Legislative Updates

Current OPHA Policy Endorsements (updated 2/20/2018)

HB 4145A: Relating to gun violence prevention - Expands the prohibition on possession of firearms or ammunition to include certain persons in domestic violence situations. Changes "intimate partner" to "family or household member" within the prohibition. Specifies that family or household member includes persons who have co-habitated with each other or who have been involved in a sexually intimate relationship. Includes persons convicted of stalking and persons convicted of qualifying misdemeanors who are parents or guardians of victims of offense in the prohibition. Requires Department of State Police to enter qualifying convictions and judicial findings or terms of judgment, when available, into Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) and the National Crime Information Center of the U.S. Department of Justice (NCIC). Requires Department to report attempted transfer to or purchase of firearm by individual prohibited from possessing a firearm within 24 hours to all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including district attorneys having jurisdiction in the location of the sale or transfer. Includes notification, as appropriate, to supervising officer, court, or Psychiatric Security Review Board. Requires yearly report on number of attempted purchases, the number of investigations resulting from those reports, and the charges and dispositions of charges arising from the reports. Updates language.

HB 4003: Relating to diesel emissions - Specifies requirements for certain public contracts, adoption of indirect source review program rules, registration requirements for nonroad diesel engines; directs adoption of diesel engine emission standards for specific on-road vehicles and nonroad engines. Defines environmental justice communities. Authorizes additional grant awards from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and to be allocated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines operated in environmental justice communities or communities of color, and specifies that a portion of financial assistance from the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement be held for applicants that are businesses owned by women or by members of minority groups. Repeals state preemption of local regulation of idling by primary engines in commercial vehicles. Specifies operative date for certain sections. Becomes effective July 1, 2018.

HB 4160: Relating to family medical leave insurance benefits - The Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance program will be a self-sustaining insurance program administered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services. Like the programs that have been enacted in 5 other states, Oregon’s plan will be structured as a social insurance program, like Social Security or Unemployment Insurance. Employees and employers will contribute less than one percent of payroll each to a state-managed insurance fund that administers the benefit. Employees can then submit a claim for partial wage replacement when they have a qualifying reason for leave, including:

  • The birth or adoption of a child
  • Taking in a child from the foster care system
  • An employee’s own serious illness
  • The serious illness of an employee’s family member

The insurance benefit will provide partial wage replacement that is based on a formula to ensure that lower income individuals get closer to 100% of their wages replaced and that % decreases as an individual moves up the income spectrum.

HB 4001: Clean Energy Jobs Bill: Relating to climate pollution -  Clean Energy Jobs is a policy to hold transportation, utilities, and industrial facilities accountable for climate pollution by putting a price on it and to set a cap on that pollution. It would limit climate pollution for statewide emitters of 25,000+ tons of greenhouse gases per year (the largest polluters in the state). These emitters would purchase permits within the cap that may be traded with other regulated entities. Proceeds can be reinvested to further reduce climate pollution, assist low-income households, create benefits for disproportionately impacted communities, retrain workers, and advance clean economic development. The policy would create a mechanism to enforce the state’s existing climate goals, setting interim targets. 

SB 1515: Children's Service Districts - Authorizes formation of children’s service districts. Authorizes children’s service districts to levy property taxes to fund programs that offer children’s services. Defines “children’s services” as services that support children’s total health and well-being provided outside of school hours to individuals not more than 18 years of age. Provides that, if court holds that revenue funding project is subject to compression under $5 per $1,000 of real market value cap for purposes of Ballot Measure 5 (1990) as revenue funding project constituting educational services, children’s service district shall discontinue project and shall use revenue for project that does not constitute educational services.

Budget allocation for 211Info: expanding service to 24/7, year round service - 211info informs and connects individuals and communities to health and human services. In the past fiscal year, 211info responded to over 700,000 inquiries for services including health, housing, food, transportation, and utility assistance. Current hours of operation are 8AM - 6PM. Data analysis shows that 1/3 (150,000) of incoming calls are turned away after those hours. 24/7/365 services will provide access to the service for those unable to call during daytime hours, reduce wait time, and improve operational readiness to respond to emergency events like tsunami warnings, forest fires, severe weather or other emergency events with health implications.

Ballot Measure 101: Relating to funding of Medicaid in Oregon (the Oregon Health Plan) -  A "yes" vote will affirm the bipartisan law Oregon lawmakers made during the 2017 legislative session.  A “Yes” vote approves temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and managed care organizations. Assessments provide funding for health care for low-income individuals and families, and individuals with disabilities via the Oregon Health Plan (Oregon's name for Medicaid); also stabilize premiums charged by insurance companies for health insurance purchased by individuals and families. Insurance companies may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of the assessments. Hospital assessments may not begin without approval by a federal agency.

If the measure passes, the health care program and health insurance premiums stabilization program are funded as adopted by the 2017 Legislative Assembly.

If the measure is defeated there will be a reduction of $210-$320 million in state revenue, resulting in a possible reduction of $630-$960 million, or more in federal Medicaid matching funds. The total revenue reduction to the 2017-19 state budget may be $840 million-$1.3 billion or more.

Action Alerts

APHA ACTION ALERT - Act now to stop the repeal of the ACA! (January 9, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - Express Your Support for Public Health Funding TODAY! (March 7, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - Gun Legislation Hearing Monday, April 17th 8am (April 13, 2017)

OPHA ACTION ALERT - DIESEL BILL GUTTED - Call Your Oregon State Senator & Governor Brown THIS WEEK (April 19, 2017)

APHA ACTION ALERT - Oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act (June 20, 2017)

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