Carla's 2019 Legislative Priorities Tracker
Thank you for visiting the Team Piluso priorities tracker!
I am committed to creating a fair opportunity economy, public safety, a welcoming Oregon, and a sustainable future. My priority bills from 2019 are listed below, along with what happened in 2019. We have also linked to each bill's page on OLIS, the Oregon Legislative Information System. You can use OLIS to find a copy of any bill that has been introduced, accompanying testimony, and public meeting times.
Some of these bills are complicated and subject to change through the committee amendment process. If you have a question or comment about what a bill does, please feel free to contact my office. You can click here for information about how to testify on a bill, and here for information on how a bill gets passed.
HB 2818: Age Discrimination in the Workplace
I introduced this bill to make it easier to prove age discrimination and enforce laws against it. Age discrimination is one of the most pervasive forms of bias Oregonians experience at work, but many employees have no recourse when they face unfair practices related to their age.
Status: In House Business and Labor Committee; Public hearing on 3/13; Died in committee. Did not pass in 2019.
SB 608: Tenant Protections
This bill makes two major changes to protect Oregon tenants: it stabilizes rents by limiting rent increases to 7% per year in most cases, and it makes no-cause evictions illegal in most cases.
Status: Passed Senate on 2/12; Passed House on 2/26; Signed by Governor on 2/28; Effective February 28, 2019
SB 321: Innocence Project
I'm partnering with Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) and the Oregon Innocence Project on this bill, which will make it easier for wrongly convicted people to get DNA evidence tested. Current Oregon law makes it almost impossible for people already in prison to access the tools to prove their innocence.
Status: In Senate Judiciary Committee; Public hearing on 2/11; Work session on 4/4 and 4/8; Senate Judiciary Committee recommended that SB 321 pass with amendments; Passed Senate on 4/23; SB 321 is in the House Judiciary Committee and had a public hearing on 5/6 and a work session on 5/8; Passed House 5/30; Governor signed 6/13; Effective January 1, 2020
SB 978: Big Gun Bill
This bill is a combination of several gun regulation
concepts that have come up this session. It contains a variety of gun safety
provisions, such as requirements for safe storage of guns and reporting of lost
or stolen firearms, allowing the use of a minimum age in gun sales, some
supervision provisions for firearm use by minors, and regulation of 3-D printed
Status: In Senate Judiciary Committee; Public hearing on 4/2; Work session on 4/9; SB 978 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now in the Rules Committee. This bill is no longer moving forward this session. Did not pass in 2019.
HB 2508: Refugee Services Funding
My bill will provide funding to support voluntary resettlement agencies, who do important work to help refugee Oregonians get on the path to stability.
Status: In House Human Services and Housing Committee; Public hearing on 2/27; Work session on 3/13; House Human Services and Housing Committee recommended that HB 2508 pass with ammendments; Passed Ways and Means 6/20; Passed House floor 6/25; Passed Senate floor 6/29; Governor signed 7/23. Effective July 23, 2019
SB 263: Tuition Equity for New Oregonians
This bill will extend in-state tuition and scholarships to refugees, special immigrant visa holders, and COFA migrants, to make education more accessible and help these groups succeed.
Status: In Senate Education Committee; Public hearing on 3/11; Work session on 3/25. Senate Education Committee recommended that SB 263 pass with ammendments; died in Ways and Means Committee. Did not pass in 2019.
HB 2020: Clean Energy Jobs
This policy has been in the works for years. Via a cap-and-invest system, it will reduce greenhouse emissions and while preparing Oregon for a future with less carbon and investing in well-paid jobs.
Status: In Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction; Public hearing on 3/1 at The Dalles Civic Auditorium and 3/2 at Central Oregon Community College in Bend; Work session on 3/25, 3/29, 4/1, 4/5, 5/3, 5/6, 5/10, 5/13, and 5/17. Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction recommended that HB 2020 pass with amendments; Passed the House 6/17; Did not pass the Senate.
HB 2509: Sustainable Shopping
This bill will end the use of single-use plastic bags that pollute our air and waterways, while also making compliance easier on businesses by stopping the patchwork of municipal policies across the state.
Status: In House Energy and Environment Committee; Public hearing on 2/19; Work session on 4/4; Energy and Enviornment Committee recommended that HB 2509 pass with amendments; HB 2509 was sent to the Rules Committee where there was a public hearing & work session on 4/22; Passed House on 4/25; Passed Senate 6/11; Governor signed 6/20; Effective January 1, 2020