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SOCAN’s 2024 Legislative Top Dozen Plus

Status of Bills of SOCAN interest in Oregon Legislature 2024 Short Session as of Thursday March 7th


(Session ended ‘sine die’  on the 7th killing all bills languishing in Ways and Means)
S = SOCAN Support; O = SOCAN Oppose; T = SOCAN Testimony submitted and posted on blog.

SB511 S Funding for homeowner wildfire defense; in Ways and Means S,

SB1530 Funds Governor’s Housing Bill Passed both chambers. S, T

SB1537 Governor Kotek’s Housing Bill with Urban Growth Boundary expansion; Passed Both chambers. O pending amendment; it was amended acceptably so changed to S; T

SB1559 Update of Greenhouse Gas emissions targets. S, T. Died in committee.

SB1581 Requires investor owned- utility reporting Passed both chambers: S

SB1593 Golden timber severance tax bill. Died in committee S; T

SB1596 Right to Repair Passed both chambers S; T

HB4014 Beaver coexistence funding.  In Ways and Means S, T

HB4015 Facilitates Battery Storage Siting’; Passed both chambers S.

HB4024 Campaign Finance Reform Referral to Ballot; in Senate Rules O, T Amended as we requested.

HB4060 Funding for Regenerative Agriculture; in Ways and Means S

HB4080 Offshore wind procedure S, T in Ways and Means

HB4083 COAL Act removing coal from Treasury investments Passed both chambers S, T.

HB4106 Undermines Habitat Conservation Plan and demands timber harvest targets; Died in committee O, T.

HB4112 Promotes clean energy procurement and businesses; in Ways and Means S, T.

HB4128 Funds water infrastructure.  In Ways and Means; S, T.

HB4132 Funds Oregon Marine Reserve Program especially monitoring, Passed both chamber S, T.

HB4133 Timber harvest tax revision; in Ways and Means O, T.

HJR202 Referred ballot measure to people to adjust quorum.  Died in Committee. S

So far, 9 / 18 have experienced our preferred fate.

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Initial Selections: February 2024

SOCAN’s Federal and State Project Team has established a top dozen bills before the Oregon Legislature in 2024 to follow, and support or oppose through testimony.

When the session starts, we often find other bills turn out to be important, so we add them to our priority list.

HB means House Bill; SB means Senate Bill. Policy proposals before policy committees must pass the first chamber via a floor vote by February 19th and then move either to Ways and Means (if there is a fiscal component) and then to the first chamber floor. If passing, they than move to the other chamber. Certain committees are not bound by the February 19th deadline: namely Joint Committees (such as Ways and Means and Transportation) plus Revenue and Rules Committees,

If you wish to engage on any of these bills (including submitting testimony to the legislature), contact Alan Journet (alan@socan.eco.)

Bills Alive or Moving Forward

HB4014

The Act allows agencies to award moneys under a grant program related to living with beavers on private land. The Act directs an agency and a committee to report on the grant program. The Act gives moneys to the agency for the grant program. The Act goes into effect on the 91st day after the 2024 session ends. ‘Follow-up from 2023 bill adjusting Beaver designation from predator’

Authorizes the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to award moneys from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund under a Landowners Living with Beavers Grant Program, on recommendations from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee. Directs the department and the committee to jointly report on the grant program to committees or interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to the environment on or before September 15, 2026. Appropriates moneys from the General Fund to the department for deposit in the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund for purposes related to the grant program. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4014

HB4015

Permits a person who wants to build a battery energy storage system (BESS) to choose to use EFSC for the siting of the BESS. Permits the ruling body of a local body after talking with the person who wants to build a BESS to choose to use EFSC for the siting of the BESS. Permits a BESS to be built and run without its own site certificate if the BESS is subject to the site certificate of another energy facility. Defines BESS. The Act takes effect on the 91st day after sine die. (Flesch Readability Score: 64.0). Permits a developer of a facility or the governing body of a local government after consulting with the developer to elect to defer regulatory authority to the Energy Facility Siting Council for the siting of a battery energy storage system. Permits a battery energy storage system that is under the regulatory authority of the Energy Facility Siting Council to be constructed and operated without a separate site certificate if the battery energy storage system is subject to a site certificate for another energy facility. Defines “battery energy storage system.” Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.
‘Energy Battery Storage Siting’

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4015

HB4083

The Act urges the State Treasurer to stop investing moneys in companies that deal in thermal coal. This is the COAL Act from Divest Oregon.

