2024 Legislation

This year, Oregon's Legislature will hold a "short" session, running February 5 through March 10.
Things happen fast during a short session, so check back often for updates and action alerts! 

The COIN Legislative Team will, once again, be watching and participating in hearings, watching for bills that reflect the values of our members, and making recommendations for endorsement or opposition. 

Please scroll down on this page to see bills we are tracking, organized by categories. Note that some of the bills may be ENDORSED by COIN, others OPPOSED by COIN, and still others are being WATCHED by COIN, as amendments and further work on the bills continue. COIN volunteers won't be able to track all of the bills, but will focus on those that potentially have the most impact on the things our members value.  Also, watch closely for any ACTION ALERTS for bills. We'll post these when there are bills that need some help from COIN members - calling your state senator or rep, submitting testimony, or spreading the word on social media.  Submitting testimony is really important and it doesn't have to be difficult or scary. It can be as simple as a couple of sentences about why you support or oppose a bill. For some excellent tips on how to provide written or oral testimony on a bill, check out SOCAN's Testimony Tips.  

If you know of a bill you think COIN should be tracking, email us at COINLegTeam@gmail.com.  Here's a description of the process that COIN uses to endorse or oppose legislation.  If you are interested in helping track legislation with us, please sign up here.  

To learn more about tracking legislation on the OLIS (Oregon Legislative Information System) website, check out this great  video by Cheryl Conway,  OLIS for Beginners, and also this great primer by Alan Journet, What's an OLIS?

You can also check out the legislation COIN endorsed and opposed in 2022 and 2023

Our volunteers are tracking a lot of bills on a variety of topics. Here's a list of the topics in order, so you can click on any of the following and jump to the topic of your choice, or you can scroll down through all of the bills in the sections below.

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View the daily schedule for Legislative Committee Meetings HERE

You can look for meetings today or pick a new date as shown in the graphic to the right. You can search for meetings by committe or specific bills using the links In the upper right corner of this page.  

Session announcements and bill status are accurate as of: Monday 2/19/24 12:00PM

Topic: Climate, Energy and Environment

HB 4083 - The COAL Act   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
The COAL Act sets the goal of moving our state’s investments out of dirty coal and keeping Oregon pensions and state finances safe. It will direct the Treasury to 1) Phase out publicly traded investments in coal,  2) Halt new investments in coal, and 3) Report on the phase out of coal. COIN is a member of the Divest Oregon coalition that worked with legislators over the past year to develop this bill.  This bill had a public hearing on Feb 8 with the Committee On Emergency Management, General Government. You can watch the recorded hearing HERE.  A work session was held on Feb 15 at 1:00 PM. You can watch the recorded session HEREThe bill passed out of committee on Feb 15 with a 4-3 vote (on party lines).

MOVEMENT ALERT: Passed the HOUSE 33-24 on Monday Feb 19. Will have first reading in the Senate Feb 20.

ACTION ALERT: This bill will had a public hearing in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Feb 22. You can view the recording HERE.  You can submit written testimony HERE until 1:00 PM Saturday Feb 24. A work session has been scheduled for Tuesday Feb 27 at 1:00 PM. You can find the link to watch that live work session or the recording afterwards HERE

SB 1559 - Climate Target Modernization   COIN has ENDORSED this billNo further action is expected.
This bill will update Oregon's long outdated climate goals and align them with the best available current science. It will update our GHG emissions reduction targets from those established in 2007 via HB 3543 as a totally inadequate and purely voluntary target of 75% below 1990 levels by 2050 to 95% below 1990 levels. The bill also includes interim targets of 45% below 1990 levels by 2030, to 70% below by 2040. Additionally, this bill will also establish the first-ever target for Oregon to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050. 

A public hearing was held scheduled Tuesday Feb 13. Watch the recorded hearing HERE. Nothing further has been scheduled as of Feb 20.  

HB 4015 - Energy Storage Siting    COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This bill does three things. (1) It adds a definition of Battery Energy Storage Systems (“BESS”) in state statute; (2) It states that a battery sited in location with an existing generating facility does not require a separate, additional site certificate; and (3) most importantly, clarifies that BESS projects may be permitted at the state Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC). Many rural counties don’t have the capacity to do the necessary facility analysis and will need the help of the EFSC for siting to proceed. It is one significant piece of a larger strategy to help Oregon reach its clean energy and climate goals.
This bill had a hearing on Wednesday Feb 7 at 3:00 PM in the House Committee on Climate, Energy and Environment. The recording is available HERE.  A work session was held on Feb 14 and the committee voted 9-1 to pass this bill along. You can watch the recording HERE.

