|Willamette Week's view in 2013|
Was this prescient or what!
Emails show Kitzhaber put political consultant Patricia McCaig in charge of Cover Oregon. http://t.co/dV4D3dCuTm pic.twitter.com/bbMCR8sL9bMore on McCaig and Kitz in Willamette Week:
— Willamette Week (@wweek) February 25, 2015
In public, Kitzhaber assured Oregonians he was working diligently with state officials to find a solution for the website’s woeful performance.It just looks real messy.
In private, however, Kitzhaber handed oversight of the Cover Oregon mess to a secretive campaign consultant who liked to call herself the Princess of Darkness.
By her own admission, Patricia McCaig knew virtually nothing about health care reform or the reasons Cover Oregon had crashed. Her primary mission was not to save a beleaguered state program but to get Kitzhaber re-elected.
Emails that Kitzhaber’s office tried to delete from state computers show McCaig was effectively in charge of all decision making for Cover Oregon beginning in February 2014.
So, the bills and commentary. Milestones and movements are highlighted in green. (See more relevant bills or movement, drop a note in the comments!)
Bike "safety" and licensing:
- SB 177 Bike licensing and repeal of Bike Bill
- SB 551 Bike licensing and repeal of Bike Bill
- HB 3255 Requiring additional reflective clothing at night
Other Bike-relevant and transportation 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 2553 Creates task force on expanding WES (commuter rail) to Salem
- 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 3153 Prohibits State from funding municipal sidewalks
- 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)
So imagine how disappointed I was to see one of my legislative colleagues propose a new law to specifically outlaw my fight for safety investments on Powell Blvd. Republican Julie Parrish (West Linn) today filed HB3153, to “prohibit” the legislature from “allocating or authorizing” money from the state or ODOT to “highway maintenance or sidewalk development” in incorporated cities, i.e. East Portland. This is especially shocking since Rep. Parrish canvassed East Portland for my opponent during the 2014 campaign. How someone can campaign in neglected neighborhoods in East Portland and then turn around and try to make it impossible for the state to invest in making Powell Blvd safe is beyond my understanding.And a response!
Rep. Julie Parrish @hotcouponmama has responded to @RepShemiaFagan re: eastPo sidewalks https://t.co/S7XMOGEHT8 pic.twitter.com/L6fvm249lZThe carbon things:
— Jonathan Maus (@BikePortland) February 25, 2015
- SB 324 low carbon fuel standards (passed Senate on to House)
- 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
- HB 3176 Carbon tax
With SB324 on the low-carbon fuel standard flying quickly, Republicans are taking a time-out on the preliminary talks for a transportation package. Not sure what the lasting effects of this will be: Short-term it is clearly posturing, but it could shape the final outlines of the transportation package, too.
A few land use things of note:
- SB 565 - Tax credit for rehab of historic properties (public hearing on Wednesday)
- HB 2564 on inclusionary zoning (Hearing last week)
- HB 2633 on improving planning for disasters (more seismic talk! see story below, also public hearing earlier this month)
For all notes on the 2015 session, see here.