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The Joint Interim Committee On Sole Proprietors will meet on 5/16/2018 1:00 PM, HR A to hear testimony from The Honorable Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon and to accept Public Testimony on LC 1. A special session of the legislative assembly will convene May 21, 2018 at 8 a.m. Please know that interim committees cannot introduce bills to the special session. The only committee that will hear legislation for the special session is the Joint Committee on Sole Proprietors. Its work will be limited to two bills: the Governor’s proposal LC 1 and the sine die resolution (LC 2). READ MORE
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In This Issue Revenue and Tax Reform Governance Natural Resources Social Policy Education Policy Revenue and Tax Reform By Chris Vogel, Revenue and Tax Reform Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue: SB 1528 had earlier language to limit the Oregon state pass-through tax, that the League supported, but it was stripped from this bill in […]
Initiative Petition 22, “Stop Oregon Sanctuaries,” is currently under Secretary of State investigation for misrepresentation of its intent to signers. They cannot remove your signature. The League has gotten complaints of ongoing violations. See our Think Before You Ink. The League urges you to read petitions carefully.
Clean Energy Jobs is still alive-until it isn’t. The League continues to press the “urgency of now” when it comes to climate change. With many policy bills about done, the focus goes to the budget to implement good environmental laws. Watch Ways and Means Subcommittees this coming week.
Health Care bills grab our attention. HJR 203 A, a constitutional amendment establishing the right to health care for every resident of Oregon, was heard in Senate Health Care and is still being considered for amendments.
The Joint Committee on Student Success will not hear any specific bills this session, but has committed to conduct public hearings and individual conversations with students, teachers and other stakeholders throughout the state before the 2019 legislative session.
Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue: SB 1528 had earlier language to limit the Oregon state pass-through tax, that the League supported, but it was stripped from this bill in amendments.
ACTION ALERT! Support Clean Energy JobsDate: February 24, 2018To: All League Members and OregoniansThis legislation will establish a program to cap climate pollution, price all qualified greenhouse gas emissions under the cap, and invest the proceeds in clean energy, while addressing the needs of vulnerable communities and investing in training workers for new, growing opportunities in a clean energy economy.The House Bill timeline recently changed. On Feb 20 an amendment (-12) was introduced by House Speaker Tina Kotek, that would Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions legislation this session and would allow the trade and invest details to be addressed next session. Details in a Portland Tribune article or OLIS.The League asks that you let your legislator know the urgent need to address meaningful Climate policy is now.ACTION NEEDED, we need you to contact your legislatorsVisit your legislators in the next week. If that’s not possible then make a phone call and or write a personal email or letter. You can find your legislators’ contact information here.For more information, contact Claudia Keith, Climate Change Portfolio Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
In This Issue Revenue and Tax Reform Governance Natural Resources Social Policy Education Policy Revenue and Tax Reform By Chris Vogel, Revenue and Tax Reform If you plan to attend the LWVOR Day at the Legislature on Friday, and have time at 8:30 am, please step into Committee Hearing Room A. Go to this link […]
As most of you are aware, HJR 203 A, the proposal for a constitutional amendment that declares that access to Health Care is a Right, passed the House Health Care Committee and the House Chamber of Representatives on a party line vote.
If you plan to attend the LWVOR Day at the Legislature on Friday, please attend in Committee Hearing Room F. Go to this link and click the February 23 date on the right-hand side of the page to see the agenda for the Joint Committee On Student Success. It is scheduled to run until 3 pm, so a great session to visit after the Day at the Legislature.
We are looking at HB 4033 -2 for election rules effects on 2018 referrals, HJR 201 A, housing, and HJR 203 A, health care. This session’s rapid processing saw rules suspended to allow progress before Thursday’s deadline for bills lacking committee hearing assignments. Bills either proceeded forward apace, were pulled for Interim refinement, or stopped.
Your natural resources team has prioritized Clean Energy Jobs (SB 1507 or HB 4001) and fees for the Dept. of Environmental Quality to implement Cleaner Air Oregon. Agencies have small budget “asks” that we will follow. Some land use bills are still alive.
