BikePortland caught wind of SB 177, a bill that would license bikes and end the provisions of the McCall-era Bike Bill, and I wonder if they took it too seriously.
Perhaps the only thing that needs to be said about it is that it was introduced at the request of a constituent, and the very same constituent also requested SB 176, which would prohibit Oregon courts from applying Sharia law.
To the bills.
- A pod of bills about speed bumps: HB 2281, HB 2282, HB 2283, HB 2293, HB 2730, HB 2736
- HB 2256 Cleans up language about PIP in auto insurance (not sure if it's a policy change or just housekeeping on language)
- HB 2274 Changes name of "Connect Oregon Fund"; also HB 2275; and HB 2740
- HB 2552 fees for studded tires
- HB 2620 would require ODOT to inventory ODOT land and determine if it is really needed transportation
- HB 2819 to require drivers over the age of 75 to take annual license exams
- HB 5040 ODOT Biennial Budget
- SB 120 expands the definition of ways to meet "mobility standards" and includes "reducing congestion in other modes of travel" - which seems ambiguous, but could as the language is adjusted mean something like "reduce auto congestion by means of improvements in bike lanes and transit (etc)"
- SB 511 creates a study on DUI and recidivism (many DUI cases are repeat offenders)
- SB 324 low carbon fuel standards
- HJR 10 Carbon tax
- HB 2082 Carbon tax
- HB 2086 Carbon tax
- HB 2159 Carbon tax
- HB 2192 low carbon fuel standards
- HB 2450 low carbon fuel standards
|The gas tax will be at the center of transportation package|
But Rs don't like the low-carbon fuel standard
No seismic reinforcements for bridges yet. The Connect Oregon change looked like renaming the general program, not an appropriation for the next round.
The Portland Bicycle Transportation Alliance published their legislative priorities for the session, and they aren't actually very bike-centric. Instead, they are more about the general funding and maintenance problem. Instead of going at it on their own, they are participating in a larger coalition, "Transportation for Oregon's Future." The Oregon Environmental Council has more on the larger aims - though the coalition doesn't seem to have its own website or messaging arm.
Interestingly, the Oregon Active Transportation Summit, which in odd years has held sessions here in Salem in order to support a Legislative Lobby Day, this year will be in Portland.
by Henk Pander
Update, February 13th
The day before the State's birthday, it's over.
"Dear Secretary Brown: Effective February 18...I am resigning my position as Governor of Oregon." #KitzControversy pic.twitter.com/5nS1u2IAK1
— Amanda Peacher (@amandapeacher) February 13, 2015
Rep Mike McLane: "We may see a transportation package we desperately need go bye-bye" #orpol #orleg
— Peter Wong (@CapitolWong) February 13, 2015