MOVEMENT ALERT: On Feb 15, this bill passed the HOUSE with bipartisan support, 44-13. Had its first reading in the Senate Feb 19.

ACTION ALERT: This bill will had a public hearing in the Senate Energy and Environment Committee on Feb 22. You can view the recording HERE.  You can submit written testimony HERE until 1:00 PM Saturday Feb 24. A work session has been scheduled for Tuesday Feb 27 at 1:00 PM. You can find the link to watch that live work session or the recording afterwards HERE

HB 4080 A - Roadmap for Offshore Wind Energy    COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
The AFL-CIO originated this bill to push for labor standards for construction and manufacturing “if and when” Floating OffShore Wind (FOSW) development is initiated by the Federal Government. The Oregon Consensus project added components for ensuring participation of fishing, tribal and environmental communities. The bill provides resources to the Department of Land Conservation and Development to design a “Roadmap" to bring together state agencies, labor groups, port and fishing interests, and tribal nations to ensure Federal engagement meets State standards and needs. This bill is “agnostic”: it does not take a position on whether FOSW projects should be developed on the Oregon coast. 

This bill had a hearing on Wednesday Feb 7 at 8:00 AM in the House Committee on Business and Labor. View the recording of the hearing HERE. A work session was held on Feb 14. You can watch the recorded work session HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: The committee voted 6-5 to pass this bill after amendment. The bill has been referred to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact committee members and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

SB 1581 A - Reporting Status of Regional Energy Market   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Requires investor-owned utilities that sell more than two million megawatts per year (in other words, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power) to report to the legislature annually on any steps taken or being considered to participate in a regional energy market. This seemingly innocuous bill is important because the utilities appear close to reaching a decision to join one of two “day-ahead regional markets.” If one set of Northwest utilities joins one market and the other set join the other, most Oregonians and the climate would lose.  The greatest benefit for Oregon and the Northwest will come from a West-wide market that enhances resource and load diversity across the largest possible footprint.  Utilities need to consider the impact of their pending decision from a broad public interest perspective. Their decisions will affect all Oregonians and the entire region and not just their own operations and the segment of the region’s transmission system they happen to control. Thus, it is important for the Oregon legislature with its mandate to represent all Oregonians to be kept informed and, when appropriate, offer guidance. This bill had a public hearing and work session Tuesday Feb 13 in the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment.  You can watch the recording HERE

ACTION ALERT: This bill passed the full Senate on Feb 21 with a bipartisan vote of 24-6. It is now scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee On Climate, Energy, and Environment  on Monday Feb 26 at 3:00 PM.  You can submit written testimony HERE or register to testify HERE.  A work session has also been scheduled for Wednesday Feb 28 at 3:00 PM. You can find links to watch the live hearing or work session, or view the recording afterward HERE.

HB 4014-3 - Landowners Living with Beavers Grant Program    COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
Beavers are an important keystone species throughout Oregon, but they can cause damage to property and crops and have thus been the target of extermination efforts for decades. This is a proposal for a $1.5 million grant program fund that incentivizes private landowners to engage and implement non-lethal coexistence strategies. It will be administered through the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund under ODFW as flexible block grants up to $50K until the fund runs out. The program will allow for some funds to be allocated for technical assistance. Eligible entities to apply for grants include watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, and nonprofits.

This bill had its first hearing on Monday Feb 5. You can view the recording HERE. A work session was held Feb 14. You can watch the recording HERE. This bill had another work session Monday Feb 19. You can view that work session recording HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 10-0. Referred to Joint Ways & Means Committee.

SB 1596-15 - Right to Repair   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This bill requires makers of electronics to provide consumers what they need to do effective repairs and maintenance. Many electronic devices can be more expensive to repair that to purchase a new device, which results in a lot of waste and  environmental degredation. It also makes such devices inaccessible to many.  This bill was endorsed by COIN in the 2023 Legislative Session, but it did not pass. Let's work extra hard to get it passed this year.

This bill had a public hearing on Thursday Feb 8 in the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment. Due to the large number of people testifying and the committee questions too many, the hearing was extended to Tuesday Feb 13 with a work session to follow. You can watch the recorded Feb 8 hearing HERE and you can view the Feb 13 recording HERE. The bill was passed out of committee with amendment by a vote of 4-1. A 2nd reading was held Monday Feb 19

MOVEMENT ALERT:  After a 3rd reading, the bill passed the full Senate 25-5 Tuesday Feb 20.  It has been assigned to the House Business and Labor Committee. If your representative is on this committee, consider sending them an email to urge them to keep this bill moving forward. 

