What's Happening (OSCC Political Observations)
We've passed the first major deadline of the 2019 legislative session.
Bills needed to have been scheduled for committee votes by the end of this past Friday in order to stay alive. By Tuesday, April 9th, all bills need to actually be voted out of their original committee in order to survive.
At this point, it looks like about half of all legislation is now dead.
Among the bills that were killed on the Friday deadline: Anti-insurance industry bills (SB 728 and HB 2421), anti-forestry legislation (HB 2656), legislation that limits the enforceability of employment contracts (HB 2489), pro-business legislation fixing manufacturing overtime restrictions (SB 110), and all the PERS reform bills (SB 532 and SB 533).
But for the most part, the majority of relevant legislative threats to business are still alive.
Activity on Major Issues
The emergence of a new health care tax proposal from Governor Brown this week (HB 2269) and the full-scale threat of a new paid family leave bill (HB 2005) mean that the 2019 Oregon legislature could easily be the most costly legislature in history for local businesses.
Here are the four major tax hikes being pushed by legislative leaders. As of now, all four proposals are serious and viable:
What is the total biennial cost to the all the tax increases that are now on the table? $5 billion.
Other Key Issues Coming up This Week.
2019 Legislative Report - Week 10Monday, April 1, 2019