We are entering the final week of the Legislative session!  After working a full Saturday the House adjourned till Wednesday, allowing members to head home for the holiday weekend.  The Senate, however, will reconvene on Monday morning. Oregon’s Constitutional Sine Die is July 10. There are still a handful of major bills pending, include many of which are reflected below.

Senate Bill (SB) 867 – Maritime Workforce  

The Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee held a public hearing and work session for SB 867, which creates a Task Force on Maritime Sector Workforce Development. AOC will provide staff support for the Task Force, which sunsets in 2018. Representative Brock Smith and Senator Roblan spoke in support of their bill. The Committee also heard supportive testimony from Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt, as well as individuals with experience with maritime programs in Astoria, Tillamook and Scappoose.

ACTION: The Senate passed SB 867 unanimously and is awaiting final consideration in the House.

Senate Bill (SB) 333 – Oregon Industrial Site Readiness Program  

Requires the Oregon Business Development Department to consult with Em