SB 1593-1 - Fire Safe Communities   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill, sponsored by Senator Golden, calls for a study of the forest harvest tax, which has been reduced over the last decades, and the study will investigate need for a gradual increase in this tax and will be based on timber property size. The study will also investigate how best to distribute the revenue to the Department of Forestry, to timber communities and local taxing districts, to the Oregon Fire Marshal for risk reduction, and to the Watershed Enhancement Board for restoration of water supplies damaged by wildfire and logging. Referred to the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee.

ACTION ALERT: The public hearing scheduled for Tuesday Feb 20 was canceled! No additional testimony is currently being accepted. We are hoping the hearing will be rescheduled soon. Please contact committee members and ask that they get this important study bill through committee so it has time to pass in both chambers.

HB 4132 A - Marine Reserves   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill will implement recommendations of a 10-year assessment of the Ocean Policy Advisory Council to develop an adaptive management and social monitoring program to support marine reserves.  This bill would likely have passed last year if not for the senate GOP walkout. 

This bill had a public hearing on Tuesday Feb 6. You can view the recording HERE. A work session was held Wednesday Feb 8. Watch the work session recording HERE.

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by the House Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water with a 9-0 vote. It is currently assigned to the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources

ACTION ALERT! The original bill provided for a budget of $800,000 for the program.  However, the -1 amendment that was adopted eliminated this funding, but we anticipate that some funding will be restored by the Joint Ways & Means Committee. Based on the assessment of other environmental groups, we believe the budget needed for this program is closer to $1.2 million, and we recommend contacting the Subcommittee Members and urging them to restore and even increase the budget to $1.2 million.

SB 1511 A - Neighborhood Fire Protection Grant Program   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This bill will provide grants for neighborhoods to work together, under direction of the state fire marshall or conservation districts, to help property owners with wildfire resilience. It will direct agencies to plan for a program for certifying reduced wildfire risk for insurance purposes. This bill had a hearing on Feb 8 (watch the recording HERE). A work session was held Feb 13 (watch the recording HERE). 

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 5-0 Feb 19 and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact committee members and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

HB 4112-4 - Clean Technology Leadership  COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
COIN endorsed this bill during the 2023 session but it didn't pass. We're hoping to see it through this session. If adopted, this bill will enhance Oregon's competitiveness in attracting, expanding, and sustaining in-state clean energy manufacturing through incentives ($20 million in a new Clean Technology Manufacturing Opportunity Fund), procurement, and an Advisory Council.

The House Committee on Climate, Energy, and Environment held a public hearing for this bill on Feb 12 (view recording HERE) and then carried it over to Feb 14 (view recording HERE). A work session was held Monday Feb 19. You can view the recorded session HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 7-3 Feb 19 and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact committee members and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

SB 1561 A - Monsanto Settlement Disbursement COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill establishes a council with authority to disburse funds received from the settlement with Monsanto involving PCB's. Portions of the funds will be distributed to the Disproportionately Impacted Communities Fund and the Tribal Nations Natural Resources Program Fund. Groups generally support this bill but several request an expansion of the wording to include restoration projects, as intended in the original settlement document. An amendment has been introduced to satisfy that concern.

 The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildfire held public hearing Thursday Feb 8. View the recorded hearing HERE.  A work session was held Tuesday Feb 13 and you can view the recording HERE.

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 5-0 and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources.  This committee held a work session Feb 21, and returned the bill to the full committee. HERE is a link for viewing the recording.

HB 4148  Wildlife Omnibus Bill  COIN is WATCHING this bill, endorsement pending.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Many species of wildlife are having a very difficult time in this state. If passed, HB 4148 would: protect migrating wildlife from getting hit by vehicles, address native species impacted by nonnatives, provide grants to wildlife rehabilitators to support and enhance their efforts to care for injured wildlife (a service that has no permanent funding source from the state that benefits from their work), and provides funds for the state’s veterinary lab and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to identify and prevent disease spread (just 2 examples: CWD (deer) and WNS (bats)). WHAT IT DOES: Directs the ODFW to expand programs related to wildlife disease. Directs the department to establish a wildlife coexistence program. Makes certain changes concerning a program to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Directs the Invasive Species Council to undertake a review of council programs and activities regarding non-native invasives. Appropriates moneys out of the General Fund for implementing the expansion, review, new program(s) and changes to wildlife programs. 

