|Undated early view of 1876 Oregon Capitol|
(before Portico addition of 1888)
via State Capitol 75th Anniversary site
- HB 2621 for expanded photo speed enforcement pilot project in Portland.
- SB 463 would permit darker tints in car windows with "letter from doctor."
- HB 2002 The Portland BTA came out with a important observation about traffic stops, racial profiling, and vision zero. As we ramp up vision zero approaches to safety and call for more traffic enforcement, we need to ensure there is enforcement for actually dangerous or unlawful behavior, and less "stop and frisk" for potential or phantom or trivial lawbreaking. HB 2002 calls for important steps to end racial profiling by law enforcement.
- HB 2274 Changes name of "Connect Oregon Fund" and renews it for another cycle. This makes $42 million in video poker and lottery dollars available for marine, rail, air, bike/ped projects outside of the public road right-of-way.
- SB 5502 concerning North State Hospital Campus. The "Enterprise Asset Management" line item went from $8.3 million for that project to $100 million for a whole lot more, and from the bill alone it is not possible to say what is envisioned.
- SB 533 making it legal for two-wheelers to go on red when you've waited one complete cycle and the light or controller is broken.
- SB 120 as introduced expanded the definition of ways to meet "mobility standards" and included "reducing congestion in other modes of travel" - which seems ambiguous, but could as the language was adjusted have meant something like "reduce auto congestion by means of improvements in bike lanes and transit (etc)." The relevant language has been deleted in the first round of amendments, and now it looks like it maintains the usual "highway mobility targets established for a highway corridor by the Department of Transportation’s Oregon Highway Plan" and calls for a new study and to "adopt or amend rules relating to transportation improvements.
- HB 3255 Originally requiring additional reflective clothing at night, but now with two sets of proposed amendments for a rear light instead of just a reflector at night.
- HB 2736 would establish a Task Force on Vision Zero. Looks pretty dead.
- SB 565 - Tax credit for rehab of historic properties.
- HB 2564 on inclusionary zoning.
- HB 2633 on improving planning for disasters.
- HB 3470: Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits for years 2020 and 2050 and to adopt interim statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits consistent with 2050 limit every five years.
- Fees on studded tires
- More stringent testing and license renewal for drivers over 75
- Gas tax and carbon tax reform
- The larger transportation package - though it wasn't very good, and taking a mulligan on it might be for the best
- Bike licensing
- WES/Commuter rail study
- Seismic work for the Capitol building itself. (A lot of criticism of the Capitol project goes like, "when the earthquake hits, I'll be worried most about my family; the Capitol is the last thing I'll be worrying about." But apart from the immediate loss of life, another important cost to not stabilizing the Capitol is how our descendents would feel about it 75 years down the road after it is lost - just like we feel the loss today of the 1876 Capitol in the 1935 fire.)
Interesting piece on personality conflict between the Speaker and President of the Senate:
A tale of 2 Democrats: How clashing leaders shaped the 2015 #Oregon legislative session. http://t.co/aaRlsSJMS3 pic.twitter.com/IZgut5LUJm— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 12, 2015
For all notes on the 2015 session, see here.