Oregon Legislative Week in Review
May 3, 2011
May 3, 2011
Deadline Cut-off. Thursday, April 21, marked the deadline for bills to pass out of their chamber of origin. Nearly 2,000 bills effectively died as they still resided in their committee of origin. The House will now debate Senate bills and the Senate will now debate House bills that made it through.
There are some exceptions though. There is the “priority” bill option that allows certain selected bills to be reintroduced and debated. Also, a few committees are exempt for the April 21 deadline (such as committees on Revenue and Rules and joint committees such as Tax Credits and Ways and Means), so bills are referred to t
h ese committees in the hope of sustaining their legislative life. One such bill is HB 3263, the Oregon Bankers’ bill to tax credit unions, which is in the House Revenue Committee. Although no action has been taken, the bill is still considered “alive.”
The threat to these pieces of legislation is time—79 days have passed since the start of the 76th Legislative Session, and last Friday marked 70 remaining calendar days until adjournment sine die on June 30. All told, 2,936 bills were introduced (1,114 in the Senate and 1,822 in the House) and 943 were passed out of their committee of origin. May 23 is the deadline for Policy Committee Work Session posting in the Second Chamber and June 1 is the deadline for Policy Committee Work Sessions.
Bills. Here is an update on some of the bills we are tracking:
- SB 177—This is our priority bill and it is receiving a hearing today, May 3, in the House General Government and Consumer Protection Committee;
- SB 491—Modifies requirements for notice of foreclosure and termination of tenancy for residential dwellings in foreclosure. Passed the Senate 29-0;
- SB 577—Related to debt buyers with sections that impact all debt collectors. Return to Senate President’s desk to refer bill to Rules for further work;
- SB 826—Authorizes Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt rules to regulate certain activities of persons that make mortgage loans. Passed out of Committee and referred to Ways and Means;
- SJM 10—Urges Congress to enact legislation to assist the FDIC and NCUSIF in establishing a voluntary system of full insurance for public funds accounts. Passed Senate 29-0;
- HB 2957—Prohibits the owner of foreclosed residential real property from neglecting real property during periods of vacancy. Died in House Committee; and
- SB 826—Relating to regulating mortgage loan servicers. The bill passed out of Senate Committee and sent to Ways and Means.
Town Halls. Budget Co-Chair Peter Buckley (D-5) is giving the public a chance to share their priorities and personal stories with their state representatives. Here is information for each of the events below:
Thursday, May 5
Lane Community College, Forum (Building 17) in Rooms 308 and 309
4000 E 30th, Eugene, OR 97405
Wednesday, May 11
Rex Putnam High School Auditorium
4950 SE Roethe Road, Milwaukie, OR 97267