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill had a public hearing on Feb 6 (view recording HERE) and a work session on Feb 13 (view recording HERE) and was passed with amendment by the House Committee On Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water  by a vote of 8-0. It is now assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee, awaiting funding decisions. 

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the Joint Ways & Means Committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. You can also contact your own legislators and ask them to support it. To find your senator's and rep's contact info, click here and enter your address.

Funding the Climate Budget   COIN supports funding these programs.
There are several programs that resulted from legislation passed last year that need additional funding this year.  The funding will potentially be part of bills yet to be determined. Here are the five programs:

ACTION ALERT: Contact your state senator and state representative and urge them to support much-needed funding for strong climate action in this year's budget, including funding for the above programs. Feel free to copy and past the above info! To find contact information for your senator and rep, go HERE and enter your address. 

HB 4106 - Logging Over Habitat Conservation    COIN OPPOSES this bill.  
The bill is clearly an effort by the timber industry to undo the current Habitat Conservation Plan from the State

Forester that has been under consideration. The bill would require the State Forester to develop a model for managing state forests that prioritizes logging. The bill notes there has been an emphasis on environmental and habitat conservation concerns which drive the current Habitat Conservation Plan under consideration. The bill directs the State Forester to develop an inventory of timber on the state forests; project the yield and growth of the inventory of the timber for 100 years; and develop a sustainable harvest level that maximizes the net present value of the land. The bill is currently  in the House Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water.  A public hearing was held Tuesday Feb 20. A recording of the hearing is available HERE.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: We'd like to give lots of thanks to the dozens and dozens of individuals, many of whom are part of our COIN network, who have already submitted testimony opposing this bill. Check out this very impressive list of testimonies

HB 4133 - Wildfire Prevention and Suppression   COIN OPPOSES this bill.
This bill shifts more responsibility for wildfire prevention and suppression onto taxpayers, effectively giving a tax break to timber companies and large landowners. The bill establishes the State Forestry Department Large Wildfire Fund to be funded by appropriations by the legislature and makes other changes to fire protection districts, the Emergency Fire Cost Committee, and the Oregon Forest Land Protection Fund.  The bill potentially would shift $7 million annually from timber companies and large ranch owners onto taxpayers for firefighting efforts that would protect timber and ranching interests. Sen. Steiner who has championed the bill is quoted as saying, “You can make an argument that we’re letting them off easy, or that we’re giving them the big tax break….And I’m gonna say, I don’t know, you may be right.” 

MOVEMENT ALERT: There was a public hearing in the House Revenue Committee Tuesday Feb 13 and another on Feb 14. Watch Feb 13 recording HERE. Watch the Feb 14 recording HERE.  An informational hearing  was held on Feb 22. You can view the recording HERE

Topic: Homelessness and Affordable Housing

SB 1537 A - Housing Production Package   COIN is WATCHING this bill.
This bill is a top priority for Governor Kotek, and while we support much of the bill's content, we had concerns about the provision that would cities a one-time expansion of their urban growth boundaries (UGBs) by at least 75 or 150 acres. Our primary concern was that this temporary suspension of Oregon's land use laws would result in construction of mostly private-sector, high-end housing, and will undermine the intention of this bill - to facilitate the building of housing most needed for middle and lower-income Oregonians. Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) describes some additional concerns with SB 1537 in this email message.  This bill had a public hearing Feb 8 in the Senate Committee on Housing and Development. You can watch the recorded session HERE. A work session was held on Feb 13. Watch the recorded session HERE.

UPDATE:  In a great example of how our actions can make a difference, this bill was amended to reduce the allowed UGB expansion by one-third, which partially meets some of our concerns. Additionally, some of the bill's elements that we previously supported (the infrastructure investments and climate-smart housing incentives) have been moved to a different bill - SB 1530, which we are currently also watching. 

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 5-0 and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee.

SB 1530 A - Funding for Housing Programs   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This bill will fund several housing programs: Housing and Community Services Department, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Human Services, State Department of Energy and Oregon Department of Administrative Services for various programs. Some of the elements we supported from SB 1537 above, were moved into this bill, specifically, the infrastructure investments and climate-smart housing incentives. The -3 amendment adds $100 million to such housing development and the hope is that the bill will be further amended to specifically target projects inside current UGBs that are shovel-ready now. If passed, this bill will provide funds to specific agencies and community organizations that run a variety of supportive housing programs, including renter assistance, housing stability, resident outreach, emergency shelters, and housing preservation.  However, the funding is not quite as much as many groups would like to see. 350 PDX has submitted testimony in support of this bill but with requests for additional funding that align with the Climate Budget goals (above) which COIN supports. 

