Oregon Legislative Session Preview
January 28, 2015
February 2, 2015
By Pam Leavitt, NWCUA Policy Advisor
The 78th Assembly of the Oregon State Legislature began its work on Monday after its ceremonial swearing in several weeks ago. The NWCUA is tracking the happenings closely and pursuing Northwest credit union legislative agenda.
The $18.5 billion budget will take most of the session to review and debate along with several other major issues expected to bring considerable debate including: transferring responsibility for Cover Oregon to the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS); a 2015 transportation package; the implementation of the new marijuana law; and increasing funding for higher education.
In addition, the Democrats have introduced a package of bills they are calling a “Fair Shot for All.” A coalition group is promoting policy solutions to create economic opportunities for working families and recommending these priorities:
- Raising the minimum wage;
- Ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days;
- Ending profiling;
- Providing a method for people to save for retirement; and
- Creating job opportunities for people with prior convictions and arrests.
Oregon Credit Union Priorities
The Northwest Credit Union Association will be involved in the introduction of two bills. The first is to allow prized-linked savings programs in Oregon credit unions. The second bill is an update to the Oregon Credit Union Act that will make four changes to the Oregon Credit Union Act:
- Board Stipends: Allow Oregon credit unions the option to provide reasonable compensation to their directors.
- Membership, Share Account Requirement: Amend state law to remove share account requirement on membership requirement.
- Membership, Foster Parents: Remove ORS 723.188 which requires any credit union that serves state employees to include foster parents in its field of membership. Replace this requirement with a definitional change that would include foster parents and legally appointed guardians in the definition of relatives eligible for membership.
- Supervision & Regulation: Remove the requirement that the DCBS approve new branches. This may be rolled up in the Reg-Flex concept.
These two bills will be introduced in early February. The Association staff is also reviewing the 1,200-plus bills that were filed before the session and will report out on major bills as the session progresses. We anticipate credit unions will be involved in several important discussions this session. Some of the key committees we will be working with this session will be:
- Senator Lee Beyer – Chair
- Senator Fred Girod – Vice-Chair
- Senator Rod Monroe
- Senator Chuck Riley
- Senator Chuck Thomsen
- Senator Floyd Prozanski – Chair
- Senator Jeff Kruse – Vice-Chair
- Senator Kim Thatcher
- Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Sara Gelser
- President Pro Tempore Ginny Burdick
- Representative Shemia Fagan – Chair
- Representative Knute Buehler – Vice-Chair
- Representative Dan Rayfield – Vice-Chair
- Representative Joe Gallegos
- Representative Paul Holvey
- Representative Mike Nearman
- Representative Duane Stark
- Representative Paul Holvey – Chair
- Representative Brent Barton – Vice-Chair
- Representative Bill Kennemer – Vice-Chair
- Representative Greg Barreto
- Representative Margaret Doherty
- Representative Sal Esquivel
- Representative Paul Evans
- Representative Shemia Fagan
- Representative Dallas Heard
- Representative Rob Nosse
- Representative Jim Weidner
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