About Representative Paul Evans for House District 20
The 2016 Legislative Session has arrived and we have three priority bills. First, HJR 202, the Veterans Lottery Bill, refers a constitutional amendment to the November ballot for Oregonians to consider. This bill would set aside 3% of undesignated lottery funds for veterans’ outreach programs, such as housing, education, and health services. Funding would be reduced to 2% in 2050 and to 1% in 2075 to match the declining veteran population.
Second, we are prioritizing the Lend Lease Concept (HB 4098). This bill would set aside up to $10 million in unclaimed Article Q bonds to be given out as grants to local governments to purchase emergency response equipment for the communities. In addition, it appropriates funds to recruit and pay staff. Finally, the bill would require communities who are awarded grants pay for maintenance and upkeep costs for equipment purchased through the Lend-Lease program.
Lastly, HB 4081, the Low-Income Housing proposal, protects existing property tax exemptions for low-income housing properties. The bill provides certainty to nonprofit providers of low-income housing that have relied upon property tax exemptions, granted under ORS 307.130 prior to 2012, in order to make the finances of housing programs viable. The bill will remove the 2018 sunset from HB 4039 passed in 2014 and maintain the property tax exemption for these properties, as long as the criteria outlined in HB 4039 are met.
As always, please contact me if you have questions or concerns. I encourage you to track the progress of the bills on my legislative website. It is both an honor and privilege to serve you.
Representative Paul Evans
Oregon House District 20
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1420
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-281, Salem, OR 97301