MOVEMENT ALERT: A public hearing and work session for SB 1530 were held on Feb 13 (view recording HERE) where it passed with the -3 amendment by a vote of 5-0. Next it moves to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact members of this committee and urge them to increase the funding and pass this bill. 

Topic: Health Care

Measure 110: Recriminalize or not?  
There have been over a dozen bills introduced this session to change some or all of the major components of Measure 110. While the COIN team is analyzing these proposals, please be aware the coalition that wants to keep measure 110 unchanged is having a lobby day in Salem on February 14th. Details on the ACLU Oregon website HERE. They oppose both the democrat and republican proposals for change. 

HB 4002-1 – Democratic proposal to “fix” Measure 110  COIN is WATCHING this bill.

The amended wording can be found HERE, and according to our analysis includes these points:


Oregon Chapter of American College of Physicians supports the measure but the ACLU and the vast majority of testimony submitted so far has opposed the measure. Many organizations support some parts of the bill and oppose others. See the COIN worksheet below for more details.

The Joint Committee on Addiction and Community Safety held a public hearing Wednesday Feb 7 at 5:00PM. The recording of this hearing is available HERE

SB 1555 - Makes Public Drug Use a Crime  COIN OPPOSES this bill.  

This measure would return us to addressing drug use primarily through the criminal justice system rather than the health care system, a criminal justice system that rarely includes addiction treatment in its jails and does not have enough public defenders or court personnel to prosecute the crimes currently before it. SB 1555 does the following:

The Joint Committee on Addiction and Community Safety held a public hearing Wednesday Feb 7. The recording of this hearing is available HERE.

HB 4130 - Corporate Practice of Medicine Ban   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Corporatization significantly increases the costs of health care. This bill protects against the corporatization of health care in Oregon. 

Supported by Oregon Nurses Association, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Physicians, Oregon Pediatric Society, and other health care related groups.  A public hearing was held Wednesday Feb 7 at 3:00PM. The recording of this meeting is available HERE. A work session was held on Feb 14 (view recording HERE) and has been carried over to Monday Feb 19. This bill passed out of committee with the -6 amendment by a vote of 7-4

ACTION ALERT:  Yay! This bill passed the full House on Feb 22 with a bipartisan vote of 42-12.  It has now been referred to the Senate Committee on Health Care, where it will have a public hearing and possible work session on Wednesday Feb 28 at 1:00 PM. Contact Committee Members and urge them to pass this bill. You can register to testify HERE or submit written testimony HERE until 1:00 PM on Friday March 1. And you find the link to watch the public hearing/work session HERE

HB 4017 - Mobile Crisis Response Units Study   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.  No further action is expected.

This bill directs the OHA to study ways to increase the number, capacity and effectiveness of local mobile behavioral health crisis response teams.  The best example of a successful mobile crisis unit is in Eugene, called CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets).  This program supports local police  depts in handling many social service-type calls that involve mental health, drug-related health care or non-emergency medical care.  A local mental health clinic staffs the unit, using City of Eugene vehicles. Assigned to the House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care.

SB 1536 - Abortion Restrictions  COIN OPPOSES this bill.  No further action is expected.

A bill like this, which would seriously restrict the reproductive rights of women, has no place here in Oregon where we value freedom and equality for all.  Assigned to the Senate Health Care Committee

HB 4070-5 - School Based Health Centers Expansion   COIN is WATCHING this bill, endorsement pending.

This bill provides greatly needed expansion and renovations for school based health centers, in particular, for mental and behavioral health services. The bill sets a minimum for grants that must be adjusted for inflation. Ten school districts will be selected to receive planning grants and technical assistance, and with these resources the districts will come up with a plan that identifies and addresses the needs in the district and then contract with nonprofits to implement these health initiatives and services. There is a directive to engage with culturally specific organizations that can provide culturally and language specific services. Also, the bill would direct OHA to develop a statewide grant program to increase and improve school-based health services for mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment through grants and reimbursements. Finally, additional funds would be directed to construction and renovation of school based health centers and for necessary equipment. Originally assigned to the House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care.

MOVEMENT ALERT: A public hearing was held Feb 5 (recording HERE) followed later by a work session Feb 14 (recording HERE) where it passed with the -5 amendment by a vote of 10-1. The amendment reduced one of the funding recommendations. Assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee awaiting funding decisions. 