Urges the Oregon Investment Council and the State Treasurer to make efforts to eliminate certain investments in thermal coal companies. Provides that divestments must be accomplished without monetary loss to the investment funds. Provides that investments may be retained in a thermal coal company that is transitioning to clean energy. Requires an annual report to the Legislative Assembly on actions taken pursuant to this Act.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4083

SOCAN Supporting Testimony submitted

HB4080

States a state policy on offshore wind energy. Tells the state agency on energy to make a road map on standards for offshore wind energy. Makes a person involved in an offshore wind energy or port project to meet certain labor and supply chain standards. Tells the state agency on land use to conduct, or support, federal reviews of offshore wind leasing decisions. ‘Effort to promote the offshore wind development’

Declares a state policy to support engagement between offshore wind developers and impacted organizations, communities and tribes. Declares a state policy regarding offshore wind energy development and labor and supply chain standards. Directs the State Department of Energy to develop an Offshore Wind Roadmap that defines standards regarding the development of offshore wind energy. Requires a developer or contractor involved in an offshore wind energy project or port development project that is necessary for the development of an offshore wind energy project to meet certain labor and supply chain standards. Directs the Department of Land Conservation and Development to conduct, or support, consistency reviews of offshore wind leasing decisions and related actions. Directs the department to submit a report on the department’s activities to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to energy and development not later than September 1, 2025. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4080

SOCAN Supporting Testimony submitted

HB4112

Tells one of the state’s agencies to make rules that say how the agency will buy products and services from clean energy companies. Lets the agency work with other government bodies to help create and keep jobs in this state. Creates a fund for another state agency to make loans and grants to clean energy companies and projects that give certain benefits to people in this state. Sets up a group to give advice to the second agency. Promotes clean technology in Oregon

Requires the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to adopt rules to govern procurements from clean energy technology companies. Directs the department to cooperate with state agencies that have expertise in energy production and conservation and in reducing or mitigating environmental impacts. Specifies the required contents of the department’s rules. Directs other state agencies to cooperate with the department in adopting and implementing rules. Permits the department to enter into cooperative procurements and intergovernmental agreements in combination with other governmental bodies in this or other states to provide incentives for clean energy technology companies to create and retain high-skilled manufacturing jobs. Establishes the Oregon Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing Opportunity Fund and appropriates moneys in the fund to the Oregon Business Development Department. Requires the department to establish a program to make loans, grants and other expenditures from the fund to foster, attract and sustain clean energy technology companies, and for other purposes. Requires the department to give priority in loans and grants to clean energy technology companies that include an employment plan with an application for the loan or grant. Establishes the Clean Technology Leadership Advisory Council. Specifies the council’s membership and requires the council to advise the Oregon Business Development Department on decisions with respect to awarding loans and grants and to study and recommend methods of attracting, fostering and sustaining manufacturing firms and operations in this state, while maximizing additional benefits, including creating and sustaining living wage or union jobs, alleviating supply chain constraints and improving access to clean energy technologies, supporting technological innovation and diversifying the economy of this state. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4112

SOCAN Supporting  testimony submitted

HB4128

Tells a state agency to conduct a study of water equipment in this state. Requires the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to study water infrastructure needs in this state and submit a report to the Legislative Assembly no later than September 15, 2025. Sunsets January 2, 2026.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4128

HB4132

The Act makes ODFW, SFWC and DSL amend their marine reserve programs. Requires the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of State Lands to implement the Ocean Policy Advisory Council recommendations to develop an adaptive management and social monitoring program to support marine reserves. Appropriates moneys to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement programs. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4132

HB4133

The Act makes changes related to a forest products tax. The Act creates a new fund related to wildfire costs. The Act makes changes related to forest protection districts. The Act makes changes related to fees for fire protection. The Act makes changes related to the Emergency Fire Cost Committee. The Act makes changes related to a fund for protecting forest land. The Act repeals a fee on acreage.  The Steiner Forest Fire Bill

Makes certain changes related to the forest products harvest tax. Establishes a State Forestry Department Large Wildfire Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the State Forestry Department for wildfire mitigation and suppression. Makes certain changes related to forest protection districts. Makes certain changes related to a minimum assessment and surcharge. Makes certain changes related to the Emergency Fire Cost Committee. Makes certain changes related to the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund. Repeals an acreage assessment. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4133

SOCAN testimony submitted in opposition – urging amendment

HJR 202

Digest: Requires a majority of the members of the House and the Senate to be present to take action.  This refers changing the quorum to the people.

