Senate Bill 998 — Oregon’s version of the “Idaho Stop” law that would allow bicycle riders to treat stop signs and flashing red signals like yields — has finally made it to the House.
Since our report on this bill last week, the bill passed the full Oregon Senate yesterday by a vote of 21 to 8. It was then referred to the House Rules Committee where it will receive a public hearing and possible vote tomorrow (6/20).
The House Rules Committee has seven members. Among them are Portland-area Democrats Barbara Smith-Warner (District 45), Rob Nosse (District 42), and Vice-Chair Jennifer Williamson (District 36).
If these are your representatives, please consider a quick email or phone call to their office to let them know your opinion on the bill.
The public hearing and possible work session is scheduled for 4:00 pm tomorrow (6/20).
From here the bill would go to the full House for a vote. If it passes the House it would move to Governor Brown’s desk where she’d be expected to sign it. Stay tuned!
In other legislative news, Senate Bill 558 has passed both chambers and will likely be signed into law. The bill gives cities across the state the authority to reduce speed limits on residential streets by 5 mph without asking permission from ODOT. It passed the House yesterday by a vote of 57 to 3.
CORRECTION: This story incorrectly stated the committee hearing on SB 998 was today (6/19). That was a mistake. The hearing and possible vote is tomorrow (6/20). I regret the confusion.
— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and email@example.com
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