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If you plan to attend the LWVOR Day at the Legislature on Friday, and have time at 8:30 am, please step into Committee Hearing Room A. Go to this link and click on the February 23date on the right-hand side of the page to see the agenda for the Senate Committee On Finance and Revenue.
An alert from the League of Women Voters of Oregon:
ACTION ALERT! Support amendedNational Popular Vote bill.Date: February 19, 2018To: All League Members and OregoniansFrom: Norman Turrill, LWVOR PresidentMarge Easley, LWVOR National Popular Vote PortfolioURGENT ACTION NEEDEDContact your state senator immediately to support amendedNational Popular Vote bill.The League has just learned that Senate President Courtney has decided to allow a clean version (without a referral to the voters) of the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill to be heard very soon in the Senate Rules Committee. This decision was unexpected, and it is critical that we make the most of this sudden opportunity.Please call or email your state senator as soon as possible to urge support for the version of the NPV bill that has already passed the Oregon House four times. And, if you’re attending Day at the Legislature on February 23, please make an appointment beforehand to meet with your senator or his/her staff to discuss points listed below.Bipartisan support is critical for Senate passage. Senator Courtney, who favors a referral version, has indicated he will be voting no on the bill, and it is unclear how many Democratic senators will follow his lead. It is important to concisely convey to your senator why NPV is needed and to counter the most common misconceptions. Here are some talking points to help:
- The Electoral College in its current form creates an unfair system and damages public trust in U.S. elections. It allows voters in some states to have more voting power than others. NPV will ensure that every vote in every state has equal weight.
- Our founding fathers chose the elector system for reasons that are no longer applicable– to ensure that the President wasn’t selected by uneducated commoners and to appease slave states by counting slaves (3/5 of a person) in their population totals. Today’s Electoral College system is a result of decades of change brought about by increasingly powerful political parties, as well as winner-take-all state laws. These changes were never envisioned by the founding fathers.
- The argument that the current Electoral College protects the interests of smaller states is not valid. In fact, the winner-take-all aspect of the Electoral College gives outsized power to 11 swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin), where the two major political parties have similar levels of voter support. The others, including Oregon, are written off as the province of one party or the other before the first primary votes are even cast and receive scant campaign attention. It is easy to see why voters in non-swing states come to believe their votes don’t really matter.
- The candidate with the most votes wins in every other election in the country. Also, the U.S. is the ONLY practicing democracy where the candidate with the most votes is not assured of being chosen the national leader. Polls have shown for decades that more than 70% of voters, in both major parties, have felt that the candidate with the most popular votes should be the winner.
- The National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact does not change the Constitution or abolish the Electoral College. It is an agreement among participating states to pledge their electors’ votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country. It takes effect as soon as the NPV bill is enacted by states possessing enough electoral votes to reach the threshold of 270 (out of 538), the number needed to elect a President. This bill has already been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes-61% of the 270 electoral votes necessary to activate it.We appreciate your immediate action on this issue. You can find your senator’s contact information here.For more information, contact Marge Easley, NPV Portfolio Chair, email@example.com.
On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for women (NOW) and the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Lincoln County will jointly host a discussion about “Challenges Facing the Lincoln County Latino Community.” Leading the discussion will be Omar Antonio-Hernandez, Executive Director of Centro de Ayuda, and Centro’s board chair, Virginia Gibbs. The discussion will take place in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport at 6 pm. The public is welcome.
The Latino population of Lincoln County is approaching 10%, and is close to 20% in Newport. Latinos contribute significantly to the economic wellbeing of Lincoln County. They also face challenges not faced by others in the community. Antonio-Hernandez and Gibbs will discuss these challenges and what is and/or can be done to address them.
Following the discussion, Central Oregon Coast NOW and LWV of Lincoln County will conduct brief business meetings. Anyone interested in the discussion or in NOW or LWV is encouraged to attend.
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