and  public hearings on the bill will begin tonight. PERS Solutions for Public Services has put together a cost analysis of the bill which you can view here. SB 1049 includes the […]

Oregon Sees Record Revenue Growth

On Wednesday, May 15, the State of Oregon just realized a historic and massive revenue forecast. Just from the last forecast in March, every metric grew by eye-popping numbers due to a historic influx of revenue over the tax season. Available resources for the next biennium (2019-2021) grew by $770 million. The kicker almost doubled […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 17

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) This is the final week for policy committees to pass bills. Any bill not passed out of a policy committee (other than Rules or Revenue) is dead after Friday. All legislation passed after Friday will have to come from either Rules, Revenue, or Ways & Means. This signals that the […]