2017 Oregon Legislative Session

ORLA is tracking priority bills and advocating on your behalf


The government affairs team from ORLA is in Salem everyday during the Legislative Session, actively monitoring bills that could affect our industry. The table below shows the priority bills being actively opposed, supported or watched. We’ll continue to report on bills of importance as they begin to move through the process.

Key Dates for 2017 Legislature
  • Feb. 1, 2017 – Legislative Session officially convened
  • Feb. 28, 2017 - Deadline to file bills with the Senate Secretary or the Chief Clerk
  • Apr. 7, 2017 - Deadline to Schedule Work Sessions for First Chamber Measures
  • Apr. 18, 2017 - Deadline to Hold Work Sessions on First Chamber Measures
  • May 19 – Deadline to Schedule Work Sessions for Second Chamber Measures
  • June 2 – Deadline to Hold Work Sessions on Second Chamber Measures
  • June 23, 2017–Target Adjournment of Session sine die
  • July 10, 2017– Constitutional Deadline for Adjournment of Session sine die
You can view committee agendas and more information on the Oregon Legislative Information System.

If you have any questions on these or other bills currently to the session, please contact Greg Astley, director of government affairs, at Astley@OregonRLA.org or call 503.682.4422.

Orig. Bill No. Category Position/Status Bill Summary
SB 135 Alcohol Oppose Authorizes law enforcement agencies to establish sobriety checkpoints.
HB 2150 Alcohol Support Directs Oregon Liquor Control Commission to allow manufacturers or importing distributors of wine, cider or malt beverages to file required statements and pay privilege taxes by electronic means.
HB 2160 Alcohol Support Allows brewery-public house licensee to also hold off-premises sales license.
         
SB 113 General Business Oppose Provides that person identified in gift card as providing goods or services shall transfer to Department of State Lands remaining balance of gift card that cardholder has not used within five years after date of last transaction that used gift card for purchase.
SB 563 General Business Support Establishes exception to gift limitation for food and beverages consumed by members of Legislative Assembly and candidates for office as member of Legislative Assembly.
         
SB 249A Human Trafficking Support /
Pass in Senate. Ref. to Judiciary. Public Hearing 5/3
Establishes procedures for person to file motion to vacate judgment of conviction for prostitution if person was victim of sex trafficking at or around time of offense.
SB 542 Human Trafficking Support Creates crime of patronizing a trafficked child.
HB 2141 Human Trafficking Support / 
Held Public Hearing in House Judiciary. Bill not passed out of Committee.
Directs court to order suspension of person's driving privileges upon person's conviction for offense related to sexual solicitation.
         
