2016 Oregon Legislature Highlights
There were a total of 283 bills introduced during this 35-day regular session. Of those, 143 passed. OTA actively tracked 35 bills. As comparison, the 2015 long session introduced 2,799 bills, passed 921, and OTA tracked 196.
Bills of Interest to OTA Members that Passed
HB 4047. Increases speed limits on US 97 from Klamath Falls to the California state line to 65 mph for cars and 60 mph for trucks. Increases speed limits on I-82 from the Washington state line to the junction with I-84 to 70 mph for cars and 65 mph for trucks. Effective when new signs are posted.
SB 1532A. Increases the minimum wage. Phases in the increases through 2022. There are different wage schedules for different parts of the state. At full implementation, the Portland Metro Area will be at $14.75. Baker, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Wheeler counties will be at $12.50. The rest of the state will be at $13.50. Effective July 1, 2016.
SB 1587B. Details information to be included on paystubs. Synchronizes payroll records retention requirements with the federal requirements. Increases penalties for intentionally failing to pay a prevailing wage when required. The original bill included a private right of action, a bonding requirement for employers and significant penalties for paperwork violations. Effective January 1, 2017.
SB 5701A. Appropriated $250,000 to the Truck Driver Revolving Loan Fund. This brings the total that the Legislature has provided for this program, since 2009, to $950,000. Effective on passage.
Bills that Failed
HB 4055. Similar to the transportation funding bill developed by the “Gang of 8” during the 2015 session. Did not receive a hearing.
HB 4068 and SB 1574. Would have provided DEQ with broad authority to develop and implement a cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions. Included the transportation, utility and industrial sectors.
HB 4088. Would have prohibited discrimination against an employee who is or has the potential to become a provider of care or support to a family member. Would have classified such discrimination as an unlawful employment practice.
HB 4136. Would have increased noneconomic damage in wrongful death cases from $500,000 to $1.5 million.
SB 1510. Would have increased the weight limits for trucks powered by natural gas by 2,000 lbs. Would have also increased weight limits for APU’s from 400 to 550 lbs. This bill will be reintroduced during the 2017 session.
SB 1553. Would have established a new felony for criminal negligent assault of a vulnerable highway user.
Copies of all bills can be obtained on the Oregon Legislature website.
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