2020 June Special Session Overview

Senate Bills
1601- Money from the Elderly and Disabled Special Transportation Fund will be transferred to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund to maintain existing public transportation services. Law enforcement is prohibited from issuing citations for certain traffic offenses based on expired documents or credentials or documents that were not submitted between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

1602- Directs the Governor to act as a mediator between representatives of the forest industry and environmental interest. This bill also requires an operator, timber owner, or landowner who plans to execute a pesticide application by helicopter to notify the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) beforehand.

1603- Subjects sale of retail commercial mobile radio services and retail interconnected voice over internet protocol services to universal surcharge. Establishes a broadband fund for broadband access and expansion to communities that currently cannot get broadband access.

1604- Limits an arbitrator’s ability to overturn discipline imposed by an officer for misconduct and allows disciplinary guide subject to the collective bargaining process.

1605- Expands eligibility for the Oregon Promise to students in Oregon’s foster care system who complete their high school diploma or GED while they were in foster care placement in another state.

1606- Prohibits hospitals from withholding or conditioning treatment unless a patient has physicians orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) form, advance directive or other instructions withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures. Provides protections for people with disabilities by prohibiting hospitals from discriminating against them when seeking medical treatment.

1607- Extends the sunset date for the Small School District Supplement Fund and on funding for foreign exchange students.

SB 5711- Appropriates monies from the General Fund to specified state agencies for certain biennial expenses, establishes and modifies limitations on expenditures.

House Bills
HB 4201- Creates Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform to examine policies related to use of force and transparency in policing and recommend legislation to legislative committees related to the judiciary.

HB 4202- Technical modifications and policy clarifications to the Corporate Activity Tax enacted in 2019.

HB 4203- Prohibits police officers from using chokeholds. Choke holds are allowed if deadly physical force is justified.

HB 4204- Extends moratorium on foreclosure activities across all lenders for resident and commercial real, land and personal property during “emergency period” (Governor’s declaration of state of emergency, plus any extensions, and 60 days following).

HB 4205- Requires police officers or reserve officers to intervene when they know an officer is engaging in misconduct and has a duty to report. Provides protections from retaliation for reporting.

HB 4206- Establishes state inspection program for processing and sale of meat products.

HB 4207- Directs the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish a public statewide and accessible online database of suspensions and revocation of certifications of police officers. Police agencies must also check personnel/ disciplinary records of any officer before they are hired who have worked in a different jurisdiction.

HB 4208- Prohibits law enforcement agencies from using tear gas and sound cannons for crowd control except during riots. Agency must first announce intent to use tear gas and give demonstrators enough time to evacuate.

HB 4209- Grants the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board to implement and operate programs under agreement with third party administrators.

HB 4210- Removes the authority of courts to take away driving privileges due to failing to pay traffic-related fines. Prohibits new suspensions on Oct. 1, 2020 and after.

HB 4211- Allows Oregon Department of Education to transfer funds from Fund for Student Success to State School Fund, Student Investment Account, Statewide Education Initiatives Account and Early Learning account periodically.

HB 4212- Authorizes all governing bodies to conduct all public meetings using telephone or video technology to conduct meetings, and ensuring meetings are available for the public. The measure also changes several statutes to address the effects of COVID-19.

HB 4213- Places temporary restriction on landlords and lenders from actions against tenants and borrowers due to late or nonpayment of rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19 pandemic.

HB 4214- Modifies Oregon’s dependency code to align with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and will promote Indian children’s connection to culture, family and tribe. Will require the Department of Human Services to provide a biennial report about Indian children in the child welfare system.