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State Legislative Update

 State Legislative Update

February 3, 2012

 

On Monday, February 1st, the 76th Legislative Assembly commenced its first even-year session since voter approval of a 2010 constitutional amendment enacting annual legislative sessions. Although even-year sessions are constitutionally limited to 35 days in duration, legislative leaders are targeting February 29th for adjournment.

 

The House, with a 30-30 split between Democrats and Republicans, continues to be led by Co-Speakers Bruce Hanna (R-Roseburg) and Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay). Rep. Kevin Cameron (R-Salem) continues to serve as House Republican Leader while Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) has replaced Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas County) as House Democratic Leader. In the Senate, where Democrats hold a 16-14 majority, leadership remains unchanged. Sen. Peter Courtney (D-Salem), Sen. Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), and Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) continue to serve as Senate President, Majority Leader, and Republican Leader, respectively. Both chambers have one new member. In the House, Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) has replaced Rep. Ben Cannon, who resigned to serve as Education Policy Advisor for Governor Kitzhaber. In the Senate, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-NW Portland/Beaverton) was appointed to represent the district that had been represented by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici.

 

Given the short timeline, leadership placed limits on the number of bills that could be introduced; a total of 279 bills have been introduced thus far. Each legislator has been limited to two bills; committees, state agencies, and the Governor have been allotted a maximum of five bills.

 

Legislators have already begun work in earnest as tight deadlines have been set for the movement of bills through committees. The first deadline will come on Monday, February 6th, when bills must be posted to a committee agenda in the chamber of origin to advance.

 

The first day of the session, legislative leaders announced agreement on a framework agreement to rebalance the state budget for the current 2011-13 biennium in light of an approximately $300 million decline in General Fund revenue since the close of the 2011 session. The agreement includes cutting 300 state middle-management and public affairs positions as well as 100 other positions and the closure of a minimum security prison. The budget agreement also includes cuts to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Employment Related Day Care programs. Prior to announcement of the agreement, the City had communicated specific concerns to legislative budget writers. City Council urged legislators to maintain current funding levels for early childhood, K-12, and post-secondary education as well as workforce development programs. Additionally, the City met with members of Ways and Means and submitted letters from City bureaus to express concerns about potential cuts to state agencies that could impact the City operations. A revised state revenue forecast will be released next Wednesday, February 8th.

 

Below are highlights of the City’s major legislative activity in the first days of session.

 

 

Senior Property Tax Deferral (HB 4039) – Legislation passed during the 2011 session inadvertently disqualified homeowners with reverse mortgages from participating in the Senior Property Tax Deferral program. HB 4039 is the vehicle for legislation that would provide low-income seniors who have reverse mortgages with two years of additional eligibility for the program. The extension also includes dismissal of taxes due resulting from disqualification. A letter of support from Council was submitted at a hearing in the House Revenue Committee on Friday, February 3rd.

 

Private Security Professionals at Bars and Clubs (SB 1524) – The City had concerns about an initial proposal from the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA) to exempt all staff that check IDs and regulate entrance to bars and clubs from certification by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). In consultation with ORLA, DPSST, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and Committee Staff, the City’s concerns have been addressed with language that delineates between private security staff, who still are required to be DPSST certified, and a bartender who occasionally checks IDs at the door. Although exempt, a bartender who responds to the unforeseen influx of patrons by checking IDs at the door is prohibited from being armed, initiating confrontational activities, seizing property, and conducting enforcement activities. The City intends to enshrine its public safety concerns that led to the agreed language through oral testimony when the bill receives a public hearing.

 

Ecosystem Services (SB 1511) – The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing yesterday on SB 1511, which builds on legislation passed in 2009 and recommendations of a subsequent working group to advance a state framework for ecosystem services markets. The bill expands state policy in support of ecosystem services and directs the Institute for Natural Resources to provide information to local governments and other entities to assist in the development of integrated ecosystem services methodologies. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability submitted testimony in support of the bill.


