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The 2018 session focused on balancing the budget and passing important legislation to foster a healthy and prosperous Oregon. We were successful in investing in Oregon’s economic future, promoting public health and safety, and supporting Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens.
2018 LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
HOUSING

  • HB 4006 requires cities to complete a survey relating to housing affordability and to hold public meetings to discuss causes and solutions of high housing costs.
  • HB 4007 allows individuals to create first-time homebuyer savings accounts that are tax deductible and to use funds to support low-income housing projects and veteran housing assistance programs.
  • HJR 201 sends to the voters a measure that would allow housing projects that involve private sector entities to utilize bonds issued for affordable housing projects. 

 
PROVIDING FOR OUR VETERANS

  • SB 1506 creates an Oregon Wounded Warrior parking permit for veterans who are disabled.  It will allow the holder to park for free in metered and time-limited public parking.
  • HB 4098 requires ODVA to outreach to veterans regarding apprenticeship program opportunities to help struggling veterans gain trade skills and expand their employment options.
  • HB 4035 provides to the Oregon National Guard scholarship tuition assistance.
  • HB 4038 establishes a program to assist incarcerated veterans.

 
QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES

  • SB 1539 expands the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line to help health care providers with mental health patients who have conditions beyond their training.
  • SB 1547 expands the list of health professionals who can return to play and learn athletes who suffer a concussion.  It also establishes a required training program with best practices.
  • SB 1549 provided technical fixes to Medicaid patients entering the Oregon State Mental Hospital, to the balanced billing problems, and Health Savings accounts.
  • SB1541 sets an expiration date allowing high-risk levels of harmful emissions from facilities and invests in DEQ to control toxic air emissions.  It all will be paid for by those creating the pollution. 
  • SB 1563 allows undocumented students to receive in-state tuition and do not need to submit their federal DACA paperwork as part of their application.  Students will still need to meet a variety of other parameters.
  • HB 4005 is the Prescription Drug Transparency Act requires drug manufacturers to justify their cost increases that have long been held a secret.  This information will allow legislation to address rising drug costs health on.
  • HB 4111 allows undocumented Oregonians to apply for limited-term identification cards, limited-term driver licenses.

 
PUBLIC SAFETY

  • SB 1562 expands the definition of strangulation and increases the penalties when the attacker is a family or household member.
  • HB 4145 aligns the definition a domestic violence conviction under the Oregon’s Unlawful Possession of Firearms with the definition of domestic violence found elsewhere in Oregon law.  It effectively closes a loop hole where unmarried partners with a domestic violence conviction can possess firearms.

 
PERS

  • SB 1566 creates the Employer Incentive Fund which provides 25 cents on the dollar as a match for employers who proactively put funds into a side account to address, fund or pay for their retirement liabilities.   The School District Unfunded Liability Fund creates a pooled side account that will proportionately distributes funds to all school districts.

 
CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

  • SB 1541 ensures companies that possess consumer personal information must notify affected consumers within 45 days after discovering a data breach.  It also allows consumers to place freezes or thaws on their credit for free.
  • HB 4155 focuses on ensuring Oregon aligns with net neutrality practices. It prohibits public bodies from contracting with broadband internet providers that slows down or blocks lawful content such as websites and applications.

 
SMALL BUSINESS

  • SB 1516 establishes the Small Business Expansion Loan Fund.  The fund will provide early-stage growth capital loans to individuals and business entities with 50 or fewer employees.
  • HB 4052 establishes the Small Business Rules Advisory Committee to assist agencies in reviewing effectiveness of new and existing administrative rules.

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