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the Joint Ways & Means Committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. You can also contact your own legislators and ask them to support it. To find your senator's and rep's contact info, click here and enter your address.

Topic:  Protecting Democracy

HJR 202 - Changing the Quorum Rule   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
The Simple Majority Quorum Referral is a bicameral resolution as a first step in amending the Oregon state constitution to end the chaos caused by legislators’ walkouts. It requires a simple majority of 50 + 1 rather than the current 2/3 of the members of the House and the Senate to be present to conduct the state’s business that they were elected to perform.  HJR202 refers the proposed amendment to Oregonians for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election.  It is a priority issue for Democrats but we realize that Republicans could sabotage the 2024 session over this or any other bills they don't like, especially after losing the recent Oregon Supreme Court decision related to their previous walkout. Currently assigned to the House Rules Committee.

Topic: Campaign Finance Reform / Election Reform

HB 4024 - (Fake) Campaign Finance Reform    COIN OPPOSES this bill.  

The original wording of this bill requires the Secretary of State to study ways to improve campaign finance. This is a placeholder bill, and may be used as a last-minute submission from legislators to attempt campaign finance reform. See the OPB reports on these efforts here OPB: Business and Labor Negotiating Campaign Finance Package CFR 2.9.24 and OPB: Business and Labor Negotiating Campaign Finance Package CFR 2.15.24 


The efforts by legislators in the past have been unacceptable to COIN so we will be paying close attention to this bill or any other submitted related to CFR. Groups who support real campaign finance reform will compare any HB4024 wording to Initiative Petition 9, which has an excellent chance of qualifying for the November 2024 election. COIN has endorsed IP 9 as the gold standard for CFR. You can read more about IP 9 HERE at the Honest Elections Oregon website. This bill has been assigned to the House Rules Committee, which is one of the committees for which public hearing and work session deadlines do not apply. 

ACTION ALERT! The House Rules Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Friday Feb 23 at 12:00pm. Please note: the public hearing is scheduled to take testimony on the bill as amended by the -3 amendments. These amendments are available on OLIS! Our friends at Honest Elections and Common Cause have concluded that these amendments do not represent real campaign finance reform. They have prepared the documents linked above, listing their concerns and offering some talking points for us to use. You can register to testify HERE or submit written testimony HERE until noon Sunday. HERE is a link for viewing the session live.  Watch this space for updates. 

SB 1589 - Eliminating Vote-By-Mail   COIN is WATCHING this bill, opposition pending.

This bill would do away with Oregon’s vote by mail system and require in person voting on election day as the standard method of voting. Voters would be required to show a photo ID to vote. There would be some exceptions for those who can’t vote in person on election day, for military and overseas voters, and voters with a mailing address outside Oregon. In those situations, the voters could vote by mail but must show a photo ID when requesting a ballot and must return the ballot by election day; the state would not pay for postage. 

Topic: Agriculture

HB 4049 A - PFAS in Biosolids  COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Directs the Oregon State University Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences of Oregon State University to conduct a study of the fate and transport of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in biosolids that are applied to agricultural fields across this state. PFAS are toxic in small quantities. They are persistent and bioaccumulative and are not known to break down in the environment. When biosolids containing PFAS are applied to agricultural fields, the PFAS may be taken up by plants and even potentially by animals that eat those plants.
A public hearing was held Thursday Feb 8 at 3:00PM. View the recorded hearing HERE.  A work session was held Tuesday Feb 13 which you can view HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT:  The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 8-0 with one excused absent and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact members of this committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

HB 4059 A - Brassica Canola Study   COIN is WATCHING this bill.

This bill requires the study of the production of specific species in the brassica family and its impact on the Willamette Valley Protected District farmers. 

The House Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water held a public hearing on Feb 13 (watch the recorded hearing HERE). A work session was held on Feb 15 (watch the recording HERE). 

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed by the full House on Feb 22 with a vote of 32-25. It now moves to the Senate Committee On Natural Resources and Wildfire, and is awaiting a public hearing. 

Topic:  Immigration and Social Justice

HB 4085 - Immigrant Status Assistance    COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill would give grants to non-citizens to assist with the expense, such as application and legal fees, of obtaining lawful immigrant status. Legal immigration status is vital to the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee families. This status is essential to insure Oregon's newest residents thrive in their new home by allowing access to employment, health care, education, and other essential services. 

This bill had its first hearing on Monday Feb 5 at 1:00 PM. You can view the recording HERE. One work session was held Feb 14 (watch the recording HERE) and another is scheduled for Monday Feb 19 at 1:00 PM. You can watch the recorded Feb 19 work session HERE.  

