2019 Legislative Report – Week 7

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) What a week! First off, Senate President Peter Courtney takes a 10-day ‘medical leave’ to deal with the stress of the session and its impact on his Grave’s Disease. There is wide speculation that he may not return. We aren’t able to separate fact from fiction at this point, so […]

Oregon Communities Cannot Afford Cap-and-Trade Bill – Oppose HB 2020

Oregon legislators have made passing a cap-and-trade bill a top priority this session.  Two weeks ago, the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction introduced the cap-and-trade bill for 2019 — House Bill 2020. This bill caps emissions from businesses that emit > 25,000 tons of carbon and requires those “regulated” businesses, fuel companies, and utilities to buy down […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 6

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The legislature continues to be a very tumultuous and uncertain place. The Senate is currently mired in a leadership struggle as a handful of progressive Democrats and some Republicans are looking to topple Senate President Peter Courtney. This leadership struggle is taking up precious bandwidth in the Senate and is […]

Oppose Overhaul of Independent Contractor Law – Oppose HB 2498

On Monday afternoon, the House Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing on House Bill 2498. This bill would turn independent contractor laws upside down in Oregon. All independent contractors could be impacted – truckers, hair stylists, doctors, dentists, insurance agents, taxicab operators, lawyers, consultants, realtors, and home builders, among others! House Bill 2498 […]

2019 Celebrate Tualatin Nominees Announced!

  It’s official, our Celebrate Tualatin nominees are finalized! Our Celebrate Tualatin Nominating Committee had an amazing and uplifting meeting discussing all of the good these nominees have done in our community. Wow, our members are phenomenal. We limited our nominations to 3 in each category, but truthfully there are dozens more who deserve recognition. […]

2019 Legislative Report – Week 5

What’s Happening (OSCC Political Observations) The legislature is a very tumultuous and uncertain place right now. The issues of workplace harassment and a constant string of lawsuits and news stories targeting legislative leadership for inadequately addressing sexual harassment complaints is taking a toll. People are on edge. Last week, Representative Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) lost his […]

Oregon’s Office of Small Business Advocacy Releases 2018 Annual Report

SALEM, OR — Today, the Secretary of State Small Business Advocacy Team released their fifth Annual Report. The report provides high-level data regarding concerns and questions raised by businesses and nonprofits about state and local government throughout the 2018 calendar year. The Small Business Advocates are housed in the Office of Small Business Assistance, part of […]