Table of Contents
Vending Carts Regulations brochure (pdf)
2013 Span of Control Report (pdf)
Captioned video of Council hearing on Blood Donations and HIV precautions, September 2013
DHM Oregon Opinion Poll 2013
Department of Justice Settlement Agreement
Resolution on Zoning Confirmation Letter, Oct 2, 2013
Right to Dream Too Zoning Confirmation Letter, for Oct 2 hearing
Street Musicians Agreement FAQs
Street Musicians Agreement (pdf)
Occupancy/rental taxes on hotels, rental vehicles, etc.
Adopted Protected Sick Time Ordinance 3/13/13
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code
Metro Fact Sheet on the proposed Oregon Convention Center Hotel
Statement on proposed Public Utility District, 7/18/13 (pdf)
Comments on Parks and Development Services, one month into my assignment
Corrected Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Comments at the vote on the 2013 - 14 Budget
Ordinance creating the Office of Equity and Human Rights, 09/21/10
Job Posting 3/15/13, Administrative Assistant/Constituent Services Specialist
Adopted Protected Sick Leave Code 3/13/13
Helen Moss OpEd in the Oregonian on why Sick Leave is needed now
Task Force Issues Summary
Protected Sick Time Code proposal 2-28-13 (clean version)
Protected Sick Time proposal 2-28-13 showing changes since 1-18-13
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 3 Notes
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2 Notes
Agenda, Earned Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 2
Sick Leave Task Force Meeting 1 Notes
Earned Sick Leave Task Force members
Memo to Venture Portland members on Earned Sick Leave (pdf)
PSU Economists' Analysis of Earned Sick Leave costs and benefits (pdf)
Proposed Sick Leave Code
Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance
NW Parking: Phased Implementation (Exhibit C)
NW Parking: Amended TMA Structure (Exhibit B)
NW Parking: Additional Amendments to Map Boundary
NW Parking: Amended Resolution
Adopted Principles for Budget Advisory Committees
Public Involvement Advisory Council
City Budget Office proposed Code changes
City Budget Office proposed Ordinance
3-1-1 Resolution passed 10/10/12
Link to article commenting on Harvard fluoride study
Substitute Resolution on Coal Trains, 9/19/12
Statement of Intent for improvements in Portland Police Bureau policies and practices, and the City's care for people experiencing mental illnesses, 9/13/12 (pdf)
US Department of Justice Findings in Investigation of Portland Police Bureau, 9/13/12 (pdf)
Comments at the Fluoridation vote, 9/12/12
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up Storage Volumes
Open Reservoir Work Session Follow-Up 08-27-12
DRAFT Summary of current City payments of County services
Library District Budget Impacts
Office of Equity and Human Rights Powerpoint Presentation
Office of Equity and Human Rights One Year Work Plan
Letter to the OLCC from Nine Portland-Area State Legislators
2012 Spirit of Portland Awards Nomination Form
Ordinance Related to Licensing Exterior Areas
OLCC Exterior Areas Petition Document
West Portland Crossroads Report by Patty Lee
Council presentation on Portland Harbor from March 28, 2012
Final State Legislature Summary, 3/7/12
Sidewalks Data
PBA Letter on Downtown Marketing Initiative funding, 2/12
State Legislative Update 2/17/12
Team statistics for the 2009 calendar year
State Legislative Update
Final Resolution on Corporate Personhood
Speech from Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen
Cox v. New Hampshire 1941 U.S. Supreme Court decision
Letter from CFO Rich Goward Regarding City Investment of Funds
Office of Equity and Human Rights Seeks Director
Report from the 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities, Dublin, Ireland September 28-30, 2011
Letter to the Postmaster General
Office of Equity and Human Rights
Response to NECN regarding Last Thursday, 7/28/11
Safer PDX Report Powerpoint
Mid-project Presentation to Council, Safer PDX
Proposed Office of Equity Work Plan, 8/17 Public Review Draft
Proposed draft Equity Office creation ordinance, 8/17 public review draft
Garbage Rates and Options, October 2011
East Portland Expo Program 2011 (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/30/11
Technology Oversight Committee Application information (pdf)
State Legislative Update 6/24/11
State Legislative Update 6/19/11
State Legislative Update 6/10/11
State Legislative Update 5/28/11
Reports on Equity/Disparities
State Legislative Update 4/29/11
BOEC (9-1-1 Center) 2011-12 Budget Advisory Committee presentation
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
Equity Office Concept - DRAFT 3/22/11
3/3/11 Update on siting of Wireless Antennas in neighborhoods
Video of Portland Broadband Strategic Plan kickoff session
Biographies of 2011 Charter Commission members
Mayor Adams's response on Human Trafficking statistics and the real problem we face
2011 Charter Commission process Q & A
Appointees to the 2011 City Charter Commission
2011 Charter Commission Appointment Resolution
Sidewalk Management Citations Data, June - August 2010
Resolution on Broadband Strategic Plan, 9/22/10
Summary of Proposed Portland Alcohol Impact Area
OLCC information on Alcohol Impact Areas
National Women's Health Week Project Report
Sidewalk Management Plan updates
Planning for SW Parks
Comments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Amanda's Amendments on West Hayden Island Resolution 7/29/10
Public Safety bond referral
Process for review of Cellular facilities in neighborhoods
Schools/Parks Amendments 4/28/10
Memo to Council on Schools/Parks Code project
City report on 2010 Oregon Legislative session
Central City Concern - spending taxpayers' money wisely
Report on Central City Concern's program effectiveness
Tree removal and construction on I-5 in SW
2010 Regional Graffiti All-Stars
Tibet Proclamation
Neighborhoods in the News, Summer/Fall 2009
Dirty Duck Demolition Permit remarks
Human Rights Commission statement on Aaron Campbell shooting
Questions and Comments on Bull Run Land Exchange and new Bull Run Code
US Postal Service letter on schedule for changing address from 39th Avenue to Cesar E Chavez Boulevard
Water Bureau Fulton/Willamette Park Pump Station
Independent Police Review Dec 2009 Quarterly report
Status of the Columbia River Crossing Bridge
Willamette Week article on Riverfest 2009
Potential Health Impacts of Wireless Facilities
Report on Prostitution Advisory Committee on 82nd Avenue (pdf)
Winter shelters information
Sharing Public Spaces Report
Visit with Gateway Area Business Association
Comments on Bull Run water treatment options, 7/27/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/21/09
Community Discussion on Sharing Public Spaces, 7/18/09
Comments on Proposed Stadium in Lents Park
Statement of Concerns on Major League Soccer
Hayden Island Plan
My first 100 days
Report on the Office of Healthy Working Rivers
City Auditor Report on the City Government's Financial Condition
Office of Healthy Working Rivers organizational meetings
The Great Soccer Debate
"Made In Oregon" sign
Progress on defeating Graffiti
Radon Awareness Month