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed with amendment by a vote of 9-0 with one excused absence and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: Please contact members of this committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

Topic: Criminal Justice

HB 4097 - Modification of Expungement Statute  COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill modifies and improves the statute for processing criminal records expungement, makes technical fixes, considers cost and wait time barriers, to increase success rate of Oregonians who expunge their records in order to reduce barriers to employment, housing and other vital services. A public hearing was held Thursday Feb 8 (view recording HERE).  A work session was held on Feb 15 (view recording HERE). 

MOVEMENT ALERT: On Feb 15, his bill was moved to the House Rules Committee without recommendation as to passage by a vote of 9-1. You can contact members of this committee and urge them to pass this bill. 

SB 1560 A - Early Medical Release for Adults in Custody   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

This bill supports the compassionate release of adults in custody who have medical conditions that with continued incarceration would constitute inhumane treatment for them to be left in the general population of prisons, or with ill-equipped prison medical services.  It includes provisions for release assessment of individuals in order to ensure public safety.  The bill is supported by Justice Action Network, ACLU, Sponsors Inc, Oregon Justice Resource Center, Oregon Health Equity Alliance, and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

A public hearing was held Tuesday Feb 6 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. View the recorded hearing HERE. Watch the recorded Feb 12 work session HERE.

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was amended and subsequently passed out of committee by a 3-2 vote along party lines. SB 1560 is now assigned to the Joint Ways and Means Committee

ACTION ALERT: You can contact members of the committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

Topic: Hunger

SB 1585 A - Hot Food with SNAP  COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Requires DHS to set up a work group and come up with a plan for a program that allows people who receive SNAP aid to be able to use the aid to buy hot foods and hot foods that are ready to eat. This bill would allow Oregon to join the 11 other states that already allow SNP aid to be used in this manner. A brief public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services  was held Feb 7. Watch the recording HERE.  A work session was held Feb 14. Watch the recording HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: This bill passed on Feb 14 with amendments by a vote of 4-1. It is assigned to the Joint Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On Human Services.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact members of this subccommittee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

HB 4162 A - Funding Basic Needs for College Students  COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Appropriates funds to be distributed as grants to public universities and colleges and community colleges to support basic needs programs at the school and to help students apply for and obtain assistance from benefits programs. This bill is currently in the  House Committee on Higher Education. A public hearing was held Feb 8.  Watch it HERE. The Feb 13 work session can be viewed HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: The bill was passed on Feb 13 with amendment by a vote of 8-0 with one excused absent and assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee.  

ACTION ALERT:  The coalition of student and hunger groups supporting this bill have put out a call to action. They've provided a list of legislators to contact and some talking points to help you write them a message in support of this bill. 

The Oregon Hunger Task Force has requested funding of $660,000 for organizations tasked with supporting and monitoring home based child care programs that participate in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program that provides food for children and adults in care. Here is the Task Force letter that was sent to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education. 

ACTION ALERT:  Please contact your legislators on Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education and urge them to support this funding for organizations supporting home based child care programs that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. You can find Subcommittee legislators and their contact info here. 

Topic: Education and Children

SB 1583-4 - Ban on Book Bans   COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This ban-on-book-bans bill prohibits a board or a person from discriminating when selecting textbooks, instructional/program materials, and library books for Oregon public schools.  In this unfortunate time of alternative facts and disinformation, this bill is a necessity to protect truth in the education of Oregon youth.  Proving the imperative nature of SB 1583, it will be effective upon passage. A public hearing was held Tuesday Feb. 13. Watch the recording HERE. A work session was held on Feb 15. Watch the recording HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: On Feb 15, the bill passed along party lines in the Senate Committee on Education by a vote of 3-2. It received a 2nd reading and was referred to the Rules Committee. A work session in Rules was held on Feb 22, where it was passed out of committee with a 3-2 vote. Next, it should go to the full Senate for a vote. You can find the link to watch the recorded work session HERE

ACTION ALERT: This bill has received hundreds of testimonies from citizens, with much the same sort of fervor that has been seen in other states regarding book bans.  It will soon be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate. Contact your state senator and urge them to vote YES on SB 1583. To find your senator's contact info, click here and enter your address.

HB 4098 A - CHIPS Child Care Programs and Funding COIN has ENDORSED this bill.