Proposes an amendment to thhttps://socan.eco/hb4112/e Oregon Constitution to require a majority of each house of the Legislative Assembly to be present to conduct business. Refers the proposed amendment to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HJR202

SB1511

The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to create a grant program to help property owners with wildfire resilience.
The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to create a grant program to help property owners with wildfire resilience. The Act creates a fund related to the grant program. The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to report on the grant program. The Act directs agencies to plan for a program for certifying reduced wildfire risk for insurance purposes. The Act gives moneys to the State Fire Marshal for the grant program. The Act goes into effect when the Governor signs it. Directs the State Fire Marshal to establish a neighborhood protection cooperative grant program. Establishes the Neighborhood Protection Cooperative Grant Program Fund. Directs the Department of the State Fire Marshal to include status reports on the program in certain biannual reports. Directs the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the Department of the State Fire Marshal and the State Forestry Department to develop a plan and implementation timeline for establishing an insurance-related risk reduction certification program and report on the program on or before December 1, 2024. Appropriates moneys to the State Fire Marshal, out of the General Fund, for implementing the neighborhood protection cooperative grant program. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.
https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1511

SB1581

The Act makes an electric company report each year on the steps taken or being taken to be part of an energy market.

Requires an investor-owned utility that sells more than two million megawatt hours of electricity in a calendar year to report to the Legislative Assembly the activities, if any, that the investor-owned utility has taken or is taking toward participating in a regional energy market. ‘One of the OCEN bills’

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1581

SB1593

Digest: The Act would impose a new tax on the gross proceeds from the sale of unprocessed timber cut on private land larger than 500 acres held in common ownership.

The Act would provide funding to counties and to protect homes, neighborhoods and water supplies from wildfire damage. The Act would repeal the current forest products harvest tax. The Act will be referred to the people at the 2024 general election. (Flesch Readability Score: 63.3). Imposes a new tax on the gross proceeds from the sale of unprocessed timber harvested on private land in excess of 500 acres held in common ownership in this state. Repeals the current forest products harvest tax regime. Refers the Act to the people for their approval or rejection at the next general election.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1593

HB4100

Digest: Bans the recoupment of certain costs if the costs are from the fault of a utility. Makes an electric company make a report on any fire event that is caused by a power line. Allows the report to be used as evidence. Specifies the economic damages allowed for property damage caused by a wildfire.

Prohibits the recovery from customers of certain costs and expenses that a public utility incurs as a result of negligence or a higher degree of fault on the part of the public utility. Requires an investor-owned electric utility to provide an incident report to the Department of the State Fire Marshal and the State Forestry Department whenever a fire-related incident occurs that is caused by the utility’s electric power line and to provide a copy of the incident report to the Public Utility Commission. Provides that the incident report may be used as evidence. Specifies the recoverable economic damages allowed for damage or injury to property caused by a wildfire. Allows the use of other objectively verifiable information to determine fair market value.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4100

SB1559

Bill died in committee, see below

HB4132

Digest: The Act makes ODFW, SFWC and DSL amend their marine reserve programs. Requires the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of State Lands to implement the Ocean Policy Advisory Council recommendations to develop an adaptive management and social monitoring program to support marine reserves. Appropriates moneys to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement programs. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4132

