We have now completed four weeks of the 2019 legislative session. No deadlines are imminent. Committees have a full two months to work on current legislation. New bills continue to dribble out at a very slow pace - about 1,800 pieces of legislation have been introduced so far.
What's Happening (OSCC Political Observations)
Our observations are largely unchanged from last week.
The two major bills that are moving quickly - rent control (SB 608) and the first Medicaid funding bill (HB 2010) - will likely get very close to final passage this week.
The other major bill now in full swing - cap and trade (HB 2020) - will get a public hearing in the Capitol on Monday night, a public hearing in Springfield on Friday, and a public hearing in Medford on Saturday.
Additionally, as we noted last week, the legislative conversations are now underway on a major business tax to fund K-12 education. This discussion is happening in the Joint Student Success Committee on Tuesday evenings. Already, it appears there are major hurdles to passing additional tax revenues for schools - namely the potential cumulative effect of all the tax and regulatory bills that Legislative Democratic leadership wants to pass before considering a new business tax for schools.
Activity on Major Issues
This week will be a very busy week of new policy discussions which will impact the local business communities across Oregon:
Other Key Issues Coming up This Week
OSCC asks for your assistance to shine a light on the negative impacts of cap-and-trade. Individual chambers can start by joining the Partnership for Oregon Communities. The Partnership will coordinate grassroots voices with concerns about the rising costs of fuel and energy. Email email@example.com to join the coalition. OSCC will follow up as we learn of opportunities for public testimony and engagement with the legislature.
2019 Legislative Report - Week 4Monday, February 18, 2019