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Monday, March 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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2018 Legislature Adjourns


Oregon lawmakers adjourned the 2018 legislative session on 3/3/18, a full eight days ahead of the constitutional deadline of March 11th.


Attached is PIAO/I’s list of bills we were following during this legislative session.  Several bills that the insurance industry did not like were either amended to our satisfaction or failed to pass.  The Governor has not yet signed all bills on the list; we will let you know if she vetoes any bills.


Here are some notable bills that passed:


SB 1551-A


Requires person that owns, licenses, has control over or has access to personal information and was subject to breach of security to notify consumer to whom personal information pertains and, if number of consumers to whom person must send notice exceeds 250, to Attorney General.


SB 1538-B


Eliminates probationary driver permits.


HB 4063-B


Designates Department of Transportation as lead agency for autonomous vehicle programs and policies.


HB 4087-B


Provides that person may not create, attach, assert or claim possessory lien on motor vehicle unless person performs service that complies with certain statutes and that involves making, altering, repairing, transporting, storing, providing services for, supplying material for or performing labor in connection with motor vehicle and person is franchised motor vehicle dealership, holds towing business certificate or creates, attaches, asserts or claims lien against abandoned motor vehicle.


HB 4116-A


Modifies exceptions and affirmative defenses to offense of driving a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device.


HB 4144-A


Allows individual applying for construction contractor license with residential general contractor or residential specialty contractor endorsement who has specified amount of experience in construction-related activities on residential or small commercial structures to obtain license and endorsement without meeting contractor training requirements or paying fees to Construction Contractors Board.


Governor Considering Tax Bill – Ask Her to Veto


You may want to write to the Governor at ivo.trummer@oregon.gov (email for her legislative director Ivo Trummer) to ask her to veto SB 1528 if you don’t want her to sign the bill.  This is a tax bill that she may veto, and which may impact small businesses.  Put Please Veto SB 1528 in the subject line.  Be sure to include your address.  See portions of the article below:



Oregon lawmakers end mild-mannered session with tweaks on guns, housing, taxes

OregonLive 3/4/18


A plan to prevent Oregon from copying into state law a new federal tax deduction for pass-through businesses, Senate Bill 1528, squeaked through the House and Senate. Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, accused Democrats of creating only "the charade" of bipartisanship." Democrats who supported the bill said those businesses did not deserve a second state tax break, since they already pay lower rates under a 2013 law. Republicans argued much of the benefit would go to the smallest businesses.


Minutes before the Legislature adjourned Saturday, Courtney who has historically made a point of lining up at least one Republican vote, said Boquist's comments on the Senate floor were one of the more painful moments in the session.


"That hurt," Courtney said, referring to Boquist's public announcement he would resign in protest from an important committee that Courtney created to boost education policy and funding.

The tax plan's outlook remains in question even after it passed the House and Senate. Brown's administration previously raised concerns to The Register Guard about the bill, before Senate Democrats stripped out reforms to state corporate tax breaks and cuts targeted to low and middle-income earners. Brown said on Saturday she was still deciding whether to sign the bill.


News Clips

Disclaimer: The news links below are for your information only. PIAO/I does not take responsibility for nor endorse their content.



Oregon lawmakers end mild-mannered session with tweaks on guns, housing, taxes

OregonLive 3/4/18



Oregon Legislature approves $93 million in additional spending

OregonLive 3/4/18



PERS: Lawmakers pass bill to boost public pension contributions

OregonLive 3/4/18


Thanks, Lana


Lana Butterfield

PIA Oregon Lobbyist

P.O. Box 1517

Wilsonville, OR  97070


503/682-3839 office

503/819-5800 cell

A special thank you to our KKlub Members for their support.