SOCAN  Supporting Testimony submitted

SB1511

The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to create a grant program to help property owners with wildfire resilience.
The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to create a grant program to help property owners with wildfire resilience. The Act creates a fund related to the grant program. The Act directs the State Fire Marshal to report on the grant program. The Act directs agencies to plan for a program for certifying reduced wildfire risk for insurance purposes. The Act gives moneys to the State Fire Marshal for the grant program. The Act goes into effect when the Governor signs it. (Flesch Readability Score: 71.9). Directs the State Fire Marshal to establish a neighborhood protection cooperative grant program. Establishes the Neighborhood Protection Cooperative Grant Program Fund. Directs the Department of the State Fire Marshal to include status reports on the program in certain biannual reports. Directs the Department of Consumer and Business Services, the Department of the State Fire Marshal and the State Forestry Department to develop a plan and implementation timeline for establishing an insurance-related risk reduction certification program and report on the program on or before December 1, 2024. Appropriates moneys to the State Fire Marshal, out of the General Fund, for implementing the neighborhood protection cooperative grant program. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1511

Passed first committee, moved to Ways and Means.

HB4165

Digest: Requires ODOT to prepare and submit a report on the changes in the law that are needed to balance costs between light and heavy cars and trucks.

Requires the Department of Transportation to prepare and submit a report on the statutory changes necessary to balance transportation cost responsibility between light and heavy vehicles. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4165

HB4014

Digest: The Act allows agencies to award moneys under a grant program related to living with beavers on private land. The Act directs an agency and a committee to report on the grant program. The Act gives moneys to the agency for the grant program. The Act goes into effect on the 91st day after the 2024 session ends. ‘Follow-up from 2023 bill adjusting Beaver designation from predator’

Authorizes the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the State Fish and Wildlife Commission to award moneys from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund under a Landowners Living with Beavers Grant Program, on recommendations from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee. Directs the department and the committee to jointly report on the grant program to committees or interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to the environment on or before September 15, 2026. Appropriates moneys from the General Fund to the department for deposit in the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund for purposes related to the grant program. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4014

SOCAN Supporting Testimony submitted

SB1530

Gives money to OHCS, OHA, DHS, DOE and DAS for programs. Goes into effect when the Governor signs it. Appropriates moneys to the Housing and Community Services Department, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Human Services, State Department of Energy and Oregon Department of Administrative Services for various programs. Declares an emergency, effective on passage.

SB1537

Digest: The Act establishes HAPO to support and enforce housing laws; lets home builders use updated local rules; awards additional lawyer fees for housing appeals; gives grants and loans to encourage home building; creates a fund for grants to developers of affordable housing; makes cities approve changes to housing rules; makes cities expedite applications to build housing; lets cities change their growth boundaries; and gives money to DLCD, BO and OHCS for this Act. ‘Governor Kotek’s Urban Growth Boundary expansion proposal’

Requires the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Department of Consumer and Business Services to jointly establish and administer the Housing Accountability and Production Office. Requires the office to assist local governments and housing developers with housing laws. Authorizes the office to take certain actions to enforce housing laws. Becomes operative on July 1, 2025. Allows a housing developer with a pending application to opt in to amended local land use regulations. Expands eligibility for attorney fees for the appeal of a residential development proposal to include local governments and all needed housing. Establishes grant and loan programs within the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, Oregon Business Development Department and Housing and Community Services Department to support housing development. Authorizes cities and counties to adopt a program for awarding grants to developers of affordable housing and moderate income housing projects to finance certain costs associated with such housing projects. Directs the Housing and Community Services Department to develop a revolving loan program to make interest-free loans to participating cities and counties to fund the grants. Imposes an annual fee on each grantee developer in repayment of the loans. Provides for the distribution of the fee moneys first to fire districts for ad valorem property taxes and then to the department in repayment of the loan that funded the grant awarded to the developer. Requires local governments to approve certain adjustments to land use regulations for housing development within an urban growth boundary. Establishes alternate appellate procedures for the adjustments. Establishes an exemption process. Requires reporting to the Department of Land Conservation and Development on the use of adjustments. Requires the department to report biennially to an interim committee of the Legislative Assembly. Sunsets on January 2, 2032. Requires local governments to process certain applications relating to housing development as limited land use decisions. Sunsets on January 2, 2032. Develops alternative processes to amend urban growth boundaries to include up to 150 net residential acres per city. Provides for limitations and review by counties, Metro and the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the courts. Sunsets on January 2, 2033. Appropriates moneys to the Oregon Business Development Department, Housing and Community Services Department and Department of Land Conservation and Development for purposes of the Act. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1537

SOCAN Testimony Submitted – seeking amendments

SB1581

The Act makes an electric company report each year on the steps taken or being taken to be part of an energy market.