SB 301 Labor Oppose / 
Held Public Hearing and Work Session in Judiciary. No scheduled events currently.
Marijuana in the Workplace; Provides that conditioning employment on refraining from using any substance that is lawful to use in this state is unlawful employment practice.
SB 329 Labor Support Extends state preemption of local governmental authority to regulate work schedule requirements.
SB 400 Labor Support Creates income tax credit for certain employers that provide paid family leave to employees, including paid sick time taken to care for family members of employees.
SB 401 Labor Support Creates income tax credit for certain employers that provide paid sick time.
SB 406 Labor Support Creates income tax credit for certain employers to defray costs of increase in minimum wage.
SB 409 Labor Support Repeals minimum wage increases that have not yet become operative.
SB 544 Labor Support Establishes state preemption of authority to require mandatory provision of employment benefits to employees of private employers.
SB 828 Labor Oppose / 
Held 2 Public Hearings in Workforce; Work Session Held. Moved to Senate Rules.
Restrictive Scheduling; Requires employer to pay employee equivalent of at least four hours of work if employee is scheduled or called in to work but, due to employer, does not work entire shift.
SB 997 Labor Oppose / 
Held Public Hearing in Health Care; Did not move out of Committee.
Health Care & Low Income Workers; Establishes penalty to be imposed by Department of Consumer and Business Services on employers that offer health insurance coverage to employees but that have employees working at least 20 hours per week who receive health care coverage through medical assistance program.
HB 2005A Labor Oppose / 
Passed House 36-24. No scheduled events in Senate currently.
Pay Equity; Provides definitions relating to comparable work for purposes of pay equity provisions. Adds additional remedies for pay equity and wage-related violations that include right to jury trial and right to compensatory and punitive damages.
HB 2180 Labor Oppose Establishes right of employee for civil action based on unpaid wages.
HB 2181 Labor Oppose Creates rebuttable presumption against employer if employer takes certain adverse actions against employee within 90 days of employee's protected, wage-related activity.
HB 2182 Labor Support Creates tax credit for employers that pay wages to youth workers, defined as workers between 16 and 25 years of age.
HB 2193 Labor Oppose / 
Held Public Hearing in House Business & Labor. Moved to House Rules Committee.
Restrictive Scheduling; Requires employer to pay employee equivalent of at least four hours of work if employee is scheduled or called in to work but, due to employer, does not work entire shift.
HB 2567 Labor Oppose Requires employers with 75 or more employees to provide 60 days' notice to employees and certain officials before ceasing operations, relocating or ordering mass layoff involving 50 or more employees.
HB 3087 Labor Oppose / 
In Early Childhood & Family; Subsequent to Revenue. Moved to House Rules Committee.
Paid Family Leave; Creates family and medical leave insurance program to provide covered employee with portion of wages while on family medical leave or military leave. Requires employer and employee contributions to fund program.
HB 3336 Labor Oppose / 
Public Hearing Held in Early Childhood & Family; Subsequent to Revenue. No scheduled events currently.
Paid Family Leave; Permits individual to create family medical leave savings account with financial institution to pay or reimburse qualified beneficiary's wage loss during family medical leave of absence from work. Allows employer or other person to contribute to account.
         
HB 2549 Lottery Support Authorizes Oregon State Lottery Commission to issue registrations to fantasy contest operators to organize or offer fantasy contests.
HB 2875 Taxes Oppose Imposes excise tax on coffee beans and ground coffee.
         
SB 327 Tourism Support Provides recreational immunity to owner of land.
SB 457 Tourism Oppose Provides that certain small cities that imposed grandfathered local transient lodging tax may use net revenue from newly imposed or increased local transient lodging tax in same percentages and for same purposes as net revenue from grandfathered local transient lodging tax.
SB 504 Tourism Oppose Eliminates limitation of liability for owner of land used for trail or recreational purposes when owner is public body.
SB 745 Tourism Oppose /
Passed Environment & Natural Resources; Subsequent to Revenue. Likely dead in Senate Finance.
Establishes Ocean Beach Fund.
HB 2049 Tourism Support if amended /
Moved to House Revenue Committee.
Lodging Tax & OTCs; Expands definition of "transient lodging intermediary" to include person that requires transient lodging provider to use specific third-party entity to collect consideration for occupancy of transient lodging.
HB 2173 Tourism Oppose Allows person harmed by criminal act resulting in physical injury or death to bring action for damages against place of public accommodation if place of public accommodation prohibits visitors from possessing firearm.
HB 2244 Tourism Support  Expands definition of "qualifying film production" to include large-scale, one-time sporting event, or group of closely related sporting events, of national or international significance.
HB 2506 Tourism Oppose /
In House Ag & Natural Resources. Did not move out of Committee.
Establishes Ocean Beach Fund.
HB 2744 Tourism Oppose Amends definition of "tourism-related facility" to include improvements to real property that have substantial purpose of supporting, promoting or accommodating tourism or tourist activities.
HB 2768 Tourism Oppose /
Held Public Hearing in Economic Dev; Subsequent to Revenue. Did not move out of Committee.
Lodging Tax; Expands definition of "tourism promotion" for purposes of local transient lodging tax revenue expenditures.
HB 2792 Tourism Support Extends recreational immunity to employees and agents of owner of land when acting within scope of duties and those with private property interests in land.
HB 2854 Tourism Oppose Eliminates limitation of liability for owner of land used for trail or recreational purposes when owner is public body.
HB 3101A Tourism Neutral with amendment Facility Fees; Prohibits hotels or inns from charging facility fees in addition to price of guest room rental unless facility fees are disclosed prior to guest room reservation or rental
         
SB 386 Union Priorities Support Prohibits public employer from participating in collection of labor organization dues.

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