Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.

Public Comment Sought on Jordan Cove Energy Project’s Request for Exemption

This is not good. They are trying to avoid the Tsunami & other location issues. They should not get an Exemption.
Read the News Release here:
Written comments, Due by August 13, 2018, can be submitted to:

Sean Mole, Federal Projects Coordinator
Oregon Department of Energy
550 Capitol St. NE

Salem, OR 97301



Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes

Oregon’s Medicaid program survived intact Tuesday, after voters approved hundreds of millions of dollars in health care taxes in a special election. Measure 101, which led 64 percent to 36 percent with returns partially tallied, was the only issue on the ballot. It will raise $210 million to $320 million in taxes on Oregon’s largest hospitals and many health insurance policies by 2019.

Source: Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass health care taxes | OregonLive.com

Local Presentation on Climate/Jobs Legislation – Jan. 30


The Democratic Party of Lincoln County would like to extend an invitation to attend a presentation on climate / jobs legislation that will affect the state of Oregon. Representative David Gomberg will moderate the presentation.

Our local group of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is sponsoring a presentation about the Clean Energy Jobs bill at 6:00 pm, Tuesday January 30th, at the Newport Recreation Center [225 SE Avery St, Newport, OR 97365].  This ambitious legislation to be considered by the upcoming State Legislation session places a cap and trade on greenhouse gas emissions by large emitters in Oregon.

We have four speakers for the event:
Representative Ken Helm, Chair, Clean Energy Jobs Work Group on Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries, Rural Communities, and Tribes
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall
Renew Oregon coalition director Shilpa Joshi
Portland State University Professor of Environmental Biochemistry John Perona

For further information about this event please contact Martin Desmond at 541-968-5143 or cclnewport@gmail.com Please feel free to circulate this news release.  Thank you.

Copyright © 2018 Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee, All rights reserved.
From the LCDCC Contact fileOur mailing address is:

Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee

PO BOX 882

Gleneden BeachOregon 97388


Oregon’s Death with Dignity: Barriers remain 20 years later

The law was the first of its kind in the nation when it went into effect 20 years ago. There is no longer any active opposition but most people don’t know how the law works. It’s still difficult for patients to find physicians and the preferred prescription costs up to $3,800.

Source: Oregon’s Death with Dignity: Barriers remain 20 years later | OregonLive.com

Support HB 2004, the Just Cause Eviction and Rent Stabilization Bill

This is a letter sent from all Oregon NOW Chapters to the Oregon Senate in support of HB2004, the Just Cause Eviction and Rent Stabilization Bill.  There will be a hearing on Wednesday, May 4 at 1 pm.  Please contact Sen. Roblan and let him know that you support this bill.

May 3, 2017

Dear Chair Gelser and Members of the Senate Committee on Human Services,

On behalf of the Oregon chapters of the National Organization for Women (NOW), we respectfully request your support for HB 2004A to end no-cause evictions and repeal the ban on rent stabilization. As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. We are part of the Fair Shot Coalition, and we urge Oregon legislators to act upon this opportunity to implement a just-cause eviction policy and lift the statewide prohibition on rent stabilization.

Many landlords are fair and do right by their tenants, but those bad actors who are using no-cause evictions to raise rents or even to discriminate against certain tenants are harming families and damaging communities. The risk of eviction for no reason and extreme rent increases make many renters afraid to request the most basic repairs, and result in extreme financial hardship on working families, the depletion of savings, deepening poverty, and even homelessness, which women are experiencing at increasing rates. According to federal estimates, the percentage of women at shelters has risen by ten percent (from 35 to 45 percent of people at shelters) since the recession. Further, these practices disproportionately impact communities of color and exacerbate inequities. Four in ten Oregonians rent their home; this translates to roughly 1.5 million people in our state being potentially vulnerable to unpredictable housing changes.

We support HB 2004A because it protects housing stability by creating a just cause eviction standard, requiring a legitimate reason for termination, such as a lease violation or a landlord’s business or family necessity; and by repealing the state prohibition on local jurisdictions’ ability to consider rent stabilization policies, such as ordinances that would slow the rate and speed of rent increases for tenants while still allowing landlords a reasonable rate of return.

We hope that you will join us in supporting HB 2004A, which will help keep more families in their homes and create more economically stable and diverse communities.


Lisa Frack for the Oregon state chapter of the National Organization for Women (Oregon NOW)

Sheila Swinford for Central Oregon Coast NOW

Bud Feuless for Greater Portland NOW TeriAnn Mason for High Desert NOW

Renee Reichert for Mid-Willamette NOW

Laurie Notaro for South Willamette Valley NOW

P.O. Box 15146 | Portland, OR 97293 | info@NOWOregon.org | www.noworegon.org