Requires an investor-owned utility that sells more than two million megawatt hours of electricity in a calendar year to report to the Legislative Assembly the activities, if any, that the investor-owned utility has taken or is taking toward participating in a regional energy market. ‘One of the OCEN bills’

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1581

SB1593

The Act would impose a new tax on the gross proceeds from the sale of unprocessed timber cut on private land larger than 500 acres held in common ownership.

The Act would provide funding to counties and to protect homes, neighborhoods and water supplies from wildfire damage. The Act would repeal the current forest products harvest tax. The Act will be referred to the people at the 2024 general election. (Flesch Readability Score: 63.3). Imposes a new tax on the gross proceeds from the sale of unprocessed timber harvested on private land in excess of 500 acres held in common ownership in this state. Repeals the current forest products harvest tax regime. Refers the Act to the people for their approval or rejection at the next general election.

Adjusted to ‘a study bill’ by Amendment -01

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1593

Senate Committee On Finance and Revenue

SB1596

Requires a person that makes electronic items for consumers to give on fair terms to people who look at, maintain or repair the items what they need to do effective maintenance or make effective repairs. ‘Right to Repair Bill’

Fair terms means, in part, giving independent people what they need on the same terms as people the maker authorizes to make repairs. Lets the state fine people who violate the Act. Takes effect 91 days after session ends. Requires an original equipment manufacturer to make available to an owner of consumer electronic equipment or an independent repair provider on fair and reasonable terms any documentation, tool, part or other device or implement that the original equipment manufacturer makes available to an authorized service provider for the purpose of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing consumer electronic equipment. Permits the Attorney General to make an investigative demand of a manufacturer that appears to have violated the Act. Specifies the contents of the investigative demand and the method of service. Subjects a manufacturer that violates the Act to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each day of the violation. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1596

Bills Presumed Dead

This presumption holds for bill that did not meet the deadline for passage out of the first chamber committee:

HB4106

The Act directs the State Forester to create harvest levels for cutting timber on state forestland. The Act directs the State Forester to develop a timber inventory model. The Act directs the State Forester to sell timber at the harvest level. The Act gives moneys to the State Forester.

Directs the State Forester to establish sustainable harvest levels for harvesting timber on state forestland and develop a timber inventory model to inform sustainable harvest levels. Directs the State Forester to offer timber for sale at the sustainable harvest level, annually report on sales of timber relative to the sustainable harvest level and address any shortfall in timber sales. Confers standing on certain persons to challenge a failure to address a shortfall. Directs the State Forester to adopt sustainable harvest levels, forest management plans and related significant policy documents by rule. Establishes certain requirements for judicial review of the rules. Makes certain changes concerning forest management reports by the State Forester. Appropriates moneys to the State Forester out of the General Fund for developing a timber inventory model and a sustainable harvest level. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/HB4106

SOCAN Testimony in opposition submitted

SB1528

The Act would create a fund for grants to developers of affordable housing.

Authorizes cities and counties to adopt a program for awarding grants to developers of affordable housing and moderate income housing projects to finance certain costs associated with such housing projects. Directs the Housing and Community Services Department to develop a revolving loan program to make interest-free loans to participating cities and counties to fund the grants. Imposes an annual fee on each grantee developer in repayment of the loans. Provides for the distribution of the fee moneys first to fire districts for ad valorem property taxes and then to the department in repayment of the loan that funded the grant awarded to the developer. Takes effect on the 91st day following adjournment sine die.
https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1528

SB1559

This Act changes the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.

The Act changes the term “global warming” to “climate change” in some laws. The Act declares an emergency and takes effect when it passes.  Modifies state greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Replaces the term “global warming” with “climate change” in provisions related to the Oregon Climate Action Commission. Declares an emergency, effective on passage. ‘This updated the 2007 voluntary targets’

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2024R1/Measures/Overview/SB1559

Public Hearing Held, no Work Session – Considered Dead.  This was an important bill that updated emissions goals consistent with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommendations.  Senators piddle around with whether ‘goals’ should be ‘targets’ or ‘aspirations.’  Failure of this bill demonstrates that some Senators on this committee don’t appreciate the urgency.