January Special Election Costs

As the result of a referendum against portions of 2017 House Bill 2391 (commonly known as the “hospital provider tax”), the legislature amended 2017 Senate Bill 229 (Sections 55 et seq) to call a special election on January 23, [...]

2018-06-07T10:57:21+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Governance|

Pay Equity Rules

In 2017, the Oregon legislature enacted House Bill (HB) 2005, commonly known as the “Pay Equity Bill.”  Focused on remedying discrimination against protected classes of persons (such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital [...]

2018-06-07T10:53:28+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Governance|

Local Building Code Programs

The ongoing saga over what a local building code program may delegate to third party contractors continues.  Purportedly based on an Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) legal opinion, on April 23, 2018, the Building Codes Division [...]

2018-06-07T10:51:01+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Governance|

Property Tax Reform Reopened

It was simply a discussion item on the September 20 agenda of the Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue, but the fact that the subject of "property tax relief" was there at all shows the determination [...]

2017-09-27T13:31:51+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Governance|

Final Sprint to Sine Die

"Surprise" is an Entry in the Race When it became clear to the core legislative leadership that there is a balanced 2017-19 budget in hand, the race was on to the close of the 79th [...]

2017-07-03T13:59:22+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Categories: Governance|