|The design, circa 1936|
(State Capitol 75th anniversary site)
- SB 2 - Sen. Courtney's bill on enhanced penalties for cel phone use and distracted driving.
- SB 35 - On raising the DMV reporting threshold for crash damage, from $1,500 to $3,000. (Many bikes are worth less than $1,500, and this would make it harder to enter crashes into the system for reporting and insurance purposes. This is an autoist bias.)
- SB 38 - Looks like a generic funding bill for ODOT. The current project list in it is old and will almost certainly be replaced. Maybe this will be the "transportation package" eventually.
- SB 426 - Repeals low-carbon fuel standard
- SB 493 - Creates new crime, "assault in the fourth degree" on a vulnerable road user.
- SB 556 - Creates offense of driving with dog in driver's lap.
- SB 557 and HB 2135 - New statewide greenhouse gas emissions goals
- SB 5530 - an ODOT budget
- HB 2102 - Looks like it relaxes some of the penalties for DUI convictions
- HB 2288 - Funding for ConnectOregon
- HB 2355 - On collecting data on traffic stops and racial profiling.
- HB 2440 - An attempt to remove HOV lanes on I-5
- HB 2532 - A proposal for a quantitative scoring system for the STIP, including a requirement for "least-cost planning" (this one looks a little interesting)
- HB 2667 - A proposal for a Vision Zero Task Force. BikePortland covered the first committee hearing on it. Unsurprisingly ODOT is opposed, and prefers their weak "safety" plan.
- HB 2682 - A proposal to make it easier for cities to set speed zones and remove the need for ODOT approval (Portland is driving this and BikePortland has an extensive discussion)
Learn about proposals to reduce carbon emissions in Oregon at a joint meeting of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Energy and Environment.It's never too late or too early to start contacting your Legislators about supporting rational transportation for greenhouse gas reduction, for safety, and for livability. As the session continues, a more specific ask and slate of bills to support may emerge, as well as ways to frame messaging for Rs and Ds.
The committees will hear invited testimony about the impacts of a cap-and-trade program and a clean air tax or fee. They’ll also get a recap of the latest Oregon Climate Assessment Report, which shows that Oregon is not reducing its greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet its goals.
3 p.m. Monday in Hearing Room D. [report link added]
Both the Vision Zero and Local Speed Zone Setting bills already seem to have some momentum behind them, so they might deserve specific mention.
Also, March 6th is a Lobby Day for Safe Routes to School efforts. More detail on that later - it's a day before the bikeway Open House on March 7th!