2011 legislative session

Bill asks State of Oregon to consider acquisition of Forest Park

Avatar by on March 16th, 2011 at 11:43 am

Forest Park-7

Much-loved Forest Park: better off in the
hands of the State?
(Photo © J. Maus)

State Representative Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) is sponsoring a bill (HB 2250) that would require the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to enter into talks with the City of Portland about the possible state acquisition of Forest Park.

Here’s the entire text of the (very brief) bill:

“The State Parks and Recreation Commission shall make reasonable efforts to arrive at an agreement with Portland Parks and Recreation to acquire Forest Park.”

Greenlick lives adjacent to the park (it’s also in his district) and during a public hearing on HB 2250 held last month, said the park’s long-term health and stability is, “Extraordinarily important to me.”
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Salem Watch: Car-sharing bill passes House committee 7-1

Avatar by on March 10th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

The bill would open up the Oregon
market for personal car sharing
services like Getaround.

HB 3149, a bill that would make it easier for personal car-sharing programs to start in Oregon, passed the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee by a vote of 7-1 yesterday. As we shared last fall, “peer-to-peer” car-sharing is a growing trend across the U.S. and there’s a lot of potential for more of it in Oregon.

The bill itself would make the practice easier by prohibiting insurance companies from cancelling or altering a policy simply because the vehicle is a part of a personal vehicle sharing network.[Read more…]

Salem Watch: Residential speed limit bill passes House 45-14

Avatar by on March 9th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

HB 3150, a bill that would give every city in Oregon the authority to reduce speed limits on “neighborhood greenways” to 20 mph, just passed the Oregon House by a vote of 45-14.

The bill came out of committee last week with a few no votes from lawmakers who said they were concerned about the wording of the bill. Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) said he wanted “neighborhood greenway” changed to “neighborhood byway” (to avoid “greenwashing” a public safety bill). Lindsay said he voted no after House committee chairs decided to move forward with a vote without the “byway” amendment.
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Salem Watch: Bill would outlaw driving with an animal in your lap

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Cute, but safe?
(Photo: Sent in by reader)

There’s a new front in the war on distracted driving: lap animals. State Senator Ginny Burdick is the sponsor of Senate Bill 160, which would create a new traffic violation for, “operating a vehicle when an animal is in the operator’s lap.” The offense would come with a maximum fine of $90.
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Salem Watch: Eugene Senator will amend bike trailer bill

Avatar by on March 2nd, 2011 at 9:51 am

Sen. Floyd Prozanski.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) says he will amend SB 846, a bill he introduced last month that would have required all new bicycle trailers sold in Oregon to meet a minimum set of safety standards.

In an email to Eugene-area bike advocates, Prozanksi wrote:

“I just learned from ODOT the cost for implementing SB 846. Due to our budget shortfall, I will be amending the bill to just require retailers (including on-line sales) to place a sticker on passenger trailers stating whether or not the trailer meets or surpasses the ATSM standards.”

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Neighborhood speed limit bill passes House committee 5-3

Avatar by on March 1st, 2011 at 10:44 am

Rep. Lindsay (R-Hillsboro) voted no
on a bill that would reduce speed
limits on residential streets.

HB 3150 passed out of committee yesterday, but not without some drama. The bill, which would give cities the authority to reduce speed limits on certain “neighborhood greenway” streets to 20 mph, survived the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee by a vote of 5 to 3 yesterday.

The eight member committee is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats and the three representatives that voted against the bill were Republicans (committee co-chair, Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) voted yes). According to freshman Rep. Shawn Lindsay (R-Hillsboro), the reason for their no votes had to do with a procedural issue centered around the terminology used in the bill. [Read more…]

PBOT Director testifies in support of 20 mph speed limit bill

Avatar by on February 28th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

“There is something magic about 20 mph… We can substantially reduce the likelihood of fatalities in our streets by having this important piece of legislation in place.”
— Tom Miller, PBOT Director

House Bill 3150 (PDF), which would give municipalities across Oregon the authority to reduce speeds on some residential streets to 20 mph, was the subject of a public hearing last Friday. The bill is a companion* to Senate Bill 344 and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has made it one of their top legislative priorities for the 2011 session.

[*HB 3150 differs slightly from SB 344 in that it not only addresses the speed limit issue, but it also seeks to official define the term “neighborhood greenways” in Oregon law.]
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Salem Watch: PBOT speed limit bill set for Senate hearing

Avatar by on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Senate Bill 334, a bill pushed as priority legislation by the City of Portland that would give local jurisdications more control over setting speed limits, has been scheduled for a hearing. The bill will be heard by the Senate Committee on Business, Transportation, and Economic Development on February 28th at 3:00 pm in Hearing Room B of the State Capitol (900 Court Street NE, Salem).

For more on SB 344, see our previous coverage here. Also take note of the new companion bill in the House, HB 3150. Both bills seek to give more authority to local jurisdictions to lower speed limits on small, residential streets. Currently, ODOT controls speed limits on all roads in the state. HB 3150 also seeks to define “neighborhood greenways.”

See all of our 2011 legislative session coverage here.

Salem Watch: Bike trailer bill gains a sponsor, but lacks support from bike advocates

Avatar by on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:28 pm

“I won’t be signing on to the bill… It’s not clear to me that there is an urgent need for legislation right now…”
— Jules Bailey, Oregon House Representative

The bicycle trailer bill we told you about last week is now officially known as SB 846 (text). The language hasn’t changed much and the intent is still to have ODOT create a set of standards that all bicycle trailers sold in Oregon (intended for human occupancy) must adhere to, or else the seller could face civil action.

State Senator Floyd Prozanski says he proposed the bill to “improve safety for our kids.” He has called it “a much better approach” than House Bill 2228, the ill-advised idea to ban kids six and under from being carried on bicycles or being pulled in trailers proposed by fellow legislator Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland).[Read more…]

Salem Watch: Speed limit bill scaled down to focus solely on residential streets

Avatar by on February 18th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Earlier today we reported on a hearing scheduled for a new bill that would give Oregon cities the authority to set lower speed limits on state highways all types of roadways. Now, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ben Cannon (D-Portland), the bill has been scaled back to only focus on residential streets.

In its original form, House Bill 3150 would have given cities with a population of 100,000 or more the authority to set speed limits on all roads — including state highway arterials — under certain conditions. The language of that bill will now be completely changed in order for it to be the House companion bill to Senate Bill 344. SB 344 is the City of Portland-backed bill that seeks to give cities the authority to set lower speed limits on certain residential streets, a.k.a. neighborhood greenways.
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