Directs the Oregon Business Development Department to develop a workgroup for funding child care, administer a child care infrastructure grant program, and require certain businesses to help fund child care for their workforce. Declares a child care emergency.  A public hearing was held Tuesday Feb 6. Watch the recorded hearing HERE.  A work session was held Thursday Feb 15. Watch the recording HERE

MOVEMENT ALERT: On Feb 15, this bill passed with amendments by a vote of 7-3 with one excused absence. 

ACTION ALERT: Next it moves to the Joint Ways & Means Committee.  You can contact members of this committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

SB 1551 A - Oregon Promise Grant Eligibility COIN has ENDORSED this bill.
This bill amends the eligibility for students who qualified for Oregon Promise grants for community colleges during the COVID pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.  During the chaos of this time many eligible students were unable to take advantage of the program.  This bill would apply a waiver so these qualified students would be eligible for Oregon Promise grants awarded for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 academic years.

MOVEMENT ALERT:  This bill had a public hearing on Feb 8 (view recording HERE) and a work session on Feb 13 (view recording HERE), where the Senate Committee on Education voted 5-0 to move it forward with a DO PASS recommendation with the -1 amendment. 

ACTION ALERT: Next, it moves to the Joint Ways & Means Committee.  You can contact members of this committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. 

HB 4004 - Penalties for Child Labor Law Violations  COIN is WATCHING this bill, endorsement pending.

This bill increases the amount of the civil penalties against those who violate child labor laws and also eliminates a loophole that requires the state labor agency, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, to refund or waive penalties to those who also face an investigation or penalties by or have paid penalties to the federal Dept of Labor. This restriction on Oregon’s DOL does not apply to any investigation except child labor. Labor Commissioner Christina Stephenson identified this restriction which endangers children and gives a pass to those who exploit them for labor; this is her bill to eliminate this loophole and also increase civil penalties for those violating child labor laws.


This bill had a public hearing and work session in the House, and has already passed the full House, unanimously! You can view the recorded House hearing and work session HERE. It quickly moved to the Senate, had another public hearing and work session, was given a unanimous DO PASS recommendation by the Senate Labor and Business Committee, and it is now poised for a vote by the full senate. This bill has broad bipartisan support. You can view the recorded Senate hearing and work session HERE

ACTION ALERT: This bill is now scheduled for a third reading and likely vote by the full Senate on Monday Feb 26. Contact your state senator and urge them to vote YES on HB 4004. To find your senator's contact info, click here and enter your address.

HB 4082 A   K-12 Summer Learning Grants Program   COIN is WATCHING this bill, endorsement pending.
This bill requires the Dept. of Education to establish the Summer Learning Grant Program for K-12 students. Programs must meet certain standards to qualify including (1) learning strategies that meet state academic content standards and focus on mathematics, science, language arts or personal financial education and that, when appropriate, assist with credit recovery and may include access to the arts; and (2) as appropriate, assistance with school readiness prior to transitions to the next education level and after high school graduation. The programs must include support for students’ mental health and well being, ensure equitable access with culturally and language appropriate learning and by engaging families.  The expenses covered under the grants include not only personnel and staffing, facilities, equipment, and the like, but also transportation and meals and snacks and family engagement efforts. 

MOVEMENT ALERT:  A public hearing was held on Feb 5 (view recording HERE) and a work session was held on Feb 7 (view recording HERE). The bill was passed out of committee with a 5-0 vote. It is now assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee, awaiting funding decisions.

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the Joint Ways & Means Committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. You can also contact your own legislators and ask them to support it. To find your senator's and rep's contact info, click here and enter your address.

HB 4158  Home and Small Center Child Care Fund   COIN is WATCHING this bill, endorsement pending.
This bill would establish the Home and Small Center Child Care Fund to be administered by Oregon Business Development Department.  This Department would award grants to child care facilities that serve a maximum of 75 children,  certified or registered family child care homes, or organizations that support the expansion or establishment of child care facilities. The purpose is to establish or expand child care infrastructure. Financial assistance would be provided to providers or organizations that support these child care providers. Funds would be provided to the Department of Early Learning and Care to provide technical support to these child care providers. 

MOVEMENT ALERT:  This bill had a public hearing on Feb 7 (view recording HERE) and a work session on Feb 12 (view recording HERE).  It passed out of committee with a vote of 9-1 and is now assigned to the Joint Ways & Means Committee, awaiting funding decisions. 

ACTION ALERT: Contact members of the Joint Ways & Means Committee and urge them to fund and pass this bill. You can also contact your own legislators and ask them to support it. To find your senator's and rep's contact info, click here and enter your address.