Lawmakers to tackle packed 2018 agenda in short legislative session
Oregon lawmakers get back to work in Salem on Monday. Among one of the more controversial bills they’ll be taking up is one democrats are calling the "Clean Energy Jobs" bill and it is a lot to tackle for a short session. Admittedly, even its strongest supporters say it probably won't pass during the 35 days lawmakers are in session.
Both SB 1507 and HB 4001 are similar in that each year, companies would get capped on the amount of allowable greenhouse gas emissions. These emitters would then buy and sell the allowances during auctions, and some of that revenue would be invested in green projects, especially in low-income, rural areas.
Here’s a list of some of the other bills KATU will be following:
SB 1511 Tax Returns for Presidential Candidates: Requires vice presidential/presidential candidates to provide federal tax returns/statements of economic interest in order to appear on Oregon ballot
SB 1512 National Popular Vote: States agree to cast electoral votes in race for president to the winner of the national popular vote.
HB 4155 Net Neutrality: Aims to protect privacy prohibiting internet providers from disclosing, selling or allow access to personal information
SB 1563 Pass a Civics Test to Graduate: Requires high school students to correctly answer 60 percent of the questions on the civics portion of naturalization test administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
SB 1513 Illegal Immigration and College: Removes requirement that students who are living in the country illegally to pay out-of-state tuition. Allows colleges, universities, community colleges and OHSU to provide financial aid to students not in the country legally.
HB 4004 Oil Trains: Directs Environmental Quality Commission to adopt rules for oil spill prevention and emergency response plans for railroad companies.
HB 4063 Self-Driving Cars: Permits self-driving vehicles on highways under certain circumstances. Requires owners of commercial self-driving vehicles to get more insurance.
HB 4049 Rape Kits: Directs Oregon State Police to establish a task force on tracking sexual assault forensic evidence kits and create a statewide electronic sexual assault forensic evidence kit tracking system.
HB 4145 Gun Violence: This bill would close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” It would prohibit convicted domestic violence abusers and stalkers from possessing guns.