Our Pledge to Every Oregonian
2019 Legislative Successes
Ensuring Government is Responsive and Effective
Reform: Before the passage of
HB 2983, non-profit organizations could contribute virtually unlimited amounts
of money to campaigns, allowing organizations to take partisan political
actions while concealing who is paying for them and maintaining their
tax-exempt status. HB 2983 provides transparency into these independent
expenditures by requiring organizations that make political communications in
excess of specified amounts (e.g., $25,000 per legislative race) to disclose
information related to donations that exceed $10,000.
Contribution Limits: HB 2714 enacts limits on campaign contributions that may be
accepted by candidates and political committees. It requires political
committees to identify as caucus, measure, multicandidate, political party,
recall or small donor political committee, and prohibits individuals from
controlling more than one of each committee.
Ending the Lobby
HB 2595 updates Oregon’s “revolving door” statute to prohibit former
legislators from receiving compensation for lobbying for one year after the
member ceases to hold office.
Rights Act: HB 3310 A creates a
state law similar to Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits
the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of certain immutable
characteristics. The prohibition applies to school districts, education service
districts, and community college districts, providing both a cause of action
and a mechanism by which district boards may modify their election systems.
Vote: SB 870 enacts the
Interstate Compact for Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by
National Popular Vote.
Transparency: HB 2353 allows the
Attorney General, a district attorney, or a court to require a public body to
pay a penalty of $200 for failing to respond to a public records request in a
Paid Postage: SB 861 requires the state to provide every
Oregon voter with a postage paid return envelope for their ballot beginning in
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