2023 Legislative Session: On the first day of the new Oregon legislative session next Tuesday, legislators will have filed roughly 2,000 measures for consideration. Speakers of the House and Senate will begin setting up hearings after Friday when they must have submitted the initial draught of their measure to legal staff.
Oregon Politicians Propose Approximately 2,000 Measures For The 2023 Legislative Session
Legislation has been proposed to address the state’s housing shortage and the growing number of people sleeping on the streets.
An attempt is being made in one of the proposals to aid tenants whose eligibility for subsidized housing is about to run out.
House Bill 3042
Democratic Representative Courtney Neron has introduced House Bill 3042, which would mandate 30 months’ advance notice for the expiration of rent control and other forms of affordable housing safeguards.
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Heidi Johnstone, a resident of Tigard, found out last year that the affordable housing protections on her property would expire. Representative Neron has been working with Johnstone since then. After 12 months, her rent can be raised to market value. She lamented that she has been unable to locate anything suitable at a reasonable cost.
As Johnstone put it, “I have been looking for low-income property and the waiting lists on these available houses are years lengthy.”
It “provides a chance for that property to be maintained and acquired by a developer and owner that would conserve it long term,” as Rob Prasch, Preservation Director at Network For Oregon Affordable Housing, put it when working on the bill’s design.
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After the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent drop in Oregon’s standardized test results, education has remained a key priority, as seen by the submission of over 100 laws addressing the issue. Several of them are:
- Democratic Representative Tawna Sanchez introduced House Bill 2646, which would mandate training for school personnel to identify symptoms that a youngster is experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Republican Senator Bill Hansell has introduced Senate Bill 453 to mandate that schools create separate athletic divisions for males and females.
- Republican Representative Lily Morgan has introduced House Bill 2554, which would need parental permission before introducing sexual education into the classroom.
- Democratic Senator Chris Gorsek has introduced Senate Bill 238 to mandate that the
- Oregon Health Authority and the state’s board of education create a program to educate students about the risks associated with substance abuse.
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