2022 Oregon Legislative Session Begins
February 1 marks the beginning of a 35-day session of the Oregon Legislature. Many of the bills have been released, and since there are short deadlines for actions, bill hearings are already posted.
PIA Bill List
PIA’s Oregon Government Relations Committee met yesterday and took the following positions on bills. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. All bills can be access at Oregon Legislative Information System (oregonlegislature.gov).
Increases value of property damage that must occur before vehicle accident report is required.
Specifies conditions under which licensing board, commission or agency may suspend or deny occupational or professional license on basis of applicant’s or licensee’s criminal history, moral character or similar qualification.
Modifies definition of “benefit year” for purposes of paid family and medical leave insurance program.
Prohibits public bodies and private entities from requiring person to receive COVID-19 vaccination or to possess COVID-19 immunity passport, immunity pass or other evidence certifying COVID-19 vaccination or immunity status.
Requires that declarations and extensions of states of emergency under certain statutes be accompanied by written explanations.
Modifies provisions of tax laws.
Updates connection date to federal Internal Revenue Code and other provisions of federal tax law.
Establishes limits on campaign contributions that may be accepted by candidates and political committees.
Prohibits candidates for state office from accepting contributions in excess of amounts specified and from sources not specified.
Establishes annual salary of members of Legislative Assembly equal to annual occupational mean wage estimate for Oregon for prior year.
Prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation on basis of person’s medical history.
Appropriates $50 million to State Forestry Department to fund increased forest thinning operations in specified wildfire-prone counties.
Authorizes board of directors of rural fire protection district to annex to district lands that are within seven road miles of fire station within district, or are brought within seven road miles of fire station within district by new road, and that are not subject to assessments for fire protection by district.
Directs Department of Consumer and Business Services and Oregon Health Authority to enter into intergovernmental agreement for disclosure of data related to outbreak of COVID-19 in workplaces to enable department to inform beneficiaries of rights to workers’ compensation death benefits.
Clarifies prohibitions regarding provisions that may not be included in agreements between employers and former, current or prospective employees.
Provides that maximum loading weight of motorboat must be less than 5,000 pounds to obtain towed watersports motorboat certificate.
Modifies eligibility requirements for entrepreneurial development loans.
Requires business entity that collects, stores or transfers personal data of resident individual to register with Department of Consumer and Business Services as data broker.
Directs insurer to consider only specified information in determining rates for motor vehicle liability insurance policy.
Requires certain residential general contractors proposing remodel or repair project of more than $20,000 in value to tour residential structure with property owner and provide property owner with itemized and detailed description for each feature of proposed construction work.
Directs Department of Education to award grants to wildfire-impacted school districts in amounts to cover funding decreases resulting from decreases in district average daily membership, as compared to 2019-2020 school year, that are caused by wildfires.
Requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for options to improve access to or lower cost of health care in Oregon.
Redefines “large-scale project” for purposes of contractor labor standards.
Requires Oregon Business Development Department to conduct pilot program with three jurisdictions within this state to study and make recommendations concerning administrative processes and procedures used in approving residential construction projects.
Prohibits local governments from prohibiting siting of prefabricated structures in all residential zones.
Allows certain cities to adopt unique requirements and incentives for inclusion of affordable housing within certain housing developments.
Modifies procedures for requesting and ordering restitution in criminal cases. Requires 50 percent of restitution ordered to insurance carriers to be distributed to Criminal Injuries Compensation Account.
oppose, but company issue
Grants immunity to owners of coastal lands for use of or entry upon lands for recreational purposes.
Amends provisions of workers’ compensation law related to beneficiaries.
Requires, on or after January 1, 2023, officials of public bodies to grant news media representatives access to scenes of wildfires or natural disasters on public lands that are otherwise closed to public.
oppose, but company issue
Establishes income tax credit for volunteer firefighters.
Authorizes duly authorized traffic enforcement agents to review and issue citations based on photographs taken by photo red light cameras or photographs taken by photo radar cameras.
Adds to cancers covered by rebuttable presumption of occupational disease for eligible nonvolunteer firefighters.
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Requires Department of Consumer and Business Services to meet monthly with specified health care providers to discuss providers’ concerns regarding insurer practices.
oppose, but company issue
Amends provisions of workers’ compensation law related to payments of benefits, notice to workers, recovery of overpayments and errors in claims processing.
waiting for more information
Declares legislative intent to address risk to workers due to climate change impacts and climate hazards.
Terminates state of emergency relating to COVID-19.
Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to limit ability of Governor to declare emergency or to exercise powers under declaration of emergency to only those powers granted by law and to 30 days’ duration.
Please Write Email on HB 4018
Please send an email asking the members of the House Business and Labor Committee to oppose HB 4018 as soon as possible.
Directs insurer to consider only specified information in determining rates for motor vehicle liability insurance policy. Prohibits insurer from considering other specified information in determining eligibility, rates or premiums for motor vehicle liability insurance policy. Permits insurer, under specified circumstances, to consider abstract of individual’s nonemployment driving record when evaluating individual’s application to obtain or renew motor vehicle liability insurance. Prohibits insurer from using credit history to determine eligibility, rates or premiums for motor vehicle liability insurance. Becomes operative on July 1, 2023. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.
House Business and Labor Committee – 2022
Rep. Paul Holvey, Chair – Rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Daniel Bonham, Vice Chair – Rep.DanielBonham@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Dacia Grayber, Vice Chair – Rep.DaciaGrayber@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis – Rep.ShellyBoshartDavis@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Janelle Bynum – Rep.JanelleBynum@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Jamie Cate – Rep.JamiCate@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Paul Evans – email@example.com
Rep. Barbara Smith Warner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jessica George – Rep.JessicaGeorge@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Andrea Salinas – Rep.AndreaSalinas@oregonlegislature.gov
Rep. Brad Witt – Rep.BradWitt@oregonlegislature.gov
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