2017 Accomplishments

Quick Overview:

  • Convened on February 1st, 2017 
  • Adjourned on July 7th, 2017
  • 860 bills were passed by the House of Representative 
  • 509 bills were passed unanimously while 330 bills were passed with support

Legislative Accomplishments

Expanding Opportunity Through Public Education:

  • School Funding: The K-12 budget for 2017-2019 is $8.2 billion and an 11% increase over the last budget. Measure 98 (career and technical training) received $170 million in funding.

  • Early Learning: HB 2013 improves access to early education by bringing more qualified preschool teachers into the Preschool Promise program, increasing the pool available to serve low-income children.

  • Student Supports:  HB 2648 supports at-risk by adding school social workers to the list of professions for which school districts may receive money for decreasing rates of school absenteeism. 

  • Higher Education: SB 55 continues the Oregon Promise program, and the higher education budget includes $70 million to limit tuition increases. 

 

Ensuring Transparent, Accountable Government that Effectively Meets People’s Needs:

  • Public Records Reform: HB 2101, SB481, and SB 106 give the public timelier access to government records, create a public records advocate, and establish a Sunshine Committee to review records laws.

  • Candidate Transparency: HB 2298 increases transparency by requiring that all candidates appearing on an election ballot file statements of economic interest.

  • Dark Money: HB 2505 cracks down on “dark money” in elections by tightening the definitions of what constitutes campaigning by organizations. Any communication that refers to a candidate within 30 days of 60 days of a general election will now need to be reported.

 

Keeping Oregon’s Economy Growing:

  • Small Business: HB 2152 permits Small Business Development Centers to use grant funds for outreach and marketing, expanding their reach to more entrepreneurs across Oregon.

  • Skill Training:  HB 2162 ensures that 10% of the work done on large state contracts is done by apparentness, so more Oregonians can enter living wage professions. 

  • Infrastructure Improvements: HB 2933 expands the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority grants for emergency projects. 

 

Protecting All Working Families and Workers’ Rights:

  • Pay Equity: HB 2005 helps ensure that women and people of color receive equal pay for equal work by strengthening protections and enforcement of pay discrimination law.

  • Fair Scheduling: SB 828 makes Oregon the first state to establish a law giving workers certainty and predictability in their schedules.
     
  • Overtime: HB 3458 caps the number of overtime hours for most manufacturing industries and provides workers with guaranteed rest time between shifts. 

  • Affordable Housing: SB 1051 removes local barriers to development in order to increase Oregon’s housing supply 

  • Wage Theft: HB 3008 makes it illegal for employers to force workers to falsify their timesheets. 

  • Veterans’ Services: Veterans’ services are funded at $32 million, fulfilling the promise of the voter-approved Ballot Measure 96 and more than tripling the previous veteran’s budget.

 

Standing with Women, Seniors, Communities of Color, and Underrepresented Communities

  • Banning Racial Profiling: HB 2355 addresses racial profiling by requiring police departments to collect data on foot and traffic stops and creating an accountability process. 

  • Safety & Savings: HB 3078 improves public safety by focusing taxpayer dollars on rehabilitation and community supervision for people convicted of drug and property crimes.

  • Transgender Equity: HB 2673 streamlines and makes private the process for individuals to change their gender marker and name on vital records.

  • Safe Campuses: HB 2972 protects victims of sexual assault and domestic violence on Oregon’s college campuses by shielding them from intimidation or coercion when reporting crimes. 

 

Supporting Healthy Communities:

 

  • Protecting Medicaid: HB 2391 expands Oregon’s innovative hospital provider tax to protect health care for the more than 1 million Oregonians who receive coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, our state’s version of Medicaid.

  • Reproductive Health: HB 3391 ensures that all Oregonians – regardless of their gender identity or income level – have access to the full range of reproductive health services and that women can make their own health care decisions. 

  • Cover All Kids: SB 558 ensures health care coverage for all Oregon children, regardless of their immigration status

  • Elder Care: HB 3359 prevents elder abuse and ensures that residential care that is provided to seniors meets quality standards. HB 2661 establishes stronger regulations of long-term care referral companies. HB 5021 improves the investigation and enforcement of abuse claims. 

  • Opioid Prevention: HB 2114 creates standards for preventing the overprescribing of opiates, limits the number of excess pills in circulation, and helps local governments address the growing crisis. 

  • Unexpected Health Care Charges: HB 2339 protects patients from surprise medical bills caused by out of network medical charges. 

 

A Balanced Budget:

  • Passed a balanced budget that prioritized maintaining the historic investments in education that have been made the last two biennia

  • The $19.9 billion healthcare budget includes major investments in community mental health programs.

  • The budget also allocates $145 million to assist tenants and preserve and construct affordable housing.

 

Local Priorities Funded: 

  • $60 million for a seismic upgrade for the Center Street Bridge

  • Increased support for Salem-Keizer Transit District, restoring evening and weekend services as well as expanded “safe routes to school.

  • Public Bonding for improved YMCA facilities.

  • Funding for a pilot project creating a Court Care program for Parents involved in court proceedings in Marion and Polk Counties. 

 


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