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State Legislative Update 2/17/12

State Legislative Update

February 17, 2012

 

The Legislature continues to work at a fast pace in order to move bills through the process and meet self-imposed deadlines. Tuesday, February 14th was the last day for policy committees to hold work sessions on bills in their chamber of origin. Bills that are still alive must be placed on a policy committee agenda in the second chamber by Tuesday, February 21st and must move out of committee by Thursday, February 23rd. These deadlines apply to all committees except the Revenue, Rules, andJoint Ways and Means Committees.

 

This week, Governor Kitzhaber proposed amendments to the framework agreement for rebalancing the 2011-13 biennium budget that had been announced by the Co-Chairs of theJoint Waysand Means Committee at the beginning of the session. The Governor proposes agency personnel reductions and vacancy savings other than the $25 million in specific reductions to middle management and public affairs staff positions that was included in the Co-Chairs’ framework. The Governor is also proposing using $13 million in reserve funds to avoid cuts including closure of a prison, curtailing second year Early Head Start Funding, and reductions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs.

 

Below are highlights of the City’s major legislative activity this week:

 

Senior Property Tax Deferral (HB 4039-B) – On Wednesday, February 15th, the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee voted unanimously to re-qualify individuals who were disqualified from the Senior Property Tax Deferral program because they have a reverse mortgage. The bill will now go before the full Senate. City Council has encouraged legislative approval of HB 4039-B.

 

Annexation and Urban Services to Unincorporated Areas (HB 4090-A) – On Tuesday, February 14th, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted to amend and approve HB 4090. The bill has two components: (1) it allows owners of unincorporated property within the Metro Urban Growth Boundary to force a provider of sewer or water service to extend service to the property if the owner pays the cost of the extension; and (2) it prevents a city from dissolving a portion of a service district within its boundaries if the city will not become the subsequent provider of the service to the area. The City is opposing the bill in coordination with several other local cities, counties and Metro. HB 4090-A had been scheduled for a House floor vote today, but was carried over to the House floor agenda for Monday.

 

Private Security Professionals at Bars and Clubs (SB 1524) – The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved SB 1524 on Wednesday, February 15th. The bill allows servers at bars to occasionally check IDs at the door without being certified by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, while ensuring that private security staff responsible for regulating entrance to bars and clubs continue to obtain such certification. The City testified in both chambers to emphasize the public safety interest in maintaining certification for bouncers and to clarify the intent of the bill.

 

Direct pay to 9-1-1 Jurisdictions (SB 1559-A) – SB 1559-A proposes sending money directly to 9-1-1 jurisdictions instead of to municipalities, from whom the 9-1-1 jurisdictions must collect payment. As a 9-1-1 jurisdiction providing 9-1-1 service to much of the Metro Area, the City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Communication (BOEC) currently collects payment from municipalities such as Wood Village and Gresham. SB 1559-A would eliminate this administrative step for BOEC and other 9-1-1 service providers. On Tuesday, February 14th, the bill was approved by the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, where the City submitted testimony in support. Today, the full Senate voted to refer SB 1559-A to the Senate Rules Committee.

 

Foreclosure Mitigation (SB 1552-A) – This bill would require banks to enter into mediation with homeowners for the purpose of renegotiation the terms of the homeowner’s mortgage in order to avoid foreclosure. On Monday, February 13th, the Senate General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee adopted amendments and unanimously moved SB 1552-A to the Senate floor. The Senate approved the bill by a 26-4 vote on Thursday, February 16th. At an earlier hearing the City submitted testimony in support of the legislation.

 

Human Trafficking (HB 4146-A) – After passing the House unanimously on Thursday, February 16th, HB 4146-A is now on its way to the Senate. The bill allows for the expungement of criminal records related to prostitution if the criminal charges were incurred as a juvenile. City Council submitted testimony in support of HB 4146-A at a hearing on February 9th.

 

Concealed Handgun Permits (SB 1574) – This bill to establish reciprocity for concealed handgun licenses did not meet the Tuesday deadline for advancing from committee. SB 1574 would have allowed individuals licensed to carry concealed handguns in certain other states to carry legally inOregon without obtaining anOregon license. The City testified in opposition to the bill last week.

 

Ecosystem Services (SB 1511) – The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee moved SB 1511 to the Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday, February 14th. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability submitted testimony in support of the bill, which 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.

 

Court Fines (SB 4167) – This bill makes technical corrections to legislation passed during the 2011 session (HB 2712) that modified the fee structure for the collection of fines on various criminal offenses and violations. HB 4167 clarifies that parking violations collected through the circuit court are not subject to the $60 state fee that was prescribed in HB 2712. The bill moved out of theJoint Ways and Means Public Safety Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 15 and was passed Friday, February 17 by the fullJoint Ways and Means Committee. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote. The City has been supportive of this legislation.


Table of Contents
Comments on SDC Waivers for Middle-Income Housing in Old Town Chinatown
One Key Question Press Release
One Key Question Resolution
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