ORLA Update – November 4, 2022
Homeless Camping Ban / Lottery Retailer Meeting / Restaurant Revitalization Funds
An End to Unsanctioned Camping in Portland
Portland City Council approved a plan to ban unsanctioned camping whereby Portlanders experiencing homelessness will be moved from undesignated areas to available shelter locations. ORLA Government Affairs Coordinator Makenzie Marineau testified in favor of the proposal last week. In addition, we provided testimony at the Multnomah County Commission meeting in support of a good neighbor agreement between the County and businesses surrounding their new Behavioral Health and Resource Center located behind the Benson Hotel.
ORLA Lottery Subcommittee Relaunches
Next week we're relaunching our Lottery Subcommittee made up of ORLA members who rely on solid working relationships with Oregon Lottery staff and the Oregon Lottery Commissioners. If you’re a Lottery Retailer and would like to be involved, reach out to ORLA’s Director of Government Affairs Greg Astley with any questions. The subcommittee will be focusing on preparing for the next negotiation on commission rates with lottery staff, the potential for geocached in-game sports betting exclusive to bars/restaurants with retailer licenses, and progressive jackpots for ORLA members on video lottery terminals. Those issues and more will keep the group moving forward through 2023.
Association, Sponsors Urge SBA to Release Last $180M in RRF
The 4 sponsors of the RESTAURANTS Act (which became the RRF) sent a letter to the Small Business Administration this week demanding answers about the $180M in unobligated RRF money. U.S. Reps Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Sens. Roger Wicker (MS) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) wrote a letter to Isabel Guzman, administrator of the SBA, urging for a release of all unobligated funds from the RRF no later than Nov. 14, 2022. The National Restaurant Association has been working with Congress since July to urge SBA to disburse the funds, citing over 177,000 restaurant applicants who are desperately waiting for word on whether they will ever receive funding. Read the latest letter.
AHLA Honors Native American Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month, and AHLA is honoring the rich history and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities in the United States. The association has developed educational resources to support your individual DE&I learning journey:
Restaurant Operator Survey for November
As the National Restaurant Association and state restaurant associations continue to advocate on behalf of the industry, please help us quantify and further illustrate how current business conditions are impacting the restaurant industry. The Association Research Group developed a brief survey designed to collect important data to inform our ongoing advocacy activities. Restaurant operators: Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
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