Local lawmakers introduce bills for short session beginning Feb. 1


Here are some of the bills Senators and State Representatives have introduced for the short session of the Oregon Legislature that began today.

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Oregon Legislature began the short 2022 session today, February 1, and here are some of the bills the region’s five legislative representatives signed into law as primary sponsors.

To learn more about each invoice, visit olis.oregonlegislature.gov and click on the “invoices” tab in the upper right corner. There you can search by invoice number, sponsor or text.

Senator Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro)

Stepping away from her role as House Representative for District 30, a seat she has held since January 2017, Sollman is a lead sponsor of four bills.

SB 1576 – Establishes a product stewardship program for mattresses. This would require mattress producers to take responsibility for developing, maintaining, and administering a statewide system for the funding, collection, and environmentally sound management of discarded mattresses. The bill imposes civil penalties per day per violation of up to $100 for retailers, $1,000 for producers or renovators and $1,000 for stewardship agencies. This bill had a previous life in 2021 as SB 570 but did not pass.

SB 1584 – Creates a procedure for those wrongfully convicted of a crime and imprisoned to seek financial compensation from the government of $65,000 for each year of imprisonment and $25,000 for each additional year served on parole or under post-trial supervision. prisoner.

SB 1590 – Directs the Ministry of Education in consultation with the STEM investment advice, to develop a long-term, statewide strategic plan to provide computer science education opportunities to all Oregon public school students by the 2027- 28. Interestingly, the bill in its current form would expire in 2028.

HB 4098 – Expands designated state agencies – Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Education, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon State Police and Oregon Youth Authority – to work with the Alcohol Policy Commission and state drugs. The bill would require these agencies to meet with the commission quarterly to review and report on their progress, results and actions, in accordance with the commission’s comprehensive plan for substance abuse, prevention, treatment and recovery.

HB 4147 – Allows those convicted of a crime to register to vote, update voter registration and vote in elections while incarcerated.

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Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro)

McLain, whose Jan. 26 newsletter highlighted her attendance at a joint committee hearing on the I-5 Bridge, said she wanted to hear her constituents’ thoughts on the 2022 bills “to have a better sense of priorities than the residents of House District 29 did. email the McLain representative at [email protected]

HB 4109 – Leads the Newborn Bloodstain Screening Advisory Council to evaluate and make recommendations on adding diseases to the Oregon Newborn Bloodstain Screening Panel in specific circumstances. New born blood spot screening is a free blood test offered to every newborn baby to check if they were born with a medical condition.

Rep. Suzanne Weber (R-Tillamook)

Weber, who is now running for an Oregon Senate seat after just a year as a House representative for District 32, is the lead sponsor on three bills.

HB 4039 – Amends financial requirements for expenditures by managed care organizations on social determinants of health and health equity. The bill would require the Oregon Health Authority to spend an amount greater than or equal to three percent of the agency’s expenditures in the previous calendar year and report expenditures annually to interim committees of the Legislative Assembly. .

HB 4053 – Demands that the ODOT conduct a review of Oregon’s Route 6 and submit that report to the Joint Transportation Committee no later than September 15, 2023. Seven people died last year in vehicle crashes on the Wilson River Highway which runs between Banks and Tillamook.

HB 4124 – Require the Department of Education to investigate assessments administered to students by school districts, develop recommendations and best practices related to those assessments, and report those results to the State Board of Education.

Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie)

Witt, who professionally survived findings by the House Conduct Committee last year that he had violated workplace rules against sexual harassment and created a hostile work environment through texts he had sent to a fellow lawmaker, announced he would not run for re-election under the new District 31 boundaries established as part of the redistricting. .

HB 4078 – Authorizes the issuance of lottery bonds to produce proceeds for distribution to the City of St. Helens for the purposes of stormwater management in the St. Helens Industrial Park.

HB 4079 – Establishes the Oregon Liberty Pilot Program within the Department of Social Services to provide monthly stipends to low-income families. The program would provide monthly payments of $750, using a special debit card, to adults participating in the program. Participants would be required to complete a financial education program provided by the state.

Newly sworn in Senator Rachel Armitage is not yet listed as a lead sponsor or co-sponsor of any bill.


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