House Higher Education Committee:
On Monday, a public hearing was held on HB 3009 and HB 3114. HB 3009 would provide certain persons with rights to possess firearms on college or university grounds and HB 3114 would permit community colleges districts to establish police departments.
On Wednesday, work sessions were held for two bills. HB 2178 would provide loan forgiveness to such students who agree to manage medical clinics in the underserved areas. The bill was voted out of committee and I voted yes. HB 3038 would appropriate moneys from General Fund to Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development for work ready community programs, employer workforce training and back to work programs. The bill was voted out of committee but I voted no. The bill has no policy statement.
On Friday, we had a work session on two bills. HB 2154 would require community colleges and public universities to form achievement compact advisory committees and specifies membership and duties. It passed the committee but I voted no. HB 2898 would allow students with disabilities to earn credit at a community college or public university as part of transition services. The bill passed out of committee and I voted yes.
House Education Committee:
On Monday, we passed out of committee HB 2426. This bill directs school districts to adopt policies for the use of personal electric devices. I voted yes.
On Wednesday, we passed HB 3474 and HB 2150. I voted NO on both.
On Friday, we passed ten bills: HB 3014, HB 2192, HB 2748, HB 3254, HB 2153, HB 2875, HB 3093, HB 3394, HB 2743, and HB 3401. I voted NO on HB 2748, HB 2153, HB 3095, and HB 3401. HB 3401 is a bill which benefits a specific Education Service District. It protects the Lane ESD remaining school districts if Eugene school district opts out of the ESD.
House Human Services & Housing Committee:
On Monday, we held a work session on HB 3301 which authorizes an owner of a lot in a planned community or unit in condominium to install and use electric vehicle charging station. The bill passed out of committee and I voted in support of this bill.
On Wednesday, we passed and I voted yes on HB 2205A, HB 2055 and HB 3440. Then, we had testimony on HB 3131 related to staffing at the State Hospital.
On Friday, we passed with a 6-3 vote HB 2639 which is chief-sponsored by Speaker Kotek. The bill requires rental property owners to comply with new policies concerning "Section 8" low income renters and sets up a taxpayer fund with additional state employees to compensate renters whose property is damaged or due rent after accepting "Section 8" renters taxpayer provided vouchers. I voted NO on the bill which I believe in fact will result in less rental property owners accepting "Section 8" renters. I requested amendments to the bill to protect the owners but the amendments will not be accepted.